Date: Tue, 25 Nov 1997 07:45:49 -0500 From: Robert Ness Subject: Re: Auto-erotic asphyxiation (new term?) I understand that cops call such cases "gaspers." On Tue, 25 Nov 1997, Barry A. Popik wrote: > 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. >