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How long will blood stay liquid


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You got a dead body. And it has one or more punctures - bullet hole, stabbing, blunt object damage.

 

Television, and to a lesser extent movies, will have the bad guy stash the body in the overhead and it will be leaking blood, which will seep through the sheetrock ceiling and drip onto someone walking below. And this body will have been up there for times ranging from several hours to a couple of days, and the blood is still liquid.

 

In real life, as opposed to reel life, how long would the blood of a corpse stay liquid.

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Custer found a mountain lion kill that was probably a couple of weeks old. It was a 4 point buck and a neighbor wanted the head for a skull mount. We removed the head and carried it home in the bed of a side by side. Mind you, the carcass was basically only bone and some skin at this time.

 

There was blood in the bed of the side by side when we removed the head! 

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Inside the body it will stay liquid for quite some time. Remember the human body is over 90% liquid. Once exposed to the air blood congeals quickly.

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At what temperature? It tends to stay liquid a lot longer above 31 degrees Fahrenheit. Put 'em in the attic of a house in Florida (eta: in summer -- duh), and it's a pretty good bet you'll get some juicy leakage in fairly short order.

 

The question of the seepage through the ceiling over the long term isn't just the blood; effluvia from bacterial action comes into play as well.

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13 hours ago, Ozark Huckleberry said:

At what temperature? It tends to stay liquid a lot longer above 31 degrees Fahrenheit. Put 'em in the attic of a house in Florida (eta: in summer -- duh), and it's a pretty good bet you'll get some juicy leakage in fairly short order.

 

The question of the seepage through the ceiling over the long term isn't just the blood; effluvia from bacterial action comes into play as well.

And of course blood is not the only liquid in the body. Ya got yer urine, yer mucus, yer spinal fluid, yer bile, etc etc etc…

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On 9/23/2022 at 6:44 PM, Utah Bob #35998 said:

And of course blood is not the only liquid in the body. Ya got yer urine, yer mucus, yer spinal fluid, yer bile, etc etc etc…

And, if it's a male corpse, then there is semen. And, too many seamen up there, and the sheetrock will collapse:D

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