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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. anny.sauvageau@gmail.com


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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