Disposing of the Corpse

The Problem of Body Disposal

The Problem of Body Disposal


Death is a normal part of the cycle of life. If one lives long enough, he is likely to see a good share of corpses. As the global Idiocracy descends upon human populations, it is particularly important for Dangerous Children to understand the best means for disposal of corpses.

Listed below are a number of overt and covert methods for disposal of a corpse:

Means of disposal

  • Burial of the entire body in the earth, often within a coffin or casket (also referred to as inhumation)
  • Permanent storage in an above-ground tomb or mausoleum (also referred to as immurement)
  • Cremation, which burns soft tissue and renders much of the skeleton to ash. The remains, known as “cremains” may contain larger pieces of bone which are ground in a machine to the consistency of ash. The ashes may be stored in an urn or scattered on land or water.
  • Disposal by exposure
    • Traditional examples include Tibet sky burial and the Parsi Towers of Silence
    • A body farm involves a similar method of disposal as an object of scientific study.
    • In some traditions, for example that practiced by the Spanish royal family, the soft tissues are permitted to rot over a period of decades, after which the bones are entombed.
  • Burial at sea
    • Dropping overboard from a ship or plane, a form of burial, often used in a military/naval context, where the corpse, suitably prepared and weighted is deposited into the sea.
    • Ship burial, a form of burial at sea in which the corpse is set adrift on a boat.
    • Illegal disposal of bodies in the water
  • Dissolution, e.g. in acid or a solution of lye, followed by disposal as liquid
    • Recently there has been much controversy over alkaline hydrolysis (also called Resomation) as a method of body disposal. Advocates claim the process is more environmentally friendly than both cremation and burial, due to CO2 emissions and embalming fluids respectively. On the other hand, many find the idea of being “poured down the drain” to be undignified.[1]
  • Donation for study – donation to a medical school or similar – after embalming and several years of study and dissection the body is usually eventually cremated.
  • Cannibalism, ritual or otherwise
  • Space burial
  • In cases of war, genocide, or natural disasters including disease epidemics, large groups of people have been buried in mass graves or plague pits.
  • Dismemberment, in which the body is divided and different body parts are dealt with separately; for example in the case of the Habsburg royal family as well as the display of the relics of various saints.

New methods in development include promession, and the mushroom death suit by Infinity Burial Project.[2].

Means of clandestine disposal

  • Burial, especially in a shallow grave due to time constraints
  • Cremation, which may be incomplete if performed without proper equipment
  • Dumping the body in a deserted or private place, such as a freezer or body of water
  • Dissolution (see above)
  • Burial in cement or concrete
  • Crushing, e.g. within a junked car

Dismemberment is common as a means to facilitate disposal; it also enables disposal of each piece separately.

.__ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disposal_of_human_corpses

Some reasons why you may not want to use quick lime to dispose of a corpse

Hydrofluoric acid may not be the best approach either

More ideas on the use of acids vs. alkali

Feeding corpses to hogs: Al Fin first heard of this method when reading “Unintended Consequences” by John Ross. The method has apparently been used by Italian mafia, and has also been borrowed by multiple television and film writers. But beware: hogs do not tend to eat large bones.

Similar: Feeding the alligators (h/t Swamp Woman), feeding the sharks, feeding the wolves etc.

Cremation can be traditional or impromptu. A traditional cremation takes place at temperatures above 1400 F or 760 C, and may last between 1 hour and 4 hours. If a body is pre-dessicated, the process may be expedited somewhat. In a more impromptu setting, bodies can be cremated inside of buildings or automobiles that have been doused with fuel. An outdoor funeral pyre may be part of a formal ceremony, or undertaken on the spur of the moment.

Safety and sanitation should be first and foremost in body disposal, along with the housekeeping function. But if it is possible to incorporate important life lessons as part of the disposal process, these moments can imbue great staying power to such lessons.

Why are we talking about the disposal of dead bodies? If you lived in parts of Africa, the middle east, Detroit, or within Russian spheres of influence, you would not be asking that question. As the global Idiocracy expands to take in larger parts of the inhabited world, reliable corpse disposal services will be in greater demand.

Here at the Al Fin Institute for Advanced Studies, we are less concerned with techniques for the disposal of dead bodies — and more concerned with techniques for the disposal of dead governments, government agencies, and corrupt/criminal cultures that obstruct an abundant and expansive human future.

Yes, bad governments, oppressive agencies, and destructive cultures can be killed, in a number of ways. But it is no use to kill such destructive entities if you have no way to decontaminate and dispose of the remains [eg the collapse of the USSR]. That will be the topic of a number of future entries.

More on corpse disposal:

Human meat is often called “long pig,” presumably for its flavour resemblance to pork. In the movie “Fried Green Tomatoes,” human meat was slowly stewed into barbecue sauce, and considered a delicacy by those not in the know.

Any foods rich in pork — such as Chinese or Mexican — could easily serve as covert means for the disposal of inconvenient corpses. The meat could be combined with real pork, or heavily processed and seasoned to serve as a substitute. Internal organs could be fed to the real hogs. Other instances of cannibalism in popular culture

Bone disposal remains a problem, although if bones were crushed and dried, they might be combined with construction mix for roads or building foundations.

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6 Responses to Disposing of the Corpse

  1. Abelard Lindsey says:

    You’re in a rather morbid mood today.

  2. swampie says:

    As a livestock owner in Florida, I have had livestock drop dead at an inopportune time for burial (in the middle of a tropical storm, for example). The best I could do was hurriedly drag them to a far pasture until the water receded. Vultures can reduce a dead cow to a well-picked set of bones within two days. A set of human remains wouldn’t take quite so long.

    Then there’s disposal by alligator…..

  3. bob sykes says:

    You forget the the scene in “The Sopranos” where a corpse is ground into the sausage mix.

  4. GoneWithTheWind says:

    When I was a kid in the 40’s & 50’s there was a rather large wooded area adjacent to the city cemetary where we played in the woods and would cut through the cemetary to get home or go to friend’s houses. I have seen a grave hand dug. Typically by a single individual, he would start at 8:30 am or so and by noon he would be mostly done, perhaps a hour more or less to finish up. He would look like crap, dirty, sweaty, tired, sitting on the grass against a tree to take his lunch break. We are talking about a man in his 20’s in a time when everyone worked for a living. I’m not sure 99% of people around today could dig a single grave in a day never mind multiple graves. I’m also pretty sure they would be worthless the next day if they tried it.

    • alfin2101 says:

      That sounds about right.

      Perhaps the hand dug graves of the future are likely to be rather shallow. Particularly in the instance of a widespread pandemic, a trans-continental EMP, a comet/asteroid impact, or other large scale disaster that either temporarily stuns or permanently destroys a civilisation.

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