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Chicago bar visit leaves Steelers fan blind
Yahoo ^ | 12-10-09 | Charles Robinson

Posted on 12/10/2009 11:17:04 AM PST by kingattax

CHICAGO – Almost three months have passed, and the Chicago Police Department appears no closer to solving one of the most bizarre acts of fan-on-fan violence in recent memory. One that left Pittsburgh Steelers fan Zack Heddinger blind, and local authorities searching for a group of Chicago Bears fans that allegedly poisoned him.

The frustrating search for clues began a few days after Heddinger passed out at South Loop bar Kitty O’Shea’s, and was taken to Rush University Medical Center following Chicago’s Sept. 20 win over Pittsburgh at Soldier Field.

After drinking alcohol that was allegedly offered by a Bears fan, Heddinger blacked out and later went into cardiac arrest while being rushed by ambulance to an emergency room. Heddinger eventually went blind, and doctors began to suspect he had been poisoned with some form of toxic grain alcohol.

Almost three months later, Chicago Police are still attempting to sort out exactly what happened on the day Heddinger’s nightmare began.

“It’s a horrifying, horrifying ordeal,” said Pittsburgh attorney Victor Hunter Pribanic, who has been retained by Heddinger. Reached by Yahoo! Sports, a member of Heddinger’s family said they had been “overwhelmed” by the incident, and preferred to speak through Pribanic.

(Excerpt) Read more at sports.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: blindness; chicago; poison; steelersgame

1 posted on 12/10/2009 11:17:05 AM PST by kingattax
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To: kingattax

Bathtub Gin?


2 posted on 12/10/2009 11:20:35 AM PST by John.Galt2012 (I'll take Liberty and you can keep the "Change"!)
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To: kingattax

You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy,..than Chicago.


3 posted on 12/10/2009 11:24:55 AM PST by redstateconfidential (`)
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To: kingattax
and doctors began to suspect he had been poisoned with some form of toxic grain alcohol.

Huh? Grain alcohol is ethanol. That's normal drinking alcohol. If he went blind then it wasn't from grain alcohol.

4 posted on 12/10/2009 11:25:31 AM PST by KarlInOhio (Obamalaise - the new mood for America.)
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To: kingattax

Fan obsession to the point of violence, is ridiculous. Good natured ribbing back and forth can be fun, but it’s only a game folks. You’ve got to have a pretty empty soul, for team support to become so important that you would injure someone permanently for supporting another team.

I hope the person or persons who did this are caught and spend the rest of their days in prison.


5 posted on 12/10/2009 11:25:42 AM PST by DoughtyOne (A MELTING POT not a potters wheel. Join us. Don't try to turn this nation into the one you fled.)
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To: John.Galt2012
industrial alcohol- windshield fluid? antifreeze? (seems that would have killed him)

I remember reading that Russian mechanics in the far north used to go blind drinking the antifreeze from their flightline - and the planes also froze up when serviced with water or watered down fluid!

6 posted on 12/10/2009 11:27:04 AM PST by silverleaf (More folks being invited to the White House for Holiday parties than are being sent to Afghanistan)
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To: kingattax

Methanol is toxic, and is known to cause blindness when ingested, but it is wood alcohol, not a “toxic form of grain alcohol”.


7 posted on 12/10/2009 11:27:10 AM PST by oblomov
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To: KarlInOhio

None that I’ve heard of anyway. Wood alcohol would be the alcohol here, unless something else provided the same outcome.

You are correct about grain alcohol.

I’d have been blinded as a youth, if beer did the trick. LOL


8 posted on 12/10/2009 11:27:45 AM PST by DoughtyOne (A MELTING POT not a potters wheel. Join us. Don't try to turn this nation into the one you fled.)
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To: kingattax

Chicago huh? Wonder why they don’t suspect the bar owner trying to save some money


9 posted on 12/10/2009 11:28:54 AM PST by 1000 silverlings (everything that deceives, also enchants: Plato)
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To: kingattax

What a despicable thing to do ... hope they
catch the animal and put bars in front of
his face for a long time.


10 posted on 12/10/2009 11:30:01 AM PST by STARWISE (They (LIBS-STILL) think of this WOT as Bush's war, not America's war- Richard Miniter)
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To: kingattax

iT WAS PROBABLY METHYL ALCOHOL.............


11 posted on 12/10/2009 11:30:50 AM PST by Red Badger (Al Gore is the Bernie Madoff of environmentalism. He belongs in jail. - Unknown Blogger)
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To: Velveeta; retrokitten; Ann Archy

~~PING!


12 posted on 12/10/2009 11:31:11 AM PST by STARWISE (They (LIBS-STILL) think of this WOT as Bush's war, not America's war- Richard Miniter)
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To: 1000 silverlings
Let me be the first to say, "Obama's fault!"
13 posted on 12/10/2009 11:31:48 AM PST by RightResponse (It depends on what the defamation of Islam is .....)
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To: Red Badger

Methyls no lady either!


14 posted on 12/10/2009 11:33:02 AM PST by BillyBonebrake
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So that’s how he got elected, all our drinks were spiked!


15 posted on 12/10/2009 11:35:03 AM PST by Whoa
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To: DoughtyOne

‘Fan’

Fan = Fanatic

Fans are dangerous.


16 posted on 12/10/2009 11:35:03 AM PST by BGHater (America is a Kakistocracy.)
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To: DoughtyOne

Denatured alcohol is ethanol to which poisonous and foul-tasting chamicals
have been added to make it unfit for drinking. There is more than one
recipe for denaturing alcohol; some add methanol or isopropanol, some
gasoline, and so on.


17 posted on 12/10/2009 11:43:27 AM PST by fredhead (Liberals think globally, reason rectally, act idiotically.)
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To: Red Badger

Do a lot of us carry around methyl alcohol or even rubbing alcohol around with them when they go to football games and then the bars afterwards?

I can’t remember ever having done so.


18 posted on 12/10/2009 11:44:40 AM PST by dmz
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To: kingattax

Off duty Chicago cops?


19 posted on 12/10/2009 11:48:29 AM PST by ozzymandus
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To: kingattax

Yep Philly fans have the worst rap because they boo’d a drunk santa in ‘68? Didn’t TWO baseball coaches/umpires get assaulted on the field in Chicago as well?

Hmmmmmm, yes!!! Yes they did

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/recap?gameId=230415104

But hey, blinding people and assaulting people is MUCH better than boo’ing a drunk santa, amirite?


20 posted on 12/10/2009 11:52:28 AM PST by SengirV
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To: BGHater

Good point. Agreed...


21 posted on 12/10/2009 11:52:30 AM PST by DoughtyOne (A MELTING POT not a potters wheel. Join us. Don't try to turn this nation into the one you fled.)
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To: fredhead

Thanks FredHead.


22 posted on 12/10/2009 11:53:21 AM PST by DoughtyOne (A MELTING POT not a potters wheel. Join us. Don't try to turn this nation into the one you fled.)
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To: dmz

“Do a lot of us carry around methyl alcohol or even rubbing alcohol around with them when they go to football games and then the bars afterwards?”

Doubtful. This has to mean that they used something in the bar itself. I don’t think the scum that did this would have staggered out to their car to get antifreeze. They had to have known the bartender and got what they needed to spike the drink at the bar. My opinion anyway.

I also don’t get violence like this over stupid football games. Hell, the NFL is becoming more like professional wrestling anyway. There was an incident here near Pittsburgh a few years back where some old man was shot for merely complaining about the Steelers.

I’m probably the only person in this area that can care less about the Steelers. I think Ben “Constantly Concussed when things go wrong” Rotethlisberger is a whining, half-pansy with a steroid problem and Heinz Ward cries more than straight man should. I still think Super Bowl XL was completely fixed. They completely lucked out last year seeing that the really good teams choked and were knocked out early. The fraud is exposed this year :-) If anyone wants to kill/blind me over making those statements, well, they’ll learn about some licenses I have. Go Browns, and Go Bengals :-). Maybe if the Steelers get real players again someday I won’t be as angry.

Now if you say anything about the Pirates I’ll get upset :-P .


23 posted on 12/10/2009 11:56:17 AM PST by edh (I need a better tagline)
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To: kingattax

‘If it burns blue its ok to do.
Burns yellow, kill a fellow.


24 posted on 12/10/2009 11:59:24 AM PST by Leg Olam (Make yourselves sheep, and the wolves will eat you. - Benjamin Franklin)
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To: kingattax
All right, not to make light of this poor man's predicament but this isn't the most bizarre fan-on-fan act I've heard of. A couple of years ago in a bar near the Wisconsin-Illinois border a Packer backer was being obnoxious as only Packer fans can be so the Bears fans in the bar grabbed him, stripped him, and duct-taped him to a stop sign in sub-freezing weather.

Don't ask me how I know this I just do.

25 posted on 12/10/2009 12:05:36 PM PST by Non-Sequitur
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To: kingattax

Well, this year Bears fans are getting their comeuppance.


26 posted on 12/10/2009 12:07:41 PM PST by traderrob6
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To: dmz

No, these a$$holes planned this abomination. If caught, they should receive the same fate..................


27 posted on 12/10/2009 12:34:15 PM PST by Red Badger (Al Gore is the Bernie Madoff of environmentalism. He belongs in jail. - Unknown Blogger)
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To: edh

With the way the Steelers have been playing recently, he won’t miss much.


28 posted on 12/10/2009 12:35:45 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: kingattax
doctors began to suspect he had been poisoned with some form of toxic grain alcohol.

All alcohols are toxic to a degree, grain alcohol (ethyl alcohol) is relatively safe although something like a liter consumed in a couple of hours (BAL > 0.40) will kill most people who do not get treatment in time. The article goes on to talk about "antifreeze" (ethylene glycol w/ additives) which is much more toxic in that much smaller doses will prove fatal. It should be pointed that ethylene glycol is not grain alcohol, nor is methyl alcohol, isopropyl alcohol, or any of the glycol's.

The article also mentions going blind from drinking "moon shine". Such things can happen but not as a result of drinking ethyl alcohol. Rather contaminants are sometimes introduced into the alcohol by the illicit distiller because he unknowingly picked the wrong material with which to build his still. A condenser made from old car or truck radiators will have lead based solder used in it's construction and galvanized pipe is coated with zinc. The vaporized ethyl alcohol is an excellent solvent and will pick up either lead or zinc if it comes in contact with either of these metals. Lead causes long term brain damage and metallic zinc in solution can cause permanent blindness in short order (one sip will do it).

That begs the question as to how the Bears fan got a drink that was not poured at the bar?

Regards,
GtG

29 posted on 12/10/2009 1:21:38 PM PST by Gandalf_The_Gray (I live in my own little world, I like it 'cuz they know me here.)
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To: 1000 silverlings
Chicago huh? Wonder why they don’t suspect the bar owner trying to save some money

One person in the bar got sick. If it was the bar owner everyone would have gotten sick.

How much in total did our hypothetical bar owner save, $.50?

30 posted on 12/10/2009 6:08:33 PM PST by Cheburashka ("Allahu Akbar!" translates as "Kill me and stuff bacon in my mouth!")
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