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Necrophilia, also known as necrophilism, necrolagnia, necrocoitus, necrochlesis, and thanatophilia, is a sexual attraction or sexual act involving corpses.wikipedia
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François Bertrand

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The term 'necrophilia' is thought to have been coined by Belgian physician Joseph Guislain in his Leçons Orales sur les Phrénopathies, in a lecture given around 1850, in reference to contemporary necrophile François Bertrand:
He was arrested in 1841 for necrophilia and jailed for one year.

Dennis Nilsen

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British serial killer Dennis Nilsen is also considered to have been a necrophiliac. Category B (cold/preservative), e.g. Gary Ridgway, Dennis Nilsen
Dennis Andrew Nilsen (23 November 1945 – 12 May 2018) was a Scottish serial killer and necrophile, who murdered at least 12 young men in a series of killings committed between 1978 and 1983 in London, England.

Jeffrey Dahmer

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In a notorious modern example, American serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer was a necrophiliac. Category A (cold/destructive), e.g. Ted Bundy, Jeffrey Dahmer
Many of his later murders involved necrophilia, cannibalism, and the permanent preservation of body parts—typically all or part of the skeleton.

Ted Bundy

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Category A (cold/destructive), e.g. Ted Bundy, Jeffrey Dahmer
Theodore Robert Bundy (born Theodore Robert Cowell; November 24, 1946 – January 24, 1989) was an American serial killer, kidnapper, rapist, burglar, and necrophile who assaulted and murdered numerous young women and girls during the 1970s and possibly earlier.

Earle Nelson

Gorilla Killer
Category D (warm/preservative) e.g. Robert Yates, Earle Nelson
Earle Leonard Nelson (née Ferral; May 12, 1897January 13, 1928), also known in the media as the "Gorilla Man," the "Gorilla Killer," and the "Dark Strangler," was an American serial killer, rapist, and necrophile.

Sexual fetishism

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5) Fetishistic necrophiliacs: People who remove objects (e.g., panties or a tampon) or body parts (e.g., a finger or genitalia) from a corpse for sexual purposes, without engaging in intercourse.
Paraphilias such as urophilia, necrophilia and coprophilia have been described as fetishes.

Gary Ridgway

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Category B (cold/preservative), e.g. Gary Ridgway, Dennis Nilsen
After strangling them, he would dump their bodies in forested and overgrown areas in King County, often returning to the bodies to have sexual intercourse with them.

Lust murder

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9) Homicidal necrophiliacs: Necrosadists, people who commit murder in order to have sex with the victim.
Lust murder sometimes includes activities such as removing clothing from the body, posing and propping of the body in different positions (generally sexual ones), insertion of objects into bodily orifices, anthropophagy (the consumption of human blood and/or flesh) and necrophilia (the performing of sex acts on a human corpse).


Periander of Corinth
Herodotus also alluded to suggestions that Greek tyrant Periander had defiled the corpse of his wife, employing a metaphor: "Periander baked his bread in a cold oven."
[a] Grief for his mother and anger at his father drove Lycophron to take refuge in Corcyra.

Other specified paraphilic disorder

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In the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, fifth edition (DSM-5), recurrent, intense sexual interest in corpses can be diagnosed under Other Specified Paraphilic Disorder (necrophilia) when it causes marked distress or impairment in important areas of functioning.
Examples listed by the DSM-5 are telephone scatologia, necrophilia, zoophilia, coprophilia, klismaphilia, and urophilia.

Lee Mellor

Additionally, criminologist Lee Mellor's typology of homicidal necrophiles consists of eight categories (A–H), and is based on the combination of two behavioral axes: destructive (offender mutilates the corpse for sexual reasons) – preservative (offender does not), and cold (offender used the corpse sexually two hours after death) – warm (offender used the corpse sexually earlier than two hours after death).
In academia, Mellor co-edited the textbook Homicide: A Forensic Psychology Casebook (2016) with Joan Swart for which he also penned the Introduction along with chapters on homicidal paraphilia, necrophilia, sexual sadism, and psychopathy.

Serial killer

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In a notorious modern example, American serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer was a necrophiliac.
Serial killers may be more likely to engage in fetishism, partialism or necrophilia, which are paraphilias that involve a strong tendency to experience the object of erotic interest almost as if it were a physical representation of the symbolized body. Individuals engage in paraphilias which are organized along a continuum; participating in varying levels of fantasy perhaps by focusing on body parts (partialism), symbolic objects which serve as physical extensions of the body (fetishism), or the anatomical physicality of the human body; specifically regarding its inner parts and sexual organs (one example being necrophilia).

Peter Kürten

Düsseldorf Ripper
Category H (sexual cannibals & vampires) e.g. Albert Fish, Peter Kürten
Moreover, Dr. Berg stated that despite Kürten's admission to having embraced and digitally penetrated the corpse of Maria Hahn, and to have spontaneously ejaculated while holding the soil covering the coffin of Christine Klein, his conclusion was that Kürten was not a necrophiliac.

Rhinella proboscidea

The Amazonian frog Rhinella proboscidea sometimes practices what has been termed "functional necrophilia": a male grasps the corpse of a dead female and squeezes it until oocytes are ejected, and then fertilizes them.
It is the only species known to practice reproductive necrophilia.

Kees Moeliker

Kees Moeliker made one observation while he was sitting in his office at the Natural History Museum Rotterdam, when he heard the distinctive thud of a bird hitting the glass facade of the building.
He won the 2003 Ig Nobel Prize for biology for his study of homosexual necrophilia in male mallards.

Robert Lee Yates

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Category D (warm/preservative) e.g. Robert Yates, Earle Nelson
"I don't think Mr. Yates helps his cause by relying on the fact that he's a necrophiliac," said Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist.

Mark Dixie

Category E (dabblers) e.g. Richard Ramirez, Mark Dixie
He claimed to have come across the body of Bowman, murdered, he said, by a third party, and had sex with her after she was killed.

Necrophilia in popular culture

Necrophilia in popular culture
Necrophilia has been a topic in popular culture.

Incidents of necrophilia

Incidents of necrophilia
Necrophilia is a pathological fascination with dead bodies, which often takes the form of a desire to engage with them in sexual activities, such as intercourse.

Karen Greenlee

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She is considered as the "best-known modern practitioner of necrophilia" and her case was the subject of much research due to her gender (nine out of ten necrophiles are men) as well as because of the highly detailed interview she gave about her extensive practice of necrophilia in the anthology book Apocalypse Culture.

Crimes Act 1961

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Under Section 150 of the New Zealand Crimes Act 1961, it is an offence for there to be "misconduct in respect to human remains".

Criminal Law (Sexual Offences and Related Matters) Amendment Act, 2007

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Section 14 of the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences and Related Matters) Amendment Act, 2007 prohibits the commission of a sexual act with a corpse.
Committing a sexual act with a corpse (necrophilia) (sec. 14)

Richard von Krafft-Ebing

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Richard von Krafft-Ebing, Psychopathia Sexualis. New York: Stein & Day, 1965. Originally published in 1886.
Translations of various editions of this book introduced to English such terms as "sadist" (derived from the brutal sexual practices depicted in the novels of the Marquis de Sade), "masochist", (derived from the name of Leopold von Sacher-Masoch), "homosexuality", "necrophilia", and "anilingus".

Barbara Gowdy

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The story's name is taken from a line in the Frank O'Hara's poem "Ode on Necrophilia", and was inspired by a newspaper article Gowdy read about Karen Greenlee, a young California woman who hijacked a hearse on its way to a funeral, took the corpse of the young man inside the coffin to a motel room and had sex with it for several days before being caught by the police.

Jimmy Savile

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Broadmoor staff members claimed that Savile had told them that he engaged in necrophiliac acts with corpses in their mortuary in Leeds; Savile was friends with the chief mortician, who gave him near-unrestricted access.