What It means to See A Dead Body Move after 12 hours of Death

Can a dead body move after 12 hours of death?

They are two things that happen immediately after the heart stops breathing: the lungs stops functioning and the brain cells stops working.

They say “Rest in Peace” but it is not really the case with a dead body. Muscles cells are capable of showing activities for about 12 hours. And more.

In the first 60 minutes (1 hour) after death, the relaxation of the muscles begins. This is accompanied with a cooling of the body temperature. The muscles begin to stiffen after 3 hours due to chemical reactions. This process is called ‘rigor motis’ and could continue until after 12 hours of death.

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After 12 hours, the muscles begin to loosen as a result of chemical changes between cells and decomposition of internal tissues.

Dead body move: Even after a year.

 According to forensic studies, a dead body could still be moving for even up to a year after death.

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The body’s motion continue for longer than hours after death, corpses could still move even after a year. This is according to forensic researches carried out.

An experiment carried out at a decomposition research facility in Australia discovered this fact.  A camera was placed to take overhead view of dead bodies every 30 minutes in daytime. The experiment lasted for 17 months and showed the corpses continued motion.

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Speaking about the discovery, Alyson Wilson, a medical scientist of Central Queensland University said, “What we found was that the arms were significantly moving, so that arms that started off down beside the body ended up beside the body.” She said.

‘’We think that the movements relate to the process of decomposition, as the body mummifies and the ligament dries out.” She added.


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