Interesting: the knife is only mentioned in one report that I can find. Otherwise, it’s a drug overdose story. Mind you, it’s early in the news cycle, which, in this case, is bound to be more of a cyclone. Running two sites—The Truth About Guns and The Truth About Knives—it never ceases to amaze me how knives are never “blamed” for suicides or homicides. Whereas it’s all about the gun when the media reports that someone shoots someone for some reason—especially when the results are “tragic.” Anyway, “Paris is physically fine and is getting appropriate medical attention,” Jackson family lawyer Perry Sanders Jr. statement asserts. Yes, well. I doubt we’ll get full details about Ms. Jackson’s wounds. Did she . . .
start—and perhaps finish—with shallow cuts (a.k.a. “hesitation wounds” or “tentative wounds”)? As wikipedia.org points out, failed suicide attempts involving more deliberate wrist cutting can lead to permanent pain and/or debilitation.
In the case of a failed suicide attempt, the person may experience injury of the tendons of the extrinsic flexor muscles, or the ulnar and median nerves which control the muscles of the hand, both of which can result in temporary or permanent reduction in the victim’s sensory and/or motor ability and/or also cause chronic somatic or autonomic pain.
I know this all sounds a bit callous and brutal. As someone with a history of suicide in the family, rest assured that our thoughts are with Ms. Jackson and her family.