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  • Vacher's Brain...

    ...had a bullet in it. Did you know that ? I didn't.

    I think I'd go cuckoo for cocoapuffs if I had a bullet in my brain.



    Daily Mail
    January 2, 1899
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  • #2
    Indeed, Howard.
    Christopher T. George, Lyricist & Co-Author, "Jack the Musical"
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    • #3
      I knew he had shot himslf in the face

      I think I mixed him up with Dumollard who had a twisted lip as I vaguely remembered some killer as having shot himself in the mouth, deforming his face

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      • #4
        Hi Howard and Nemo

        To be frank about it, given the early state of neurological science in 1899, probably incipient at best, and the primitive notions about the functions of the brain, I am not sure how they could be so sure that the bullet in the brain had not caused madness in Vacher.

        Best regards

        Chris
        Christopher T. George, Lyricist & Co-Author, "Jack the Musical"
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        • #5
          Yes, just the mocking of his injury caused him to be vengeful and headaches themselves could cause madness

          Apparently the bullet was "in his ear" and he shot himself twice

          He had just shot a woman a number of times so I suspect he had a revolver

          Small calibre maybe? .22 or .25 perhaps?

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          • #6
            He shot the woman three times and she survived also

            I just came across this interesting interview with the author of a book about him and his research into Lacassagne

            http://douglasstarr.com/books/the-ki...-shepherds/qa/

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            • #7
              I managed to find a French reference that says he used a small calibre pocket pistol

              http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Discussion:Joseph_Vacher

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