Graveyard Shift Real Necrophiliacs Describe What They Like About Dead Bodies  

Chuck Stern
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Necrophiliacs rarely believe in the saying "Til' death do us part." For them, death is only a gateway to new and sensual bodily delights. Necrophile stories are rife with control and mommy issues, feelings of loneliness and isolation, and good old sexual deviance. A necrophiliac interview can illuminate this dark and taboo world. These folks have an attraction to corpses, and they want you to know about it.

To take a life is to break the cardinal rule of humanity. Ironically, these killers establish their own rules. Dennis Nilsen created a dream world, one in which bodies were eternal. Love propelled Carl Tanzler, perhaps the most sympathetic necrophile, but hate fueled Nico Claux, who was later dubbed "The Vampire of Paris." From female necrophiliacs to unhinged serial killers, all of these people have one thing in common: their forbidden love of the dead.


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Jeffrey Dahmer, known as "The Milwaukee Cannibal," murdered, raped, and dismembered 17 boys and men between 1978 and 1991, he also participated in cannibalism and necrophilia. Dahmer kept victims alive while drilling holes into theirs heads.

He kept pieces of them in his refrigerator and liquified their remains with muriatric acid. "My consuming lust was to experience their bodies," Dahmer once said in an interview. "I viewed them as objects, as strangers. It is hard for me to believe a human being could have done what I've done."

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Karen Greenlee Loved The Smell Of Death


Karen Greenlee worked in the death service industry, which was perfect because she was a rabid necrophile who was "humping cadavers for years." She was apprehended in 1979, after she drove off with a corpse in a hearse, had sex with it, wrote a confession, and overdosed on Tylenol and codeine. In a candid interview, she admitted to affairs with 20 to 40 dead men. She cited fear of love, and relationships as motivating factors, but also an intense attraction to dead men.

"That body is just lying there," she said, "but it has what it takes to make me happy. The cold, the aura of death, the smell of death, the funereal surroundings, it all contributes." Indeed, the smell of death was "very erotic" to Greenlee, as was blood. "When you're on top of a body it tends to purge blood out of its mouth, while you're making passionate love...You'd have to be there, I guess."

Guido Henckel von Donnersmarck Spent "Too Much Time" With His Wife's Corpse


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Guido Henckel von Donnersmarck was a wealthy industrial magnate and German nobleman of the 19th century. He made a name for himself through his many financial, military and business endeavors, but also through his famous marriage to La Paiva, a French courtesan. Rumor has it that Donnersmarck loved La Paiva so much he held onto her body after she died, preserved it in embalming fluid, and "spent much time with it." He was one of the richest men of his time, but it seemed she was the ultimate prize.

Leilah Wendell Shared Consciousness With An Angel Of Death


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Leilah Wendell is a writer, painter, historian and creator of Westgatenecromantic.com, a website dedicated to the angel of death, Azrael. Wendell describes herself as being in love with death. "The basic principle of necromancy," she said in a WBAB radio interview, "is seducing the corpse in order that the angel of death may come through it."

To Wendell, necrophilia is a positive thing, but one that is often misconstrued: "The benefits would simply be in shared consciousness [with Azrael]. I know what He feels and thinks... all the time. Is that a blessing... or a bane? I guess that depends on how you view it and who you are."