the talking dog
Died Of Natural Causes
May 23, 2002
Levy most probably died of natural causes, according to the coroner who examined
the battered, twisted skeletal remains of the former congressional intern after
they were exhumed from a shallow, hidden grave yesterday.
preliminary, but thorough review of the evidence strongly indicates that Ms.
Levy died in her sleep," stated Washington D.C. coroner William Henderson.
Mr. Henderson noted that the extreme fragmentation of the bones of the
young woman's forehead and ribs are consistent with heart failure and a possible
stroke. Due to the proximity of Ms. Levy's apartment to Rock Creek
Park, noted the coroner, the scent of her decaying remains was likely picked up
by resident animals who dragged her out of bed, through the apartment door, down
five flights of stairs and across a busy thoroughfare at mid-day on May 1, 2001.
coroner downplayed the significance of the various metal shards found imbedded
in the young woman's spine and the back of her skull.
Although cylindrically shaped, the fragments in all probability chipped
off of the shovel used to dig the shallow, hidden grave.
Mr. Henderson noted that "the most reasonable hypothesis" was
that in the dark, a passer-by mistook Ms. Levy's clothed and bejeweled five-foot
six skeleton for that of a large raccoon or squirrel and decided to afford it a
coroner also ruled out the possibility that the fragments could be bullets,
because "bullets come from a gun, not a shovel."
Mr. Henderson attributed the powdery residue found on the ribcage and
forehead to sulfur from a match apparently lit by the passerby, noting that the
burial likely occurred on after
2:00 a.m. on a moonless night the day after D.C. police announced they had
finished scouring the park. A cow
grazing in the area apparently later died near the grave, said the coroner,
explaining the leather "mask" encasing Mr. Levy's entire skull.