Tag Archives: homicide

One of my MC’s dies from getting stabbed through the heart and I would like to know how long it’d take him to die/how much blood there would be considering the location of the wound?

Instantly, and, possibly none at all.  The thing about penetrating trauma to the heart is that often, the bleeding is ALL internal. I have seen perfectly “clean” punctures to the heart that were bloodless on the outside and absolutely fatal, and I’ve seen it more than once. Both were stabbings.  Good luck with your story!  xoxo, …

I have a NaNo Prep question about close-range blast trauma! Scenario: The small explosive is hidden on a relatively small boat (a gondola) and detonates with two people inside. It’s important that both characters survive the blast without mutilation. Questions: What would happen right after the bomb detonates? Would them being in the middle of the water influence the event? is it even plausible that they’d escape without serious wounds if they were so close to the blast? Thanks much!

Hey there @studiozealot. Thanks for your ask!  I’m going to suggest you change your story event in some way, and I’m going to tell you why.  Even if it’s technically possible for two people to be that close to an explosion and not suffer any wounds – it may be, but it would have to …

Hi! I’ve got an unlucky NaNo character who gets stabbed through the left hand and then through the right shoulder. The knives are taken out almost immediately. Would there be enough blood loss for this person to pass out within 30 minutes or so, if the wounds aren’t bound up/otherwise treated?

Hey there nonny!  This really depends on where they were stabbed and what got nicked. People have a habit of defining “shoulder” as everything from “under the clavicle in the front” to “the upper arm on the outside” to “the shoulderblade in the back.”  In general, yeah, I would absolutely believe this person passing out within 30 minutes (and, …

For my nano project, I’m thinking of an Inmediate Treatment for my MC. The Big Battle of Destiny left him with a bone-breaking thoracic trauma and commotio cordis. Basically a giant’s fist was bashed against his chest. How would the paramedics (they came in time!) react? Can you do CPR on a broken chest? I know it can break ribs, but what if all is broken? Or is a defibrillator preferable?

Honestly? If the chest is that broken, commotio cordis is the least of the problems. When the thorax gets crushed, the heart gets squished, the lungs collapse, the aorta tends to rupture…  Also, it’s almost impossible for victims of cardiac arrest secondary to blunt trauma to the chest to survive. (Blunt trauma to anywhere that …

NaNo preppings <3 This is a bit of a 'you break it you bought it' post but I'd like to base it on realism. Can a human survive a shot to the head with a hand gun? I wanted to write a character with inhuman regenerative abilities who gets shot in the head and the injury regenerates over several hours, but only if it's possible to survive being shot in the head. Would a hospital use surgery on a gunshot wound to the head or simply leave a bullet in the skull?

So here’s the stats. If a bullet enters the cranial vault, and enters brain matter, there’s a 95% chance the character will die. That chance goes up if the bullet goes from one hemisphere (side) of the brain through the other.  Which means about 1 in 20 people shot in the head will live. They may …

hi! for my nano i have a character who chokes another character to the point of unconsciousness (and later accidentally kills him when trying to cover up the “murder”) but right now i have him using the other character’s tie; is this possible? it seems like it might break under strong force… would a belt be more realistic?

Hey there nonny.  Technically your character can accomplish strangulation with just about anything – a tie, a shirt sleeve, their bare hands, a belt, whatever. Ties are difficult because the knot is likely to give at least a little; a typical tie (as tied in the Windsor or Half-Windsor or Double Fucknut Style) is designed …