Before they went missing (again)

Today I’m going to post an old case of a woman who went missing from a mental hospital in the nineties. The NamUs file mentions her foot was “partially amputated,” whatever the heck that means. Well, when I put her name into my newspaper archives I found some articles about her from a few years before she went missing. She mooned (!) a train and got hit. She wasn’t seriously harmed compared to most people who get run over by trains, but they did have to amputate some of her toes. That is a lot clearer than “partially amputated foot,” and so that detail is going in her casefile.

Of course, this kind of behavior explains her court-ordered committal to a mental hospital, much more than any simple diagnosis ever could. Can we say “danger to self and others”?

6 thoughts on “Before they went missing (again)

  1. Bill W February 24, 2010 / 4:32 am

    This is the first time I have ever heard of a person being hit by a train who wasn’t instantly killed.

    • Meaghan February 24, 2010 / 5:15 am

      I’m guessing she dived out of the way at the last second, and only her feet got caught under the wheels.

  2. Wendy February 25, 2010 / 3:09 pm

    One of my former students was hit by a train April of last year. No one is really sure why he was near the tracks, it was late and he was alone, walking home from a bar, but he was not intoxicated, as witnesses and blood tests proved. We were certain he would die: massive internal injuries, head injury, major leg injuries, and he lost all the fingers on one hand. It was truly minute-by-minute for the first few weeks of his hospitalization.

    Miraculously, not only did he survive but he made a full recovery and walked down the aisle in his brother’s wedding last summer. He is now back at college and last I heard still pulling a 4.0 and aiming to be a physical therapist.

    Sorry to divert from the topic, though.

    • Meaghan February 25, 2010 / 3:46 pm

      Maybe he got inspired for the physical therapy career by his own experience? I’m sure he had to go through a lot of physical therapy himself. He sounds like a medical miracle though.

      It’s amazing what modern medicine can do. I read an article once that suggested the drop in America’s homicide rate during the last decade might be attributed to medical advances — people make it to the hospital and they don’t die, so the murders turn out to be just attempted murders.

  3. C February 25, 2010 / 5:12 pm

    When I was a kid one of my friends was hit by a train. SHe was being chased by a group of bullies. It severed he leg mid thigh and they were actually able to re-attach it. She made a full recovery. This was around 1978 or ’79- Long Island NY. It was a huge news story

  4. Bill W February 25, 2010 / 7:14 pm

    Well now I just heard two more stories of a person getting hit by a train without getting killed. Now you see? You come here and you learn stuff.

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