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Kinky Fetish Goes Horribly Awry

A Pennsylvania man finds himself suddenly faced with charges for killing his wife:

A kinky sex escapade ended this week with the electrocution death of a Pennsylvania woman and the arrest of her husband for manslaughter. According to cops, Toby Taylor, 37, first claimed that his wife Kirsten was shocked by her hair dryer. But he then admitted that the couple was “into weird sexual behaviors,” according to a probable cause affidavit. Taylor then explained that he hooks clips to his wife’s nipples and “plugs the cord into a electric strip” and shocks her. On Wednesday evening, Taylor said, Kirsten removed her clothes, attached the clips, and shocked herself. He then picked up the electric strip and shocked her several more times, adding that he had placed a piece of electric tape over her mouth during the jolts. After the last shock, Kirsten, 29, “fell over on to her face.” Taylor initially thought his wife was joking, but quickly realized she was unconscious. He then dressed her in preparation for driving to the hospital, but instead called 911 when she stopped breathing.

Ouch! He stands charged with involuntary manslaughter and reckless endangerment. This lead to a discussion with Bitter as to whether justice is really served by charges here. If I were the DA for York County, I’d probably offer a plea to reckless charge in exchange for dropping the manslaughter, but most normal human beings are aware that hooking up someone else’s nipples to a power strip in all its 120V 60Hz 20 amp glory runs a severe risk of killing that person.

If you’re into kinky electrocution sex, get yourself one of these. While I’m sure that use will invalidate the manufacturer’s warranty, it’s far less likely to kill, and it even seems to come in kinky sex toy-like colors.

Since it doesn’t appear this couple had any children (I’d hate to think of how you explain that “Daddy is hurting mommy” to a kid anyway), I think these two are great possibilities for 2008 Darwin Award winners.

UPDATE: Perhaps electrofetish people could use this peculiar antecedent of the taser.

12 Responses to “Kinky Fetish Goes Horribly Awry”

  1. Alcibiades McZombie says:

    This is why they are supposed to use batteries.

    And I’m fairly sure there are people who… manufacture… such devices for the safety conscious consumer.

  2. KathyH says:

    There are other more appropriate/safer ways to play that game. It’s the uneducated masses that give it a bad name.

    Oh the parallels that could be made :)

  3. Sebastian says:

    I’m not sure what to think that my first two comments on this talk about the proper way to electrocute nipples :)

  4. Jim W says:

    I don’t see how he is legally to blame here.

    She obviously gave knowing consent to this dangerous activity. In fact, I would go so far as to say that she actively participated in it on a regular basis.

    This is no different than if they had gone mountain climbing together and she had fallen to her death.

  5. Bitter says:

    I tend to think the same thing, Jim. Especially since in this instance, she actually started it herself. Reckless endangerment at most, but manslaughter? No.

  6. Alcibiades McZombie says:

    Well, only an idiot would use house current, so my comment was fairly obvious.

  7. vinnie says:

    And tens units are cheap.
    Google it.
    And yes I am a fountain of useless information.

  8. Chris Byrne says:

    It isn’t reckless endangerment if both were willing participants who understood what they were doing.

    As they had obviously done it before, the death certificate should read death by misadventure, not homicide. There is no chargeable offense here.

    At least none that doesn’t come out as a horrible pun.

    The guy is an idiot, but last time I checked, stupidity wasn’t illegal yet.

    This is pretty clearly a ham sandwich indictment; intended to force a plea. If he has anything remotely resembling competent representation, charges won’t stick.

    …and theres that bad pun again.

  9. Chris Byrne says:

    Oh and yes, there are MANY companies out there who make what are known in the trade as “Electrostimulation” devices.

  10. Joe Huffman says:

    Yeah, the people I know that do this sort of thing use a TENS unit.

    I’ve gotten reports (I HATE being shocked) from women that give it wonderful reviews but I just don’t get it. But that’s not unusual, as near as I can tell 95+% of the population is irrational.

  11. KathyH says:

    I’m not sure what to think that my first two comments on this talk about the proper way to electrocute nipples :)

    That you appeal to a broad base of readers that are not narrow-minded or judgmental *grins*

    Or that geeks like to play with things *giggles*

    It isn’t reckless endangerment if both were willing participants who understood what they were doing.

    I think that the problem that arises with that statement is that if they had known what they were doing, they probably wouldn’t have been doing it with household electric current.

    Sort of like using a .357 or a .45 to go squirrel hunting. The squirrel does indeed die if hit, it’s just less useful for stew *grins*

    She did indeed get shocked. (wow. I’m just going to stop there. It’s really hard to not make the black humor comments)

  12. Alcibiades McZombie says:

    Well, a .45 can be used for squirrel control, as long as you don’t hook it up to live current…

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