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Confirmed: There Was Blood Everywhere In The House Where Elliott Smith Was Stabbed

Blood Everywhere In The House
Elliott Smith

The difficulty to achieve self-stabbing in the chest has already been discussed, but when looking at the forensic literature covering this subject, it’s clear that the rare people who manage to stab themselves are often found lying on their bed, or lying on the floor after using stratagems – such as hanging a heavy dagger from a height of 10 cm above the chest, and letting it free-falling. There are even cases of people running onto a knife or a sword that they have attached to a door, and this demonstrates how much strength is needed to pierce the thoracic cage: studies have shown that velocity and sharpness of the blade are keys here. In any case, people who manage to commit suicide this way are often described as “lying in a pool of blood” or lying on a bed drenched with blood… If some people are sometimes still able to walk once stabbed, there is no reason for a person committing suicide by stabbing to walk around the house with a knife in their chest.

Recently, I had an exchange with someone who knew Karrie W., one of Jennifer Chiba’s close friends in 2003. This person told me that Karrie had to house-sit the house for Chiba after Elliott’s death. I don’t know why she had to stay in the house, but we know that Chiba tried to leave the country at one point, then came back and left again, so it could have been during one of these episodes. Karrie W. said that there was still blood everywhere in the house. This confirms what we already knew, and, in particular, this corroborates Robin Peringer‘s statement about cleaning “the blood throughout the house” (he declared this in an interview with Filter magazine).

Blood was found everywhere in the house: this cannot be consistent with suicide: Elliott had no reason to walk from the kitchen (located in front of the house) to the living room (located to the back). Chiba said she found Elliott with the knife in his chest at the sink in the kitchen, and she then mentioned the balcony (located in the back of the unit). I will never understand why the blood everywhere in the house was not a red flag for the police. I will never understand why detective Berdin declared to the LA Weekly in January 2004: “All of the little flags along the way we were looking for that suggest that someone else was responsible never presented itself.”

Blood everywhere was not a red flag for Berdin or for the other police officers. How did Berdin explain blood all over the house? After self-stabbing, someone would probably have kneeled on the floor and lain down in a pool of blood, and not walked from the kitchen to the living room. Why hasn’t anyone questioned this important issue at the time? Nobody has ever raised this point anywhere, and the police, if they saw the bloodstains as they should have when they entered the place, owe us an explanation.

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