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Yes...this is true. I still find that odd, but they had their reasons.Tracers wrote: Thanks for the report, Ray. It certainly is brief! As for the embalming, iirc, Darlene was embalmed too even though she ended up being cremated like David.
Sometimes they embalm the organs at the time of autopsy or shortly after, as a preservation procedure. Then, after the autopsy, the remaining body will be embalmed. It may be a different process though, which is logic if you think of the autopsy standards. Don't want to get into details here. Whether cremation or not, embalming serves the families during an open casket viewing. The deceased is being preserved to provide the families and friends with time to say goodby to their loved ones, especially if the funeral is delayed because of examinations.Tracers wrote:Thanks for the report, Ray. It certainly is brief! As for the embalming, iirc, Darlene was embalmed too even though she ended up being cremated like David.
Ray I do not think that drug testing was nearly as sophisticated back then as it is now. I think it was probably more of a guess based on the victim's lifestyle than actual lab tests. If you look at victims Eve Blau and Marie Anstey LE was clearly mystified as to the type of drugs each of the girls had in their systems and that was after samples were sent to the state lab.Ray Grant wrote: One would think, if the investigating agency was so focused on a drug lead, that they would have checked the victims post-mortem for possible drug use. Since I'm not a forensic pathologist and don't pretend particular expertise on autopsies, I have no idea if the kinds of tests routinely performed today were even available back then. But it's another example of what Pierre Bidou pointed out on the Zodiac DVD: we are so used to the forensic technology today (partly because of the impact of TV shows like CSI) that we don't realize what wasn't typically done 4 decades ago.
Shared above....I will also look to find Betty Lou's autopsy as well.Jdombr25 wrote:
Looks like Ray's site is down. Does anyone have the transcript of Faraday's autopsy that they could share with me?