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#1 evilenna

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Posted 17 November 2013 - 01:10 AM

My MC stumbles upon a body in the woods during the summer, probably about three hours old and it's about 90 degrees out. I know this is a bit morbid, but any details would help of someone who has seen a dead body or knows about the bodys decomposition during that time period. Thanks alot!


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Posted 17 November 2013 - 01:45 AM

You would not have a great deal of decomposition in only three hours. The blood would settle to the lowest points so that if your body was laying on its back the face would be very pale while the back would be a purplish color. Blood exposed to air would be fully congealed and would have attracted flies and probably ants in most parts of the world. Insects would also likely congregate at soft tissue areas, the eyes, nostrils, mouth, and ears. 



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Posted 17 November 2013 - 10:38 AM

Thanks so much!!! Your post was exactly what I needed to hear. .


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Posted 17 November 2013 - 02:03 PM

Only in the writerly world does asking 'how a dead body look after 3 hours' get a person no looks of fright or fear :) heheh XD


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Posted 20 November 2013 - 08:35 AM

he's describing dependent lividity.  Do some research on Rigor Mortis and cyanosis... you should find plenty of pics for cadavers too if you search.

 

Describing the mechanism of death would also help us to describe what the body would look like.  I've seen lots of dead bodies and they do vary by what killed them.


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Posted 06 January 2014 - 04:40 PM

How the person died plays a huge role in this. A few years ago, an elderly neighbor was worried about her son so had me drive her over to his apartment. He'd been gone about..9 hours or so. He was sitting up on his couch. His mouth was open, he smelled horrible (sorry to any sauer kraut lovers but that's what he smelled like...rotten sauer kraut), was blue/purple, and rigor was fully in effect. I don't know how the medics got him out (they had me take his mom out and closed the door, which was wise). Eyes were open, too, which was freaky. I've seen plenty of dead folk (CNA in a nursing home, PCT in a hospital) but I'll never forget what he looked like or smelled like. Ever.


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Posted 06 January 2014 - 07:47 PM

We wouldn't remove the body in most areas. I think a few services do but not many. For me, we pronounce death and write our paperwork for the police that must attend to any out of hospital death. Them the coroner comes, usually after we have gone. From there a funeral or stretcher service collects the corpse to be taken out of the home.

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Posted 06 January 2014 - 09:38 PM

The only experience I've ever had with dead bodies was watching "Stand By Me."


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Posted 06 January 2014 - 10:14 PM

We wouldn't remove the body in most areas. I think a few services do but not many. For me, we pronounce death and write our paperwork for the police that must attend to any out of hospital death. Them the coroner comes, usually after we have gone. From there a funeral or stretcher service collects the corpse to be taken out of the home.

 

I don't remember now if the coroner came or not...I imagine he/she did, but it was a small town...I just remember the paramedics being there. I was busy consoling his mother, of course.


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Posted 13 January 2014 - 01:05 AM

I stayed with the body of my father in law for approx five hours after his death until the mortuary attendants arrived. After three hours, rigidity (rigor mortis) was pronounced, his skin was cool to the touch, supple and oddly flaccid. There was no odor or overt signs of decomposition. The effect was little different than sleep, except for the eyes, which lost the glint of life. Dead eyes have no moisture; they are matte.

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Posted 24 January 2014 - 04:38 PM

Here's a cheat sheet I ran across on tumblr:

 

Stages of Deterioration in the Human Body


The Moment Of Death: 
1. The heart stops. 
2. The skin gets tight and ashen in color. 
3. All the muscles relax. 
4. The bladder and bowels empty.  
5. The body temperature begins to drop 1 1/2 degrees Fahrenheit per hour. 

After 30 minutes: 
6. The skin gets purple and waxy. 
7. The lips, fingernails, and toenails fade to a pale color. 
8. Blood pools at the bottom of the body. 
9. The hands and feet turn blue. 
10. The eyes sink into the skull. 

After 4 hours: 
11. Rigor mortis has set in. 
12. The purpling of the skin and the pooling of the blood continue. 
13. Rigor continues to tighten muscles for another 24 hours or so. 

After 12 hours: 
14. The body is in full rigor mortis. 

After 24 hours: 
15. The body is now the temperature of the surrounding environment.
16. In males, the semen dies. 
17. The head and neck are now a greenish-blue color. 
18. The greenish-blue color spreads to the rest of the body. 
19. There is a pervasive smell of rotting meat. 

After 3 days: 
20. The gas in the body tissues forms large blisters on the skin. 
21. The whole body begins to bloat and swell grotesquely. 
22. Fluids leak from the mouth, nose, vagina, and rectum. 

After 3 weeks: 
23. The skin, hair, and nails are so loose they can easily be pulled off the corpse. 
24. The skin bursts open on many places on the body. 
25. Decomposition will continue until the body is nothing but skelital remains, a process that can take a month or so in hot climates, and two months or more in cold climates.


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Posted 15 March 2014 - 11:31 AM

Gross...




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