Abuse of a corpse: A brief history and re-theorization of necrophilia laws in the USA

  title={Abuse of a corpse: A brief history and re-theorization of necrophilia laws in the USA},
  author={John Troyer},
  pages={132 - 152}
Abstract In September 2006, Wisconsin police discovered Nicholas Grunke, Alexander Grunke, and Dustin Radtke digging into the grave of a recently deceased woman. Upon questioning by police, Alexander Grunke explained that the three men wanted to exhume the body for sexual intercourse. In the Wisconsin state court system, the three men were charged with attempted third-degree sexual assault and attempted theft. None of the men could be charged with attempted necrophilia, since the state of… 

The Judicial Implications of Necrophilia

In many countries there are no laws that address the necessary legalities about necrophilia. This legal incapacity hinders states to prosecute individuals who are caught having sex with dead bodies.

Consuming criminal corpses: Fascination with the dead criminal body

Abstract The body of the criminal has long held a macabre fascination. From the earliest times to the nineteenth century, the public execution of criminals in Britain and America drew large crowds to

For the Love of Death

  • D. Knafo
  • Psychology
    Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association
  • 2015
It is argued here that one must distinguish the forms of fantasy, playacting, and actual behavior that lie along a spectrum of romantic or sexual behavior involving people who are sleeping, drugged, immobile, inanimate, comatose, or dead.

The Sexually Sadistic Properties of Necrophilia, in the Context of Serial Killing, a Case Study

  • M. Pettigrew
  • Psychology
    Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology
  • 2019
In the relatively limited amount of scholarly literature examining necrophilia, there has been historical disagreement over the presence of sexual sadism in the sexual violation of the dead. A case

Necrosadism: exploring the sexual component of post-mortem mutilation of homicide victims

  • M. Pettigrew
  • Psychology
    The Journal of Forensic Psychiatry & Psychology
  • 2022
ABSTRACT It is only relatively recently that necrophilic behaviour has been recognised as diverse in nature, the importance of which is directly linked to correct treatment options. The distinct

Fantasy, Opportunity, Homicide: Testing Classifications of Necrophilic Behaviour

The study finds that until a stronger cohort of offenders can be established, a broader classification tool is preferable to excessive subdivisions of behaviour in grouping and understanding necrophilic activities, with the addendum that necrophiles can display a range of behaviours at any one time.

Pregnancy remains, infant remains, or the corpse of a child? The incoherent governance of the dead foetal body in England

ABSTRACT In English law, the conventional view is that human personhood is produced by live birth, kinship is produced by relations between persons, and corpses are produced on the death of persons,

Hidden labour in funeral directing: providing care to ‘difficult’ dead bodies

ABSTRACT This article uses the case study of Ian Brady to examine the previously hidden forms of labour that funeral directors do in managing the remains of particularly controversial criminals.

Looking for justice : the family and the inquest

This thesis critically examines the claim that ‘family’ is at the heart of the contemporary inquest system, analysing the impact of this putative change on the construction of kinship, death and the



‘Psychopathia Sexualis’

  • John Johnson
  • Psychology, Medicine
    British Journal of Psychiatry
  • 1973
In general psychiatry, Krafft-Ebing is best known for his research in establishing the connection between general paralysis of the body and psychosexual disorders in man.

Sexual attraction to corpses: a psychiatric review of necrophilia.

  • J. RosmanP. Resnick
  • Psychology
    The Bulletin of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law
  • 1989
Neither psychosis, mental retardation, nor sadism appears to be inherent in necrophilia, but some necrophiles who had occupational access to corpses committed homicide nevertheless and Psychodynamic themes, defense mechanisms, and treatment for this rare disorder are discussed.

An extreme case of necrophilia.

Defiling the Dead: Necrophilia and the Law

This article will examine the issue of criminal liability for necrophilia. Part II will address necrophilia in general and will discuss briefly why society finds such acts reprehensible. Part III

Necrophilia, brief review and case report

An example of inhibited necrophilia is described, in which the necrophilic fantasies were brought to light through a series of sodium amytal interviews, with emphasis on the sadistic elements.

Flat American Waltz

Abnormal: Lectures at the Collège de France, 1974-1975