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Swedish Woman Arrested for Necrophilia

Evidence photo seized from the suspect's apartment.

Evidence photo seized from the suspect's apartment.

A Swedish woman, 37, was arrested in September 2012 for “violating the peace of the dead.” According to prosecutor Kristina Ehrenborg-Staffas, the suspect used the bones of the virtually complete human skeleton found in her apartment in an “unethical” manner: As sex toys.

Police initially searched the woman’s apartment after receiving reports of gunfire coming from there, but instead found the bones. They also found two CDs: My Necrophilia and My First Experience, which reportedly document in writing and with photos her sexual experiences with the bones. They also found six human skulls, one in the freezer, a spine, how-to documentation on sexing up the dead, an access code to a morgue and a scary knife collection. The woman insists that she has the bones for historical interest, (in the freezer?) but she also has lots of photos of morgues and chapels, as well as a drill and body bags hidden in a secret compartment. Neighborhood children reportedly told police that she bragged about the human bones and knife collection to them.

The Goeteborgsposten newspaper did a search of the suspect’s internet activity and claims to have found posts in which she wrote things like, “It’s worth it. I want my man like he is, whether he is dead or alive. He allows me to find sexual happiness on the side,” and “My morals set my limits and I’m prepared to take the punishment if something should happen.”

Wisely, the court ordered a preliminary psychiatric evaluation of the woman, which found her to be legally sane … creepy, but sane. Initially she was charged with murder, but for lack of evidence those charges have been dropped. She faces two years in jail if convicted.

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