Friday, June 23, 2006

Flushing Out the Truth

When investigating a mysterious death, the coroner in Great Falls, Montana, wasn't above asking tough questions like "Number one or number two?" and "Did you wash your hands afterwards? With soap?"

One event that [Jan] Thomson recalled vividly from her research was a death at the Stockholm Concert Hall, a popular Great Falls watering hole around the turn of the last century.

A man was found dead in the restroom. Apparently "the guy went in there to take a leak and died," Thomson said.

The subsequent coroner's inquest included interviews with witnesses as to what exactly they were doing in the water closet at the time of the death. Predictable answers followed, and foul play was soon ruled out. [Link]

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