William The Coroner’s Forensic Files

Sunday, 26, October, 2008

I Strangled My Students on Friday

Filed under: Forensics,Teaching — williamthecoroner @ 11:51

It was an educator’s dream, really.

This was the asphyxia lecture, covering hanging, strangulation, choke holds, refrigerators, and carbon monoxide.  So now, of course, they know who both Jack Ketch and Albert Peirrepoint, the difference between humans and horses, and why you should never try to hide from the police in a Good Humor truck.   They also know the difference between hanging and ligature strangling, which I demonstrated.  They can also differentiate between the carotid sleeper hold and the bar-arm choke hold.  They were much less eager to volunteer after the first experience.  They also know all about manual strangulation, and why you never check BOTH carotid pulses at the SAME time.

That was slightly frightening, but all their tutition is paid up, so the university is satisfied.

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3 Comments »

  1. Postgrad or undergrad? Sounds like a fun course.

    Comment by redrabbitslife — Sunday, 26, October, 2008 @ 12:45 | Reply

  2. Some of that sounded like our martial arts class, nothing better than having a pro knock you out for a few second nap 😀
    Wish I was a student there for that class 😦

    Comment by easilylost — Sunday, 26, October, 2008 @ 17:50 | Reply

  3. Fascinating, Doctor. With more understanding of a common cause of death, those students may help in preserving life. Carbon monoxide-related death is something I’ve seen too many times, and it can take out entire families in the night.

    Comment by Somerled — Monday, 27, October, 2008 @ 08:51 | Reply


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