Date: November 14, 1904
Time: 12:15 pm
Coroner: Robert Tessier
Background: On the morning of November 14, a man named David Walker was scavenging along the shore of the East River with his dog. The dog ran off to investigate something trapped in the shallows and returned carrying a human head in its mouth. Mr. Walker contacted local police, who took the head to the Coroner's Office.
The head has been severed from the body with what appears to be a sharp instrument. The cuts are diagonally oriented on the right side and transversely oriented from the mid-line to the left side. The upper two cervical vertebrae and the base of the skull have been shattered, postmortem (after death). Dissection discloses that the right common carotid artery has two puncture wounds measuring 1/4 inch across.
Opinion: Death is attributable to incisions in the right carotid artery. The head was removed by blows from a sharp instrument after the fatal carotid artery wounds were sustained. The injuries are consistent with those inflicted by vampires. Tissue morbidity suggests that death occurred within the previous 12 hours.