Necrophilia: Forensic and Medico-legal Aspects / Edition 1

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Necrophilia: Forensic and Medico-legal Aspects is the first text that deals with the scientific aspects of necrophilia from a multidisciplinary point of view. After an introduction that provides a general scientific, social, and historical perspective, this volume:

  • Explores causes and contributing factors, covering biological theories and genetics, as well as trauma, brain anomalies, and substance abuse
  • Offers an original approach to classification, creating ten levels of severity from role playing to homicidal necrophilia
  • Discusses necrophilia epidemiology, exploring offender characteristics and habits
  • Provides 20 case studies of infamous as well as less publicized cases
  • Details the forensics approach to necrophilia investigation
  • Examines current legislation and mores across the world
  • Explains the challenges involved with providing expert testimony
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"Dr. Aggrawal proceeds as a dispassionate scientist to unearth … both contemporary and historical cases that will amaze the reader, and also construct for the first time a classification of various kinds of necrophilia. … Along with his previous textbook, Forensic and Medico-legal Aspects of Sexual Crimes and Unusual Sexual Practices, Dr. Aggrawal has once again made a very important contribution to the criminal forensic literature. Necrophilia is extreme, it is rare, and it is inexplicable to most; but until now, it has also been devoid of a systematic, scientific, and investigative text…. ."
— From the Foreword by J. Reid Meloy, Ph.D., Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, University of California, San Diego
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781420089127
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/14/2010
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 268
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Necrophilia: Overview and Historical Aspects
Necrophilia in Gravediggers and Mortuary Attendants
Historical Perspectives
Necrophilia in Greek Mythology
Dimoetes and an Unknown Woman
Achilles and Penthesilea
Necrophilia in Ancient Cultures
Greco-Roman Period
Middle Ages
The Legend of Jean Baptiste
Notorious French Necrophiles
Necrophilia in Wars and Battlefields
Modern Era
Forced Necrophilia during "The Rape of Nanking" (1937)
Charles Floyd (1940s)
Marilyn Monroe’s Case (1962)
Jesse Timmendequas (1994)
Chinese Case (1994)
Necrophilia in Folklore, Myths, and Legends
Necrophilia in the Arts and Literature
Necrophilia in Animals
Variations of Necrophilia
Biological Theories
Genetic Basis
Sexual Inadequacy
Temporal Lobe Anomalies
Harsh Treatment, Excessive Criticism, and Neglect during
Sexual Abuse during Childhood
Erich Fromm’s Theory of Personality
Other Major Psychoanalytical Theories
Miscellaneous Causes
Existing Classifications
Krafft-Ebing’s Classification
Wulffen’s Classification
Jones’s Classification
Hirschfeld’s Classification
Rosman and Resnick’s Classification
Need for a New Classification
Class I Necrophiles: Role Players
Class II Necrophiles: Romantic Necrophiles
Class III Necrophiles: People Having a Necrophilic
Fantasy (Necrophilic Fantasizers)
Class IV Necrophiles: Tactile Necrophiles
Class V Necrophiles: People Having a Fetishistic
Necrophilia (Fetishistic Necrophiles)
Class VI Necrophiles: People Having a Necromutilomania
Class VII Necrophiles: Opportunistic Necrophiles
Class VIII Necrophiles: Regular Necrophiles
Class IX Necrophiles: Homicidal Necrophiles
Class X Necrophiles: Exclusive Necrophiles
Some Important Caveats
Merits of the New Classification
Combinations with Other Paraphilias
Anal Necrophilia
Incestuous Necrophilia
Other Paraphilias in Association with Necrophilia
Epidemiology of Necrophilia
Offender Characteristics
Sexual Orientation
Association with Alcohol and Drugs
Other Drugs
Sex of the Corpses
Marital Status
History of Sadistic Acts
Nonnecrophilic Intercourse
Case Studies
Jerry Brudos
Conclusions and Impressions
Ted Bundy
Conclusions and Impressions
Thor Nis Christiansen
Conclusions and Impressions
John Christie
Conclusions and Impressions
Graham Coutts
Conclusions and Impressions
Jeffrey Dahmer
Trial and Sentencing
Conclusions and Impressions
Mark Dixie
Sally Anne Bowman’s Murder
Conclusions and Impressions
Kenneth Douglas
Conclusions and Impressions
Ed Gein
Gradual Death of Gein’s Family Members
Gein Lives Alone
Gein’s Necrophilic Activities
Conclusions and Impressions
Karen Greenlee
Nicholas and Alexander Grunke, and Dustin Radke
Roderick Jones
Conclusions and Impressions
Lam Kor-wan
Lam’s Modus Operandi and His Victims
Conclusions and Impressions
Anthony Merino
Tsutomu Miyazaki
Winston Moseley
Conclusions and Impressions
Moninder Singh Pandher and Surendra Koli
Conclusions and Impressions
Gary Ridgway
Serhiy Tkach
Conclusions and Impressions
Eli Ulayuk
Conclusions and Impressions
Medico-legal Investigation
Examination of the Scene of Crime
Victim Pickup Site
Dug-Up Grave
Suspect’s Home
Excavations in and Around Suspect’s House
Closed Caption TV Footage
Examination of the Dead Body
DNA Profiling
Touch DNA
Primary, Secondary, and Tertial Transfer of DNA
Scattered Body Parts
Vaginal, Oral, and Rectal Swabs
Breast Swabs
Fingerprints on the Dead Body
Bite Marks on the Dead Body
Physical Evidence from the Corpses
Modus Operandi
Other Evidence
Examination of the Suspect
Suspect’s Belongings
Computer Forensics
Brain Mapping
Other Tests
Psychological Assessment
Rorschach Test
Intelligence Testing
Phallometric Assessment
Criminal Profiling
Linkage Analysis
Geographic Profiling
Legal and Ethical Aspects of Necrophilia
Legal Aspects of Necrophilia
Western Australia
Northern Territory
New South Wales
South Africa
United Kingdom
United States
Comparing and Contrasting Various Laws Regarding
Ethical Aspects of Necrophilia
The Issue of Consent
Presumed Consent for Organ Donation and for
Necrophilia—Are There Parallels?
Necrophilia from a Hedonistic Viewpoint
Postmortem Sperm Procurement for Impregnation—Is It
Expert Testimony in Necrophilia Cases
Who Is an Expert?
Insanity Defense Taken by Necrophiles
Some Basic Rules for Expert Witnesses
As Far as Possible, Use Lay Language
Visual Display of Information
Do Not Venture into the Realm of Common Knowledge
Collins v. Zediker, A.D (PA, 1966)
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania v. Carolyn Ann King (1998)
Proving Intent through Expert Testimony
Surviving Cross-Examination
Dealing with Prior Statements
Corroborate Your Statements with Hard Scientific Facts
Don’t Be Afraid of Countering Another Expert
If Serving as a Defense Witness
Some Basic Rules for Lawyers
Proving Intent beyond Doubt
Necrophilia and Abuse of Corpses—A Brief Chronology

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