As the remains of actor David Carradine arrive in Los Angeles this week, a grainy photo of his limp body in a Bangkok hotel room -- in what appears to fishnet and a wig -- raises more questions about his mysterious death.
The photo, which was printed in the tabloid Thai Rath, shows Carradine's body suspended from a bar in a closet.
Police said he was found with his hands bound together above his head and rope around his neck and genitals. Nearby on a bed is what appears to be red women's lingerie.
Transvestite fetishes and thrill-seeking can be an integral part of auto-erotic asphyxia, the deadly sex play that Thai authorities said killed the 72-year-old former "Kung Fu" actor.
But these new details also add fuel to the Carradine family's claims that the actor may have been the victim of a homicide. His body was found hanging by ropes in a closet on June 4 in a Bangkok hotel.
And while Thai authorities have ruled the actor's June 4 death as a sex play accident -- auto-erotic asphyxia gone wrong, some say the evidence just doesn't add up.
"The thing that I am really questioning is, how was he bound, and how was he able to tie his own hands?" said Robert Dunlap, who has interviewed hundreds of people who practice deviant sex behaviors for his 2002 documentary film, "Beyond Vanilla: An Unforgettable Journey Into the Wilder Side of Sex."
"This doesn't look like a solo act at all," he told ABCNews.com. "In order to have an orgasm, his hands would have had to be free. There is something very peculiar about this."
"You don't dress just for yourself," he said of the photos that revealed women's clothing. "Usually there is some sort of show and someone else is involved. It probably went horribly bad and they left."
Carradine's manager Chuck Binder has publicly echoed his own concerns.
"How do you get a rope around your neck and around your genitals and do all this by yourself?" he asked. "My take is there was definitely foul-play. There's a lot of weird stuff that happens in Bangkok. This isn't L.A. or New York."
With funeral plans still on hold, the family has hired renowned New York forensic expert Dr. Michael Baden, who flew to Los Angeles Monday to conduct a new investigation. Funeral plans have yet to be announced.
"If this act was for pleasure, I can tell from the ligature," Baden told columnist Cyndy Adams. "Some cloth would've hidden the rope mark around his neck so that it wouldn't show next day. I'll have to see the photos before they cut him down."
Mark Geragos, attorney for the actor's half-brother, Keith Carradine, even suggested on last week's "Larry King Live," that a Kung Fu secret society could be to blame.
But Carradine's fourth wife, Marina Anderson, told the New York Post, "If he was involved in secret societies, it was a secret that even I didn't know about. But he did have some big secrets."
Those secrets, according to at least two of Carradine's four ex-wives, included a passion for deadly sex play.
His third wife, Gail Jensen, told RadarOnline that he liked to tie himself up, had a fetish for Speedos and often experimented with nearly drowning himself in the pool.
In another interview with TMZ, Jensen says that Carradine had hung himself up in the basement in a crucifix position, mimicking Jesus Christ, while a party was going on upstairs.