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Accidental Electrocution During Autoeroticism: A Shocking Case

Schott, Jennifer C. M.D.; Davis, Gregory J. M.D.; Hunsaker, John C. III M.D., J.D., M.A.

The American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology: March 2003 - Volume 24 - Issue 1 - p 92-95
doi: 10.1097/01.PAF.0000052754.37280.10
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A case of atypical autoerotic death is described. An 18-year-old white man clad in two brassieres was found dead in his bedroom by his brother. Two wet green terry cloths were under the brassiere cups, connected to the house current via two metal washers and a bifid electrical cord. Literature depicting nude women was found near the victim. Autopsy revealed second-degree and third-degree burns of the mammary regions. Death was attributed to accidental self-electrocution. The authors will discuss typical and atypical forms of autoerotic death.

From the Division of Forensic Pathology, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, University of Kentucky College of Medicine, Lexington, and the Office of the Associate Chief Medical Examiner, Kentucky Justice Cabinet, Frankfort, Kentucky, U.S.A.

Manuscript received March 28, 2001; accepted April 8, 2002.

Address correspondence and reprint requests to Dr. Jennifer C. Schott, University of Kentucky Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Suite MS117, Lexington, KY 40536-0298, U.S.A.; e-mail: jschott@uky.edu

Presented at the 34th Annual Meeting of the National Association of Medical Examiners, September 19, 2000, Indianapolis, Indiana.

© 2003 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.