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It's definitely candle and wick effect.
Originally posted by MichelJCardin
I for one am stuck on bodies becoming that of candle and wick effect
forensic scientists are now convinced that the cause of such incidents is the so-called wick effect, started by a source as simple as a cigarette.
This means that in certain rare circumstances a human being can burn like a candle.
But the fact that human bones were completely destroyed remained a mystery, until now.
Even in human crematoria where temperatures are 700-1000 centigrade, the bones are not destroyed. Dr John de Haan of the California Criminalistic Institute used a dead pig in a gruesome experiment to show that small flames can consume a human being with the help of burning body fat.
A pig was used because it closely resembles a human's fat content.
The pig was wrapped in a blanket and a small amount of petrol was poured on it.
After five hours of continuous burning the bones were being destroyed.
Dr De Haan said: "The sort of damage here is exactly the same as that from supposed spontaneous human combustion."
The scientists believe they demonstrated how a case of spontaneous human combustion can occur through normal processes on a person who has been knocked unconscious.
The wick effect means that a person could burn slowly without attracting attention from passers-by.
It also explains why only part of the body, the part which is rich in fat, burns while the rest stays intact.