11Jul/110

Murder on the Rue Catinat.

A handout for a scenario in the upcoming Cthulhu by Arclight.

PRELIMINARY INVESTIGATION: The body was found in a room at the Hotel Rose on Rue Catinat at 030022MAY1967. The body was tied to the bed with cords of braided grass. The cords were cinched around the victim's wrists and ankles and tied using a clove hitch knot to the legs of the bed. Medical staff verified the victim had no signs of life including respiration and heartbeat and pronounced the victim deceased at 0330 22MAY1967.

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DATE and HOUR AUTOPSY PERFORMED: 24MAY670830Z.

by COL D Meredith, M.D. Camp Redball Tan Son Nhut AFB.

Assistant: CAPT Arthur De Witte, M.D. Camp Redball Tan Son Nhut AFB.

Full Autopsy Performed

SUMMARY REPORT OF AUTOPSY

Name: WATSON, JANET CAPT

Case #: 14002014-A277

Date of Birth: 23JUN37

Age: 30

Race: White

Sex: Female

Date of Death: 22MAY1967

Body Identified by: MAJ Mayberry XO 12th EVAC, CHU LAI.

PRELIMINARY INVESTIGATION: The body was found in a room at the Hotel Rose on Rue Catinat at 030022MAY1967. The body was tied to the bed with cords of braided grass. The cords were cinched around the victim's wrists and ankles and tied using a clove hitch knot to the legs of the bed. Medical staff verified the victim had no signs of life including respiration and heartbeat and pronounced the victim deceased at 0330 22MAY1967.

EVIDENCE OF TREATMENT: N/A

EXTERNAL EXAMINATION: The autopsy is begun at 0830 24MAY1967, 1. The body is presented in a USA issue body bag. The victim was wearing white socks and white panties all are extensively bloodstained, the body was naked from the waist up. Long cords of braided grass are tied around wrist and ankles; these were used to tie the victim to the bed in the room where the body was found. There is a hand print in blood over the left breast and several symbols daubed in blood over the right breast. Photographs of these symbols and the hand print were obtained – see Attachment #6. Arterial blood spatter is present on the left lower abdomen, running upper left to lower right. This is consistent with originating from the severed renal artery. Photographs of this have been obtained – see Attachment #6. The blood from the hand print, symbols and spatter is typed as O+, consistent with being from the victim. The body is that of a normally developed white female measuring 5 feet 5 inches and weighing 116 lbs, and appear consistent with the stated age of thirty years. The body is cold and unembalmed. Lividity is fixed in the distal portions of the limbs. The eyes are open. The irises are brown and corneas are cloudy. The hair is dark blonde and approximately 14 inches in length at the longest point. Neck and anterior abdomen show injuries as detailed below. Removal of the cords reveal little or no ligature marks, although minor abrasions are present. The genitalia are that of an adult female and there is no evidence of injury. Pubic hair has been shaved in its entirety. Limbs are equal, symmetrically developed and show no evidence of injury. The fingernails are medium length and unpainted. Fingernail beds are cyanotic. There are no residual scars, markings or tattoos.

Description of Injuries

1). Stab wound on back of neck at base of skull. The stab wound is located at the top of the neck, 5 inches below the top of the head; it is horizontally oriented and after approximation of the edges it measures 3/8 inch in length. The path of the wound is through the skin, the subcutaneous tissue, and between the 1st and 2nd cervical vertebrae. Estimated length of the total wound path is 2 1/2 inches and as stated the direction is back to front with no other angulation measurable. Aside from surface lividity, this wound is essentially bloodless. The spinal cord is severed as a result of this wound

2) Gaping incision to the anterior abdomen On the upper anterior abdomen, 17.5" below the top of the head at the midline to 0.5" left and two inches below the umbilicus. The wound penetrates and perforates the skin and musculature of both the upper and lower anterior abdomen and the walls of the abdomen are laid open. On examination of the wound, several dead spiders were observed in the wound margin and were removed. Subsequent identification showed these to be Achaearanea wau (6 items) and Achaearanea septemguttata (7 items) – see Remarks. The abdominal cavity is filled with a large amount of blood, with approximately 1500 cc of liquid and clotted blood present. The major clot was present beneath the spleen, in the cavity where the left kidney would be located – see below.

3) Bite injury to tongue Paired 1/8” deep, 3/8” wide wounds are present on the anterior surface of the tongue, 3/8” from the tip, with matching 1/16” deep, 1/4” wide wounds on the ventral surface of the tongue. These wounds match the dentition of the victim and appear self-inflicted (biting of the tongue). Small amounts of clotted blood and accompanying hematomas are present within and adjacent to these wounds. Approx 1 cc of clotted blood is present in the oral cavity, beneath the tongue. Overall, the injury to at the base of the skull suggests a thin double-edged blade. The injury to the trunk is suggestive of a single-edged, thin blade, although a double-edged blade cannot be excluded.

INTERNAL EXAMINATION:

HEAD--CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM: The brain weighs 46 ounces and is within normal limits.

SKELETAL SYSTEM: Radiographic examination reveals evidence of a healed, clean fracture of the left tibia. This resolved fracture appears to be several years old, and is not significant in the current investigation.

RESPIRATORY SYSTEM--THROAT STRUCTURES: The oral cavity shows no lesions, there are no injuries to the lips, teeth or gums. There is no obstruction of the airway. The mucosa of the epiglottis, glottis, piriform sinuses, trachea and major bronchi are normal. No injuries are seen and there are no mucosal lesions. A small amount (8 cc) of clotted blood was recovered from the throat at the level of the epiglottis. This appears to have been aspirated as a result of the tongue injury. The lungs weigh: right, 14 ounces; left 13 ounces. The lungs are unremarkable.

CARDIOVASCULAR SYSTEM: The heart weighs 9 ounces, and has a normal size and configuration. No evidence of atherosclerosis is present.

GASTROINTESTINAL SYSTEM: The mucosa and wall of the esophagus are intact and gray-pink, without lesions or injuries. The gastric mucosa is intact and pink without injury. The intestines have been displaced though intact. The surface of the intestines is bloody as a result of the severed renal artery Approximately 4 fluid ounces of partially digested semisolid food is found in the stomach. The mucosa of the duodenum, jejunum, ileum, colon and rectum are intact. The liver weighs 44 ounces and is normal with no lesions. The spleen weighs 6 ounces and is intact with no lesions.

URINARY SYSTEM: The peritoneal lining was cut through on the left side and the left kidney removed. The left renal artery has been cut through. The right kidney weighs: 5 ounces. The right kidney is normal in size, shape and location and is without lesions.

FEMALE GENITAL SYSTEM: The structures are within normal limits. Examination of the pelvic area indicates the victim had not given birth and was not pregnant at the time of death. There is no evidence of recent sexual activity. Vaginal fluid samples are removed for analysis.

TOXICOLOGY: Sample of right pleural blood and bile are submitted for toxicologic analysis. Stomach contents are saved.

SEROLOGY: A sample of right pleural blood is submitted in the EDTA tube. Routine toxicologic studies were ordered.

LABORATORY DATA Drug Screen Results: Urine screen {Immunoassay} was NEGATIVE. Blood Alcohol was NOT DETECTED.

EVIDENCE COLLECTED:

1. One pair ladies panties, white.

2. One pair socks, white.

3. Four braided grass cords.

4. In evidence bags

a.) One SHIRT, WOMANS, COTTON SATEEN, OLIVE GREEN, ARMY SHADE 107, Type 1 Class 1. Has US Army over left pocket and the name tag "Watson" over the right pocket. Shows CAPT subdued rank insignia and subdued medical unit shoulder patch in size 6. No holes or tears or repairs, all buttons are present. Otherwise unmarked.

b.) One TROUSERS  COTTON SATEEN, OLIVE GREEN, ARMY SHADE 107, Type 1 Class 1. Size 6, No holes or tears or repairs, all buttons are present. Otherwise unmarked.

c) One bra , tan.

d.) Two Boots Jungle, OD, size 8.

e.) One set Identification Tags in the name of WATSON, JANET.

f.) One watch.

g.) One wedding band gold.

h.) One  bedsheet white. The sheet clearly shows a continuation of the abdominal blood spatter Photographs of this have been obtained – see Attached Photo #12.

A small faintly bloody stain where the base of the skull would be located on the bed. This would be cerebro-spinal fluid and blood from subcutaneous tissue that oozed out of the C1-C2 wound. Photographs of this have been obtained – see Attached Photo #13

5. Samples of Blood (type O+), Bile, and Tissue (heart, lung, brain, kidney, liver, spleen), stomach contents, vaginal fluid samples.

6.  Autopsy photographs, Thirteen total.

7. Six spiders, yellowish brown in color with yellow legs. All examples are dead. Informally identified as Achaearanea wau.

8. Seven spiders, black in color with dark brown legs.  All examples are dead. Informally identified as Achaearanea septemguttata.

OPINION Time of Death: Body temperature, rigor and livor mortis, and stomach contents approximate the time of death between 12:30 and 02:30 on 22MAY1967 Immediate Cause of Death: Both wounds are fatal. Proximal cause of death cannot be conclusively assigned and may have resulted from either hypovolemic shock, as a result of severe blood and fluid loss, or respiratory paralysis as a result of a severed spinal cord at the C1-C2 level. The bed sheets show a continuation of the abdominal blood spatter, however there is also a small faintly bloody stain where the base of the skull would be located. This would be cerebro-spinal fluid and blood from subcutaneous tissue that oozed out of the C1-C2 wound. Blood found on the sheet would seem to indicate both wounds were inflicted after the victim was tied to the bed.

Manner of Death: Homicide Remarks: It is noted that the C1-C2 injury requires both strength and considerable skill to inflict, suggesting the assailant had some degree of training and/or experience. Both the arterial blood spatter observed and the large volume of blood present within the abdomen are suggestive that the heart was beating when the renal artery was severed and the kidney removed. While not conclusive, it is plausible that the victim bit her own tongue subsequent to the C1-C2 wound, and perhaps subsequent to the abdominal incision. This implies that the victim was not merely alive, but conscious during the attack. Both Achaearanea wau and Achaearanea septemguttata are examples of social spiders found in Vietnam, Their normal habitat is the forest edge where they hunt insects. All of the examples found were adult so must have entered the body post mortem. The spiders are venomous but not considered a risk to humans.

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