In our last thrilling episode, we learned our lovely suburban home had been the site of a double murder/suicide (that's two murders, one suicide) about nine years ago. What could top that?
This past weekend, my partner and a friend of ours dug a pond in our backyard (since my partner had a pond at his old house). It's about 13' square, give or take, and there's now the sound of a little waterfall wafting up through the window here at home.
Well, along the way, he found some bones. Four, to be precise. Now, being a registered nurse, he has some familiarity with this sort of thing, and we initially thought, perhaps, an animal might have been buried in the backyard sometime in the past.
That is, until we noted two things:
- The size of what appeared to be a leg bone--which suggested either a really, really large dog, or...something else...
- The fact that the bones weren't broken--they were sawed off. And, if you watched the Desperate Housewives season finale, you learned that if a dead body won't fit in your child's toy chest, then you make it fit.
So, then we talked to our neighbors; she happens to work in a hospital, and offered to show them to a friend in radiology. And here's what we think we know:
- The bones are quite old--at least several decades--and thus considerably pre-date the murder/suicide.
- The largest bone appears to be the upper part of a femur; there's a smaller piece which could also be from the lower part of a femur.
- What we thought was a rib bone is actually a clavicle--and a darned large one, at that.
- The last bone is a toe.
Not sure yet what it all means; we were told that we could call in the police, they'd send the bones to a lab, and, worst-case scenario, they might have to dig up our yard. So perhaps we'll see if we can find an informal expert (and, if any readers know of someone who might be able to help, drop a line).