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Forensic Sci Med Pathol. 2009;5(3):233-5. doi: 10.1007/s12024-009-9093-9. Epub 2009 Jun 9.

Elderly victim: an unusual autoerotic fatality involving an 87-year-old male.

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  • 1Laboratoire de Sciences Judiciaires et de Médecine Légale, 1701 Parthenais Street, 12th Floor, Montreal, QC H2K3S7, Canada.


The average age of autoerotic victims is in the early thirties. Elderly victims of more than 65 years of age are uncommon, consisting of less than 1% of cases. The following case represents the oldest victim ever reported: a 87-year-old man found hanging by a belt in his living room. The body of the deceased was completely naked, with a complex bondage system of ropes. In the victim's bedroom closet, a suitcase contained similar ropes and belts suggesting prior autoerotic activity. Semen was also found at the scene.

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