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  1. A very strange and sad story appeared in our paper yesterday, perhaps
    Jim knows more...

    A parasite called cysticercosis (or cystercosis) may be to blame,

    Scary stuff. Be sure your pork is thoroughly cooked...

    Hmm, perhaps Kevin Keogh didn't know about zapping with the right
    While you're at it, check out the Zappicator. <groan>

    It's a strange and dangerous world.
  2. Like the farmer who encouraged everyone to eat raw pork.
    His sister finally asked him why he did it.

    "Its the only trick I know Sis."

    Many thanks,

    Don Lancaster
    Synergetics 3860 West First Street Box 809 Thatcher, AZ 85552
    voice: (928)428-4073 email:

    Please visit my GURU's LAIR web site at
  3. Jim Thompson

    Jim Thompson Guest


    He is (was) the CFO for Phoenix.

    My daughter (Phoenix Water labs Manager) says he set the car's cruise
    control before climbing out, so it was likely suicide.

    ...Jim Thompson
  4. Jim Thompson wrote...
    And apparently widely respected.
    So it was ruled. But if a person's ability to fully understand
    the consequences of what he's doing is degraded by neurological
    damage from a parasite, should that be called intentional suicide,
    rather than a sad accident? No doubt his life insurance company
    will seize on the suicide ruling. Very sad for the family.
  5. I read in that Jim Thompson
    Well, that what happened, but there seems to be strong evidence of
    mental unbalance.
  6. Jim Thompson

    Jim Thompson Guest

    Depends on when the policy was issued. Most have 2 year limits, after
    which suicide is covered.

    ...Jim Thompson
  7. Fred Bloggs

    Fred Bloggs Guest

    It's not considered suicide in this case- the controlling case is US 150
    v. AKENS.No. 100.December 4, 1893 ( I think ...)

    "This case is governed by a uniform series of decisions of this court,
    establishing that if one whose life is insured intentionally kills
    himself when his reasoning faculties are so far impaired by insanity
    that he is unable to understand the moral character of his act, even if
    he does understand its physical nature, consequence, and effect, it is
    not a 'suicide,' or 'self-destruction,' or 'dying by his own hand,'
    within the meaning of those words in a clause excepting such risks out
    of the policy, and containing no further words expressly extending the
    exemption to such a case."

    Suicide exemption insurance clause or not, the family will collect,
    especially with the well documented mental illness and treatment. Heheh-
    the antidepressants did it!- go after the pharmaceuticals too.
  8. Jim Thompson

    Jim Thompson Guest

    I didn't know of this case law, but I'm not in the least surprised,
    given the well-documented mental deterioration.

    ...Jim Thompson
  9. Fred Bloggs

    Fred Bloggs Guest

    The insurance companies have been taking a beating in favor of the
    insured for the past thirty years- but I suppose if they put a clause in
    the policy that expressly excludes self-destruction due to mental
    illness or diminished capacity or similar then they are off the hook.
    The main point here is that, under the law, this is not a suicide.
  10. Sounds more like the kind of thing people do on LSD.
  11. What worries me is that kept his job as PHX CFO while
    "debilitated". WTF?
    That it is. Try convincing Liberals that it's not political.

    Mark L. Fergerson
  12. I read in that Mark Fergerson <>
    I formed the impression that the deterioration was rapid. A colleague of
    mine began to break down through unsupportable stress over several
    weeks, and we didn't notice anything significant before he flipped
    entirely. But thankfully, he recovered.
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