October 12th, 2009


Effects on the human body after a fatal fall

Setting: 1920's London, though I don't think that'll have much bearing here.

Question:In a short story I'm currently working on, a character falls from an extremely great height (roughly jet altitude, though this is achieved through magic rather than being in an actual plane) crashes through the roof and second-story floor of the house, and obviously does not survive the impact with the ground. Her body is discovered several hours later by another character, to whom this section of the story is sympathetic. My question is, what would the body look like after such an impact? Obviously she would not be in good shape but what, specifically, would have happened to her? Also, would her body be able to go through the second-story landing after the impact with the roof, or would it slow her descent enough to make that impossible?

Questions Googled: I was a bit of a loss as to how to go about this one. I tried "human body + impact with ground" "what happens to the human body when it hits the ground" and variations thereof and was not able to find anything particularly useful. I was not sure how to add in the necessary part about her crashing through the house. Any help on such would be great.
adamantine1, books

in need of a timeline for military deaths

I'm writing a novel set in modern day Texas, in a small (read: tiny) town near Fort Hood.  At the start of the novel, the CNO, or Casualty Notification Officer, comes to the main character's home and informs her parents of her older brother's death overseas.  My question has two parts to it: how long a wait is it between the notification of death and the arrival of the body from Afghanistan, and from there, how long would it be before the funeral?

My research led me to this article on the duties of a CNO: www.gordon.army.mil/mpd/CAS/casualty_notification_officer.htm, and this article on Wikipedia about military funerals in the United States: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Military_funeral#Military_funerals_in_the_United_States.  I can't find anything that provides a general timeframe.  Any help would be wonderful.  Thanks!
canon error

State vs Federal Penalty for trafficking in stolen goods

Googled: 1) http://www.criminaldefenselawyer.com/crime-penalties/federal/Receipt-of-Stolen-Property.htm (Which, if I'm reading it right, seems to have only the state penalties listed).

2) Penalties for selling stolen goods.

Also posted on fanfic_law and law_questions

I have a fence in present-day Manchester, NH who is being asked to purchase approx $300,000 worth of stolen gemstones. Problem is, the person trying to sell them is from out of state--which--if Wiki's right--makes it a federal crime. What sort of penalty is my fence facing if caught?

For background purposes (which I don't plan to include in the story), the fence is in his early 40s, has a criminal record--nothing violent, and has been in and out of jail since his teens. He has never been convicted of a federal crime, but could have been arrested for one and seen the charges thrown out due to a technicality or lack of evidence.

P.S. If the link I've posted is giving the federal penalties and they vary by state, for comparison purposes, what sort of time would the fence be looking at had the thief stolen them locally?