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Paramedics from Hell 8
From : Phil Arnold 29 May 95
Subj : Paramedics from Hell 8
Charles Tenney (email@example.com) wrote:
>: Nah, the best part is that when a man is hanged properly, he ends
>: up (heh) sporting a woody. Hence the term, "well hung."
You know, I'm not sure that's true. If I remember correctly, to goal
in hanging is to place pressure against the cricothyroid membrane
(Adam's apple), to occlude or crush the trachea, causing
asphyxiation, and after a little dance, death. If a person were to
'sport wood' during a hanging, that might be an indication that the
hanged man fell with too much force, causing the cervical spinal
column to snap, in turn causing spinal cord damage. Spinal cord
damage at the cervical level would cause an erection, otherwise known
as 'priapism.' Damage to the third, fourth, and fifth cervical
vertebrae, with concommitant injury to the underlying spinal cord,
would cause the diaphragm to stop working. This also would kill a
person by the mere fact that without the diaphragm to create a
negative pressure in the chest, no air would go in. So, on many
levels, I'm not sure that 'sporting a chub' would be a sign of a
lively, drawn-out hanging.
If memory serves - I read once that the guys that did the actual
hangings had to practice a fair number of times before getting 'the
hang of it.'
Anyway, if they didn't drop the man from a high enough height, the
man may fall to the ground, and be able to free himself. Also, if the
man did not fall with enough force to crush his larynx, he may
struggle enough that he could free himself - and by law, go free.
On the other hand, a fall with too much force would rip the head
right off, with the body to continue falling down.
In a previous article, firstname.lastname@example.org (Wintermute) says:
> sides of their shorts. Rumor has it they blow a fat wad of
> love-juice at the moment of death. Is there any truth to this? Is
> there a good medical explanation?
Nope. At least not to my limited experience with auto-asphixiation.
Several years ago, in the city if Everett, MA, there were _five_
deaths by hanging within a year's time. All of the victims were of
high school age, and the first two deaths were ruled 'accidental.'
This was because the first two kids were trying to masturbate while
asphixiating themselves. I responded to one of the calls that year.
Upon arrival, my partner and I walked up a flight of stairs to a
teenager's room. A male of about 13 - 15 years old, was hanging from
the ceiling. He had been dead for at least a couple of hours. The
physical signs? Incontinence of the bladder, a light-blue tinge to
his extremities - positive Smurf-sign, both orbits of his eyes were
bulging forward, his tongue was out - and quite blue. What was
interesting to note was the distension of some of the large veins on
his forehead, and the petechiae over his face. Petechiae are small
reddish-spots that occur when capillaries burst under the skin -
usually due to a increase in pressure.
Several things of note:
There was a large hook that was screwed into the ceiling - the kind
used to hang potted plants and the like. This was used to hang the
The knot tied by this kid was a slip-knot of some sort. A little
later, when the ME came to get him, the knot came undone with a
This is the big one: his pants were down to his ankles, and so were
his briefs. I don't remember seeing any 'dew on the lily.'
Shortly after we got there, his mother came running up the stairs.
She'd been out shopping, and had just heard of it. She pushed us out
of the way, and when she saw the kid's body - with the pants and
briefs down to his ankles, the first thing she did was pull the pants
back up, and zipper them. She then turned to us and said:
"You know, he was under a lot of pressure ..."
The kid's death was listed as a 'suicide.'
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