Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Russian Roulette is Intended for Movies Only

I have to wonder if people who die in a game of Russian Roulette have even seen the famous scene from the movie The Deer Hunter. I know I hadn't until very recently when my curiosity was peaked by the "accidental" death of a Visalia teen.
It was Monday (July 27) when 17-year-old Akiou See died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, according to an article in the Visalia Times-Delta. Police investigators said the shooting appeared to be accidental, prompted by "a game of Russian roulette."
Now I would debate whether or not the shooting should be classified as "accidental," since the victim knew he was firing a loaded gun a his head, but there is no such official cause of death as "extraordinarily poor judgement."

Visalia police reported there have been two additional deaths attributed to a game of Russian roulette in the past five years.
I am fascinated by this game and the people who would attempt to play it. I sure there are Russian roulette survivors, but that wouldn't be your regular Friday night story to be shared with strangers at the bar.So all I know about it is the occasional news story.
In March of this year an 18-year-old in San Juan, Texas was placed on life support after a reportedly drinking, taking pills and engaging in a game of Russian roulette with an older cousin. Accoridng to an article published in The Monitor newspaper, police qouted the cousin who didn't get the bullet in the head as saying the pair "just did it because they wanted to."