Twin Peaks Usenet Archive

Subject: Re: Who Killed Emerald Palmer?
From: petersen@netcom.UUCP (Barbara Petersen)
Date: 1990-05-09, 05:25

>>> >>> = (Cisco's Buddy)
>> >> = tim@hoptoad.uucp (Tim Maroney)
> > = (Cisco's Buddy)

>>> >>> Still, I feel that Madeline is NOT LP.  First, Albert would have done
>>> >>> found out in the autopsy.

>> >> How?  Mistaken identity is not any pathological syndrome of which I am
>> >> aware.
>> >>
>> >> Dental records could tell them apart, but he'd have to decide to doubt
>> >> the positive identifications by people who knew her well to go to the
>> >> inconvenient step of checking dental records.  What he was after was how
>> >> the girl died, not who she was.

> > Except that if he was thorough enough to discover particles of pumice on
> > the back of her neck, he was *bound* to notice that her hair was dyed,
> > or discovered traces of hair dye.

Just to add some more fuel to the fire....

If the corpse's hair had been dyed, Albert would almost certainly discover
that fact; regardless of whether or not the identity of the corpse was in 
question, Albert would take a sample of the corpse's hair to use as a standard
for comparison against any other hairs found on the body (i.e. to determine
if any stray hairs came from the victim or, potentially, the murderer).  So
unless Albert *really* screwed up an *extremely* routine point of protocol 
(seems unlikely), or he failed, for some reason, to closely examine the sample
he took (also unlikely, especially given that some of his more, um, "involved"
procedures were cut short), he would notice the hair dye.

On the other hand, Albert may have taken the hair sample back with him to his
own (well-equipped) lab for analysis, so it's also possible that, in a future
episode, Albert *will* reveal that the corpse's hair had been dyed. 

Barbara Petersen
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