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Understanding Necrophilia

The much awaited book, Understanding Necrophilia: A Global Multidisciplinary Approach, has finally reached store shelves. Perhaps the best is chapter 20, “Windows Into the Crypt: Proposing a Scale of Sexual Animation” authored by Dallas Drake, the Center for Homicide Research’s Principal Researcher. In it he proposes that necrophilia can be organized along a continuum opposite of paraphilic (or anger excitation) rape and that scale entries increase or decrease depending on how much motion an offender desires during sex. This helps explain the interrelatedness with such things as date-rapes using GHB, or alternately, having sex with nude mannequins. According to Drake too much emphasis is placed on death’s association to this form of sexual offending.

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