It’s always fun to read news from my hometown, the City of Bodily Harm:
A 34-year-old Philadelphia man is undergoing a psychiatric evaluation after deliberately cutting off his arm with an electric saw, officials say…… Police said the hand also was cut off from the severed limb, but it was not clear if it was removed before or after the arm had been sawed off.
The man, who has a history of mental illness, also apparently tried to discard the body parts, police said. His current condition is not known, but police said he would undergo a psychiatric evaluation. — philly.com
I can just imagine police responding to the inevitable question on radio, “Is the man armed?”
I also wonder if loony bins keep modified handicap-accessible straitjackets around for this kind of eventuality.
In case you’re wondering, the name for this sort of self-mutilation is Apotemnophilia. It’s a sub-species of “Body Integrity Identity Disorder.” That’s right — your neighborhood shrink has a name for everything, and for damn good reason: if they can’t slap the name of a recognized mental disorder on it, it’s a whole lot harder to get paid by the insurance company, which prefers to pay for treatment of injury and illness, not behavior or depravity. (This also suggests there’s a regimen of very expensive pharmaceuticals out there as well.)
And speaking of depravity, there’s Acrotomophilia, which describes the condition of individuals who are sexually aroused by and attracted to amputees. Sensitive souls know them as “Stump-Humpers.” I bet you know plenty of people like this, right? If not, you’ll find whole communities of amp-aficionados in Yahoo and Google groups, but do your own damned homework on this one. Warning: Some members type very slowly.
Well that’s enough sickness and cruelty for one post, ya think? I’m outta here. CUT!