Adrian Anderson died in the last leg of his race, he collapsed and was not able to get back up. The cause of death was ruled as an acute myocardial infarction, though police suspect foul play. After a thorough investigation we have deduced that Mr. Anderson has in fact accidently killed himself.
Results of Poison Testing
Coconut water: None
Recovery patch: None
Water from Adrian’s water bottle: Amphetamines
Due to the cause of death (heart attack) and the symptoms leading up to death it appears that his death was caused by amphetamines and not by arsenic.
Arsenic can normally be found in regular tap water being as high as the Canadian drinking water guideline recommendation (10 μg/L) in British Columbia. Furthermore, arsenic is a slow killer, taking decades to finally develop life threatening symptoms. In addition, Arsenic would set off many signs before death actually occurred, and these signs are extremely obvious, which would have been noticed by bystanders that indicated something is wrong. In contrast, amphetamines kill fast. Combined with intense physical exercise the stimulant pushes the heart to the limit consequently causing an heart attack. The symptoms that amphetamines cause coincide with symptoms that would also occur in an Ironman marathon, such as sweating, increased heart rate and heavy breathing thus being unnoticed by the scene paramedics.
DNA and Fingerprint analysis
Coconut water jug: Adrian Anderson, Ethan Anderson, Kevin Xu
Water bottle: Adrian Anderson, Kathy Anderson, and Ethan Anderson
Coffee pot: Wilson Park
Spit on Adrian: Pierre Anderson
Gloves by the coffee pot: Wilson Park
Fingerprints were taken from the coconut water jug, Mr. Anderson’s water bottle and the gloves near the coffee pot. Fingerprints taken from the coconut water jug and the gloves can be ignored because it has already be deduced that the amphetamines in Mr. Anderson’s water bottle killed him.
There were only three fingerprints that were taken from the water bottle. Those of Adrian Anderson, Kathy Anderson and Ethan Anderson. Ethan has stated to have an extreme admiration of his uncle, so it is unlikely that he would have any incentive to attempt to murder him. Kathy Anderson herself also stated that she wishes that Adrian Anderson had “died at a more convenient time”, which also reduces the likeliness of her being the murderer.
Furthermore, Wilson Park is unlikely to be the murderer, because he was one who very much admired Adrian Anderson, and the arsenic found in the coffee pot did not relate to the symptoms which were seen at the time of his death.
Reason for His Amphetamine Use
Adrian Anderson had a lot of incentive to add amphetamines into his water. Amphetamines not only decreases fatigue, but also opens up breathing passageways, increase alertness, mood elevation and increased self confidence (explains the erratic behaviour of Mr. Anderson during the race). These symptoms, are all positive aspects that would have increased his performance during the race.
Evidence from Social Media
Moreover, a text message from a restricted number to Mr. Anderson says “I know your secret. You’re not getting away with this so you better…” This clearly states that Mr. Anderson has been hiding a secret, which is suspected to be his doping. The use of amphetamines are illegal in Ironman competitions thus it can be assumed that his secret was him using amphetamines during the race.
How He died
When Adrian was getting ready to begin the Ironman marathon, he mixed amphetamines into his water bottle so that he was able to perform better through the duration of the marathon. However, he overdosed on the drug, causing his downfall. He ran for up to 10 km while under the influence of an overdose, but still persisted, not knowing he had, because all the symptoms had overlapped with those common in a marathon run. As he continued running, the amphetamines also caused a cardiovascular arrest, which led to his death.