Topic: "Bird is the Word" (3)
Lynn Oberkrom and his family were not doing anything particularly unusual last Monday evening. Gathered together in their Stockbridge, Georgia, backyard, they were grilling hamburgers and hot dogs for dinner. Lynn then noticed a severed human finger lying under a table.
Acting entirely appropriately, he did what Frodo would have done; he called the police. He should have known better.
When investigators from the Rockdale County (home turf of reactionary Congressman Lynn Westmoreland) Sheriff's office showed up, they began to collect forensic evidence. Pictures were taken of the finger and a complete search of the Oberkrom household was performed. The finger was taken and delivered to the DeKalb County (Representative Westmoreland has not seen fit to push for a facility of this nature in his conservative district) Medical Examiner's office for tests. Deputies concurrently used dogs and a Georgia State Patrol helicopter (need it be noted that Representative Westmoreland doesn't see the necessity of such a vehicle in his district) to search the nearby woods for approximately three hours.
The finger arrived in Medical Examiner Woody Hall's laboratory in a sealed plastic bag. Outwardly the finger appeared normal, although it was caked with dirt, leading one officer to speculate that it may have been brought into the backyard by the family dog. No statement had been taken from "Baker," the family schnauzer. When Hall removed the finger from the bag and cleaned it, in order to take a fingerprint, he noted something odd. The finger was made of rubber.
A telephone call brought the dogs back in from the search, and the helicopter returned to its pad at State Patrol headquarters.
It was a middle finger.