??!! Headline of the Day
posted by June 18 at 14:50 PMon
CNN has the best headline, but the Independent has the story:
In the latest grisly twist to a saga that has spawned dozens of conspiracy theories, two dog-walkers spotted the left foot, inside a shoe, floating in water off Westham island, near the mouth of the Fraser river, on Monday morning.
It was detached near the ankle, and had apparently been in the water for some time. Police are trying to determine whether it is linked to some near-identical discoveries which began when a size 12 right foot came ashore last August.
And my favorite detail:
The five feet are at the Centre for Forensic Research at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver. Local reports say that a forensic anthropologist at SFU, Mark Skinner, is boiling the flesh off them in an effort to extract DNA samples and study the bones to identify characteristics that could suggest the cause of death.
Boiling the flesh off of the feet (destroying the evidence?) to extract DNA samples from feet that’ve washed up on a rocky Canadian shore, found by two dog-walkers—are we suddenly in an Annie Proulx novel?
“I’m beginning to think it might be a boat or plane that went down, and then something shifted, through seismic activity or a boat, that is making it release all these body parts now,” Ms Anderson said. “The reason only feet have been found is because they are in running shoes and protected.”
Yes. Yes, we are.