· Kirsten Taylor remembered
Jan 25, 2008 — A woman is dead and her husband is in jail after what police are calling a case of "bizarre sex" using electricity inside their Lower Windsor Township trailer.
Police charged Toby Taylor, 37, of the 100 block of Oak Leaf Drive with involuntary manslaughter and reckless endangerment. As of Thursday night, he was in York County prison in lieu of $100,000 bail.
Police said they responded to Taylor's home late Wednesday night in the Restless Oaks Village mobile home park for a reported electrocution that turned into a cardiac arrest.
Once there, police found Kirsten Taylor, 29, unconscious. She was taken to York Hospital, where she was pronounced dead at 11:25 p.m., according to the county coroner's office.
Toby Taylor first told police his wife was shocked as she used a hair dryer, but later admitted he had lied, charging documents state.
"He said that they hook up clips to his wife's nipples and he plugs the cord into an electric strip and he shocks her," charging documents state.
An autopsy conducted Thursday at Lehigh Valley Hospital listed the cause and manner of death as pending, York County Coroner Barry Bloss said.
Further testing of the electrical equipment used on Kirsten Taylor and a toxicology test need to be done before making a final determination, he said.
Kirsten Taylor's body had several visible burns, which clearly indicated electrocution, he said.
"This was bizarre sex. Some people would say this was perverted sex. I have never seen anything like this before," Bloss said. "Even if you did it before, you have to know you could kill someone."
Lower Windsor Township Police arrived at the Taylors' home Wednesday and found Toby Taylor trying to perform CPR on his wife, who was lying on her back in the couple's living room.
Two officers took over CPR and hooked up an automated external defibrillator to Kirsten Taylor. The machine delivered a shock to her, and the officers continued administering CPR, charging documents state.
Police talked to Toby Taylor, who told them his wife had been shocked while using a hair dryer.
Later, police said, they could not find the dryer after Toby Taylor told them where it was.
Toby Taylor also said he had dressed his wife because he thought he was going to have to drive her to the hospital.
Police again spoke with Toby Taylor at York Hospital. It was then that he said he and his wife "have been engaging in electric shock sex and other types of extreme bondage sex for about two years," according to charging documents.
Toby Taylor told police he and his wife got home about 10 p.m. and that she went into the computer room, took off her clothes and shocked herself with the electric strip.
Toby Taylor then came into the room, put a piece of electrical tape over her mouth and shocked her three or four times, according to charging documents.
Kirsten Taylor, who was on her knees, fell onto her face. At first Toby Taylor thought his wife was joking, but then he rolled her over and saw she was unconscious.
He dressed her and carried her toward the door to take her to the hospital, but she stopped breathing. He called 911 and started CPR, charging documents state.
Thursday, residents at Restless Oaks Village - who remembered seeing emergency vehicles in the neighborhood the previous night - were stunned and saddened after hearing of Kirsten Taylor's death.
"Oh my goodness, my word," said Linda Lady, a resident at the mobile home park.
Lady, who moved there with her husband, Bill, in September, said she did not know the Taylors too well.
"We've never carried on long conversations with them - just wave," she said.
Lady recalled a day in October, during a spell of warm weather, when Toby Taylor was teaching his wife how to ride a motorcycle.
"She was on the motorcycle, and he was telling her what to do," Lady said. "She would go down to the mailboxes (by nearby Newcomber Road) and then come back up."
Lady said she thought to herself, "Oh, it does your heart good to see young people getting along."
Another resident, Diane Penrod, said she, too, knew the Taylors simply by saying "Hi" to them.
She said the Taylors had moved to the mobile home park in the summer.
Penrod recalled numerous police cars, ambulances and a fire truck at the Taylors' home the night before and thought it was not a good sign.
"That's sad, oh my gosh," she said, when learning Kirsten Taylor had died. "Very sad to hear that."