Horrible incident. Any question so far?
Well I've got one: how'd he manage to shoot himself in the head three times?
Most of us think that a bullet to our head is an instant ticket to heaven, or hell. But some of us are so poor at aiming our weapon we'd keep missing the brain. A bullet penetrating the skull without going through the brain actually makes the experience much more agonizing.
Firstly is the size of the bullet; we all learn the concept of momentum in our elementary physics course; the larger the bullet, the more damage that is inflicted. Bullets that shatter are especially dangerous, because the fragments can spread into a larger swath of brain tissue.
|Phineas Gage. Image: scienceblogs.com|
|This is a true story-Phineas Gage didn't die after a metal pole pierced through his skull. Image: psywww.com|
A bullet through the mouth can kill immediately if it strikes the brain stem. Adolf Hitler died this way.
Nevertheless, a bullet through your head is usually fatal. So don't try this at home.