ULOTD - (Urban Legend Du Jour) - Edna Buchanan
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From: Peter Langston <psl>
Date: Sat, 14 Dec 96 19:11:39 -0800
Subject: ULOTD - (Urban Legend Du Jour) - Edna Buchanan
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From: _The Corpse Had A Familiar Face: Covering Miami, America's
Hottest Beat_ by Edna Buchanan (New York: Random House, 1987), p.157:
"The stories about drugs in Miami are also larger than life. So many are
true that even the myth of the dead baby has become accepted as modern
"Let's get this straight right here and now: There is no cocaine-stuffed
dead baby, at least at this writing.
"The dead baby resurfaces frequently, reported as fact in otherwise
responsible and prestigious -- and some not so responsible and prestigious
-- publications. It has appeared on the front page of _The Washington Post_,
in _Life_ magazine, and in the _National Enquirer_. The story, with minor
variations, is that an alert customs official, or airlines employee on a
Colombia-Miami flight noticed that a baby in the arms of a woman passenger
did not look well. Closer scrutiny revealed that the baby was dead and its
body stuffed with high-grade cocaine in an attempt to smuggle the drug into
"The dead baby is reported at least once a year. Each time, I am one of the
many reporters assigned to check it out. It is fiction. It did not happen.
I have laid the dead baby to rest so often that I can now see its poor
little pasty face in my mind's eye."
Edna Buchanan is a crime reporter for the _Miami Herald_.
© 1996 Peter Langston