With Halloween arriving next week, murder is in the air. It might be the only time of year when “normal” people can fully relate to crime writers and readers. So, ladies and gents, grab your favorite beverage and kick back for a little Murder 101, complete with visual aids.
Let’s say your male character is cheating on your protagonist.
During the confrontation — we can’t ignore that type of behavior, now can we? — take the homewrecker by surprise with one well-placed stab to the carotid artery. Don’t forget to withdraw the hunting knife! We wouldn’t want it to act as a plug.
Notice how the kitty is priming the carotid artery? The subject is nice and relaxed. More importantly, he doesn’t suspect a thing.
There are two carotid arteries in the neck, one on the left side and one on the right. Each carotid artery branches into two divisions:
• Internal carotid artery supplies blood to the brain
• External carotid artery supplies blood to the face and neck
If it were me, I’d aim for the internal carotid, but it’s a personal preference. If you’d rather watch the blood drain from the subject’s face and neck, then shoot for the external. Both will get the job done.
A quiet execution is an effective way to murder…
If you choose this murder method, be sure to use a fast-acting poison. No need to act psychopathic by dragging out your subject’s agony. Unless, of course, that’s what you’re into. No judgments!
May I make a suggestion? Try using Tetrodotoxin, which is a complex biochemical found in two marine creatures, the blue-ringed octopus and the puffer fish. It’s also in slugs, but on a much smaller scale. Garry Rodgers wrote a fantastic article about this deadly poison.
Whether Tetrodotoxin is injected via octopus bite — how might you explain a pet octopus? — or ingested by way of food or drink, the poison will kill the subject within a few minutes, depending on the character’s size vs. the amount of poison administered. Tetrodotoxin first blocks nerve responses and then paralyzes the victim, which prevents the victim from breathing. Finally, it stops the heart. As little as 1 milligram is all you need to accomplish your goal.
Some people prefer a good ol’ fashioned murder method, complete with sound effects.
Ladies, please don’t close your eyes while firing a weapon. I know murder isn’t easy, but if you’re determined to see this through, you may as well do it right. For information on the correct ammunition to use, John Gilstrap, wrote a post about what works best. Hint: hollow points are your friend.
Manual suffocation adds an up-close-and-personal touch.
This method is fairly straightforward. Notice how the sloth covers the kitty’s nose and mouth with one smooth motion? Perfect execution! Only use this murder method on humans please. We’re not savages, after all. ?
Sometimes, you just gotta let loose — and that’s okay.
Nothing screams you’re on the edge of sanity quite like an ax. Don’t you agree? You may want to act this one out at his place to avoid a lengthy crime scene clean up. Notice the plastic coveralls? Get yourself an identical suit but wear the hood. You wouldn’t want to leave hairs behind for the crime scene unit.
I swear, Your Honor, I had nothing to do with it. He tripped.
Do NOT harm the family dog. Please note how Miss White effortlessly pushes her lover down the stairs. So graceful, so ladylike, a little flick of the wrist and her problem is resolved.
Unless, of course, his neck doesn’t snap. Yeah, that could happen. Then what do you do? No problem. Finish him off with a quick slash to the neck like this …
Time is running out, folks. By November 1st some people may not “appreciate” a crime writer/reader’s passion to help others. Before then, it’s perfectly acceptable to say…
I’ll leave you with one final word of wisdom…
For those participating in NaNoWriMo this year, remember that. Happy hunting! I mean… writing. 😉
OMG The sloth and the kitty!
I don’t know where you found all the videos and memes, but I bet you had fun searching! Thanks for a great beginning to my week of revisions.
Hahahaha. The sloth really cracked me up, too! My pleasure, Kelly. Have an amazing week!
I never knew murder could be so danged entertaining. Would you please put all of these methods into one tidy little novel? Please and thank you…
Hahaha. Now that you mention it, I do have a 99c guide called 60 Ways to Murder (Your Characters) that’s just as fun: myBook.to/MurderMethods Thanks, Deb!
Done and done. Now, your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to watch the headlines. I hope you won’t see my name because I’ve run amuck and practiced the sixty methods on my hapless home town citizens…
Oooh! One can never have too many ideas. Thanks for the heads up on the book. I nabbed my copy. Just in time for the villain wrecking havoc in my current W.I.P. 😀
I’ve got a question, Sue. If you make your throat slash low enough–say, below the larynx, don’t you sever the carotids below their internal/external branch? I mean . . . efficiency, right?
I would think you’d have to slice from left to right (or right to left for lefties) in order to sever both carotids, but don’t quote me. I’ve been wrong once or twice before. 😉
Thank goodness I’d already finished my coffee or I’d have snorted all over the screen! What a fun post, Sue! Love the mouse bench-pressing the trap.
Hahahahaha. Thanks, Debbie! I needed a fun break from all the historical female serial killers in my head. 😉
Sue, thanks for the laughs and practical examples for getting the murder, umm, I meant to say, getting the job done.
Hahahahaha. My pleasure, Suzanne!
Children, I’ve told you time and time again. Don’t pull that knife out of the carotid unless you have a way to keep that nasty staining blood off yourself or have a way to remove it! Sure, the blood won’t be as dramatic a fountain, but escape time is improved.
Truth be told, simple is always best. A gun that won’t be tied to you that will disappear forever, and a simple alibi is always best.
I agree. Great .gifs.
Oh, and gently squeeze the trigger. Don’t jerk, or the shot will go high. My dad, the fire arms instructor, told me that people unfamiliar with guns are the most deadly. They will aim for the feet to scare the attacker away, the gun will jerk upward, and get them in the gut. A nasty way to die. I was taught to gently squeeze, not shut my eyes, and aim toward the center of the body so I’ll hit something vital.
Excellent parenting advice, Marilyn! Hahaha. Love it!
I have watched the pushing puppy very closely. After he does the foul deed, he stares at the camera–it is not a cute stare. It is aggressive and hateful.
Be careful–the Book of Revelation says that, in the true End-of-Days, the danger will not be a zombie apocalypse. When the Four Horsemen are released in the time of Death followed by Hades, “[Four Horsemen] were given power over a fourth of the earth to kill by sword, famine and plague, and by the wild beasts of the earth.”
Do not let your puppy linger behind you. If you feel him grab at your pants leg, kick away and run for the door, screaming, “HELP! PUPPY!” And do not use the stairway.
Perhaps the evil snarls and growls you hear at night are not the evil things. Perhaps it is Spot making plans for you.
And what are Alexa and Siri replying to when they respond to something unknown at 3 a.m.? Listen closely. If either of them says, “Careful, Spot. They know. They know,” then you should arm yourself.
Take time to be afraid of the kibble-eating creature you thought was your friend, your beloved pet. He may consider himself a wild beast.
Remember. The cry is, “HELP! PUPPY!”
Do not forget it in the moments of hysterical panic.
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. Hilarious, Jim!
And, furthermore, don’t discount the danger posed by your writerly best friend…your computer.
When you attempt to disable those pesky Windows notifications, alerts, and pleas to “sync all your devices now” and you suddenly hear, in that low, soothing digital voice, “What are you doing, Deb?” … flee for your life. The end is near.
Oh, this was fun! What a great comic break from slaying the 1300+ adverbs in my MS…
I hear that, Deb! Ugh.
It’s the puppy’s tail wag that kills me. Look, Mom!
Last night I watched an episode of the Russian series, The Method. The detective stabbed the bad guy in the neck and then gave a soliloquy about the guy’s crimes. He only pulled the knife out when he was finished. Nice timing.
Really, people should either dress up like Hobbits and princesses, or stay home reading, leaving Halloween–and all the candy– to us professionals.
Hahahaha. “Leave Halloween to us professionals.” So true! 😀
I have been around cosplayers for many years. One has a button saying, “Halloween is for amateurs.”
Great post and discussion, as always. My non-writer friends just don’t get it and so it is pleasant to join in a discussion with those who know more than I about writing. I glean lots of great advice and get some entertainment too. 😀