7. Masochistic Self-Harm

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Four
Chapter: 
1

One person described her son's use of pornography and his resulting death.[823]

My son, Troy Daniel Dunaway, was murdered on August 6, 1981, by the greed and avarice of the publishers of Hustler Magazine. My son read the article 'Orgasm of Death,' set up the sexual experiment depicted therein, followed the explicit instructions of the article, and ended up dead. He would still be alive today were he not enticed and incited into this action by Hustler Magazine's 'How To Do' August 1981 article; an article which was found at his feet and which directly caused his death.[824]

A woman testified about her husband, who was a medical professional and an avid consumer of pornography:

... extremely excited about was the story of a man who had fish in an aquarium, stuck his organ in the aquarium and they nibbled on it until he orgasmed. John was so excited that he would go out and buy a fish tank. At that time John was physically abusing me by pulling my hair, slapping me, kicking me, stomping on my feet.[825]

Notes

  1. Commercial "erotica" was found at the death scene of forty-four out of 150 accidental autoerotic deaths in the largest study of this subject. R. R. Mazelwood, P. E. Dietz & A. W. Burgess, Autoerotic Fatalities 130-131 (1983).
  2. Houston Hearing, Vol. II, p. 178H1; Herceg et. al. v. Hustler Magazine, Inc., C.A. no. H-82-198, S.D. Texas (1985) (case now on appeal). [Subsequent Note: In April 1987, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the decision]
  3. Washington, D.C., Hearing, Vol. I, p. 81.