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When Sex Kills: How A Kinky Gay Hookup In San Francisco Turned Deadly

viewimage_story“He told me he liked it,” 25-year-old David Munoz Diaz (pictured) testified in a San Francisco court. “He said it excited him and he wanted to cum.”

Diaz was recounting an experience he had with 23-year-old Freddy Canul-Arguello three years ago. The two men met in a taqueria in the Castro at around 2 a.m. on June 10, 2011. Together, they walked to nearby Buena Vista Park, a popular area for gay cruising. What happened next, the defense has argued, was a case of erotic asphyxiation gone very, very wrong.

According to Diaz, Canul-Arguello began performing oral sex on him. Then he asked to be strangled, showing Diaz exactly how he wanted it done.

“He placed himself behind me and he crossed his arm covering my neck,” Diaz testified, holding his right arm across his throat to demonstrate.

Diaz stood behind Canul-Arguello, choking the young man while at the same time rubbing his penis against his butthole. When Canul-Arguello asked to be choked “a little bit harder,” Diaz obliged.

Then, “at a certain point, he stopped moving,” he said.

Diaz let go of Canul-Arguello, whose lifeless body dropped to the ground. He tried to resuscitate him but was unsuccessful. In a flight of panic, he dragged the body next to a nearby recycling bin then lit the can ablaze in an effort to “signal for help.” Then he pulled a fire alarm and called 911 about the fire before fleeing the scene.

The prosecution tried to paint it as a case of a rage-filled, closeted Mexican man who violently turned on his sexual partner, strangling him and then lighting his body on fire in an effort to destroy the evidence, then lying to police about it.

Though the prosecution tried paint Diaz as a crazed killer, a friend of Canul-Arguello’s testified that he had once told her he liked being choked during sex, asking her if she thought it was weird.

Arguments in the trial ended Monday after jurors heard two weeks of salacious evidence. Jurors continue to deliberate today. A verdict is expected very soon.

By:           Graham Gremore
On:           Aug 21, 2014
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  • 18 Comments
    • Marc
      Marc

      At times people get not what they deserve, but what they ask for, that simple. The practice of wanting to be choked is not rare. Too bad another person can be imprisoned for those few seconds of their thrill.

      Aug 21, 2014 at 4:37 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Xzamilio
      Xzamilio

      I mean, I’ll gag and you can slap me with it, but nah, Imma pass on the choking craze.

      Aug 21, 2014 at 4:54 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • friscoguy
      friscoguy

      I guess there are people dumb enough to buy this story.

      Aug 21, 2014 at 4:56 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • friscoguy
      friscoguy

      @Marc: YIKES to you and your thinking.

      Aug 21, 2014 at 4:57 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • DDstar1me
      DDstar1me

      Wowwwzers…this is really crazy. I can’t judge. I have my own erotic asphyxiation-like having my balls squeezed as I cum..wink!

      But, this is really sad if his accounts of this story is how it really happened. I wish him the best.

      Aug 21, 2014 at 5:40 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Stache99
      Stache99

      @friscoguy: Yeah, I agree. This isn’t like the movies. Choking someone to death isn’t just a simple act. Two things are going to happen. Either they’ll start fighting you or they’ll just pass out from lack of blood flow to the brain to live another day.

      Aug 21, 2014 at 6:00 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Stache99
      Stache99

      I’ve actually done the choke thing for partners before. Nothing hard and if there was anything unusual at all you would of coarse stop. They always had the control too.

      Aug 21, 2014 at 6:08 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • dazzer
      dazzer

      Having had an irregular hook-up (who’d developed a crack habit without me knowing it) choking me to unconsciousness an then trying to rob me, there is absolutely nothing erotic about asphyxiation.

      These days, the second a man touches my throat with his hand or his arm, the sex stops and I get prepared to be violent.

      Aug 21, 2014 at 7:28 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • middleagespread
      middleagespread

      For some strange reason, I believe him. Of course I don’t know all the details. Hope whatever the outcome is, is the correct justice.

      Aug 21, 2014 at 7:30 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Wingfield
      Wingfield

      How can these mma fighters be choked out over and over but always bounce back? Maybe he held on too long by accident, but it’s hard to believe an innocent person would do what he did after the fact.

      Aug 21, 2014 at 9:02 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Teeth
      Teeth

      They should make him grand Marshal for this weekend’s Folsom!

      Aug 21, 2014 at 9:47 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • crowebobby
      crowebobby

      Awfully hard to prove anything “beyond a reasonable doubt” in this case.

      Aug 21, 2014 at 10:29 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • pierre
      pierre

      Jesus, what ever happened to dinner and a movie?? Chocking is erotic? You gotta be kidding me.

      Aug 22, 2014 at 12:56 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • seaguy
      seaguy

      @Teeth: @Teeth: Folsom is not this weekend it is Sept 21st. But I guess your one of those people who looks down upon it because it is too risque for your taste.

      Aug 22, 2014 at 1:00 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • seaguy
      seaguy

      @pierre: At 2 am your options are somewhat limited when it comes to dinner and a movie. lol

      Aug 22, 2014 at 1:00 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • pierre
      pierre

      @seaguy: My father always told me and my 5 siblings: “Nothing good ever happens after midnight.”

      Aug 22, 2014 at 2:14 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • DuMaurier
      DuMaurier

      Even if it happened exactly as Munoz Diaz says, would that let him completely off the hook? As far as murder goes, I guess; but wouldn’t it still constitute some level of manslaughter at least? Any lawyers here?

      Aug 22, 2014 at 5:56 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Ogre Magi
      Ogre Magi

      Sex and being stupid don’t mix

      Aug 22, 2014 at 7:45 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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