101 reputation
1
bio website
location New York, New York
age 56
visits member for 1 year, 11 months
seen Jul 6 '12 at 15:12

Jul
1
comment How dangerous is it to choke someone unconscious or to be choked unconscious?
@sidran32: You're referring to the modern, humane, way of hanging with a 15 foot drop. I was referring to the oldfashioned way of hanging, with a 5 foot drop and a 30-minute strangulation.
Apr
27
comment How dangerous is it to choke someone unconscious or to be choked unconscious?
@DaveLiepmann: The mechanics of hanging and choking, I learned years ago from Encyclopedia Britannica. For a hanging scene, I refer you to "Quiet Flows the Don." For the mathematics, a hanging can take place in 25 minutes or 35 or whatever, just as a mortgage can be set for 25 years or 35. But the "standard" hanging (given a certain tightness of the rope and gravitational forces) required about 30 minutes, just as a "standard" mortgage is 30 years given certain relationships between the repayment and interest rates.
Apr
27
comment How dangerous is it to choke someone unconscious or to be choked unconscious?
@Dave Liepmann: In finance, I was once told that the mathematics of a 30 minute hanging worked much like a 30 year "mortgage" (a debt to be "killed" (mort is French for death). The amortization payment is set about 10% above the interest, and hanging (unlike choking) allows oxygen intake about 90% of what is necessary for life. The impact is minimal at first, and increases through compounding. A 30-year mortgage is reduced by half after 22 years, and likewise a hanged person is half dead after 22 minutes. A "full" choke takes 7 minutes (as long as one can live with NO oxygen), not 30.