Date: Tue, 25 Nov 1997 08:56:21 -0500


Subject: Re: Auto-erotic asphyxiation (new term?)

A friend of mine in the psychology department has been studying the

phenomenon for several years now. His research has convinced him that many

of the suicides reported in prisons are actually failed attempts at

auto-eroticism asphyxiation. He was trying to put together a conference at

which world authorities would address the topic for law enforcement

officials, but the faculty development committee did not want to fund the

preparatory process for such a salacious meeting.

Wayne Glowka

Is "auto-erotic asphyxiation" a new term?

INXS lead singer Michael Hutchence died. Today's NY Post (pg. 16, col.

1) has this:

Cops initally called it a suicide, but now say the death might have been

caused when an act known as "auto-erotic asphyxiation" backfired.

Auto-erotic asphyxiation is a dangerous way of enhancing sexual

gratification that involves masturbating while cutting off the air supply,

often by hanging. (Kids, don't try this at home--ed.)

"Several friends of (Hutchence) have suggested that he has been involved

in kinky sex over the years, and so we are exploring the possibility it is an

auto-erotic death," a police source told The Post.

What a concept. "Auto-erotic asphyxiation."

Sounds like someone who is deathly in love with a car.