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II Recent case of necrophilia5 in Quebec
In May 2008, Nancy Michaud, a political staffer from Quebec, was abducted from her
home by a neighbour, shot in the head and raped three times post- mortem. The culprit,
29-year-old Francis Proulx, a marginalized individual and only child raised by a highly
devout, manic depressive and controlling mother, claimed to have suffered abuse,
bullying and rejection all his life and to have had problems socializing with people and
functioning normally in society. After the rape, he proudly boasted to his cellmate of
having had sex with a woman for the first time. He was also found guilty breaking and
entering into peoples home carrying a gun and wearing a James Bond uniform.
According to the definition provided by Rosman and Resnick (Wikipedia), the following
factors could be considered as precursors of necrophilia: 1) poor self-esteem, perhaps due
in part to a significant loss; 2) a great fear of rejection by women/men and a desire to find
a sexual partner who is incapable of rejecting him/her; and 3) an exciting sexual fantasy
with a corpse, sometimes developed after having been exposed to one. Rosman and
Resnick also indicated that among the necrophiliacs surveyed in their study, 68% were
motivated by a desire for an unresisting and unrejecting partner; [...] 15% by sexual
attraction to dead people; 15% by a desire for comfort or to overcome feelings of
isolation; and 11% by a desire to remedy low self-esteem by expressing power over a
5 necrophilia n. A paraphilia characterized by recurrent sexually arousing fantasies, sexual urges, or behaviour
involving intercourse with dead bodies.