This is an… odd… educational opportunity…
He said, “I love you, Anne” — then prepared to die.
Wealthy philanthropist Anne Bass’ boyfriend yesterday mesmerized a jury with a frightening account of how three armed men “dressed like ninjas” invaded her Connecticut mansion with a “war cry,” tied them up — and then injected them with a purported “virus” that would kill them within 24 hours unless Bass coughed up $8.5 million.
One of the knife-toting thugs then announced: “Now here’s the thing: They were just injecting you with a very virulent virus. And with this virus, the symptoms take 20 to 24 hours to appear, and when the symptoms appear, it’s almost certain to be fatal.”
Oh I know that virus! Its the ‘Ive been watching movies instead of applying my efforts towards a career, education, family, or useful hobby’ virus!
The ‘virus’ the extortioners ‘injected’ doesnt exist outside of fantasy.
Lemme give you an example. Ebola. OMFG SCARY, right? It takes ebola two-three weeks to kill you. Rabies is ‘almost certain to be fatal‘, but it takes a few months. The best candidate virus in the real world would be the 1918 flu– which, even if they had a time machine or broke into the CDC to acquire it, took 7-10 days after the onset of symptoms to kill people (before modern medicine, before antibiotics).
And dont even get me started on the ‘antidote’:
After about five hours in the house, the men became concerned with the presence of the child, the health of the victims and their apparent inability to immediately obtain the money, the affidavit says. Before fleeing, the men gave the victims a beverage that they claimed was the antidote and the victims fell asleep.
Read this neat piece by Carl Zimmer on how viruses do not have some magic antidote or cure. Viruses are hard to treat because not only are you a virus, viruses are us. We have a hard time finding angles to attack them, because attacking them is attacking us. Its difficult to find drugs that dont have an unacceptable side-effect profile (and even some that still get approved are extremely rough on the patient).
The only theoretical ‘antidote’ would be like what we give people who have been exposed to rabies– prophylactic anti-rabies antibodies generated in like, horses. But you cant inject someone with rabies, inject someone with anti-rabies antibodies, and walk away knowing you didnt kill them. You need to tell them it was rabies so they can go get a rabies vaccine. The externally generated antibodies alone are not enough.
And most importantly, you would inject the antibodies into the person. Inject them. Not give the antibodies to them in a drink.
“They injected me by sterilizing my shoulder, exactly like an inoculation . . . I thought it was poisonous or they were putting me to sleep.”
“I couldn’t reconcile the fact that if I was being killed, why would they disinfect the injection site?” Lethbridge said about the April 15, 2007, home invasion at Bass’ lavish Litchfield County residence, which sits on a 1,000-acre estate.
Yes, your analysis does make sense, Mr. Lethbridge. Clearly the perpatrators had no idea what they were doing from a logical standpoint, they were just reenacting a melange of movies they had seen without understanding the motives behind the actors movements. Why would you bother sterilizing the shoulder of someone you were about to kill? Unfortunately, this is a case of the perps being too stupid for rational people to ever understand:
The “virus” turned out to be an antifungal found in athlete’s foot treatments, and the “antidote” was a sleeping aid, according to investigators.
WHY WOULD YOU STERILIZE THE SHOULDER OF SOMEONE YOU WERE INJECTING WITH ANTIFUNGAL FOOT CREAM??? WHY WOULD YOU INJECT SOMEONE WITH ANTIFUNGAL FOOT CREAM??? YOU SERIOUSLY HAD THAT JUST LYING AROUND TO RUB ON YOUR JOCK ITCH AND DECIDED TO USE *IT* INSTEAD OF, LIKE, I DUNNO, WATER? SERIOUSLY??? WTF! WTF!!!
Ugh. Whatever. You all can rest easy. They caught the perps. Ironically, in an extortion attempt that looks like it was written by bad Hollywood writers instead of real life, it turns out the butler did it.
The former butler of Anne Bass, ex- wife of oil tycoon Sid Bass, was found guilty of plotting to extort $8.5 million by injecting her with a fake “deadly virus” and demanding money for the antidote.