Will a corpse remain unspoiled after 1 1/2 month burial?
Asked Jan 2, 2012, 04:37 AM
I am a writer and scribble tales, novels and stories. Now, I am writing a story on detective aspects, in which a corpse is buried by digging the land, by the dubious persons, who want to escape the public and police eye by this action. However, the police spies discover and recover the dead body after about 42-44 days. The milieu of the story is Punjab (India) and its winter season, when the story takes place. So, in the light of these aspects, I ask for your opinon, if the dead body - recovered after so many days - will be in proper shape (recognizeable) or will be spoiled? Will it be stinky?
About time, OP has clarified that it is 42-44 days, but if it does not work, he can reduce it to 25 and even 20, but the dead body must remain unstinky, recongnizeable and intact. I shall suggest him to not bother about stink as it it stinks he can show the people or diggers covering their noses with a kerchief and can make it look authentic. They can also spray/sprinkle some perfume over their garments. (About it, OP has also mentioned it in some other post too, and that post seems to be removed, but I am sure, I definitely read it somewhere, penned by this OP)
About CAUSE of death.....
From the following quote of TATLA, we have a clue.....
Originally Posted by Tatla
The corpse is buried 10 feet deep, in a room, with four walls and a roof. Moreover, some religious worship goes on all the time, over the place where the dead body has been kept, or hidden. So, obviously, no scope of it being dug up by wild or pet animals.
It seems the man/deceased has been done to death by someone, who is either head of or works in the religious place, and had placed/buried the dead body, under the land, to conceal it from public eye. He killed him under doubtful circumstances, but, about HOW, it can be anything, as the OP just wants to show him killed. It can be any reason, I assume. I think if you give the reply on assumption of the deceased being killed anyway, OP will be benefitted, and you can suggest him to show him killed in such a way, so that the body remains in 'unspoiled' condition for the maximum time.
Let us suppose that the killer(s) took care to make sure that the deceased is hit in such a way to ensure no fluid oozes out. How many days will it NOT decompose, if the fluid leakage occured, a bit and how many, if a little more, and how many, if much....I think the OP, who is a writer, will surely get a clue.
Furthermore, you can tell about lime spead as well as no-lime-spread.
I think OP can make alterations in the story accordingly. Is not it?
I just talked by phone with my cousin. He said after 45 or so days, the body would be nearly skeletal, very dark, and unrecognizable -- "very nasty." Identity would come only from personal effects such as a wristwatch or necklace or information in a wallet. Skin would have sloughed off, and there would be a very heavy, musty odor.
He said the best way to preserve an buried, unembalmed body would be to freeze it.
Wondergirl's last post is right on target. "unrecogizable". Unquestionably! Interestingly here is a link to a book that mentions attendant odors. Decomposition.
In the early stages of decomposition the body will invariably leak fluids from each orifice. It is referred to as purging. Results from the bloating created by internal bacteria during putrefaction. The body you reference is well past that stage.
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