AUTOPSY REPORT

Autopsy: BPD110094-67F

Date: 10/12/01

DECEDENT: [REDACTED]

Autopsy Authorized by: Dr. Levy for city of New York

Identified by: fingerprints; relatives’ verbal confirmation

Rigor: Absent

Livor: Green

Distribution: Posterior

Age: 22

Race: White

Sex: Female

Length: 67 inches

Weight: 115 pounds

Hair: Blonde

Eyes: Hazel

Body Heat: Refrigerated

CLOTHING:

  1. Floral, long-sleeve pajama shirt. Torn on sleeves, abdomen. Blood-stained on sleeves, abdomen, collar.
  2. Matching floral pajama pants. Torn at heels, knees. Blood-stained at heels.

EXTERNAL EXAMINATION:

Emaciated young white woman with multiple severe contusions, bites, and scratches. Self-infliction ruled out due to number, location, and severity. Heels appear bitten, ligaments are torn. Patches of hair missing on scalp, healed and unhealed wounds visible. Bite and scratch marks appear to be human, but no identifiable evidence present (i.e. nails, dental marks, hair). Eyelashes and eyebrows missing. Earlobes torn. Tongue removed.

X-RAYS:

Total body x-rays demonstrate multiple minor fractures at anterior ribs, arms.

PATHOLOGICAL DIAGNOSES:

  1. Starvation
    1. Protruding ribs, hips, cheekbones, jaw.
    2. Partial digestion of lining of stomach.
    3. Reduction in size of stomach, intestines, liver, and spleen.
    4. Loss of vital subcutaneous body fat.
    5. Muscle atrophy.
  2. Extreme Bodily Stress
    1. Scratches, bite marks
    2. Torn ligaments
    3. Removal of nonessential organs (larynx, uterus, tongue)
  3. Toxicology
    1. Blood carboxyhemoglobin less than 5% saturation
    2. Blood and vitreous fluid negative for alcohols
    3. Blood negative for acidic, basic and neutral drugs

CAUSE OF DEATH

Organ failure due to starvation, stress; indicative of torture, homicide.

GROSS DESCRIPTION

SKIN: Multiple lacerations and perforations with irregular edges, consistent with bites and scratches.

HEART: Atrophied, thin walls.

NECK ORGANS: Larynx absent. Damaged lymph nodes. Normal thyroid.

LIVER, SPLEEN: Atrophied with partial pulpifaction of parenchyma.

KIDNEYS: Stones and focal lesions consistent with extreme dehydration.

GENITALIA: Lacerations of vulva. Uterus entirely absent.

RIBS: Perforations and fractures of anterior ribs. Sternum intact.

VERTEBRAE: Disks worn, several vertebrae fractured.

SUMMARY:

This 22 year old white woman died after being starved, scratched, bitten, and beaten. Removal of larynx, tongue, and uterus occurred post-mortem through mouth and vagina, respectively (no surgical wounds present). Injuries consistent with long-term torture.

CAUSE OF DEATH:

Starvation, bodily injuries and stress.

MANNER OF DEATH:

Homicide

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