comnentary by Patrick H. Moore
It’s well known that sex accompanied by strangulation, known as erotic asphyxiation, is an increasingly popular pastime among the young, the kinky, the just plain adventurous, and sometimes the not too smart. A few older guys and gals also apparently don’t turn up their noses at the giddy pleasure. The Reverend Gary Aldridge, of Montgomery’s Thorington Road Baptist Church, died on June 24, 2007 from “accidental mechanical asphyxia”; he was “found hogtied, wearing two complete wet suits, including a face mask, diving gloves and slippers, rubberized underwear, and a head mask.” This is even weirder than the sad passing of film star David Carradine, whose death has been described in the following manner:
David Carradine died on June 4, 2009 from accidental asphyxiation, according to the medical examiner who performed a private autopsy on the actor. His body was found hanging by a rope in a closet in his room in Thailand, and there was evidence of a recent orgasm; two autopsies were conducted and concluded that his death was not suicide, and the Thai forensic pathologist who examined the body stated that his death may have been due to autoerotic asphyxiation. Two of Carradine’s ex-wives, Gail Jensen and Marina Anderson, stated publicly that his sexual interests included the practice of self-bondage.
This is all well and good but it doesn’t answer the question of what do you do when you accidentally strangle your partner to death during the sex act and are left with his or her still hot but very dead body. Not being a practitioner of erotic asphyxiation, I cannot answer this highly pertinent question from personal experience. In September, however, an Italian lover by the name of Andrea Pizzicolo found himself confronted with this prickly situation when his lovely 18-year-old Romanian lover, Lavinia Simona Ailoaiei, accidentally expired during an erotic game the two of them were playing.
David Lohr of the Huffington Post writes:
A man who allegedly killed a Romanian teenager, had sex with her corpse and then dumped her body, was arrested in Italy. During a weekend press conference, prosecutor Vincenzo Russo, said murder suspect Andrea Pizzicolo was arrested at his home in Arese. The 41-year-old accountant shares the residence with his 5-year-old daughter and an unidentified woman.
According to the investigators, Pizzicolo killed his 18-year-old lover sometime between Friday night and Saturday morning. He also didn’t cover his tracks very well. The young woman’s naked body was discovered Sunday in a corn field in Lombardy. Pizzicolo hadn’t bothered to remove the self-locking plastic ties that were bound tightly around her neck. He left her unclothed corpse with a towel draped over her head, a mistake because the the towel led police to a nearby hotel, where Pizzicolo had allegedly rented a room Friday night.
When the authorities searched Pizzicolo’s home, they allegedly found plastic ties similar to those that were found on the victim. Pizzicolo was escorted down to the police station. After four hours of determined interrogation, the Italian allegedly confessed. According to Prosecutor Vincenzo Russo, Pizzicolo stated:
“I’ve lost my mind, I went on tilt.”
Pizzicolo apparently then confessed that he had met the teen, who had just turned 18, on the Internet. Their rendezvous on Friday at a motel north of Milan was only their second date. Pizzicolo told the investigators that they engaged in an erotic sex game, in which Pizzicolo put the plastic ties around her neck. According to Pizzicolo, she struggled to breathe during their game and, despite his best efforts, he was unable to remove the ties and she expired.
According to Russo and the Head of the Flying Squad of Lodi, Alessandro Battista, the investigators have learned that Pizzicolo transported Ailoaiei’s body to another hotel, where he allegedly had sex with her dead body before he dumped it. The teen’s cellphone and other belongings were found in the trash bin of a restaurant near the second hotel.
Strangely, Ailoaiei is not the first victim to have been dumped in the outskirts of Lodi. According to La Repubblica, in 2011, a Moroccan woman was found dead in the area with her head and hands removed from her body. Roughly 10 years earlier a 25-year-old woman was found naked and strangled. Neither case has been solved.
The authorities have not indicated there is any connection between those two cases and the Pizzicolo case.
Pizzicolo has been charged with murder and committing obscene acts on a corpse.
The victim’s ex-boyfriend decried the alleged acts and remembered Ailoaiei as a “compassionate loving” girlfriend.
“I did not expect her to get hurt … I really miss her and love her,” AdmYn AdrYano, told The Huffington Post on Monday. (It almost sounds like he was in the motel room with them.)
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Although Pizzicolo is charged with murder and committing obscene acts on a corpse, it seems to me that unless it can be proved that he intended to kill the 18-year-old victim, a more proper charge would be some form of aggravated manslaughter. As to the “committing obscene acts with a corpse” charge, I don’t believe it just be given much weight at sentencing. (Note: This is what I believed prior to the update based on this single case. See Update below).
As for the poor deceased victim, it’s hard for me to comprehend why she would practice erotic asphyxiation with an older gentleman whom she barely knew. Good god, it was only their second date.
Andrea Pizzocolo may have been responsible for other violent attacks, according to police.
More charges may be forthcoming against Andrea Pizzocolo, 41, who was convicted for the death of an 18-year-old woman, police said at a news conference.
A man has come forward to describe how in August he rescued a young woman who was tied in the same fashion as the earlier victim, police said.
And as many as 10 other similar cases are under investigation.
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