Tuesday, January 23, 2007

NEWS - Smells like Snatch

In the Guy Ritchie movie "Snatch," a group of three men found themselves with the unenviable task of having to dispose of a dead body - one which, incidentally, they did not kill.

While struggling with the preliminary task of moving the corpse to a more convenient location, these men were surprised by the appearance of a white-haired, bespectacled older character named "Brick Top." Brick Top, instead of introducing himself, immediately proceeded to explain to these strangers how the challenge of disposing of a human body can be alleviated with the use of a bunch of hungry pigs.

He finishes this uninvited, mildly-perplexing, but admittedly engrossing monologue with the following warning about avoiding murderous individuals:

"...so be wary of any man who keeps a pig farm."

Having read all that, I'm sure you can understand why this AOL News story about a pig-farmer accused of murdering dozens of people, reminded me of good ol' "Snatch":
'After Pickton was arrested and the first traces of DNA from some missing women were allegedly found on the farm, the buildings were razed and the province spent an estimated $61 million to sift through soil there.
When police first visited the farm in 2002 to investigate, they found two skulls in a bucket inside a freezer in Pickton's mobile home. DNA testing identified the skulls as belonging to Abotsway and Joesbury, two missing sex workers from an impoverished Vancouver neighborhood.
Prevett said one of Joesbury's earrings was found in the slaughterhouse. He said human bones were found mixed with manure and that part of Wolfe's jaw, with five teeth still attached, was found in a pig trough.'
I'm not sure if art is imitating life or if life is imitating art, but I'll damn-sure look at pig farms differently, from now on.

For those that may be interested, here's the dialogue from that "Snatch" scene, I mentioned earlier (provided, again, by imdb.com):

"Brick Top: You're always gonna have problems lifting a body in one piece. Apparently the best thing to do is cut up a corpse into six pieces and pile it all together.
Sol: Would someone mind telling me, who are you?
Brick Top: And when you got your six pieces, you gotta get rid of them, because it's no good leaving it in the deep freeze for your mum to discover, now is it? Then I hear the best thing to do is feed them to pigs. You got to starve the pigs for a few days, then the sight of a chopped-up body will look like curry to a pisshead. You gotta shave the heads of your victims, and pull the teeth out for the sake of the piggies' digestion. You could do this afterwards, of course, but you don't want to go sievin' through pig shit, now do you? They will go through bone like butter. You need at least sixteen pigs to finish the job in one sitting, so be wary of any man who keeps a pig farm. They will go through a body that weighs 200 pounds in about eight minutes. That means that a single pig can consume two pounds of uncooked flesh every minute. Hence the expression, "as greedy as a pig".

It's not quite the same without the visuals and British accents, so I guess you'll just have to buy your own "Snatch," now won't you?


Anonymous said...

I use to live near where the Pickton thing happened. It was such a sad case because nobody even cared that these women were going missing because they were "just" prostitutes. Even when they had clues pointing them to the pig farm (prostitutes saying women were disapearing at the pig farm) the police didn't want to investigate. Sad case.

West said...

Your comment displays the sensitivity that my post lacked.

I should've added that I think there's a price to be paid for disregarding people, as if they were walking refuse or acceptable losses - even people who do "bad things."