Sexual Obsessions Gone Wrong (A True Crime Short)

Rachael Bell

November 20, 2017

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A sexual obsession can begin as a fantasy that can evolve into a compulsion. This story delves into sexual obsessions so weird as to almost be entertaining, except that they can lead to serious injury, criminal assault, and death.


Just when you think you’ve heard it all … A fascinating and often tongue-in-cheek look into cases of bizarre sexually obsessive behaviors (paraphilias) with unintended consequences. Each chapter briefly explores paraphilias from lesser-known fetishes to more common fixations that unexpectedly led to severe injury, imprisonment and death. Case-by-case accounts provide insight into the circumstances surrounding such infamous incidences as the deaths of INXS singer Michael Hutchence and actor David Carradine, believed to have accidently died from auto-erotic asphyxiation, and the more recent case of the Northern Virginia “Serial Butt Slasher,” where women shopping in malls were brutally stabbed in the behind by an unidentified sexual pervert. These unusual and often disconcerting accounts seriously challenge the adage, “What feels good can’t be wrong.”

Rachael Bell has masters degrees in both clinical forensic and health psychology and worked for truTV (previously Court TV) for more than a decade researching, reporting and writing more than 70 in-depth feature stories on major criminal cases, such as O.J. Simpson, the Green River Killer, Ted Bundy and John Wayne Gacy. She has also worked for more than a decade as a mental-health therapist in psychiatric hospitals and forensic institutes in Europe and the United States, specializing in adult, adolescent and teenage male and female sex offenders, as well as with patients with other psychiatric problems. Her vast experience in the realm of abnormal psychology and the legal system has provided her with unique insight into understanding criminal and deviant behaviors.

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Rachael Bell has master’s degrees in both clinical forensic and health psychology and worked for Time Warner’s Crime Library writing more than 70 feature stories on major cases, such as O.J. Simpson, Ted Bundy and John Wayne Gacy. She worked for more than a decade as a mental-health therapist in psychiatric hospitals and forensic institutes in Europe and the U.S., specializing in sex offenders. Her vast experience in abnormal psychology and the legal system has provided her with unique insight into criminal and deviant behaviors.

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Foreword by Marilyn Bardsley

A sexual obsession can simply begin as a fantasy, which then evolves into a compulsion that the individual believes must be acted upon. Some of these compulsions, like pedophilia and exhibitionism are reasonably well understood ─ and are unfortunately all too common. This story addresses compulsions and fetishes that are much more exotic. In most cases, it is hard to imagine that people engage in them. The sexual obsessions are so weird as to almost be entertaining, except that when they are acted upon, they can lead to serious injury, criminal assault, and death.

As an expert in sexual deviation, Rachael Bell is the perfect writer to address this subject. Not only has she researched this area thoroughly in her work and writings, she has treated numerous people for sexual obsessions. Rachael has written more than 70 major feature stories for Time Warner’s Crime Library, most of which are very serious analyses of major crimes and criminals like the Atlanta child murders and the FBI investigation of the 2001 anthrax attack. Her sense of humor and her appreciation for the absurd, however, infuse her stories about “crimes below the belt.”