A Secret Grave 134: After the Autopsy

 

One would think that the suit against chiropractor Theo Dryer would have been slam dunk – that he would have been exposed, defrocked, and directed to pay a ton of money in damages. But that wasn’t the case. An autopsy revealed that Josie had taken amphetamines on the morning of her death, and it was deemed that these illegally acquired drugs had been the cause of cardiac arrest. The ephedra in Theo’s capsules hadn’t helped, but ephedra was legal at the time.

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heart autopsy

heart attack anatomy, ravindra gandhi, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/

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Cynthia was beside herself. According to CD Knowles, author of A Hidden Grave, she went a little crazy after Josie’s death and began sending hate mail to Theo and demanding that he close his office. She wrote letters to her local paper about the hidden dangers of chiropractic medicine and warned everyone she came in contact with not to consult Theo Dryer, a bona fide quack. All to no effect other than drawing attention to herself and making her seem crazy. So she ceased the letters and phone calls and went underground. Theo was a danger to people, a cancer on this earth, and she knew it. She had to get rid of him. This became her mission, and she thought of nothing else day and night but how to eliminate Theo Dryer.

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short curly hair

Cynthia Douglas

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A little bit about Cynthia’s family… They were from the hill country, Texan through and through. Cynthia had grown up in San Antonio, her father the owner of a car dealership. She had numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, most of them living in central Texas towns like Kyle, Lockhart, Round Rock, and Waco. The man she worked for, Eddie Burak, was a cousin, the son of her mother’s sister. He was a building contractor who worked on large projects – strip malls, office buildings, one or two of the tall structures beginning to go up in downtown Austin. Cynthia ran his office. At forty-seven she was a year younger than he was, a thin, sporty, determined-looking woman with a mean sense of humor and relentless energy. Eddie himself was movie star handsome, on the football team in high school, married twice, three children, always a big flirt.

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movie star handsome

Eddie Burak

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Cynthia adored him. In the days following Josie’s death, he took care of her by providing her with Xanax to calm her down, his big shoulders to lean on as she planned the funeral, and a home to come back to when she couldn’t stand the loneliness of her own house. Did he help her plan anything else? That was one of the big questions anonymous author CD Knowles had as he (or she?) described the unfolding drama that took place after Josie departed the planet.

 

To be continued…

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Cover photo ~ Abandoned University Institute for Anatomy (6), Jan Bommes, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

 

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