In Order Of Appearance

Some days: “If I could get away with it, I’d do it.”

Other days: “I wonder what the odds are, of my getting away with it?”

Today: “What trumps Luminol?”

Dear lazyweb, please help me turn my brain off.


  1. Posted April 5, 2005 at 2:42 am | Permalink

    What trumps Luminol? Well, bleach, or anything else that sprays around a whole bunch of iron particles.

    Luminol only keys on the presence of hemoglobin (and the alternatives do approximately the same thing); the really worrisome thing is the DNA evidence. Contrary to the belief popularized The Boondock Saints (and a few others), ammonia alone won’t foul up PCR tests. Even if it did, other methods of DNA amplification exist, though they are admittedly more expensive and time-consuming.

    A more interesting question is “how would one go about committing a murder without leaving a perceptible blood splatter”, which immediately leads into “how might one commit a murder while leaving behind as close to no forensic evidence as possible” – but even this is no guarantee of perfection, because you’d also have to ensure that your motive wasn’t known or discoverable.

    This line of reasoning quickly leads one to the following: “Alice wants Bob dead. Alice wants to hire someone unknown to her and to Bob to kill Bob. Alice does not want to know who Cedric is…” and at that point you then also have to create an offshore financial data haven with trusted, amoral escrow services, which leads one immediately to HavenCo.


  2. Mike Hoye
    Posted April 5, 2005 at 2:44 pm | Permalink

    I was thinking more along the lines of this.

  3. Melanie
    Posted April 6, 2005 at 10:45 am | Permalink

    Aah, HavenCo. I know someone who works there (or at least did a few years ago). I wonder how long it will take for them to piss Britain off enough to shut them down.