The moral conundrum of a human bisection **WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGERY**

 

Even by internet gore standards, it is a test of will to watch this video through. The video takes place in a foreign country but it’s difficult to tell which due to the lack of audio. Judging by the onlookers, I might venture Latin America. This specific type of bodily automobile/train accident carnage is actually prevalent in the “goresphere.” The site where this video appears, Goregrish, certainly has similar videos of people who have had unfortunate encounters with trains and vehicles which left them flailing helplessly after suffering injuries which left them sliced in half at the waist, usually from the force of steel train wheels or massive truck tires. What makes the videos so magnetically and reprehensibly addictive to gore sickos like me is that the subjects are not dead yet! It is possible for the human torso to remain viable after experiencing a traumatic injury which “bisects” the lower half of the body, as long as internal organs are not severely injured. Nevertheless, such an injury is so shocking and unsettling to behold that the natural human reaction is hopelessness and panic. We are convinced there is no way this person can survive. We can’t consider any other outcome.

 

 

This is a screenshot I grabbed from the Goregrish video.

 

The man is conscious but due to lack of sound and clear video, I can’t say for sure whether he is lucid or not. I would think the pure blinding trauma of such an accident would leave the victim in an untouchable stupor of shock. This victim is prone, laying face down on the road, not far from the tires that severed his body at the waist. He appears to squirm in a puddle of his own blood, waste, and other ruptured entrails. His hoodie is soaked crimson at places. Occasionally he lifts his head, even shakes it at times. I thought at one point he tried to drag himself forward in futility. There is no backstory. There is no conclusion or resolution. All we know is that this poor man’s bisected body was surrounded by frightened witnesses who didn’t approach or comfort him, and in fact, only approached to get a better shot on their video camera.

 

My first instinct was pity for this guy’s obvious and public suffering in the face of no hope. It’s bad enough to be killed in an accident, quite another to experience this death in a protracted, dehumanizing manner. There can be no hope for him. Death is imminent, surely. I’m not medical doctor, but how in the world can anyone survive such a physically destructive assault to their body? Look at all the blood he lost…several arteries had to have been severed. And he was still losing deadly units of blood. And if the blood loss isn’t astounding in itself, the physical bodily damage suffered from being partially flattened by a wide tire wielded by tons of mobile metal must in itself be deadly. It’s hard to tell where he was “detached” but let’s assume it was at the waist. His intestines are damaged and propelled by the sudden pressurization of his abdominal cavity. Any digestive tract remaining must be damaged beyond repair. The shock and skeletal damage in themselves are enough to kill a man.

 

My first instinct upon viewing this video was that this man should be shot in the head for the sake of humanity. The suffering resulting in this injury is worse than death. There is no suffering greater than gradually watching as your life seeps slowly from your massacred body because the injuries refuse to kill you quickly. If I shot this man in the head, I would probably be tried for murder. So I wouldn’t do it. Human law and morality presume that we are not the final arbiters of miracles or outcomes. Even though common sense tells us this poor soul is dying, common sense is not moral authority. We live in a culture of belief and magic. Our ethics are shaped by potential fantasy, so we are denied the right to release a human of his spiraling, death-bound suffering. I don’t get it. If a dog, or a horse, or any other animal was in a similar predicament, we would be encouraged to kill it and put it out of its misery. What is the difference between consciously deciding the outcome of the life of a dog or the life of a man? Each hinges on an unapproachable moral construct we can never presume to own, right? If I shot the man, it would be due to kindness, not evil. His suffering is my suffering.

 

In the throes of such a nightmarish scene, we don’t have time to search Google with such a ridiculous query as is it possible for a human to survive being cut in half at the waist? In fact, if they are to be believed, which they certainly seem to deserve, some people have survived such a dramatic injury.

 

Truman Duncan.

 

Peng Shulin.

 

Duncan’s case seems solid but he was bisected by the rails of a train and apparently, one of his legs remained attached by the sliver of a muscle. Shulin’s case seems legitimate but there are those vocal few who question its veracity.

 

In the case of this video, the injuries appear to be so grave that possibility of survival would indeed be miraculous. The injuries seem to have transcended mere “bisection” but further destroyed much of the victim’s skeletal integrity and spine.

 

The law errs on the side of miraculous. To deny the miraculous is to be a murderer.

 

  • Hypermecha

    There was a case where a man survived after such a horrific injury, and not only recovered but learned to walk with prosthetic legs. He, like these victims, had been cut at the waist after having been run over by a large truck. so, you never know… don’t shoot someone in the head yet.

  • Bendys

    You’re a truly sick man if you enjoy watching such horrendous suffering live.

  • S. MacK

    You’re not a medical doctor so you don’t get to decide who lives and who dies. What if it was a close relative of yours?
    For your information, there are rare cases where people have survived such injuries. So long as the major organs are intact and the loss of blood can be stemmed in time , which isn’t unusual with such compression type injuries. You might want to have a look at the page linked below, detailing the story of a man named who survived a similar accident.
    Whether or not that person has any quality of life given their injuries, isn’t for you or anyone else to decide, but for the victim themselves, given time.

    http://all-strangestthings.blogspot.co.uk/2011/07/half-man-he-used-to-be-but-big-hearted.html

    • Socially Extinct

      I did reference this case in a link in this post, Peng Shulin. His case has been refuted by several people and seems dubious, but I will still give you this: it’s not my decision to take someone’s life based on the mortal severity of their injuries. Even a medical doctor should not have that right. I was merely contrasting the fact that we have no problem doing it with dogs or horses. Where do we draw the line?

      I don’t know what became of the guy in the video, but I doubt he survived that trauma.

  • “Most strip clubs enforce a “no touching” policy which really blows. Literally.”
    Yeah, but if you COULD touch, would you know what to do?! LOL!

  • I suppose it depends on the individual.

    Anakin Niceguy once had a striking post, where he took on C.S. Lewis’ famous metaphor, of a steak ‘strip-tease’ show, and turned it upside down:

    http://biblicalmanhood.blogspot.ca/2010/01/mutton-chop-tease-show.html

    • David

      I used to tell people that going to a strip joint was like going to a great restaurant during a long fast. You could drool over the courses but that was all. Most strip clubs enforce a “no touching” policy which really blows. Literally.

      • Perfect metaphor: You can’t have what appears to be on the menu.

  • Understimulated?

    Methinks it’s usually the opposite problem; they’re – you’re – so desensitized from the multitude of lesser stuff available to watch, that you need the harder stuff.

    Kinda like hardcore porn’s effects on people. “Anal? Bah; 8 guys one girl, oh yeah!”

    • David

      Hmmm. You know, funny thing is, I don’t watch television and very few violent movies. I absolutely hate porn (ever notice that most of these gore sites are loaded with simultaneous porn offerings?).

      The question then is “desensitization” or “understimulation?”

      • Amy

        I will hazard a guess that David’s motivation is similar to mine, that we are both “understimulated.” We have led fairly sheltered lives, but we are curious about what people are capable of and how much of it we can take.

        • Gay State Girl

          Gore-geous :)

        • David

          Self-inflicted, at that :(

  • Anybody ever tellya you’re a sick fuck? (Besides me.) Just curious. ;)

    • David

      Oh, maybe once or twice!

      Actually, those who know me don’t believe I’m quite mentally ill as much as I am just a very dark, macabre, gloomy soul. A co-worker once told me, “David, you’re the least sunny person I’ve every known.”

      There are lots of people who are into this stuff. I think maybe a lot of them are just “understimulated.”

    • Well, could just as well be me you are referring to!
      I love watching gross operations, mayhem, you name it.
      I am pretty warped too, Will S.

  • Amy

    Yeah, the audio makes a big difference. I haven’t seen many of these, but one that stuck with me showed Chechen soldiers cutting the throats of Russian soldiers with what must have been a very dull knife. They all looked young enough to be my kids.

    The gawking bystanders are the most unsettling thing in this video. The victim is probably dead but they are still with us.

    • David

      I’m assuming this is a Third World Country. Seems the sense of community and “emotional charity” is lacking in such societies. Although, wasn’t it China where the little girl was run over and died while people walked by nonchalantly?

      Throat cuttings and beheading are grueling because in fact, you’re right, they never seem to have their knives sharpened to guillotine standards. Or the Mexican drug cartels and their chainsaws. It’s a really damned brutal world.

      • Amy

        I was looking for hints of where it might be, but all I can tell is not here. But we have plenty of gawkers and people who “don’t want to get involved” here too.

        This was a notorious case–the page discusses the “bystander effect”: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kitty_genovese

        I remember Wang Yue. Though in that case I read about it but did not watch the video.

        • David

          I wonder if the “bystander effect” has roots in the paralyzing “stage fright” dynamic?

          The Yue video, while certainly horrible, was not graphic. Actually, the worst thing about the video was what it didn’t show and what it inferred by the van’s movements.

        • David

          That’s a very interesting case, I’d never heard of it before.

      • Of course it is. While I have heard about indifferent people in certain situations here in the USA, I am reminded of a recent accident in Utah where a motorcyclist was injured and the motorcycle caught fire. Not one, not two but FIVE people tried and did bring the guy to safety. And I think it was a TV helicopter crew that filmed it. Now I am beginning to think the reason there is no audio is because the people would have been heard mocking and laughing at the poor halfman. And yet, here we are watching with disturbing pleasure. BTW, where is the popcorn?!

  • Hmm, never heard of this site until tonight. I think I shall bookmark it.
    But really, I kind of yawned at it. Maybe because there was NO audio. It really would be something to HEAR the halfman sceaming in unbelievable pain.
    Oh, the halfman is wearing a hoodie, but with a baseball cap.
    Just want to be clear.
    I think that many of those that have been maimed in the War Against Islamofacsist Terror could releate to halfman. And many are still alive.
    Good to know that you would not shoot the dude to put him out of his misery.
    Now, a serious point is why was there no effort of any assistance to the dude? To call an ambulance? Yet someone in their gore-struck glory was video taping the mayhem.
    That is what really bothers me about the whole thing.

    • David

      Yes, many commenters were marveling at the fact no one was doing anything. I believe something like this is so shocking that people are actually afraid of approaching. It’s not a pretty sight and most people are not trained to handle such situations. I do think filming dude was a little sick.

      The mechanics of bisection are important. If people are blown in half by a bomb or artillery, that is a completely different monster than getting sliced in half by a wheel.

      • Yeah, but dude, there is someone with the ability to VIDEO this scene.
        And yeah, I know that how such an act of bisection determines the outcome.
        But again, instead of whipping out the video recorder, how about a call to 911, or whatever the emergency number is where this occured?
        How about O N E or U N O person checking on the dude himself?
        I think that while it is intoxicating to watch, I am actually upset that no one seemed to care about the halfman.
        For you, if halfman threw up during the video, THAT would make you sick.

    • See, arbitrarily deciding on my own that he needs to be put out of his misery is questionable, at best.

      Now let’s say this man knew I had a gun in my pocket and pleaded with me to shoot him…

      • But at least YOU would have shown something! What about the crowd around. I think I saw some dude walking around the halfman in a mocking way. Really?! Yeah, maybe he WAS going to die anyway, but to do NOTHING?! To mock him?! That is what is wrong with these people.

        • Amy

          Could be worse, some guy could be yelling at you about Allah as you’re lying there in pieces.

          (WARNING–EXTREMELY GRAPHIC!!)

          http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=13a_1328525428

          I can’t help thinking these guys might have had something to tell their families, something they needed to say. And that it was the last chance for someone to do them a kindness in this world.

          • David

            Holy shiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiit.
            I have too much presumed respectability to watch Live Leak at work lol. My apartment though, is the dungeon of evil. Everything goes here.

            This is awful. This is beyond sadistic. It is demonic. There is simply no word that can describe the utter evil of those who would taunt a man in such a situation.

            How do we live and laugh and enjoy this life when around us when we spawn from a race of “intelligent” beings whose heinousness knows absolutely no boundaries???? In fact, we are such soulless creatures that we not only indulge in evil by eschewing the good…we are devils because we use our higher consciousness to create new evils. Fuck.

          • And this is. . .ISLAM!
            Maybe Islam at it’s best. Or worst.
            At least if it was an RC priest or an Episcopal pastor, there would be the words of the Last Rites.
            That there is a next life and that you can and will be, by the grace of God, in it.
            Oh, I started to watch at work but forgot to turn the sound down.
            Please, work is the BEST place to watch this stuff. Especially in an office of gals ;-)!