May 23rd, 2011

Fatal car crash injuries to order

I tried to google using various permutations of "fatal car injuries".

The story takes place in Northern Surrey, England. The year is 2002.

There is a fatal car crash. The husband dies instantly. The wife is critically injured presumed dying. The wife is driving (if needed I can rework it so the husband is driving). She’s a thin 32 year old housewife with no known health problems.

For story reasons she needs to live 3 to 4 days, possibly a little longer. The injuries have to be so severe that everyone knows she’s dying, it’s just a matter of when. She can’t be able to answer questions. This could be because she’s unconscious or drugged on painkillers. It can’t be a “pull the plug” scenario. The person available to make that decision would do it too quickly. She needs to die due to her injuries.

What would her injuries be in order to follow this scenario? What would the final cause of death be?

What kind of crash would cause those injuries?

Thanks.


Incarceration procedure for murder in Hawaii

Setting: Hawaii, present day

My character has been framed for the murder of the state governor, and is arrested at the scene with the victim a few metres from him and the murder weapon in his hand.

He's arrested by HPD and taken down to the station - but where will he be sent? I'm being led to believe that in the US, people go to jail pending trial, and if convicted are sent to prison. So, here are my questions:

1) Since the charges are so serious, would he be sent to a standard jail, or somewhere else?
2) Is there a chance that he'd be transferred to the Mainland instead (which I'd rather didn't happen)?
3) And wherever he does go, is he going to be put in solitary or would he have contact with other inmates?

I have absolutely no idea how the US prison system works, and particularly for such a small state and such specific circumstances, I can't find the information that I need from wikipedia or just Googling around.

Thanks in advance!

11 Century Men's Hairstyles

Setting: Early 11th Century England
Tried: Googling "hairstyles" and various combinations of "11th century" and "1000AD" eventually "high Middle Ages." Image-searching notable names from the time. I was able to find some information with the latter two searches, but it looks there was a lot of change in style throughout the high middle ages (which isn't really surprising), and I still don't know what my characters would be doing at this time.

How are noblemen (in their late twenties) at this time going to wear their hair? I've gathered that it will probably be long, but how long? Would it be prudent of them to pull it back, and if they did, how would they do so? (Which is to say, where on their heads would they tie it off, and what would they use to do so?) Are they going to have beards? If so, would they be long, short, in any particular style, etc?

Thank you!
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