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The Last of Us [Mortuary]

Israel’s Sayeret Matkal is another of the world’s most elite units. Its primary purpose is intelligence gathering, and it often operates deep behind enemy lines. During the selection camp (Gibbush), would-be recruits endure hardcore training exercises while being constantly monitored by doctors and psychologists. Only the strongest get in.

In 2003, an Israeli taxi driver, Eliyahu Gurel, was kidnapped after transporting four Palestinians to Jerusalem in his cab. But the Sayeret Matkal unit located and rescued him from a 10-meter pit in an abandoned factory in a suburb of Ramallah.


In the movie Mortuary, at around 28 minutes into the film. The quote carved on the vault’s door, “That is not dead which can eternal lie, and with strange eons even death may die,” is from H.P. Lovecraft’s short stories “The Call of Cthulhu” and “The Nameless City”. It is a couplet attributed to Abdul Alhazarred, the author of the Necronomicon.

The quote is also the incarnation Miss Kane uses to pick the lock of the morgue’s backdoor. The trigger phrase, so to speak. A protocol slipped to her by the CME (chief medical examiner), Doctor Amy Madigan.

Needless to say, the clean and pristine Miss Kane can’t get back to being a filthy and parasite-infested baglady soon enough. She craves being a Leech the most. She is clearly beyond the point of no return in her indulgence of this new found depravity of hers. But. She never [never ever] gets so far gone in her debauchery that she can’t put business first.

When the door opens, Doctor Madigan ushers her in quickly. The backdoor closes and locks itself behind them. They hustle down a flight of stairs. Although she used a surreptitious way to enter the morgue, Miss Kane made no use of CCTV blind spots when she walked over to the morgue from Frau Schmidt’s condo. Nor did she instruct Doctor Madigan to loop the CCTV in the morgue. Ergo, games are afoot in spades.

Twists, turns, and descent, brings them to a private, well-guarded room on the lowest sublevel. The guards pretend to not notice them enter. There are rows of metal tables upon which dead bodies lay. One of the dead bodies is a butchered Sarah Lane. Standing over Ms. Lane’s corpse is Senator Herman Carter, the father of the slain Hazel Carter.

Ms. Lane’s killer used the MO of Simon Angel. Doctor Madigan has a very good idea, but no solid evidence of, who Ms. Lane’s killer is, and it’s not Simon Angel. The agent’s naked, mutilated body was found in the room of a flophouse on Cherokee Street in the red light district. Along with the corpse, a ton of evidence was also found in the room which unequivocally proves that Sarah Lane murdered Hazel Carter.

Although Hazel was a constant source of embarrassment for him, she was still his daughter and he loved her very much. His grief over her murder is profound. The senator’s enemies, and he has a lot of them, especially in the upper echelon of the Martian police force, are glad to see him in such pain. The senator also has friends on the Martian police force as well, as evidenced by his presence here.

Bypassing Doctor Madigan, Miss Kane walks up to Senator Carter.

“My. My. My. You are in a bind. Aren’t you, senator? Your enemies will paint you as a sociopath who is feigning his grief over his daughter’s death. You wanted her dead and paid this woman through a handler to kill her.”

Senator Cater could respond in many ways to Miss Kane’s accusations. Lashing out at her is not one of the wise ways he could choose. He holds back his anger and responds in kind to her.

“I had nothing to do with my daughter’s murder.”

“Convince me. Tell me a tale. And. Make it a good one. One that would raise the specter of reasonable doubt in the minds of a jury. But. Just the cliff notes—i.e., short, sweet, and to the point. As if your very life depended on it … and, of course, I mean that in the figurative sense … because it would be in clear violation of ROE, not to mention unlawful, if I killed you based upon, shall we say, bad storytelling.”

“Misdirection. Sleight of hand.”

Miss Kane smiles inhumanly wide from ear to ear, literally.

“That’s a good start. Continue, please.”

“My daughter was not the target. She was only a distraction. Something intended to mislead investigators. The real target was Agent Molly White, the partner of Agent Simone Simon.”

Miss Kane turns away from the senator and directs her attention to Doctor Madigan. “I’ll bet you think that I killed Agent Simone … don’t you, Doctor Madigan?”

“Yes, I do.”

“Agent Simone’s accomplice killed Agent Simone, and planted the evidence of Agent Simone’s guilt.”

That’s when Senator Carter can be heard saying behind Miss Kane: “Keep your friends close, and keep you enemies closer.”

“Exactly,” Miss Kane responds, as she turns her attention back to Senator Cater and away from Doctor Madigan.

But. That’s when Doctor Madigan can be heard saying behind Miss Kane: “Bullshit. There was no accomplice to this murder for hire. You’re the lunatic, homicidal bitch who … acting as judge, jury, and executioner … brutally killed Agent Simone, and, I intend to prove it. We don’t tolerate vigilantism here on Mars.”

Upon hearing the straitlaced, no-nonsense Doctor Madigan’s stern admonishment of Miss Kane, this time it’s Senator Carter who smiles broadly. Miss Kane’s own smile does not lessen, though.

The twenty-something Doctor Madigan is one of Senator Carter’s boon coons. But. She is her own woman, nonetheless. Doctor Madigan is the youngest person to hold the Office of Chief Medical Examiner on Mars. And. She didn’t solely accomplish that feat, and her lightning-fast raise through the ME ranks, based upon patronage alone. Doctor Madigan is one hell of an ME—i.e., she’s just that good.

Bottom line. If Doctor Madigan can make it stick that Miss Kane viciously murdered Agent Simone, in clear violation of ROE and the laws of Mars, she will do her damnedest to make sure that Miss Kane is convicted of murder and sentenced appropriately. By her inflexible way of thinking, no one is above the law—not the supernatural Miss Kane, not the influential Senator Carter, not even herself for that matter.

In spite of a tendency to bend the rules, when the ends justify the means. Doctor Madigan is too much of a straight arrow to break the rules. Therefore. It won’t be by hook or by crook that she proves her suspicion of Miss Kane’s guilt. Doctor Madigan won’t frame Miss Kane.