Autoerotic Deaths: Practical Forensic and Investigative Perspectives

Anny Sauvageau, Vernon J. Geberth

April 10, 2013 by CRC Press
Reference - 180 Pages - 117 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781439837122 - CAT# K11680
Series: Practical Aspects of Criminal and Forensic Investigations

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    • Presents details of actual case studies of autoerotic deaths
    • Explores typical and atypical methods and victims
    • Contains more than 100 full-color photographs
    • Includes checklists for quick reference on the scene


    Autoerotic Deaths: Practical Forensic and Investigative Perspectives is a collaboration between two internationally known experts who combine their extensive experience to present a scientific, modern view of autoerotic death—complete with a wide variety of exquisite case histories, photographs, and investigator tips.

    Chief Medical Examiner Anny Sauvageau of Alberta, Canada and retired NYPD Lieutenant Commander Vernon J. Geberth bring considerable insight to this volume, providing practical and conventional information based on scientific research and case experience from the field. Enhanced with more than 100 color photos, the book explores:

    • The evolution of the concept of sexual asphyxia and autoerotic death
    • The definition and epidemiology of autoerotic death, pitfalls involved in the application of the term autoerotic, and best practices for approaching these death scenes
    • Death scene characteristics and the importance of recognizing clues to the autoerotic nature of a death
    • Methods of autoerotic death, including hanging, plastic bags, chemical substances, and other less-common scenarios
    • Atypical victims of autoerotic deaths

    Using a case history format, the book presents a complete analysis of all aspects of this unusual and unfortunate type of death. The combination of theory and practice, along with up-to-date science, makes this book an unparalleled resource for all those involved in the investigation of these peculiar incidents.