What is the terminology for someone who is aroused by strangling someone to death?

Albert DeSilva, the Boston Strangler, was a(n) ________.

I realize sadist covers this but I was hoping for a more specific term.

  • Define aroused for this question. Do you mean any arousal or do you necessarily mean sexual arousal? Oct 21, 2017 at 0:27
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    Erotophonophilia - People sexually aroused by attempts of killing someone. psychologytoday.com/blog/in-excess/201308/… not necessarily by strangling someone. But this is much more specific than paraphilia. Oct 21, 2017 at 0:45
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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it's looking for a technical term in a specific discipline.
    – Xanne
    Oct 22, 2017 at 5:46
  • @Clare Thank you. I'm finding more and more how this community just likes to close the question as off-topic rather than help. I will use Erotophonophilia thank you Oct 22, 2017 at 5:53
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    Two of the close votes were because "questions...should include information on how [the word] will be used". The OP did that. One vote was because of lack of research; this close vote could be argued either way on this question. The fourth vote would eliminate any question that is a technical term in any discipline. And an adequately referenced answer by an MD to a medical question was downvoted. Not ELU's finest afternoon
    – ab2
    Oct 22, 2017 at 19:35

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What you describe is one type of paraphilia.

_ "Albert DeSilva, the Boston Strangler, was a paraphilic individual or suffered from a paraphilic disorder."

Paraphilia (previously known as sexual perversion and sexual deviation) is the experience of intense sexual arousal to atypical objects, situations, fantasies, behaviors, or individuals.

No consensus has been found for any precise border between unusual sexual interests and paraphilic ones.[2][3] There is debate over which, if any, of the paraphilias should be listed in diagnostic manuals, such as the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) or the International Classification of Diseases (ICD). The number and taxonomy of paraphilia is under debate; one source lists as many as 549 types of paraphilia.


Albert DeSilva, the Boston Strangler, was a lust murderer.

From a psychologytoday.com blog:

Erotophonophilia is a sexual paraphilia in which individuals derive sexual pleasure and arousal from murdering (or imagining they are murdering) someone. Many academics in the forensic field refer to such killings as ‘lust murder’.

From another psychologytoday.com blog:

They didn’t invent “lust murderer” as a category. That’s been in criminology circles for well over a century. But they did add behavioral nuances that they hoped would assist investigators.

Also http://www.practicalhomicide.com/articles/lustmurder.htm which is so horrible I'd rather not quote from it.

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