A woman from western Sweden has been arrested after police found skeletons in her apartment. She is being charged with using the bones as sex toys.
Prosecutor Kristina Ehrenborg-Staffas told The Local, “I have never heard of a case like this and neither have my colleagues, so I dare to say that this kind of case is quite uncommon.”
The 37-year-old woman, who was arrested in September, was formally charged Tuesday at Gothenberg District Court for the crime of “violating the peace of the dead.”
Ehrenborg-Staffas couldn’t explain how the woman managed to collect almost an entire skeleton, but she did say the remains had been used in an “unethical” way.
The prosecutor said, “In the confidential section of the investigation we have material which indicates she used them in sexual situations.”
The police also found two CDs labeled “My necrophilia” and “My first experience,” both of which contained a number of documents and pictures. Some of the photos showed the woman licking a skull.
Ehrenborg-Staffas said, “We claim it’s her, but she claims it’s someone else and that she found the pictures on the internet.”
The prosecutor also said, “She has a lot of photos of morgues and chapels, and documents about how to have sex with recently deceased and otherwise dead people.”
Katarina Oberg, head of the center of Andrology and Sexual Medicine at Karolinska University Hospital in Stockholm said this was the first time she had heard of such a case in the country.
“During my ten years I have never had a patient with necrophilia,” Oberg said. “Although, I guess it is not really something that one confesses to having.”
Police emphasized that they couldn’t prove that the woman had been digging up graves.
The woman pleaded not guilty and said she hadn’t done anything illegal. The prosecution also said the woman had sold skulls over the Internet.
“She admits to having the bones, but says she collected them out of a historical and archaeological interest,” Ehrenborg-Staffas said.
A knife set was also confiscated from the woman’s home, and she reportedly bragged to nearby children that she kept knives and dead people in her house.
Police were drawn to the case after being informed that a gunshot had been fired in the woman’s apartment in September.
The woman had first been arrested on suspicion of murder, but the charges have been changed to violating the peace of the dead. If found guilty, she faces penalties ranging from fines up to a maximum of two years in prison.