The person is sexually aroused by putting themselves in situations in which they may be killed. They really have to feel they are in danger in order to be sexually aroused. Unfortunately, many of them get killed in the process.

autassassinophilia: 1. a paraphilia of the sacrificial/expiatory type in which sexuoerotic arousal and facilitation or attainment of orgasm are responsive to, and contingent on stage-managing the possibility of one's own masochistic death by murder [from Greek, autos, self + assassin + -philia]. 2. The condition of being dependent on the masochistic staging of one's own murder in order to obtain erotosexual arousal and facilitate or achieve orgasm. The reciprocal paraphilic condition is lust murder or erotophonophilia, also termed imprecisely as serial killing.

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