Mason Barry Monday 22 July 2013
The Unit, a specialized police force dedicated to supernatural crimes, is looking into several zombie sightings. Inspector Dusu of the Unit said, “In light of recent crimes, we are taking these sightings very seriously.” The recent crimes Dusu refers to are the robberies of body parts and corpses from graveyards.
According to South African legend, zombies are brought to life by sangomas. The zombies are then used to do the sangoma’s bidding.
Police Captain Massu Thuzien said, “This is all nonsense. The last case we had of a zombie was from a man who claimed his wife had come back from the dead. It turned out to be a mistaken identity. The woman he thought was his wife was an escaped schizophrenic from a local hospital who looked very similar to his wife.”
Scientific evidence has introduced another theory. Tetrodotoxin, a neurotoxin found in puffer fish, can induce a trance-like state by introducing the toxin into the bloodstream.
Inspector Tseme Dusu rejected the scientific theory. “Tetrodotoxin is extremely toxic, one hundred times more poisonous than cyanide. Even if someone with an expert knowledge of the toxin injected it into a human’s bloodstream without causing death, the tetrodotoxin would leave the victim paralyzed.”
(this is a fictional news item related to the new novel The Bookseller’s Secret by Catherine Jordan)