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Sexual attraction to corpses: a psychiatric review of necrophilia.

@article{Rosman1989SexualAT,
  title={Sexual attraction to corpses: a psychiatric review of necrophilia.},
  author={J P Rosman and Philip J. Resnick},
  journal={The Bulletin of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law},
  year={1989},
  volume={17 2},
  pages={
          153-63
        }
}
  • J. RosmanP. Resnick
  • Published 1 June 1989
  • Psychology
  • The Bulletin of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law
The authors review 122 cases (88 from the world literature and 34 unpublished cases) manifesting necrophilic acts or fantasies. They distinguish genuine necrophilia from pseudonecrophilia and classify true necrophilia into three types: necrophilic homicide, "regular" necrophilia, and necrophilic fantasy. Neither psychosis, mental retardation, nor sadism appears to be inherent in necrophilia. The most common motive for necrophilia is possession of an unresisting and unrejecting partner… 

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