By R.H. Stevens
This statement concerns the autopsy of a patient named Frederick Marsh. The autopsy was performed by myself, Scott Blackwood, medical examiner.
Mr. Marsh was a thirty-seven-year-old Caucasian male who presented with no significant past medical history, and who was found dead at his home on the morning of October 20th by his housekeeper. His body was discovered in the second-floor hallway.
Our initial examination of the late Mr. Marsh, which included both external and internal evaluation, could not determine a cause of death. The patient had no visible wounds, nor was there evidence of foul play. The patient’s body was well-nourished, with no fibrosis or scarring on the internal organs.
The safest inference I could make was that Mr. Marsh had died of a sudden cardiac event. Statements from Mr. Marsh’s immediate family, friends, and colleagues suggested that he had a busy lifestyle, was prone to rumination, and had some difficulty in his interpersonal relationships. These are known factors for stress, which in turn, can cause elevated blood pressure. This presents as a risk-factor for strokes and heart attacks.
Since the autopsy, I have pursued an independent investigation, wanting to provide some measure of comfort to the patient’s family. My research has uncovered two factors previously unknown to forensics: the usage of sight-jacking technology and convicted murderer, Mr. Alan Whyte.
To begin with, I will describe the concept of sight-jacking and how it relates to Mr. Frederick Marsh. As investigators concluded no foul play, his property and belongings were not thoroughly cataloged. This has proven to be a crucial oversight, as among Mr. Marsh’s personal effects was a prototype device, apparently of his own manufacture. This device is known as an Oculus and materially resembles an early wireless.
The Oculus device purportedly allows a person to “sight-jack,” which is purportedly a way for the Oculus user to experience the thoughts and feelings of others. The blueprints for the Oculus are known to circulate within online communities dedicated to the paranormal and the occult. One user of these forums describes it as follows:
”It’s basically like tuning into different radio or TV stations, except instead of radio waves, you’re plugging into brain waves. There’s so many applications to this tech beyond the academic. It’s kind of like the ultimate cure to solipsism.”
Interviews with Mr. Marsh’s family and a review of his online activity reveal that Mr. Marsh was a member of several online forums associated with this subculture and was considered by his family to be susceptible to conspiracy theories. His forum post history is repetitious and demonstrates a fixation with death and speculations about the afterlife. It was through his interactions with other members of the paranormal subculture that he acquired information on how to construct his own Oculus.
Reports of the Oculus in use are anecdotal within the communities. No medical professional has certified any Oculus machine as safe.
Multiple files on Mr. Marsh’s computer concern someone named Alan Whyte. Alan Whyte was a convicted murderer housed at the St. Eden prison complex some 4km away from Frederick Marsh’s residence. Alan Whyte was slated for execution via lethal injection on the same night of Mr. Marsh’s death. Mr. Marsh’s notes regarding Mr. Whyte include a detailed breakdown of the prison timetable, including the time and date for Alan Whyte’s scheduled execution.
My conclusion is that Frederick Marsh used his Oculus on the night of October 19th with the intention of “sight-jacking” into Alan Whyte. To do this, he would have needed to affix electrodes connected to the Oculus onto his chest and the sides of his head.
There are two possible scenarios. The first is that Frederick Marsh experienced an electric shock as a result of faulty wiring in his Oculus. The second is that Frederick Marsh was successful in his sight-jacking and was somehow able to experience Alan Whyte’s death second-hand. After either scenario, Frederick Marsh went into cardiac arrest and crawled into the hallway, where he died within minutes.
My autopsy cannot conclusively prove either scenario, and to that end, I have the following recommendations. The Oculus prototype, formerly belonging to Mr. Marsh, should be examined to determine a fault in manufacture. If a fault is present, it is the likely cause of Mr. Marsh’s death.
If no fault is found, then it is my opinion that the device be used in a series of controlled tests. The aim of these tests would be to prove the phenomenon known as sight-jacking exists. Should these tests be successful, the next phase of experiments would verify whether sight-jacking presents a danger to the general public. I would like to nominate myself as the principal investigator in this inquiry, given my strong understanding of the case.
On a personal note, it is my belief that the Oculus device is highly dangerous, regardless of whether it works as intended. Until scientific tests are conducted, the truth may never be known, and it is almost certain that there will be other fatalities stemming from Oculus use.
What could possibly go wrong with your own Oculus…? Really enjoyed this fun story!
So creative, thoroughly enjoyed this!
This was fascinating. The name of the device and the way it was written strongly suggest that there may be an element of truth to this tale. You came up with a very clever name, Oculus, because here it functions as an eye into someone else’s soul, instead of a round opening in the ceiling usually, of a building such as the Pantheon in Rome. I really enjoyed reading this. Thank you. I’d LOVE to know if there is anything factual at all about this! WELL DONE!
Oculus is already a brand-name for a VR headset – I’d maybe think about changing that, if you can… Especially the repeated statements that it’s dangerous etc: Meta might not like it very much…
I really enjoyed this. However, I felt a bit distant. I would have liked to see your pov interacting with the setting.