Year: 1979 Source: Medicine, Science and the Law, v.19, no.2, (1979), p.118-120 SIEC No: 19841604

The motivation of some cases of fatal masochistic asphyxia is discussed, with particular refererence to four specific deaths. In these instances, it would appear that the expectation of a fatal outcome was apparent to the victims and this has medicolegal significance in deciding whether the deaths should be classified as accidents or suicides.