Brugada Syndrome is a cardiac abnormality that can lead to sudden death, especially when certain conditions or drug use is present. It is one of the main causes of cardiac arrhythmia that can lead to stroke and seizure in addition to sudden death. It was not discovered until the early 1990s by the Brugada brothers in their research laboratory. Therefore, it is still not very well appreciated as a cause of death in different groups or populations. It is thought to be more common in Southeast Asia, with a prevalence of 14.2 per 100,000 population there but its frequency in the US is not too well understood …estimate of .02% of the population. In other words, EKG diagnosis was not even possible until the early 1990s.
Nevertheless, there has been much speculation as to who murdered Alisa Dimitijeva, the 17 year old, whose body was found on the Sandringham estate in 2012.
Autopsy results concluded that the young lady was murdered. Many have speculated as to who killed her, even implicating the Royal family in her demise. However, on examination of her phenotype we can see that this young lady indeed had the marker for Brugada Syndrome. Based on her birth date she indeed had a possible severe form of the condition that along with a reported substance abuse by her could have contributed to her early demise. Someone at Sandringham could have joined her in the use of drugs or even given her a date rape drug. Some of the date rape drugs like GBH, are notorious for causing cardiac arrythmias..The person who was with her or involved in the drug use more than likely witnessed the young lady’s death when she went into cardiac arrest. Since the young lady was perhaps underage or on the property without proper permission, her body could have been dumped as a means of hiding the events that took place that evening of her death.
Could it have been an employee? or was it a Royal? Either way the presence of the Brugada Syndrome in her phenotype would therefore preclude any murderous inclinations on the part of her companion(s) on the night in question. It seems the scenario was most likely a date rape or just young teens using drugs with her over dosing or succumbing to the effects of the drug on her defective heart. The case is still open since no murderer has been identified. Two were arrested shortly after her body was found but none have shown to have been capable of committing the crime with the evidence that was available. If no real murderer is found then we must chalk this one up to our serial killer……sudden cardiac death. This time it seems to be Brugada Syndrome along with some powerful legal or illegal narcotics.