Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Dominatrix of Death


This image was originally posted at House of Tam

Today's Taipei Times article Dominatrix found not guilty of manslaughter tells the tale of a man who died of a heart attack after paying some woman to strap him to a replica of a medieval rack. It closed with,
But it was Nelson's theatrical closing that provided the most dramatic moments of the trial.

The prosecutor pointed and hollered at Asher. He dumped a box full of hoods, collars, and paddles onto a table, and proclaimed that Asher was trying to protect her business.

"That's why she didn't call the police," he said.

With both hands, he reached back and clutched the top of a blackboard to simulate Lord being strapped to the rack.

He paused as his head hung forward as if to simulate Lord's alleged death.

Page objected, and Norfolk Superior Court Judge Charles Grabau agreed.

"That's enough Mr. Nelson," the judge said. "Thank you for your demonstration."

And then she was acquitted. The whole thing reads like the director's cut of an episode of CSI. It's spooky, so remember to take precautions and don't let this happen to you.