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quote:Originally posted by YlideWhen I took analytic chemistry, my instructor had a bottle of what he called "Jack's Magic Solution" which we used for cleaning the deposited crap out of glass vacuum filters. I believe it was a mixture of sulfuric acid, nitric acid, and potassium permanganate. (I don't know in what molar ratios, sorry murderers) He implied that if one were to dump a body into a plastic barrel and fill it with the stuff, the entire corpse would be able to wash down the gutter in liquid form.
quote:Originally posted by chrisI asked forensic archaeologist Corinne Duhig (http://www.thenakedscientists.com/html/shows/2002.04.07.htm) this. She said that gallstones are a big give away and have helped to incriminate people who have done just this because being predominantly fat (cholesterol and phospholipid) they don't react terribly well with the acids. In the case she mentioned theyy were the only residue of the deceased and turned up in the garden where the acid bath had been emptied...Chris"I never forget a face, but in your case I'll make an exception" - Groucho Marx