1. Eaten by Enzymes
Within 3 days of death, enzymes used for digestion begin to eat you. Stomach bacteria eats cells ruptured by increased acidity levels, caused by CO2 build-dup.
2. Skin Cells Live On
Skin cells can live on for several days after death. Brain cells die after just 3 minutes of oxygen starvation, while muscle cells survive for several hours.
3. Livor Mortis
When the heart stops pumping, gravity pulls red blood cells to the body’s lowest part. Congealed blood causes purple patches which coroners use to ascertain time of death.
Some dead bodies will develop a soap-like wax if in contact with cold soil or water. Adipocere is a natural preservative formed as bacteria breaks down tissue.
The body turns green after death as bacteria in bowel walls moves into the skin. It takes 3-4 days for hemoglobin caused by decomposition to cause the green tinge.
6. Purge Liquid
Organs with the greatest blood supply liquify, mix with blood & seep from bodily orifices. As the mush builds up, pressure breaks down the abdominal wall, flooding the body.
Dead bodies decompose twice as fast in water than on land & 8 times quicker than a buried body. Skin on bodies left in water will also begin to ‘Deglove’, falling from the body in thick sheets.
8. Bloating Bodies
Bacteria in your body creates a foul-smelling gas that causes bloating. The abdomen, scrotum, breasts and tongue swell up, while eyes bulge out.
9. Post-Mortem Fetal Extrusion
A build-up of gases can expel a fetus from the decomposing body of a deceased pregnant woman. Causing the body to swell, the pressure pushes’ the womb & baby from the body.
10. Erection after death
Muscle contraction caused by rigor mortis around the scrotum can lead to an erection. Commonly seen after hanging, as the noose places pressure on the cerebellum.