What happens when you die?. Introducing the Mortis Brothers. The Chemistry of Death. Rigor Mortis. Skeletal muscles partially contract Joints stiffen, lock in place Onset is 10 minutes to several hours Rapid cooling can delay it Lasts up to 72 hours. Chemistry of Rigor Mortis.
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Forensic Pathology, Second Edition
By Dominick DiMaio, Vincent J.M. DiMaio
Studies of rigor development in rats
After rolling the body
Breakdown products from amino acids ornithine and lysine
Amino acid loses CO2
H = white C = turquoise N = blue
The Body Farm
The first well controlled experiments to explore decomposition
i-butyric (4C branched)
n-butyric (4C in a row)
White = H
n-valeric (5C in a row)
i-valeric (5C branched)
Maggots are cold blooded and take longer to hatch and grow in cooler temperatures.
What methods can you use? Which will be the most accurate?