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Is there anything about this Enquirer article that's not in poor taste?

February 14, 2008 05:30 PM

Even the headline's bad: "Dead Woman Had Unique Laugh."

It's like something from The Onion, but it's for real.  And it gets worse.  Here's the lede:

Kristina “Tina” Griffen loved cats and her life was filled with music.

Griffen, 31, was walking to her University Heights home from a Tuesday night Bogart’s concert when the very drunk woman, fell 20 feet and landed on her head in a University of Cincinnati parking lot.

How poorly written is that?  The first time I read it, I was like "oh that poor woman was just walking home, and then some drunk woman came flying through the sky, 20 feet, and landed on her head."  I was thinking it was like the pig from Graham Greene's "A Shocking Accident."

Anyway, I suppose you can read it both ways, and the bottom line is:

She died instantly.

“She was wearing moccasin-like boots that had no tread. She just slipped on the ice and took a real nasty fall,” said her brother Forrest Griffen, 36, of Fort Mitchell, Ky.

The Hamilton County Coroner’s office, which officially declared Griffen’s death an accident, noted her blood alcohol content was .295 percent, almost four times Ohio’s legal limit of .08 percent.

Her brother noted the irony because his sister knew she was too drunk to drive home, so she tried to walk, cutting through the UC campus.

“That’s why it was a tragedy. She wasn’t doing anything wrong. It was just an accident,” her brother said.

I feel sorry for her family.  Too much information!  I'm all for saucier obits, but "very drunk woman" is a little much to me.  Though with a BAC of .295, it certainly is apt. 

Why not let this poor family be, believing it was the moccasin-like boots that did her in?


I think it was in incredibly poor taste for the Enquirer to write this story. This is one story I would have been fine if I remained completely ignorant of the events and the woman's family didn't have to deal with the publicity.

With regard to the journalist's reference to the woman's blood alcohol level as 4x the legal limit, I didn't know there was a statutory blood alcohol limit for walking home from a concert.

TinCan/TopSoil/Typhoid   ·  February 15, 2008 08:58 AM

Excellent point about the BAC, TinCan/TopSoil/TP! Public intoxication is illegal, but there's certainly now BAC level that's tied to that.

NBS   ·  February 15, 2008 09:18 AM

Uh, the family, who are all *very* smart people, don't blame the shoes. No one is under any delusions here. It just sucks that now Tina will be known as "a very drunk woman" to anyone who read that piece but never met her.

Fact is that lots of college-age people get this drunk regularly- this could have happened to any one of them.

grrl.   ·  February 15, 2008 11:01 AM

"Dead woman had unique laugh"? Yikes! I'd think about getting a second coroner's opinion or perhaps an exorcist.

Robbo the Llama Butcher   ·  February 15, 2008 12:36 PM

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