But what if the pursuit of that pain becomes fatal? Recent years have seen a number of famous people die at their own hands. In , American film actor David Carradine was found dead in a Bangkok hotel room, with a cord tied around his neck and genitals. Hollywood actor David Carradine Photo: Rex Features In , in Oldham, far-right National Front leader Kristian Etchells died when he fastened a kettle flex around his neck to heighten his solo pleasure. And, also in the UK, TV presenter Kristian Digby died in , in what was thought to be a solo sex game gone wrong — depriving himself of oxygen to get a sexual high.
A plastic bag and belt were near his body. But what happens if one partner kills the other by accident during a sex game? If both have consented, is it manslaughter, misadventure — or murder? Some cases are clear cut. Take Sada Abe and her lover, Kichizo Isihda. On 18 May , they were having sex. Sada obliged — only, in an unexpected frenzy, she strangled Kitchi and cut off his genitals. Days later, she was arrested. Sada admitted killing Kitchi.
She was convicted of second-degree murder and mutilation of a corpse and sentenced to six years in prison. He wanted to know what it felt like to be mummified. So he asked his friend, Richard Bowler, 35, to help. Richard then wrapped his friend Alun in clingfilm, from head to toe. He was jailed for five years. Richard Bowler was jailed for five years Photo: Rex Features Shot in his latex bodysuit Edouard Stern was a handsome billionaire who enjoyed the high life in the South of France.
A family man, it seems he also enjoyed sadomasochistic sex with his lover, Cecile Brossard. Edouard Stern was a handsome billionaire Photo: Rex Features But for her, their relationship was about more than kinky sex.
Cecile was in love with Stern. He did so, then he asked for the money back. When Cecile refused, Edouard became angry with her. Perhaps not the wisest of comments when the banker was sitting with his hands tied, wearing a full latex bodysuit.
Cecile shot him between the eyes with his own handgun. As he somehow staggered to his feet, Cecile shot Edouard twice in the torso, then finished off the billionaire with a bullet to the temple. Cecile Brossard shot her lover four times Photo: But in , it all went wrong.
James, 29, asked Rebecca, 25, to bind and gag him in a kinky sex game. It was part of the game. James would free himself by the time Rebecca returned from her casual encounter — only this time, James suffocated. But some thought Rebecca had killed James deliberately.
That she lured him into a sex game where he was totally vulnerable, and then suffocated him. Rebecca Bargy was arrested and charged with second-degree murder. She faced 20 years behind bars. Rebecca Bargy in court Photo: PA Photos Rebecca maintained that what had happened was part of a kinky sex fantasy. Jurors agreed, and found her not guilty of second-degree murder.
However, she was convicted of criminally negligent homicide and received 18 months in prison.