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Thursday, 19 April 2012

An Unusual Case of Smothering Secondary to Ingesting Raw Pet Cat


Oh my good frickin' god. That must have been a bad puddy.

This report from the American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology (via Private Eye) reads like a horror story par excellence. It's the cool scientific tone that packs the punch as we see the whole episode and backstory played out in our mind's eye. Short story writers take note.

Motivation? Forensics should have looked for scratch-marks on the furniture or poo in the pot plants.

"Margaret Redpath MD — 'An Unusual Case of Smothering Secondary to Ingesting Raw Pet Cat'.
Abstract: Smothering is defined as an obstruction of the air passages above the level of the epiglottis, including the nose, mouth, and pharynx. This is in contrast to choking, which is considered to be due to an obstruction of the air passages below the epiglottis. The manner of death in smothering can be homicidal, suicidal, or an accident. Accidental smothering is considered rare among middle-aged adults, yet many cases still occur. Presented here is the case of a 39-year old woman who was found dead on her living room floor by her neighbours. Her hands were covered in scratches and her pet cat was found disembowelled in the kitchen with its tail hacked off. On autopsy her stomach was found to be full of cat intestines, adipose tissue, and strips of fur-covered skin. An intact left kidney and adipose tissue were found lodged in her throat just above her epiglottis. After a complete investigation, the cause of death was determined to be asphyxia by smothering due to animal tissue." 06/2011

Actually, this is similar to a scene in the late JG Ballard's "Home" which was dramatised for television with Anthony Sher in the main role. Wonderful it was, too.

3 comments:

Laura Brown said...

According to the original abstract (it's on a few journal sites - just Google the article's title), the woman had a history of bipolar disorder. Private Eye cut that phrase, presumably to make it seem even more bizarre. What a horrific story. Poor cat.

Laura Brown said...

The original abstract said that the woman had a history of bipolar disorder. Private Eye cut that phrase - I assume to make the incident seem even more bizarre. What a horrendous story. Poor cat.

Madam Miaow said...

Hi Laura,

I think we could guess that she had bipolar disorder or something seriously wrong with her.

Poor cat, indeed. The woman must have been in torment to have done this in what sounds like a frenzy. Nightmare.

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