March 11, 2015
I'm a big fan of Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe stories. Just about the only mystery series (after Sherlock Holmes) I've ever really read much of.
For a long time I didn't have access to them, but when I got my Kindle it turned out that the entire canon was available for it, so I've bought and downloaded most of it, at least three quarters.
Recently I noticed something that's been bothering me -- more than it really should. In several of the stories, someone dies by being stabbed, and dies without making any sound.
That's not really possible. A stab wound can kill you fairy rapidly if it hits the heart, but you'll still scream. The classic knife-kill they teach soldiers is to get the victim from behind, to grab his head with one hand over the mouth, and to shove the knife in to hit the heart.
But that's not what happens in these stories. In at least one case the person was stabbed from the front, and she should have thrashed like a fish from the pain -- but didn't. In another case it's described as a woman walking by a man from his rear to his front, and sticking a knife in him in passing. Other people were nearby and would have heard if he'd made any kind of sound, including even falling on the floor, and they didn't.
Knifes don't act like that! Grumble...
Shock does take some people funny, though. So it could happen - but not every time, and surely not something you'd want to count on!
Posted by: Avatar_exADV at March 12, 2015 02:30 AM (a38fD)
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Posted by: Wonderduck at March 12, 2015 08:17 PM (jGQR+)
The good news is you don't have to worry too much about shock, as they're going to die of blood loss very very quickly. But you do need to put them on the ground quietly.
And I expect everyone commenting on this post is now on an list... but then, most of us were on one already.
Posted by: Boviate at March 12, 2015 08:25 PM (iiTgy)
But that makes a mess, including on your hands. If you're trying to do this without giving anything away to the people you're about to see thirty seconds later, that's out.
That's the problem. In two of the cases in Stout's books, the murderer expects to see someone very soon, seconds, after committing the murder -- and uses a knife because it's quiet.
Oh, well; it's just a book.
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at March 12, 2015 08:29 PM (+rSRq)
Ever since that movie, I've been unable to bring myself to go to a chiropractor...
Posted by: Brett Bellmore at March 13, 2015 01:32 AM (L5yWw)
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at March 13, 2015 02:10 AM (+rSRq)
Enclose all spoilers in spoiler tags:
[spoiler]your spoiler here[/spoiler]
Spoilers which are not properly tagged will be ruthlessly deleted on sight.
Also, I hate unsolicited suggestions and advice. (Even when you think you're being funny.)
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