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[*] posted on 7-12-2005 at 08:04 PM
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How long does it take to strangle someone, on average? In this situation, the víctima (sometimes I get so frustated with trying to spell that word in English that I just write it in Spanish, but you get the idea) is struggling, and the killer is taller than she is, and a little bit stronger, but around her age group, and his thumbs are in front, crushing the windpipe (learned that on NaNoWriMo forums, that the thumbs on the throat will kill the víctima faster than if the indent between the index finger and thumb is on the throat).

And, yes, there really is a strangling scene in the novel. I'm not going to strangle anyone, don't worry, kiddos. ;)




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[*] posted on 7-13-2005 at 10:46 AM


Good question. I can't find an answer on the web, but I do have a guess. How long can you hold your breath? After about 2-4 minutes, you'd probably either pass out or die. I'd think that should be about the same for strangling, since the person is cutting off the victim's airway, but it could be quicker because of the force and stuff... I don't know.



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[*] posted on 7-17-2005 at 02:40 PM


Plus, being able to hold your breath aside, the shock of being strangled by someone coupled with struggling (using up your energy) and the pain of having your windpipe crushed would probably kill you very quickly if done by someone who knew what they were doing. I would put it at between 2 to 3 minutes.



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