Is there a name for this phenomenon?

ZURICH (AP) — Prosecutors said Thursday that a Brazilian woman has admitted faking an attack by Swiss skinheads and lying about miscarrying twins.

Pictures of her scarred body appeared in newspapers and Brazil’s Foreign Ministry had raised the possibility that she was the victim of a xenophobic attack. But after a series of tests, police said that Oliveira was not three months pregnant as she claimed, and Zurich University forensic medicine chief Walter Baer called it a “textbook case” of self-mutilation.[…]

Last year, an 18-year-old woman in Germany was convicted of faking a neo-Nazi attack by carving a swastika into her skin. In October, a volunteer for John McCain’s presidential campaign agreed to enter a probation program for falsely reporting that a Barack Obama supporter robbed and assaulted her and scratched a “B” on her cheek.

Does it only happen to women? Is it the same kind of thing as stigmata, and if so, is it possible for swastika (or an abbreviation like  “SVP”) to appear naturally?


  1. tim
    Posted February 23, 2009 at 2:24 am | Permalink ? Dopey bird ?
    SVP has a awesome smiling sun on their logo. yes would carve. you can also carve yourself because something is holy cool aka Slayer (I had to listen to some Slayer to remind me that white people can make music because of whatever the hell that video is above would make those guys’ ancestors tear at their beards and wail the most profound lamentations of grief)

  2. Posted February 23, 2009 at 1:32 pm | Permalink

    Nah, self-destructing behavior is something like taking hard drugs or drinking a fifth every night. This is something else; seems that they feel victimized and must express it somehow. Or something.

  3. tim
    Posted February 23, 2009 at 7:15 pm | Permalink

    The answer is righ there in the quote…
    I’d say it’s very close to self destruction

  4. Posted February 23, 2009 at 7:58 pm | Permalink

    “Self-mutilation” seems too general; I know there are people who like to cut their skin for no reason, but in these cases there seem to be some political or ideological motivations as well.

    A Tamil guy (a British, actually, ethnic Tamil) torched himself here in protest a couple of weeks ago. Is this similar?

  5. Posted February 24, 2009 at 1:08 am | Permalink

    Standard tweek-skank procedure: get ’em some meth (or crack in some locales), maybe some booze, phuck ’em for a few hours, and then they break out a razor, or want a tat. San Berdooo Praxis.

  6. tim
    Posted February 24, 2009 at 1:52 am | Permalink

    geez ,’why do people act funny’. I have a question too– does P = NP?

  7. Posted February 24, 2009 at 2:00 am | Permalink

    Nyet. Jus’ a bit of realism, instead of the usual frat-boy hijinx of abb1. The slice-fetish has been around a while, at least west coast .

    AS far as logic goes, an argument’s only as good as its premises; formality’s for those who can afford it.

  8. Posted February 24, 2009 at 12:30 pm | Permalink

    Assuming this west coast thing is not a mere fantasy, wouldn’t it be something quite different from carving a swastika and blaming skinheads or the letter B and blaming the democratic party thugs, though?

  9. tim
    Posted February 28, 2009 at 11:07 pm | Permalink

    My parents dog is a cutter. They got a cat, who made the dog jealous and so the dog bit his own legs to the point that he has a big wound. All to get attention. I don’t wanna hate but I call him Princess for a reason.

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