Autoerotic death investigations are rare, and knowledge comes from two sources; experience and education. Where you may lack experience with actual scenes, knowledge can be gained through education and research. My intention through this course is to give the investigator, regardless of experience or education level, the tools needed to properly interpret these scenes.


This course is approved for continuing education credits by Missouri POST, American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators (ABMDI) and the American College of Forensic Examiners Institute  (ACFEI)

Who should take this course

  • Law Enforcement
  • Medicolegal Death Investigators
  • Coroners
  • Private Legal Investigators
  • Forensic Students

Course Summary

WARNING:  This course contains images of actual death scenes and nudity.

This comprehensive  investigative training course for law enforcement, police, coroners, medical examiners, crime scene and forensic technicians, is the only online course of its kind that the instructor  is aware of.  A word of warning;  this course shows graphic depiction of deceased persons,  images associated with autoerotic activity, and a video of an actual death by asphyxial means.

This course is comprised of real information investigators can use to interpret a scene of a suspected autoerotic death. Full of information needed, yet purposefully lacking long explanations of research and controlled studies. You will find careful descriptions to help determine what these deaths are — and what they are not. The investigator will be equipped with the necessary skills to properly investigate this type of death.

Autoerotic death investigations are rare, and knowledge comes from two sources; experience and education. Where you may lack experience with actual scenes, knowledge can be gained through education and research. My intention through this course is to give the investigator, regardless of experience or education level, the tools needed to properly interpret these scenes.

Many of these deaths are misinterpreted every year because scene investigators are untrained and look only for signs of homicide or suicide. This combined with the untrue belief that this death is only a “male masturbation” issue, they never taking into consideration the ruling of autoerotic accident.

This is an online video training and is designed to be interactive with students by random quizzes and final exam . Student login and time is tracked per student to verify time spent in the course if needed.   Testing cannot be done until videos are watched.  Each video has a unique symbol or picture that will appear prominently during the video and is part of the test questions, this will insure the video has been watched.  Certificates will only be available for print after success completion of the final exam and the course evaluation.

Each certificate will indicate that it was computer based training and will note the post control number and the CLEE hours given..

Course Goals

After completing this course the student will be better able to:

  1. Understand the definition of Autoerotic deaths
  2. Know the two classifications of autoerotic deaths
  3. Recognize the 15 scene features present in these deaths
  4. Know victimology statistics of most common victim
  5. Understand what autoerotic deaths are attributable to
  6. Know the most common form of autoerotic cause of death
  7. Know the four basic methods of asphyxiation
  8. Understand the agonal sequence in hanging deaths
  9. Understand why crime scene work is so vital in these types of deaths
  10. Explain what the investigation triangle is as it relates to investigations
  11. Know the basic of scene interpretation
  12. Know the process of collecting evidence from the body
  13. Understand the importance of and the process to; a proper history investigation
  14. Understand the need to look for scene alterations
  15. Understand the psychology of the victim
  16. Understand the meaning of “paraphilia”
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