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arwalden Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-08-06 12:23 PM
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23. It's Still Anecdotal ...
... and the details just don't make much sense. I'm NOT saying that such a story is absolutely impossible... just that it's highly unlikely to have happened as it was described to you. I usually need more evidence than FOAF accounts.

<<I know the hospital in question (...) I trust her implicitly.>>

What's her involvement with this? How does she know about the story? Was she personally involved? Did she see it happen, or did she hear about it after the fact?

<< (...) I am aware, from history, that Albert Sidney Johnson, Confederate General, bled to death in about 15 minutes from a wound to his foot that wasn't even all that obvious. (...) >>

I don't know anything about that, but it's not really enough to convince me that THIS particular suicide story is true.

<< Knowing the place, I'm not even sure that they wiped up the blood all that fast. It may still be there, or the sidewalk may have been hosed down. I'm not going there to see for myself. >>

Okay.

<<Even without any further detail, I'm well convinced that the story is true.>>

Sorry... I just have higher standards

<< Apparently everyone who works there is aware of the case. We also know the personality of at least one of the people in the crisis center, and find it consistent. >>

Anecdotal. I'd prefer to read something from a local news outlet. How long ago did this happen? Did local news cover it at all? That sounds like the type of sensational (and tragic) story that local news would be on top of.

<< As for finding the body laying there, you are placing a cultural sensibility from your place in a a quite different place where I don't think it applies.>>

As I said before, considering the amount of time it takes someone to bleed out from their wrists, I think it's extremely unlikely that not ONE person would report it to someone in charge. --- I'm not talking about ACTIVELY rushing to her side to stop the bleeding... just casually mentioning to someone at the admission desk, "By the way, there's a lady outside sitting in a pool of her own blood, you may want to check it out."

<< There are places in the world where nobody does anything about tragedy. Many of them are right here in this country. >>

Perhaps... but this just has all the earmarks of an urban legend being born.
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