Yes, what a name for a Cape! Actually, I wasn't sure of the name, I only remember that the place I visited is somewhere in the west coast, near Westport, I think. I googled and got Cape Foulwind, and from the pictures, it looks like the place I went to.Originally Posted by Han Solo
Oh well, I'm doing some reading on capital punishment, and noticed the tendency for murderers and the like to bury their victims in lime. I reckon it's due to the belief, fuelled by the various myths/yarns/anecdotes/stories, that lime accelerates the decomposition of buried remains.Originally Posted by Han Solo
However, I recall reading some books on Roman Catholicism and paganism that say otherwise - lime, in fact, slows down the decomposition process. Those poor folks suspected to be vampires were buried in lime to hasten their decomposition. However, since the lime actually retarded the decomposition, the remains of those poor putative vampires stayed intact, which further strenghtened the false superstition that they were vampires.
I did a search and came up with various entries that contradicted one another. There's a study done by a research student in an American university that says that lime does slow the decomposition process, though not significantly. Yet there's another article that details health officials recommending lime to be sprinkled onto carcasses to speed up their decomposition.