Friday, 13 October 2017

The tricky issue of disposing of a murdered body.


Whilst writing my novel 'Beautiful Freaks' I had to undertake a serious amount of research into effective, although somewhat weird, ways of both killing people and disposing of their body. If there really is a Big Brother watching us from Cyber Space, I am possibly now a flag on the UK Intelligence radar - and after this interactive post, you may be, too.

I mean, seriously, it's only writers and murderers who look this stuff up. For example, one of my google searches involved truly understanding the effects of lyme on an enamel bath - and who knew that it needed to be heated to be truly effective? Well now you all do. 

This led to some highly inventive methods of both murder and body disposal - and let me tell you, the disposal is the trickiest part of it all. It's one thing killing someone - you can sort of take your pick from the gazillion ways you'd like to do it - a sort of personal expression of your own creativity - but trust me when I say, that disposing of the body is not only difficult, but to do it properly, is almost impossible. 

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You'd be amazed a how fragile a living body can be, and how very stubborn and resilient a dead one can be. It's been the unsticking of many a genius murderer in the past. 

In Beautiful Freaks there are a range of approaches to the subject of the murdered body. Some are intent on eradicating all evidence of their crimes and others seem to take an almost aesthetic and poetic approach to displaying the bodies as a kind of statement about human vice. 

Having been an inspector involved on the fringes of the Jack the Ripper case just over a decade beforehand, William Steptree believes that he has seen the very limits of murder - that is until he discovers the murder scenes that litter the London streets like some macabre art gallery. For all the blood and guts of the Ripper case, there is something about these 'beautiful' murders that disturbs him far more - something deeply unsettling about the way that the murders are crafted into something almost profound. 

But aside from these, there is another shadowy force exercising experimentations of the dead kind, and there is no attempt to display this particular art form, in fact, it's so on the cusp of all things inhumane that there is no other desire than to eradicate the bodies completely. To remove all trace of both their fate and the man behind it. 

I have always had a fascination with the detective genre and in particular the dark psychological detective stories written by the likes of Karen Slaughter and Patricia Cornwall. In a way, Beautiful Freaks is an extension of my love for that kind of literature, if not mashed up with my own love of paranormal fantasy. I have always found it captivating to consider what the mind of a killer must be like, and how hard or easy it is to step over that moral line. I think because it is so far removed from my own life philosophy that I find it a puzzle to wonder why anybody would want to commit such destruction - and of course, most sane people do not. 

The idea that the way in which murderers both murder and dispose of bodies acts as a signature and a narrative is not only something that clearly captivates me but thousands of writers and millions of writer's too. 

So, let's take this post to the comfort zone and beyond. If you were to set about murdering someone, how would you do it and what would you do with the body? Let's really discover who you all are.... Leave your ideas in the comment box - who knows, I might even steal them for a novel and credit you in the acknowledgements. 

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Happy hopping.. 

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  1. I've always considered the perfect murder to be one no one thinks is murder: a murder disguise as an accident. It would take careful planning, but it eliminates the need for body disposal.

  2. I'm pretty squeamish when it comes to blood, so the perfect murder would be done by poison. This way no fingerprints or messes. It would require careful forethought - you'd want to go with the kind of poison that would induce a heart attack and can't be traced. The people who find the body would write it off to natural causes after autopsy.

  3. If I was trying to do the perfect murder, I'd be a stranger and shoot them in the face. Killers who attack the face generally means two things: trying to destroy the identity and it's personal. Both is about destroying who the person is, so if you did it to a stranger, it'd probably throw them off. Honestly, I don't think there's a thing as perfect murder.