Destination Death
Destination Death

Season 1, Episode 8 · 1 year ago

EP9 Adipocere


Today we are talking about Adipocere aka corpse wax. Intro by @benny_jets on instagram and follow the show @destinationdeathpodcast!

And welcome to destinations that forwelcome back. If you are not new here today, I am uploading, an episode that shouldhave been put up yesterday, but I didn't have a lot of time to recordyesterday and I had nothing prepared. I had a lot of laundry to do andcurrently, in my apartment I don't have my own a laundry available to me like Washer Dryer situation, so I haveto go to my boyfriend's house to wash my clothes and we decided we were goingto go to the gym, so I just got home late and I was notprepared to sit down and record. So please forget me, but I actually had areally good weekend. I hope that your weekend was good feels like it's been awhile, since I have recorded, even though the last time I recorded was onThursday, so I finally got all my masters program.Applications completed and submitted feels really great. I think, though, that the hard part isgoing to be waiting for a response, so that's where I'm at right now. I thinkthe waiting is going to be less stressful than actually having to geteverything together. So with that being said, I really wasn't sure how to follow upmy true crime episode. I really love the last episode and if you haven'tlistened to it yet I would go give it a listen. It's such a good story.

Well, I mean it's not really that greatof a story, but I enjoyed telling it and you know what I'm talking about and today we're going to go oversomething that was actually brought up to me by one of my coworkers. His nameis Mike so shout out to him for the idea, but today's episode is aboutadopiser and before we get into what Adapasseras,let's hit up my disclaimer, the information in this podcast, as well asthose that follow, is information readily available on the Internet. I'vespent my own time researching these events and have included onlyinformation I deem necessary in describing the events to my audience.That being said, some information topics and opinions expressed from thispoint on could be considered explicit, grotesque and or off pudding. Listenwith your own discretion. I am also not a medical doctor, nor do I have medicaltraining that is licensed yet okay, so Atapasara is a common name forseponification and Suponification is a phenomenon that occurs in human corpsesin warm what environments with low oxygen availability. So this can occurin fogs, swampy environments, ocean environments, Clay Soil and in areasthat experience significant rainfall also can occur in areas that are at sea level slightly below sea level. Currently, where I'm at now, we shouldbe underwater by now, but I won't get into that on this podcast suponification is the conversion offats and oils into soaps. Now what this means for human bodies isthat human corpses can basically turn into soap. So...

Ado, Pasar is, is also commonlyreferred to as corps wax, which sounds really cute, but the obviously the chemical reactionis suponification and the actual reaction for this isbasically the conversion of triglysserides which our body fat ismade of into fatty, acid, salts and glyceral. So fatty acid salts are whatmake up the actual soap and glyceral is a common by product of soapmanufacturing. So, even in you know, factories where they mask produce soap,they commonly end up with a bunch of Glicerot at the end, in regular soap manufacturing, theglyceral is usually removed because it's super waxy and can cause a lot ofsoaps. Cum build up. GLICERALL is commonly used as elaxativein antifrieze and for the manufacture of certain explosives. Just a addedfact in there for you, batty acidsalts are commonly used as pesticides, andfood additives and theyare generally n, generally considered to be soap saltsand can be made from any animal fets. So all technically all dead bodies, includinganimals, can turn into adapisare well, their fats can, but for the purpose of this podcastwe're going to talk about humans, certain fatty acid salts can be derivedfrom plant based sources, however, mainly are used in the foodmanufacturing business as they are not as effective in pesticides. So what does all this mean for humanbodies? Basically,...

...we already went over this, but humanbodies are able to fully decompose under certain conditions, and we wentover this a lot like I said in the time of death episode that I did and these conditions usually are notsuper specific. But two things need to be true for decomposition to continueuninterrupted and those two things are the availability of oxygen and a body that has not been enbalmed. So even if a body has been embalmeddecomposition can take place. However, it's going to take place very, veryslowly and over a much longer period of time. So, for the purposes of today we need a body has not been embolmed oxygen availability is the real hugedeciding factor in if a corpse is going to form adapicare without oxygen. Themicrel organisms that are doing all the grunt work of decomposition cannotsurvive and properly decompose the body so because the ponification normallyoccurs in very whet environments. We also need to go over water, death orwater burial. In order to clear up some major differences in you know, regular traditional burialand burial at C and burial et see is obviously notsomething that we see very often, but it does happen, and there are somemather major things that will change in the decomposition department. So, first of all, we have to talk aboutthe water temperature. If water is cold, docompositionis going to slow to acrawl, as we know already the micro organismsthat decompose us like to survive at thirty seven degrees Celsius, which ishuman body temperature, or they can deal with slightly lower than that. Sowhen the temperature is significantly...

...lower than thirty seven degrees Celsius, the microorganisms can still survive.However, they're working at a much much slower pace. So, for the sake of this podcast, let'ssay that the water temperature is a normal temperature, something liketwenty one degrees Celsius, which is about sixty nine degrees Fahrenheit. Soin water, as you can imagine, decomposition changes a little bit allof the normal stages take place, but there's a little difference when youget to the putrifaction phase, which, as you remember, this is thephase where much of the initial organ decomposition takes place. So the change is in this phase. There'salso a phenomenon that can occur called skin slippage, which means that the toplayer of skin basically slides off the dermis and reveals the lowerly layersof skin. His also provides easier access to fatdeposits and a more porous surface in which water can enter the body'stissues. So, as you're already aware, your outerlayer of skin or your epidermis is a protective barrier and it does a lot ofwork while we're alive to prevent you know harmful rays of the sun. It canprevent from excessive waterloss and the skin does a whole lot for us,but during decomposition it is relatively useless. It also prevents alot of the normal decomposition processes from occurring due to thoseprotective properties we just talked about so in a what environment. One ofthe first things to go is your Epidermus, your top layer of skin. So after this happens, the dermis isaccessible to the environment. Like I previously said, and if there's oxygenavailable, then decomposition will...

...speed up at this point and if there'sno oxygen available, the body stat is now more exposed to the elements andwill start converting to Adipusar so Adapasaris, most commonly found inarea such as the cheeks chin, but chest thighs underarms these areas commonly have a higher fatcontent. ADIPIAR can form anywhere that there isfat. So you know, people that are generallyunhealthy and have much more fat. Deposits are going to form more out ofthe SAIR ADIFICAR can form in caskets incatacombs and bog bodies. It can form in the ocean anywhere where oxygen is low andmoisture is high, so corpse wax like what does it do? Basically, itforms over the body's deeper tissues, essentially sealing them off from theoutside world, so the formation of the ADAPASARA candelay decomposition for decades because it can effectively turn the oxygen content from you know:Five percent to zero and it seals off the rest of thedecompostable material from aire moisture. Anything pretty muchdries. The body out. This phenomenon is more commonly seenin mummies ADAPASAR. After a while will hardeninto this hard white, almost like cottage cheesy material and in certain circumstances, let's saya body is... to a environment that hasabsolutely no oxygen for ten years and then for five years, there's all of asudden a bunch of oxygen and then it's back to the no oxygen environment. Whatwill happen on the outside is that Adopisara will actually form a blacklayer of oxidized corpse wax. So you get white cottage Cheamy cheesy corps waxand then, if you put it in the open air, you get black cottage cheesy corpse wax anyway. I bet that's a really good visit visualfor you guys. So, let's just do a really quick example,just like humor me here for a second, let's say you go to the store and youpurchase three regular old bars of soap, any brand like whatever, whatever BaroSoap, you want to buy, see you open one bar soap and you leaveit on your kitchen counter and you open your second bar soap and you put it inyour freezer and your third bar soap. You put in your fridge. Obviously we know if we put a bar ofsoap on top of a heater, it's going to melt all over it, so we're just notgoing to do that. But in fifty years, when you check on your bars of soap,this is a really long experiment. There's still going to be bars of soap,not degraded they're, not going to look any differently than when you first putthem in the freezer or the fridge or on the kitchen counter- and this is thesame phenomenon that's happening with these corpses- is the bodies can nolonger decompose because they've now been converted into this hardened mass of soap? So, let's talk about some real worldexamples. I bet you've all been waiting...

...for me to get here so in in Germany and other countries.They don't have enough space for people to purchase their own cemetery plotforever. So what they will do is they will rent a cemetery plot for fifteento twenty five years and then it's the hope by that time, that they will justbe bones. They'll just be skeletonized remains, so what they'll do is they'll after thetwenty five years is up they'll open up. You know the cemetery plot thell exome,the body they'll pick up all the bones and they'll either grind them down and give them back tothe family or they'll cremate any left over materials and give that back tothe family and then that open plot will then berented out to someone else for fifteen year fifteen to twenty five years forthem to be in until they're. You know a skeleton. In my opinion, this is a great thing,reduces the amount of wasted space cause by cemeteries. However, what theywill commonly run into is they'll go in after you know, fifteen years andthey'll encounter a silk mummy, because the ground is wet and there'slow oxygen at six feet deep. So the issue with this, though, is that the adapiar will leak out of the casketand kind of invade the surrounding soil, which can then spread the outof pasereto the next corpse and then the next corpse and then the next corpse. Soevery time you open up a casket you've got, you know fifty five soap mummiesand now you got a creamate. It costs a lot of money. You got TA, dig out allthe soil and freshen it up. However, they do that, I'm not sure, but it isexpensive.

So two of the most famous soap mummiesare the soap lady and the soap man really creative names and they were found in downtownPhiladelphia in D Eighteden nd, seventy five and basically they were trying to do some improvements around a cemetery and theyhad to move the graves. So basically, they believe that water justseaped into their casket and turned them into soap people, and they thought that the soap lady wasabout forty when she died, but it later turned out that she was in her late s. So I guess being turned into Siap makesyou look older, xry images taken of the soap manreveald that he was in his s when he died and he is actually stored in acontrolled environment at the SMITHONIAN National Museum of NaturalHistory. So if you want to go see a soap mummy he's over there, one of the most well known cases ofsoap momification was discoverdin. One thousand nine hundred and ninety six,when a headless body which was completely covered in Adapasar, wasfound floating in a Bay of Brians anare. I think that's how you say it inSwitzerland, they nicknamed the Torso Brienzi, and they had no idea who this guy wasor how long he had been in the water. So they brought in a bunch ofresearchers from the university at Zeric and they published the results...

...which basically says that Brenziedrowned in the lake. In the seventeen, hundreds and his body basically endedup at the bottom covered by a bunch of sediment at the very bottom of anybody of water.There's like no oxygen presient at all, so his entire body, whatever was leftof it, was converted all into Adapasar andthen eventually, you know tectonic plates moving and such freed his bodyfrom his very wet grave and he floated to theThop so that my friends is corpse wax and the medical quarter this week willbe on the hot topic of generic medications versus brand namemedications. Are they really the same thing? I will catch you guys later thanks somuch for listening and you can follow the show at destination. Death, podcast,hones,.

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