Defiling the Dead: Necrophilia and the Law

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Tyler Trent Ochoa

Santa Clara University School of Law

Christine Jones


Date Written: 1997


This article will examine the issue of criminal liability for necrophilia. Part II will address necrophilia in general and will discuss briefly why society finds such acts reprehensible. Part III will discuss existing criminal prohibitions against necrophilia in California and other states. Part IV will discuss the evidentiary use of necrophilia in proving other crimes. Finally, Part V will evaluate proposed legislation outlawing necrophilia.

Suggested Citation

Ochoa, Tyler Trent and Jones, Christine, Defiling the Dead: Necrophilia and the Law (1997). Whittier Law Review, Vol. 18, No. 539, 1997, Santa Clara Univ. Legal Studies Research Paper No. 31-14, Available at SSRN:

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