Necrophilia

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According to Merriam-Webster, necrophilia can be defined as an, “obsession with and usually erotic interest in or stimulation by corpses” (Webster1). Someone must experience a minimum of six months of strong, habitual urges or dreams regarding sexual interaction with cadavers to be diagnosed with necrophilia (USCB1). An individual can be diagnosed with necrophilia even if they do not act on or follow through with any of their urges. Necrophilia is comprised of a large scale of actions and fantasies (UCSB1). Experts have made subcategories to aid in clarifying the spectrum of necrophilic actions and fantasies (UCSB1). The first subcategory is necrophilic fantasies. “Necrophilic fantasies” are simply fantasies of sexual contact with the deceased (UCSB1). The second subcategory, “pseudonecrophilia,” is defined as secluded episodes of sexual contact with a cadaver with no prior necrophilic fantasies or yearnings (UCSB1). The third subcategory is necrosadism. “Necrosadism” is described as, “a paraphilia in which one derives sexual pleasure from violent actions performed on a corpse, such as mutilation or the drinking of blood” (UCSB1). The final subcategory, necrophilic homicide, is like necrosadism, but differs in the fact that the crime of killing a victim to acquire a cadaver is a part of the fantasy (UCSB1). The majority of necrophiliacs or necrophiles are heterosexual males between the ages of twenty and fifty (UCSB1). Some examples of infamous necrophiliac males are Jeffrey Dahmer, Ed Gein, and Ted Bundy. “Jeffrey Dahmer, also known as the Milwaukee Cannibal, raped, killed and dismembered 17 boys and men from 1978 to 1991” (IPood1). On July 22, 1991, he was arrested in his apartment located within Oxford Apartments (Nichols244). “In his putrid, one-bedroom apartment in Milwaukee, he saved painted skulls and severed heads, including one stashed in the fridge next

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