Getting onto Wikipedia always has the potential to lead down a dark hole into the mouth of madness.
Take a search for INXS. At first glance everything seems very hunky dory, if not a bit bland. Most of the page consists of paraphrasing from an INXS biography entitled: The Life and Times of Michael Hutchence and INXS. There are also slightly interesting tidbits about how they emerged from a pub-touring Australian band into one of the largest acts of the 80’s.
But if you’re daring enough to delve deeper into the page you’ll eventually get into the mysterious death of Michael Hutchence.
There’s not much about his death on the INXS page so you take a stroll on over to the Michael Hutchence page for further investigation.
Apparently there’s some dispute about how the dude actually died. The coroner’s report lists it as suicide due to depression mixed with a potent cocktail of narcotics and prescription medicine in a Ritz-Carlton Hotel.
But in an interview with the Australian 60 minutes program his former lover and mother of his child, British TV personality Paula Yates (who later died of a heroin overdose), said that it’s possible that Hutchence died of autoerotic asphyxiation.
Hey, what’s this autoerotic asphyxiation, your creepy brain asks. You click on the Wikipedia link.
Well, let’s see here…”Erotic asphyxiation or breath control play is the intentional restriction of oxygen to the brain for sexual arousal. “
Ah, right right, that make senses…not.
Scrolling down through the page you’ll see that this has been the source of demise for some fairly well-known folks. You may recognize David Carradine on that list…who is better known to some as Bill from Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill.
Read through the list of other unlucky “gaspers” and you’ll see one with a particularly macabre description…
“Sada Abe killed her lover, Kichizo Ishida, through erotic asphyxiation in 1936, proceeding to cut off his penis and testicles and carry them around with her in her handbag for a number of days. The case caused a sensation in 1930s Japan and has remained one of the most famous Japanese murder cases of all time.”
Ok, so you’re already in this far, might as well go ahead and click on Sada Abe.
Here’s a few gems that you’ll encounter on your journey through Sada Abe’s life.
Her father sent her to work in a brothel, then not an uncommon way to punish female sexual promiscuity in Japan, though he soon bought her back. Teruko’s past was not considered a hindrance to marriage for those of the Abes’ class at the time, and she soon married.
Yes, this seems completely logical. Completely.
Abe wound up a low-ranking geisha, in which her main duties were to provide sex. She worked for five years in this capacity, and eventually contracted syphilis. Since this meant she would be required to undergo regular examinations, like a legally licensed prostitute, Abe decided to enter that better-paying profession.
Again, logic reigns supreme. Spock would be proud. But it gets so much better.
Ishida and Abe returned to Ogu, where they remained until his death. During their love-making this time, Abe put the knife to the base of Ishida’s penis, and said she would make sure he would never play around with another woman. Ishida laughed at this. Two nights into this bout of sex, Abe began choking Ishida, and he told her to continue, saying that this increased his pleasure. She had him do it to her as well. On the evening of May 16, 1936, Abe used her obi sash to cut off Ishida’s breathing during orgasm, and they both enjoyed it. They repeated this for two more hours. Once Abe stopped the strangulation, Ishida’s face became distorted, and would not return to its normal appearance. Ishida took 30 tablets of a sedative called Calmotin to try to soothe his pain. According to Abe, as Ishida started to doze, he told her, “You’ll put the cord around my neck and squeeze it again while I’m sleeping, won’t you… If you start to strangle me, don’t stop, because it is so painful afterward.” Abe commented that she wondered if he had wanted her to kill him, but on reflection decided he must have been joking.
About 2 a.m. on the morning of May 18, 1936, as Ishida was asleep, Abe wrapped her sash twice around his neck and strangled him to death. She later told police, “After I had killed Ishida I felt totally at ease, as though a heavy burden had been lifted from my shoulders, and I felt a sense of clarity.” After lying with Ishida’s body for a few hours, she next severed his genitalia with the kitchen knife, wrapped them in a magazine cover, and kept them until her arrest three days later. With the blood she wrote Sada, Kichi Futari-kiri (“Sada, Kichi together”) on Ishida’s left thigh, and on a bed sheet. She then carved 定 (“Sada”, the character for her name) into his left arm. After putting on Ishida’s underwear, she left the inn at about 8 a.m., telling the staff not to disturb Ishida. When asked why she had severed Ishida’s genitalia, Abe replied, “Because I couldn’t take his head or body with me. I wanted to take the part of him that brought back to me the most vivid memories.“
Some people collect magnets, other spoons…Sada Abe collects jewels.
The account goes on to feature those confederate members in some entirely horrific situations, which you’ll have to check out in this section of the Sada Abe page if you’re feeling particularly fiendish.
Finally, the kicker.
The first day of Abe’s trial was November 25, 1936, and by 5 a.m. crowds were already gathering to attend. The judge presiding over the trial admitted to being sexually aroused by some of the details involved in the case, yet made sure that the trial was held with the utmost seriousness.
When all was said and done she only served five years in prison. And we wonder why Japan is so goddamn weird.
If you take one more brave click you’ll find that Sada Abe case was a big influence of the Ero Guro Nansensu (erotic-grotesque-nonsense…or ero guro for short ) art movement in Japan.
So what is Ero Guro, you may ask? Well, it kind of looks like this….
If you really want to know the depravity of this journey then click on this link. But don’t blame me for what you see…it was INXS and Wikipedia that brought us down that dark hole into the bloody mouth of madness.
And for those of you that love sweet tunes while keeping your mind out of the gutter, please enjoy the following download links. But please, remember to breathe.
And all sex, blood, & death aside…this is one of the best albums of the 80’s. Absolute pop bliss. Catchy catchy cool.