Complex autoerotic death with full body wrapping in a plastic body bag

J Forensic Sci. 2007 Jul;52(4):954-6. doi: 10.1111/j.1556-4029.2007.00496.x.


Autoerotic deaths are normally classified as accidental deaths occurring during individual, and usually solitary, sexual activity in which a device, apparatus, or prop used to enhance sexual stimulation of the deceased somehow causes unintended death. The most common methods of autoerotic practices are asphyxia by hanging, ligature, plastic bag, chemical substances, or a mixture of these. However, atypical methods such as overdressing/body wrapping have also been reported. In fact, overdressing/body wrapping is so rare that it is implicated in only 1.5% of published cases. Although plastic bags are often implicated in autoerotic deaths, there has been only one previous case that involved a plastic covering the victim's body from head to toe. We here report the case of a 34-year-old man who died due to asphyxia, secondary to body wrapping in the largest and most complex plastic bag ever involved in a published case of autoerotic death.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Asphyxia / etiology*
  • Fatal Outcome
  • Forensic Medicine
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Paraphilic Disorders*