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Manchester Injection Incident Warning Email

Summary:
Email claims that a Manchester (UK) woman was injected in the arm with a debilitating substance by another woman who asked her for money (Full commentary below).



Status:
Probably True

Example:(Submitted, February 2007)
Dear All,

I would like to bring to your attention a terrible incident which happened to me on Friday 2nd February 2007 at approximately 18.05. I had left work ( 8 King Street , Manchester ) and I proceeded up King St . There were plenty of people around finishing work for the weekend and about half way up King Street (outside The White Company) a woman had come out of the walk through from St Ann 's Square and said to me she was having a terrible day as she had just found her husband in bed with another woman. I thought it was strange that she would tell a complete stranger this information so I carried on walking. She then stopped me and asked for 32 pence to catch the bus home.

I was immediately suspicious of the situation as I would imagine a bus to anywhere would be more than 32 pence and she wasn't the stereotypical person that normally asks you for change for the bus. She was clean, well dressed and well spoken. She also had a handbag. Feeling uncomfortable with the situation I agreed to give her some change, just so I could get away as promptly as possible. I gave her what change I had which was approximately 80 pence. She then said she was grateful and she'd send me 20 back. I thought she was going to ask for my address (which I wouldn't have given) but she didn't. She said thank you and squeezed my arm as a token of appreciation. As she walked away she dropped some of the money & didn't retrieve it which certainly aroused suspicions; if she didn't need the money why did she stop me?

I proceeded up King St towards Cross Street but realised something was wrong. My left hand side had gone completely numb and my arm went into a spasm. I knew she had done something to me when she touched my arm. I needed to tell someone quickly what had happened as I assumed in a few seconds I would be unconscious and what I assume would be her accomplice would be waiting for me to be completely helpless and do the unthinkable to me. I managed to get my phone out of pocket and just pressed last number re-dial. At the same time I stopped a lady and realised I sounded stupid at what I was saying but she could also hear me on the phone so she realised I was genuine. I started to lose the power of speech. She stayed with me and we got to Bootle Street police station.

My arm was hurting but whatever I was injected with couldn't have penetrated completely so I got the feeling back about 10 minutes later. The fact it had a coat, suit jacket and blouse to get through must've saved me. I had the smallest scratch mark on my arm, there is an identical one on my coat and suit jacket.

It will probably be impossible to tell what I was injected with, and although I still await the results of blood tests they are only checking for diseases I may have been given. The police are confident it will be caught on CCTV and I await father information in that regard.

The reason for sending this e-mail is to please ask you to warn EVERYONE you know, not just women but men too and ask them to tell girlfriends, wives, sisters & mothers. The message needs to get through to be extra vigilant. I was one of the lucky ones (blood results pending) and if I can make people aware of these people then I'd like to think it can make a difference.

Thank you.




Commentary:
This email forward tells of a frightening incident in which a woman was injected in the arm with a debilitating substance. According to a BBC news article, the incident did happen as described in the message. The female attacker first asked the woman for a small amount of money before grabbing her arm and apparently injecting her with a hidden implement. The attack happened in Manchester's busy King Street in early February 2007.

The motive for the attack is so far unclear. It is possible that the attacker had an accomplice waiting nearby with the intention of robbing or abducting the victim after the injected substance had rendered her unable to fight back or call for help. Alternatively, the attacker may be mentally ill and simply selected her victim at random. Her eccentric behaviour before and after the incident makes this theory plausible.

Update:(March 2007)
So far, there have been no follow-up reports about this incident, nor any credible reports of similar incidents. With only one isolated BBC article to back up the claims in the email, some have questioned if the incident actually occurred as described.

At this point, I have no reason to suspect that the BBC report was untrue. However, given the lack of further information, it cannot be categorically ruled out that the description of the incident may be inaccurate or misleading.

Moreover, since the incident described was apparently an isolated event, the continued forwarding of the message is rather pointless. Even when such warning messages start out as factual, they often mutate as they circulate until any value they once had is forever lost.

References:
Victim 'injected' in arm by woman

Last updated: 29th March 2007
First published: 9th February 2007

Write-up by Brett M.Christensen