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January 13, 2015

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GolFoxtrot Yankee

The good professor underestimates the frequency of corpses in bodies of water; the Potomac River near Washington DC averages a corpse a fortnight without much adjacent nightlife.

Phil

I know that 'canal deaths' is one of the areas GMP are currently researching. It does sound like the professor's a bit over-excited, though. (My criminology students are always disappointed that they don't get to study serial killers. If we had one locally we'd never hear the end of it.)

Just another canalside statistic, almost: my son got lost walking home from town once and got it into his head that if he could cross the canal it would be a short cut. Fortunately there was a bridge. Unfortunately there was a gate on the bridge, which was locked, and set into a high and spiky fence. Fortunately he could climb, and was too drunk to see what a stupid idea this was.

Unfortunately it wasn't a short cut after all, and he had to come back over the bridge and pick up where he'd left off.

(The paragraph breaks are to give you time to shudder.)

Fortunately he made it home to tell the tale. But one of his nine lives went that night.

chris y

the Potomac River near Washington DC averages a corpse a fortnight without much adjacent nightlife.

So there are deserted towpaths where people can go and do meth or smack or whatever and fall in because they're out of their heads?

Seeds

The idea of pushing someone into a canal on a whim also reminds me of Gastmann, from "The Judge and His Hangman". Dürrenmatt could well have read Gide, of course (I haven't).

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