Wolf – Remains?

The flimsy wood of the door frame shattered with ease,    these cheap council flats weren’t built to last and the builders had obviously been cutting costs to keep their profits high.

It was obvious that no-one was home. Who could stand that stench of rotting flesh or the multitude of insects that were already buzzing around my face.

I told Stevie to keep his hands in his pockets so that no evidence was disturbed.     Better than putting gloves on, touching things like door handles and taking away any valuable prints,  besides the SOCO guys moaned if anything was disturbed.   Although I didn’t think that would be a problem in this case.

At first glance,  the apartment was a shambles,   pizza boxes, dirty clothing and drug paraphernalia lying all over the place,  a typical junkie hovel,  nothing particularly memorable apart from the obvious.

The smell was so overwhelming that at first it wasn’t clear where the body was tucked away. No-one had seen the occupant in 6-8 weeks and like the best steaks,  he’d had time to tenderise and mature on the bone.

On second glance into the bedroom,  the full-height cupboard door was slightly ajar and the odd blue-bottle was taking its turn to escape for a breath of fresher air.

Should I open the cupboard or give Stevie the honours?

It was his first time at a death scene,  so the pleasure was all his.

I told him to put on his gloves and open the door with his pencil from the bottom so as to minimise interfering with any evidence.

Stevie slowly opened the door and there hanging from the rail of the wardrobe was the very late Kevin McLeod.

I’d seen him looking better. Continue reading “Wolf – Remains?”

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Whats your poison? #LegalHighs Or #Alcohol

Hey what can I get you?

A beer, wine, vodka some other psycho-active substance?

Go on help yourself .. you know you want to.

Seriously,  go on,  kill yourself,  it’s your life,  do what you like.

Right ..  enough kidology.

Did you happen to see the statistics published today for legal high deaths in Scotland.   I’ve included a few links below for your perusal.

Last year there were 114 deaths from so called “legal highs” compared with only 4 in 2009.

A 30 fold increase obviously indicating the popularity and availability of these substances.

Big news .. huh?

Terrible isn’t it?

Those poor kids out there taking fuck-knows-what and dying as a result of it.

You think?

Well let me put this in context with some other stats that don’t quite make the headlines.

In the same period for 2014,  there were 1,152 alcohol related deaths in Scotland,  with 36,206 hospital stays of which 92% were related to emergency admissions.

Of violent crime,  60% was were the perpetrator was under the influence of alcohol. Continue reading “Whats your poison? #LegalHighs Or #Alcohol”