Troy Goode and his little boy.
Troy Goode and his little boy.

Hold on to your butts, Arkansas and Tennessee, because your dumb neighbor Mississippi MAY be tanked up on some really good acid right now. Or maybe it has made a great scientific breakthrough! Because the state finally released its autopsy report on Troy Goode, who was on his way home in July from a Widespread Panic concert with his wife when he ended up hogtied by some of the finest officers from the Southaven Police Department and subsequently died hours later in their custody at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Desoto.

And surprise, the state’s report, done by Mississippi state pathologist Dr. Erin Barnhart and obtained by Wonkette, says he died, not from being hogtied or forbidden by the cops from using his inhaler in the middle of an asthma attack, but from tripping balls:


Stunning, if true! That conclusion coincides with Southaven Police Chief Tom Long’s claim, immediately after the incident, that Goode died from an “LSD overdose.” That was before Desoto County District Attorney John Champion claimed in a subsequent presser that a “preliminary autopsy” said Goode died of some kinda heart or lung doohickey whatsit sorta thing.

“Complications of LSD toxicity,” though. How odd! Goode’s wife, Kelli, said he had dropped some acid at the concert, but the toxicology report said his LSD levels were “less than half the minimum ‘threshold toxic dose'” required to kill a man. And super extra weird is how the family’s independent autopsy, released in November (interesting timing!), suggested Goode died as a result of complications from being hogtied, not from bad acid.

As we’ve science-splained before, dying from acid overdoses is really Not A Thing. According to a 2008 study on the subject conducted by, among others, Harvard Medical School, and published in the CNS Neuroscience & Therapeutics journal, “There have been no documented human deaths from an LSD overdose.” But maybe it started happening a whole bunch after 2008, and Mississippi’s been keeping it a big secret from everybody!

The same study mentions eight people who had between 10 and 70 micrograms per milliliter (μg/mL) of LSD in their blood and experienced comas, respiratory problems, and other symptoms. None died. Goode family attorney Kevin McCormack notes that the “average recreational dose” of LSD is 4 to 6 nanograms per milliliter (ng/mL). (There are 1,000 nanograms in a microgram.) According to Mississippi’s own autopsy, the level of LSD in Troy Goode’s blood was 1.0 ng/mL.


If we are doing our back of the napkin math correctly, Troy had approximately A FUCKTON less acid in his system than the research subjects we just mentioned who, again, did not die.

Know what CAN kill people? Hogtying.

Mississippi code § 41-61-65 requires the state to provide its autopsy to a member of the immediate family, or a legal representative, upon request. Even though the autopsy was completed in July, the state refused the family’s continued requests for the results and failed to issue a death certificate.

And what do the family’s attorneys have to say about Mississippi’s autopsy, which the state has suddenly decided to share with the whole class?

[Attorney Tim] Edwards called the LSD ruling hogwash when reached Monday night.

“There’s no medical basis to support an LSD cause of death. We’ve already looked into this. We’ve got research, we’ve got experts. This is without scientific basis,” said Edwards, who has asked the Department of Justice to investigate Goode’s death.

But this is the great center of scientific inquiry known as “Mississippi,” so how could they have gotten this wrong? Haha just kidding, Mississippi is dumb. This one’s going to play out in court for quite a while, we think.

Troy Goode and his little one.

[The Memphis Flyer / The Commercial Appeal]

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  • Msgr_Moment

    Why can’t we just give all people illegally entering the US three tabs of acid?
    EDIT: but not the brown stuff.

    • Playonwords

      Can’t we give all RW police apologists 3 tabs of acid?

      Actually, my idea would not be a good one, people like that are the sort who would end up with paranoid delusions and panic attacks.

      on edit; worse paranoid delusions and panic attacks

      • Msgr_Moment

        No. You’re on to something. It would be like the Gilligan’s Island (Bewitched/Dick VanDyke/BeverlyHillbillies/Fill-in-your-sitcom-here) episode where a knock to the head causes amnesia, which requires another knock to the head to cure: maybe LSD would actually bring them back to reality.

        • Zippy

          Grace Slick had the right idea

          • Amy!

            One pill makes you larger, one pill makes you small?

  • DerrickWildcat

    The only dangers at a Widespread Panic show is getting hepatitis and smacked in the face by some chick spinning around and flailing doing that weird hippie dance.

    • Toomush_Infer

      I miss that…the hepatitis stuff, not so much…

    • Suttree

      That and crotch-crawfish.

      • Playonwords

        Labia lobsters?

  • TheOtherHeadlessThompsonGunner

    Well, at least Mississippi’s being racially inclusive in now killing whites held in custody and then lying about it. Racial transcendence!

    • Msgr_Moment

      “I have a hallucination.” — the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.
      EDIT: at Woodstock.

    • stankbait

      One common thread is it ain’t never the fault of the POlice!

  • crunchyknee

    More people in Mississippi are killed by Waffle House in one minute than the number of people ever killed by acid anywhere.

    • TheOtherHeadlessThompsonGunner

      Damn, Crunchy. That’s some good sciencing there, what you did.

    • Joe Beese

      Waffle House deaths are the price we pay for a free (and delicious) society.

  • exinkwretch

    Who are you going to believe, science or a hero cop?

    • I feel like this is a trick question…

    • Joe Beese

      A hero *dog* cop, no less. (see “K9 unit bite”)

  • cleanfront

    Everybody knows about Mississippi Goddamn …

    • Little Lulu

      That was simply awesome!

  • eggsacklywright

    Owsley libel!

  • Thatsitfor Theotherwon

    LSD, the silent killer.

    Marijuana will kill you, too, if a truckload of it runs over you.

  • LadyLaz

    Shocko. I wonder if they are using the reasoning that: “well if he just hasn’t used acid, we wouldn’t have had to hog tie him. ” maybe people will now realize what bs that is. “Well if he hadn’t been resisting arrest we wouldn’t have had to beat the living daylights out of him.”

    • FlownOver

      Or “we wouldn’t have had to shoot him sixteen times.”

  • Toomush_Infer

    The police in Mississippi just don’t care for Jim Carrey lookalikes…

  • eggsacklywright

    acid + cops = bad trip

  • Joshua Norton

    But this is the great center of scientific inquiry known as “Mississippi,” so how could they have gotten this wrong?

    Fifty Shades of Redneck.

  • DoILookAmused2u ?

    That’s Unpossible.

    Did they used to get away with this before the internet?

    • dshwa

      Occasionally a newspaper reporter would get wound up about something, but it was much easier back then.

  • Toomush_Infer

    In 1967, I met a white guy doing acid in Houston…he climbed up on somebody’s car and started jumping up and down….when the cops got there, he wasn’t white anymore….one of the first cases of racial transference I ever witnessed…

    • Suttree

      I had that happen to me once where everyone turned into cartoons with dreadlocks. And then I disappeared off the face of the earth for about six hours.

      • eggsacklywright

        “Scrapin’ it down to the rind.”

  • Latverian Diplomat

    Nanograms are ng, μg is micrograms. A μg is 1000 ng.

    Could you please doublecheck the units and fix.

    I have no doubt the point that he was far below a toxic dose as you say, but right now it’s a bit confusing. This isn’t as easy as Chafee made it sound. :-)

    • EvanHurst

      Typo fixed :)

      • Latverian Diplomat

        Thanks! Much appreciated!

    • aureolaborealis

      Don’t fret. Many are baffled by the question, “what is mu?”.

      • Latverian Diplomat


  • OneYieldRegular

    Well, to be fair, the report doesn’t specifically indicate that one of the “complications of LSD toxicity” could be being hogtied by the police.

  • Rick Hill

    No snark just fuc these cops and all the bad cops.(which includes the cops who cover up for the bad ones and enable them.)

  • Blueb4sunrise

    Ya know who else researched LSD at Harvard?

    • dshwa

      Lessig? There has to be a reason he still thinks he’s an actual candidate.

    • Thatsitfor Theotherwon

      Most of the class of ’67?

    • Joe Beese


      Did he have tenure?

    • OneYieldRegular

      Ted “Baba Ram Dass II” Cruz?

      • eggsacklywright

        Rammed Ass. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

    • Playonwords

      If I overstretch my mirror neurons and do Republican Empathy, I get


    • bozilingus
    • Duckbudder

      My cousin Steve.

  • ManchuCandidate

    If you mean Law Smoke-screen Disorder then it is because of LSD.

  • “How did the prisoner die?”

    “Is great tragedy, Comrade. Suspect died after shooting himself twelve times in back.”

    “But he was unarmed and locked in a cell.”

    “Eh, perhaps you would like to go into his cell and take closer look?”

    “Suspect shot himself twelve times in the back. Gotcha…”

    • BigBoppa

      I heard the voices of Bullwinkle J Moose and Boris Badenov in my head as I read that.

  • AngryBlakGuy
    • Joe Beese

      Poor Ultimate Warrior. He’s piledriving the angels now.

      • AngryBlakGuy

        …yeah, he was my guy back in the day

    • dshwa

      Didn’t he die from a drug OD?

      • Joe Beese


        (Which can be caused by steroid abuse.)

        • dshwa

          Ahh. I thought he was the one that died from the heroin overdose.

          • Joe Beese

            You may be thinking of Ric “The Nature Boy” Flair’s son Reid.

            Reid also wrestled. But that’s like saying that Frank Sinatra Jr. was also a singer.

          • FlownOver

            Re: Frank Sinatra, Jr.:


            If you’re lost in the snow in Kansas when it’s New Year’s time too.

          • Amy!

            And your sanity fails and negative income is brownback’s due.

  • dshwa

    Clearly they’re prepping for a druggies deserve to die defense, which finding one juror to agree with shouldn’t be hard to do in Mississippi.

    • Rick Hill

      Unless their lawyer can pack the jury with enough meth users to away the decision.

      • dshwa

        Enough meth users lacking cognitive dissonance and failing to see him as the same as them.

        • Rick Hill

          First they came for the Kroc-heads and I did nothing….

    • Werewolf


  • Spotts1701

    I’d like to see the pathologist’s medical bona fides – because if this is what he thinks the COD was, he’s not qualified to be a taxidermist let alone a coroner.

    • Angry_Cop

      She. Very well qualified. But the report has got the perfect weasel words in it: “this 30-year old male died as a result of complications of LSD toxicity“. Not LSD toxicity itself, but of having the police murder you for it. Well played, Doctor Barnhart.

      Education & Medical Training:
      University of Texas Medical Branch Hospitals

      Residency, Anatomic and Clinical Pathology
      Miami-Dade County Office of Medical Examiner

      Fellowship, Forensic Pathology
      University of Texas Medical School

      Certifications & Licensure:

      American Board of Pathology
      Certified in Pathology – Anatomic/Pathology – Clinical

      American Board of Pathology
      Certified in Pathology – Forensic

      LA State Medical License
      Active through 2013

      FL State Medical License
      Active through 2015

      • Angry_Cop

        Missed her MS State Medical License, which is active through 2016.

      • dshwa

        She might be going for the respiratory effects from the LSD were worsened by the patient’s preexisting asthma play as well.

        • Angry_Cop

          She’s been doing this for ten years – in the South. She knows how to make this defensible.

          • DahBoner

            It’s not based on facts. No one has ever died from a LSD overdose. If the “toxic” dose was x100 normal dose, SOMEONE would have died already.

            I’ve talked to people who ate that many hits and survived…

          • Toomush_Infer

            fukin’ bogarts…

          • Usedtobeyellerdawg

            Yeah, but they kind of flipped into being a wizard or a wood sprite for a while.

      • zerosumgame0005

        if the FBI’s labs are crooked, why do we think ones run by states or local PD’s any less crooked?

  • LarryHoudini

    Hmm, maybe “Complications of LSD toxicity” = “We done had to hog tie him after he gone freakin nutso from too much of the acid”?

  • Playonwords

    LSD can be toxic – if you are an elephant. Perhaps Erin A. Barnhart is actually a veterinarian and got confused.

    • DahBoner

      Even that event could not be replicated.

      “…The elephant did not die.”

      This study was reported in:

      Siegel R. Bulletin of the Psychonomic Society, 1984 Vol 22#1 page 53-56.

      • Playonwords

        Damn You Liberals! Always fact checking! If an urban legend was good enough for my Grandmother it’s good enough for me!!!!

  • arglebargle

    I bet the Mississippi medical examiners use Texas reference manuals.

    • MyDogsAreSmarterThanYou

      That Texas wouldn’t let be written or fact-checked by people with actual medical degrees.

  • Anarchy Pony

    It’s almost as if they’re trying to cover their asses…

    • Playonwords

      Are there trousers big enough???

    • DoILookAmused2u ?

      And pulling things out of that orifice as well.

  • DahBoner

    LSD is probably the world’s second most harmless drug.

    “There are no documented deaths from chemical toxicity”

    Conclusion based on ideology, not facts.

    Republican Britney Spears Allegedly Approves this message!

    • dshwa

      Another case of “facts are stupid things.”

      • DoILookAmused2u ?

        Ronald Reagan libelz.

        • MyDogsAreSmarterThanYou

          He deserves it.

    • Joe Beese


      • dshwa

        Vote me baby one more time.

  • Mavenmaven

    In Mississippi, this means “death by Satan” and thus the poor guy is GUILTY.

  • zerosumgame0005

    Ole Miss is not just stupid, they mean-assed cracker fucking stupid

    • Steverino247

      Never go full cracker.

  • Billy Croissant

    While the infinitely malleable human narrative may be subject to interpretation, objective reality cannot be adjudicated. Magic (or religion, if you prefer) notwithstanding.

    I sincerely hope the family has enough means to make Mississippi burn on its own willful lies.

  • Notreelyhelping

    Arrrrrrrghhhhhhh! Fuckers! If they’re going to lie, at least lie about something remotely tied to reality! Acid can kill you if you think cars can pass right through you and they cannot, but the stuff’s physically less dangerous than aspirin. (Or so I’ve–ahem–heard, of course.) Jesus!

    Mississippi may be a good place to be from: it means you had the sense to leave.

  • Toomush_Infer

    This calls for a Robert Crumb cartoon…

    • Me not sure

      This is all I’ve got.

  • Me not sure

    “Widespread Panic vs. Widespread Stupid in an epic battle of the bands!”

  • Steverino247

    “To get back to the warning that I received. You may take it with however many grains of salt that you wish. That the brown shit stain on the map of the United States that is Mississippi isn’t too good. It is suggested that you stay away from that. Of course it’s your own trip. So be my guest, but please be advised that there is a warning on that one, ok?”

  • Lance Thrustwell

    That man had three prescription medications in his system plus two susbstances for which there is no contra-indication data. And he was an asthmatic. The police’s defense writes itself – even with the stupid-ass hogtying, they could probably get out of this one.

    …And then they go and invent a condition – “LSD toxicity” – which doesn’t even exist?

    I hate to buy into the stereotype that people from states like Mississippi and Alabama are stupid. But they make it pretty damn hard sometimes.

    • Ricky Gay

      stupid and mean

  • Count Awesome

    ‘Scientific breakthrough’ and Mississippi don’t belong in the same sentence. Bigotry and meth seem to be a more natural fit.

  • Msmlg1979

    Little known fact-Mississippi’s state motto is “This is without scientific basis, but that’s our story, and we’re sticking to it”.

  • SterWonk

    Uh, Evan? μg is micrograms, not nanograms (ng). That’s a thousand-fold difference. (Since it’s really unlikely that Troy Goode managed to get 1000x the normal dosage, it was probably just a typo.)

    • Zippy

      Yoooge difference if you get that wrong when dosing

      • John Smith

        For real!

    • EvanHurst

      Yes, fixed! Good catch.

      • SterWonk


    • Little Lulu

      1000 nanograms = 1 microgram. So if he’d taken 10 nanograms of LSD, he’d have gotten higher if he’d smoked a banana.

    • FurryCaterwauling

      Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, here. You beat me to the micro/nano point.

      The “official” autopsy is breathtaking in its lack of factual rigor (no pun).

      Albert Hofmann was looking at amides of lysergic acid. The 25th was the diethyl, hence the nickname “25.” He ingested some accidentally, probably through his skin, and began to trip.

      Later, after he came down, he realized what had happened. He then took what he thought was a low dose. No one knew how potent LSD was, so this second dose turned out to be a significant dose at 0.25 mg (250 μg or 250,000 ng). At the time, no one ever heard of a “therapeutic” dose of any drug in the microgram range.

      Well, guess what? Nothing bad happened.

      To convert to a blood concentration, we assume that the blood volume is 4.7 liters. Thus, Hofmann’s dosage expressed as a blood concentration was:

      (250 μg dosage)/(4.7 liters of blood)=53 ng/mL.

      By the way, I am skeptical about measuring concentrations of ANYTHING in nanograms per milliliter.

  • Swampay

    “Complications of LSD toxicity,” – here, let me run that through the redneck translation
    “boy was high as an owl, so we complications’ed him up REAL good. That’ll teach them damned hippies to get all potted up on the L-S-D in our neck of the woods.”

  • SullivanSt

    To be fair, it is very complicated how dropping acid made the cops dun kill ‘im.

  • MyDogsAreSmarterThanYou

    Now, I’ve never taken LSD, or been in the presence of anyone that has, but hogtying and a K-9 unit seem a bit excessive for acting erratically and being combative.

  • azeyote

    hey if LSD kills people ( especially in large amounts ) then I am dead, and not commenting where comments aren’t allowed

    • Jen_Baker_VA

      Maybe you be just trippin and thinking you be commenting?

  • John Smith

    I wonder if I should file an amicus curae – friend of the court – brief with the court.

    I dropped enough acid in the 70s to etch metal. Never did die. Thought I was going to die a few times; talked to God more than once, but never died.

    Mississippi is more backwards than where I live, and I’m in West Virginia.

    • Beezelbubbles


  • aureolaborealis

    If we are doing our back of the napkin math correctly, Troy had approximately A FUCKTON less acid in his system than the research subjects we just mentioned who, again, did not die.

    Also, and maybe more importantly, he had a FUCKTON less acid in his system than someone who has taken the average recreational dose.

  • darnyoudarnyoutoheck

    Handy, having tame medical examiners. Of course this pretty much means all Mississippi autopsies are crap. Even the “hit with a hammer 50 times in the head in front of 52 witnesses” ones.

  • sydneycat

    Well, now, it could be due to complications from LSD if you take that to mean: He took acid, which led him to a confrontation with police (?), which led to said police hogtying him, which led to his death. See, totally the LSD! If he’d been a law abiding citizen he’d still be alive! *tries not to throw up*

  • handyhippie65

    that report is the biggest load of putrefied human excrement i have heard in a long time. mississippi is not scraping the bottom of the barrel, they flipped it over, and dug in the dirt under it.

  • Andi H
  • faketony

    Saint Peter asked him at the Pearly Gates, “Are you experienced?”

    “Why yes!” he said, did the same thing back in 2008!

  • Sterculius

    I wonder how many death certificates Mississippi has issued with “melanin overdose” stated as the cause of death.

  • r m reddicks

    It won’t make up for it but I hope his family gets all the rest of Mississippi’s moneyz.

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