Monday, October 1, 2007
Carol Anne Gotbaum Dies in Holding Cell At Sky Harbor International Airport After Altercation With Authorities Update 2-21-08
Carol Anne Gotbaum, age 45, is now dead. Speculation is running rampant as to why. One theory is that she may have accidentally choked herself to death while handcuffed in the airport holding cell. Carol Anne Gotbaum was arrested Friday at Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix apparently after she became angry when gate crews refused her permission to board a flight. (She was apparently late arriving to the gate.) Although she was rebooked on a later flight, she kept screaming which apparently led to officers taking her to the ground and handcuffing her. They apparently took her to a holding room. They checked on her when she finally became quiet. Unfortunately at that point, she was unresponsive according to Phoenix police Sgt. Andy Hill. Further speculation is that Gotbaum may have tried to get out of her handcuffs which some how ended up around her neck. A medical examiner will perform an autopsy in the immediate future.
Betsy Gotbaum, Carol Gotbaum's stepmother-in-law, said that Carol was "a wonderful mother; she was sweet and kind and loving.'' Betsy Gotbaum, the woman's stepmother-in-law is a public advocate that helps people resolve problems with the government
Neither pepper spray nor a taser were apparently used.
Update 10-2-07: The family has apparently postponed the autopsy. Whether she needed treatment for alcoholism is not the issue. Even if this allegation is true, it would not have been the cause of her death. This incident is a tragedy.
Update 10-3-07: The autopsy was inconclusive. Toxicology results are still not available. An alleged eye witness claims the lady was screaming I am not a terrorist and the police did little or nothing to calm her down. (Andy Hill disputes this witnesses account and states a video of the incident will be revealed soon.)
Update 10-4-07: The Gotbaum family has hired a noted pathologist, Dr. Cyril H. Wecht. (See JFK ? Warren Commission / Conspiracy theory). Dr, Wecht, was apparently allowed to perform a separate exam. According to family attorney, Manning Dr. Wecht is awaiting lab results before announcing his conclusion. A private investigator apparently observed signs of “very serious trauma,” including bruises and a mark on her neck from the metal chain.
Update 2-21-08 A new L.E.D. bright light which temporarily disables would be criminals may make tasers obsolete!