A woman from Denver who was caught defacing a multi-million dollar painting attributed her meltdown to the use of bath salts.
Carmen Tisch, 36 years old, was caught by a surveillance camera beating a $30 million painting by the noted Abstract Expressionist Clyfford Still, before urinating on the 10-foot tall, 13-foot wide work of art.
Carmen Tisch shared with KDVR-TV that she does not remember the day she stumbled into the Clifford Still Museum. She said: “I was a pill popper, heroin addict. I was in the methadone clinic for while… And when I got off the methadone that’s when I started drinking a lot. That’s when I was doing the bath salt.”
She said that when police told her about what she had done a few hours later, she was in shock. By then, she was already in a jail cell, and had come down from her high.
Tisch said: “I’m kind of scared to watch it just to see myself like that… I was in shock… I was ashamed and also a little relieved that I didn’t murder somebody.”
At first, the police thought that she was drunk.
After spending time in jail as well as in two psychiatric wards, Tisch is currently on probation. She undergoes weekly testing for drugs and alcohol.
She stays sober for two reasons: “I got God, and I also have a daughter… My daughter, she comes in my mind every time now.”