A while back, I read People of the Lie, by M. Scott Peck. He made reference to Erich Fromm's definition of necrophilia, which included
the desire of certain people to control others--to make them controllable, to foster their dependency, to discourage their capacity to think for themselves, to diminish their unpredictability and originality, to keep them in line.
In contrast, the "biophilic" person
appreciates and fosters the variety of life forms and the uniqueness of the individual, he [Fromm] demonstrated a "necrophilic character type," whose aim it is to avoid the inconvenience of life by transforming others into obedient automatons, robbing them of their humanity.
In other words, necrophilia, as defined by Fromm, included the murder of the individual, if not in body, then definitely in mind and spirit.