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Life Imitating Art? Murder or Accident?

13 Nov

It’s been said that art imitates life and that often life imitates art? Is the death of “spy” Gareth Williams a murder or a tragic case of autoerotic asphyxia? Is it a true mystery anticipated by an author’s question?

 

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The Story:

http://bigstory.ap.org/article/police-spy-bag-probably-died-accident

The Question:

http://writersforensicsblog.wordpress.com/2011/09/18/q-and-a-can-a-murder-be-staged-to-look-like-an-accidental-death-from-autoerotic-asphyxia/

Two other posts on autoerotic asphyxia:

http://writersforensicsblog.wordpress.com/2009/06/02/autoerotic-asphyxia-a-very-bizarre-case/

http://writersforensicsblog.wordpress.com/2009/06/05/autoerotic-asphyxia-redux-david-carradine/

 

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3 responses to “Life Imitating Art? Murder or Accident?

  1. Teresa Reasor

    November 13, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    What do you think happened with Garreth Williams? With no fingerprints on the tub or the lock of the bag, I still have my doubts that it was an accident. How do you deal with not knowing for sure?

     
    • D.P. Lyle, MD

      November 13, 2013 at 2:53 pm

      It’s a mystery–or at least would make a good one.

       
  2. James Pierson

    November 22, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    This case is truly bizarre. I generally avoid conspiracy theories (Occams Razor says that the simplest solutions/answers are usually the best) and would hesitate before suggesting this as murder.

    But as a writer what I find most interesting is how sometimes fact is more strange than fiction. If a writer wrote a story where a murder like this occurred, and no fingerprints or DNA of the victim were found in the tub, on the bag, even on the zipper which he would have had to pull in order to lock himself inside, and then in that story the author had the police conclude it was suicide, readers would find that plot line stretching credibility. Yet that is exactly what has happened in this case.

    That doesn’t mean that this case is a big cover up of course (it might be, it might not, I suspect we will never know) but it is interesting to note that sometimes police & coroners etc conclude cases in ways that a fiction writer would never be able to get away with.

     

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