Clearly, my workout has been all wrong.
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I have found the experience of actually disposing of a body is not only good for me physically, but it informs my writing. For example: How do I explain the blisters on my hands to the police? How to I get the sticky clay off my shoes and clothes before getting back into my car? These are things my characters would experience, but I would have never known had I not gone through the experience.
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It’s essential research. Perhaps you should offer a workshop so others can learn.
Sounds like a Blogger’s World post with video…
This offends my feminist ideals. Women can bury bodies, too.
I’m glad no one recorded our conversation yesterday morning…
This is what I love about blogging, always something new to learn! Maybe a whole new business venture, like Jazzercise?
Bodisize? Diggersize? Deadersize?
I kind of like Diggersize. Maybe we should go on Shark Tank. Love that show!
OK, that is good to know! 462 muscles is a little too much for me, not used to moving that much!
So what are the other options to dig a hole deep enough??
I’ve pondered a rural Kentucky serial killer who works as a grave digger for local funeral homes. He uses a backhoe to dig the graves, but puts his victims into the grave before inserting the vault above them. Easy to dig and it’s virtually impossible to find the bodies.
But I have heard that most times, Serial Killers, kill because they get a high not just from performing the act but also from the knowledge that the world knows of the murder and is trying to guess/investigate/find out who the murderer is!
If the body is never found, it would be a missing person case and not really a murder case. In that view, would the serial killer really be ‘happy’ ?
What does your research say?
Narcissists need attention, so they do often leave bodies where they will eventually be found. But those who simply want the sexual high don’t necessarily want the body found. In some cases they actually kill only for the practical reason: not to get caught.
If the desire is only sexual high then yes they wouldn’t want the body found.
But if the high comes from the playing games with the law or from the euphoria of doing what is forbidden then it’s a different ball game.
Hmmm….that would be fun to write…a serial killer who leaves clue for the investigators!
We need to come up with something unique – more than just cat/mouse/clues…
Yes, clues alone will not do! There has to be something unique!
Let’s see…if I were going to become a serial killer and wanted to get attention while doing something unique…
I would see myself as positively smarter than anyone who is pursuing me…
But I would also want to SEE them pursuing me so I could laugh at their idiotic efforts…
Maybe I would be a cop or FBI agent who does things in such a way only another cop or FBI agent would catch…
Things regular people wouldn’t know about their procedures…
Maybe do things so inconsistently in methodologies they couldn’t possibly be the same killer…doesn’t fit any single profile…yet leaving a calling card with each crime so the authorities know it’s the same person using a different MO each time…
Sounds good, maybe it will have to be a person of authority who has access to the case details or one from the team of investigators.
Awesome…should we keep the killer’s identity cloaked until the big reveal? So the reader only gets a bit of foreshadowing here and there? They see the person in authority but don’t quite make the connection?
Yes, that is the fun part! Let the readers guess who it could be. Indeed they should think that the person in authority is actually working hard to catch the culprit.
We can call it “Oversight” and our hero can be a fresh-faced agent right out of Quantico. Good looking, of course (I like to base the characters on myself), and his “black/white” way of thinking means he can’t handle the “status quo.” He has a dog named Roger.
And of course he has a mysterious past, which seems OK to everyone except one other character who wonders about it!
His father was a “Bernie Madoff” kind of big-time, long-time con man who got caught by the feds. So when he went to college, he changed his name. He’s evasive about his past.
His past won’t come out until book 2.
The person who wonders about his background is a girl who he took out – along with many others – then over the course of book 1 they fall for each other. But his avoidance of talking about his past worries her. She’s smart. In book 2 she finally decides he’s hiding something terrible and breaks it off. He eventually confesses everything, but not immediately because he is chasing ANOTHER serial killer and it would jeopardize the investigation for him to break off the pursuit to go find her. She had gone home to her parent’s ranch in Wyoming. They live off the grid. No cell. No internet.
The climax still has the reader wondering if he will lose the love of his life to catch the killer…BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE.
OK, so we have enough material for book 1 and book 2. Let’s talk trilogy now! 😀
Book 3 they marry, then she gets killed on their wedding day. He goes rogue to find the killer. Easy.
Aha….I thought he would reveal himself as the killer in book 3! Then she kills him.
Sequels are where the money’s at yo
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