Strange deaths Re: your daily wtf
- From: earthage <earthage2002@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sat, 6 Sep 2008 18:58:49 -0700 (PDT)
Charlie Wilkes wrote:
On Sat, 06 Sep 2008 11:38:45 -0700, daniellagirrl wrote:
can someone help me make sense of this
Coroner: Both O.C. Siblings Died Of Natural Causes SANTA ANA (AP) -- The
Orange County coroner's office says a sister and brother found dead in
their home under unusual circumstances on Easter both died of natural
The coroner's office said this week that 51-year-old Daniel Savage had
swallowed three bullets and had black shoe polish smeared on his face --
but he died of a stroke.
His 57-year-old sister Jacquelyn was found with blood on her mouth and
bruises on her face and neck. The coroner says she died of a heart
The siblings' sister found the bodies when she went to pick up their
elderly father for an Easter celebration.
Authorities have said the father had advanced Alzheimer's disease and
may have lived with the bodies for up to two days.
Here's another writeup that explains the bullets a little differently:
"Investigators considered foul play because of the strange condition of
Daniel Savage's body. He had black shoe polish on his face and arms and
three medium-caliber bullets in the back of his throat as well as leaves,
grass and coins on his back."
Apparently this is a case that involves the unusual coincidence of two
people dying of natural causes at about the same time. Perhaps the
brother had a stroke, and this caused the sister, who had an underlying
heart condition, to have a fatal heart attack. Then the father with
advanced Alzheimer's disease went to work on the bodies, which accounts
for the bullets, shoe polish, bruises, etc.
This Orange County Register article says the brother may have been
from a mental illness. Seems the brother drank the shoe polish.
The coroner's office sent blood from both Daniel and Jacquelyn to be
tested for cyanide poisoning, lab reports show. But those tests were
later canceled; officials with the coroner's office and the
Pennsylvania lab hired to do the tests said they could not speak in
any detail about the case, citing confidentiality rules.
Daniel had "black residue" – shoe polish, according to investigators –
in his mouth and on his face and right arm, according to the autopsy
report. He had apparently swallowed three medium-caliber bullets; they
were found intact in the back of his throat. He had dried leaves,
coins, tire-valve caps and a spring stuck to his back.
Neighbors told investigators that Daniel may have been suffering from
a mental illness. The toxicology tests detected a prescription
painkiller in his system that is used to treat moderate to severe
Jacquelyn had bruises on her face, back and shoulder, but none of the
black residue that coated her brother's face. Medical examiners found
no pills or pill fragments in either sibling.
They determined that Daniel had an enlarged heart and hardened
arteries and died of an "intracerebral hemorrhage" – a stroke.
Jacquelyn had high blood pressure and thickened heart walls and died
of heart disease.
COWAN HEIGHTS – Daniel Richard Savage, the 51-year-old man found dead
along with his 57-year-old sister Easter Sunday drank nearly an entire
bottle of black shoe polish before he died, but an autopsy failed to
determine whether the polish contributed to his death.
Authorities are looking into reports by neighbors of "odd" behavior by
Daniel Savage in the months leading up to the death of the two
Before her death, Jacquelyn Savage, who has held a nursing license
since 1995, told at least one neighbor that her younger brother was a
paranoid schizophrenic, but was harmless because he was taking
medication to control the illness.
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