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Thursday, March 17, 2011
Writing Realistic Crime Scenes: Do Bodies Float or Sink in a Pool?
Happy Thursday, D. D. Scott-ville!
I'm thrilled to launch my new Blog Series regarding Writing Realistic Crime Scenes!!!
My new Cozy Cash Mysteries Heroine Zoey Witherspoon has a knack for finding dead bodies...
So, I gotta figure out all the scoop on all-things-Crime Scene-and-Dead Bodies too...and not the Hollywood CSI version mind you...we all know "that's Hollywood"...not exactly realistic, right?...although, it sure as hell seems quite cool on our TV screens.
Anyhoo...first up for Zoey, well actually second, because she's already found her first dead guy in a Range Rover parked next to her at her local Jiffy Mart...so...onto Dead Guy Two...
He's found in the swimming pool of his billion dollar Palm Beach estate.
So here's Zoey's question:
Would Dead Guy Two be face-up or down in his swimming pool and would he be floating at the top or skimming the bottom of the pool?
In my D. D. Scott-ville-world then, I first go to my DH who is a 27-year veteran of our Sheriff's Department (now Captain and Commander of our County Jail)...and who also once served on our Dept. Dive Team.
My Captain said:
Your Dead Guy Two will only float once gases like carbon dioxide and methane build-up in his body after he's deceased. That causes the body to then float to the top of the pool. And you'll find the body face down because that's how the design of the body allows it to float...because of the head, arms and legs naturally moving forward only.
Damn, my DH is smart!!!
'Course I did further research online too...and here's some more scoop on Dead People Floating or Not Floating in Swimming Pools or Water In General:
Why The Dead Body Floats on Water
Dead Man's Float: Why Are Bodies in the Water Always Facedown?
Why Do Bodies Float?
Very cool and very interesting stuff for my stiffs, right?!
Now that I'm writing RomCom-Cozies (Romantic Comedies w/a hoot of a Cozy Mystery Element), I'm waiting on the Authorities to show-up at my door and start asking me questions about why I'm researching this stuff...Just think of all the great info I'll have to share with 'em over a Keurig Kup or two?! LOL!!!
Sexy Sassy Smart Writing Realistic Crime Scene Wishes --- D. D. Scott
Labels: Being a Gutsy Girl, Being a Gutsy Romance Writer Girl, The Cozy Cash Mysteries, Writing Realistic Crime Scenes
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