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glycosides and cigarettes

Sir Stanton Hicks – from his deposition:

Buying a glycoside for the purposes of suicide “would imply intelligence and shrewd observation, but not necessarily a knowledge of the way in which it would cause death because that might have been very unpleasant.”

Cardiac Glycoside Poisoning Differential Diagnoses – emedicine

Although acute and chronic plant cardiac glycoside toxicity are treated in similar manners, their noncardiac clinical manifestations differ. In acute toxicity, the following may be present:

GI symptoms – Usually evolve within minutes to hours, are nonspecific, and include nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain
Neurologic symptoms – Often are nonspecific and include weakness and altered mental status (eg, disorientation, confusion, lethargy)
In chronic toxicity, signs and symptoms are insidious, which can make diagnosis difficult.

GI symptoms are nonspecific and include the following: Anorexia, Nausea, Vomiting, Diarrhea, Abdominal pain, Weight loss.

Neurologic symptoms include the following: Confusion, Drowsiness, Disorientation, Delirium, Headache, Hallucinations, Seizures.

Visual disturbances manifest as follows: Photophobia, Blurry vision, Scotomas, Decreased visual acuity, Color vision aberrations (eg, chromatopsia, xanthopsia [ie, yellow halos around lights])

Cardiac symptoms are similar in both acute and chronic toxicity and include the following: Palpitations, Chest pressure or shortness of breath, Lightheadedness, dizziness, and faintnes

PC John Moss – from his deposition:

There was a portion of a cigarette on the right collar of his coat, and held in position by his cheek.

The cigarette I found had been partly smoked.

Gerry Feltus – from his book “The Unknown Man.”

A witness stated that at about 10pm on the evening prior to the body being found on Somerton Beach the following day, he saw a man carrying another man on his shoulders along the foreshore.”

PC John Moss – from his deposition:

There was no sign of blistering or scorching on the cheek.

(.. and there was no mention of any scorching on his shirt collar or coat)

The Question

Was the partly smoked cigarette planted?

.. because I can’t see SM having the coordination to (1) take a cigarette out of his pack (2) put the pack back into his pocket (3) take out his matches (4) pull out a match (5) strike it successfully (6) light his cigarette (7) put the matches back into his pocket (8) sit back and quietly smoke it half down all the while suffering from convulsions, vomiting, confusion, disorientisation, blurry vision, delirium, headache and confusion. Not to mention altered mental status, weakness, drowsiness, hallucinations (been there) photophobia, blurry vision, scotomas and decreased visual acuity.
Plus colour vision aberrations.
SMs’ eyeballs would be flying around like dice in cup.
Seriously, blind Freddy could see what’s gone on here.

Somebody dig up old Cleland instead – we need to talk.



You lookin’ at me, Bro?

The cane toad (Bufo marinus) contains the cardioactive compound bufadienolide in its dried secretions. Dried toad venom is used in China as a traditional medicine known as chan su and is a major component of kyushin, another popular herbal medication used in Asia. Its ingestion has resulted in cardiac glycoside toxicity.

9 Comments Post a comment
  1. ellen #

    I think the cigarette was a plant. Were there two cigarettes? One under his chin and one behind his ear? I think it was a message from Roger Hollis who used to work for a cigarette company in China. And if the cigarette was a plant, what is to prevent the corpse from being a plant?

    April 23, 2016
  2. There was only one cigarette …. this is gospel.

    April 24, 2016
  3. Clive #

    Just a pity that PC Moss didn’t keep the cigarette as evidence, could have been useful?

    April 24, 2016
    • I have the feeling PC Moss might have been a bit of a duffer. He argued with Lyons about whether the cigarette was lit or not and in his deposition he didn’t mention finding any matches.

      April 24, 2016
  4. ellen #

    He couldn’t have smoked the cigarette anyway, since the coroner said the death came so quickly that it stopped his body mid-systole. That is why he settled on a glycoside. He wouldn’t have time to ingest the poison, light up a cigarette and smoke.

    April 25, 2016
  5. John sanders #

    But he still managed to bolt down one of Wendell’s famous pasties without regurgitation ; not bad for a chap without chompers, an ulcerated palate and a gut full of jestyn’s patent all purpose rodent killer.

    May 13, 2016
  6. ellen #

    Unless the poison came in a blow dart…..

    May 14, 2016
  7. It just occurred: SM wasn’t killed by a glycoside, all the writhing and tossing around Hicks alluded to would have dislodged the cigarette on his collar.

    November 5, 2016

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