Shakespeare’s cause of death probably known by tomorrow

A Plant City Courier and Tribune article says the police hope to learn Abraham Shakespeare’s cause of death today, which probably means they will announce it tomorrow. Toxicology results won’t be back for some weeks, but the cutting-him-open-and-looking-inside part of the autopsy is over. I hope there’s some kind of obvious indication of murder — not that it’ll be hard to prove. The guy didn’t dig himself a five-foot hole, bury himself and pour a concrete slab on top of himself, now did he?

The aforementioned article has some discussion going on in the comments section, including a few people who claim to have known Abraham Shakespeare or DeeDee Moore personally. One commenter asks, “Doesn’t anybody use lime any more? Or is that quicklime?? I keep forgetting which one gets rid of the evidence and which one preserves it.” For your information, commenter, quicklime can both preserve a body and help disintegrate it faster. Plain quicklime sprinkled on a body acts as a preservative; it mummifies instead of rotting. You must mix the quicklime with water if you want it to speed up the decomposition.

Not that I, personally, know anything about that. I’ve just heard stuff. There’s no reason to go looking underneath the concrete floor of my basement. None whatsoever.

4 thoughts on “Shakespeare’s cause of death probably known by tomorrow

  1. Justin February 2, 2010 / 1:46 am

    I read about a particular type of corpse disposal called “Resomation” where the body is when the body is sealed inside a vault-like tube filled with water and lye and steam-heated to 300 degrees. Three hours later, some powdery bone fragments and 200 gallons of fluid are all that remains.

    You can find an article on that at

    Or the ever popular and eco-friendly flash-freezing bodies to -18° C, then dipping them in liquid nitrogen with a temperature of -196° C. After the now cold crunchy corpses are extracted from the super-cold solution, which are now as brittle as glass, they are broken down with sound waves until what is left is a powder substance.

    From there, all water is removed in a vacuum chamber before the remains are moved through a metal screen that filters away any precious metals in fillings or remnants of pacemakers and other implants that may have survived the freezing process.

    Oh yeah, and here is one that I have personal experience with. I do contract work at a number of factories, and one of them has an induction furnace which burns at an insane temperature for use in treating certain types of ceramics. The workers there call it a self-cleaning oven because after a while, there is nothing whatsoever, including ash, left behind if it not ceramic, including most metals. I always thought if I wanted to dispose of a body completely, I would take it up to one of the ovens and place a tag on the door faking a work order and let it burn for a couple of days.

    I wonder if any of the missing persons on the Charley Project have been disposed of in industrial furnaces? If so, those remains will NEVER be found.

    I know this is a bit off topic, but I have been reading mystery novels and my mind wanders off onto some pretty weird tangents.

    • Meaghan February 2, 2010 / 2:38 am

      Jose Antonio Ramos’s apartment building had a furnace in the basement and some people think he got rid of Etan Patz in there.

      I have heard that if you put a dead body in a kiln with pots and fire it up, the pots will come out red. I’m not sure if this is true or not.

  2. Kat February 2, 2010 / 2:13 am

    Goodness. I guess if any of us ever need a go to guy, that would be you lol! I think there are a few cases of something similar, one I remember is Jamie Shearer. They thought her huzzy disposed of her at his work. He was convicted, though she was never found, he had such an impressive abusive history that was enough. There was another woman as well, I can’t think of the name, maybe in Canada, that was though to have been “factoried”. I’m sure there are more, just can’t think of names and all right now.

  3. Bill February 3, 2010 / 1:18 am

    Justin — Thank you for the link, and for the introduction to “Resomation.” This is very interesting to me.

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