Ten Days in October
by Ashish Malpani
GENRE: Fiction: Crime
“I am almost done with the examination; I can quickly review the results with you and release the body to your custody.”
“Sure, go ahead,” said Chavan.
“Stitch it up,” Dr. Sheikh instructed the assistants and quickly flipped through his notes. “Sahib, in my opinion, the cause of death is asphyxia due to hanging. There is about four cm wide ligature marks running from the midline around the thyroid cartilage, symmetrically upward on both sides of the neck. The mark matches with the rope that was brought in with the body. I also think that it was a simple knot and running noose. The hyoid bone is fractured as well, which is not a surprise given the age of the victim? Microscopic examination of the thyroid gland and salivary gland shows focal interstitial hemorrhage which is consistent with antemortem nature of hanging. I won’t rule out suicide altogether, but I have a couple of other interesting things to report. There is light ligature mark around the wrists that would suggest that the wrists were tied together at some point. Also, all five fingers of the right hand are swollen, and the X-ray revealed that the fingers were broken. And my guess is that this injury was antemortem too. Also, it appears that there was some cloth stuffed in his mouth. I found some traces of fabric in his tract. Finally, looks like he had broken ribs a while back. ”
“How is that possible? How could someone break their fingers and then commit suicide?”
“That is something I can’t explain either,” Dr. Sheikh replied. “On the face of it, it does look like that force was applied to break the bones, so I don’t think Kokate did it himself. Maybe he got into a fight, and then something else triggered the suicide.”
“That is one possible explanation. Can you say for sure that this is a suicide and not homicide?”
“If you discount the broken bones, it does looks like a suicide case.”
Ashish fell in love with reading and traveling at a young age. As a kid he had two dreams in life: to write a novel and to travel around the world. Thirty eight countries and counting, Ashish has explored various cultures and captured the world through the lens of his camera with his wife Samta and son Ayan.
Author website: www.ashishmalpani.com
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‘Ten Days in October’ is inspired by a real life incident that happened in the town in western India that I grew up in. Back then the incident had received lot of coverage in media but it was short lived and everyone moved on quickly. There is no interest to find out what happened to the victims and how they coped with tragedy. My thought process led me to believe that to survive the victims must have strong mantle and some goal to march towards. Then I started exploring what that goal may look like and how will they achieve it. Going down that path formed a story in my mind. It was so compelling that I could not shy away from bringing it to life.
But not having written anything in the genre before, presented lot of challenges. From ignorance about autopsy and forensics to no knowledge of police procedures in India, it looked like a mountain to climb. A long research cycle and reading background material followed and at one point I did think that it was going to be a dud. But my family (wife Samta and son Ayan) turned into my great supporters and inspired me to finish the novel.