At first glance, it would appear that a Texas teen was brutally attacked by a venomous snake, but investigators say that 18-year-old Grant Thompson most likely let his monocled cobra bite him, not just once, but several times.
It is believed that he did so with the intention of dying.
This bumper sticker on Grant Thompson's car became more ominous when his body was found inside. The corpse was punctured with snake bites. It was clear that the teen died from the serpent's venom.
The car was found in a parking lot of a Lowe's in Austin, about an hour's drive from his home in Temple, Texas. The autopsy report states that there were no signs that Thompson tried to pull away from the snake's fangs at any point, suggesting that he committed suicide.
Grant Thompson worked at his family's pet store, which explains why he was in possession of a monocled cobra in the first place. Several other venomous creatures were found in the car as well.
The snake's venom killed Thompson in 30 minutes, after paralysis led to respiratory failure. The snake was found dead a few days later on the side of a nearby highway.
Thompson had a long history with depression and suicidal thoughts, but I don't think anyone was prepared for the teen's final act. Since his death was reported by KVUE, his family has not come forward with any further information about why he ended his life, or why he resorted to using this bizarre method.