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  • Originally posted by Fisherman View Post
    dismember

    [ dis-mem-ber ]SHOW IPA
    SEE SYNONYMS FOR dismember ON THESAURUS.COM
    verb (used with object)

    1. to deprive of limbs; divide limb from limb: The ogre dismembered his victims before he ate them.
    2. to divide into parts; cut to pieces; mutilate.
    Yes, you're technically correct, although I haven't seen a murder described as a dismemberment crime with such a small level 9f dismemberment.

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    • You have now.

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      • If you don’t like Miyazaki, there are guys like Herbert Mullin, Randy Krafft and quite a few others to choose from, who dismembered on occasion. If you want a parallel who changed between street mutilations and very skilled dismemberments, involving eviscerations, it may prove a lot harder to find. Then again, individual cases will be... well, individual.

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        • Originally posted by John G View Post

          Yes, you're technically correct
          Personally, I don't think he is, since a hand or a foot is not a limb.

          The secondary meaning is figurative (so we can use the word to describe e.g. a car being taken apart as dismembered), but in the case you're discussing, Fisherman used the literal sense.
          It's likely we won't agree about it, though

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          • I rarely agree with people who are wrong, Kattrup, so you are quite right. Now, that’s an anomaly if I ever heard one...

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            • Originally posted by Kattrup View Post

              Personally, I don't think he is, since a hand or a foot is not a limb.

              The secondary meaning is figurative (so we can use the word to describe e.g. a car being taken apart as dismembered), but in the case you're discussing, Fisherman used the literal sense.
              It's likely we won't agree about it, though
              The technical name for the hands and feet is extremities, although they're commonly referred to as limbs.

              However, the point is somewhat academic because when forensic scientists refer to a body being dismembered (usually for ease of transportation) they don't, as far as I'm aware, include cases where just the extremities have been removed. So, once again, the point essentially becomes academic.

              Of course, over time the meaning of words can change or develop. For instance, the word "fantastic" used to mean grotesque. Today, in common usage at least, it has a very different meaning.
              Last edited by John G; 01-25-2020, 07:49 AM.

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              • Originally posted by John G View Post

                The technical name for the hands and feet is extremities, although they're commonly referred to as limbs.

                However, the point is somewhat academic because when forensic scientists refer to a body being dismembered (usually for ease of transportation) they don't, as far as I'm aware, include cases where just the extremities have been removed. So, once again, the point essentially becomes academic.

                Of course, over time the meaning of words can change or develop. For instance, the word "fantastic" used to mean grotesque. Today, in common usage at least, it has a very different meaning.
                Absolutely, I just find it part of the attempt to assert similarities based on a superficial word usage. The victims all had their throats cut! No, decapitation does not equal cut throat. The victims were eviscerated! No, cutting a torso into small pieces means the intestines will no longer be attached, it does not equal eviscerating. Uteri were removed! Well, EJ was heavily pregnant, so removing the uterus with foetus was necessary before sectioning the torso. So again, not the same thing.

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                • Originally posted by Kattrup View Post

                  Absolutely, I just find it part of the attempt to assert similarities based on a superficial word usage. The victims all had their throats cut! No, decapitation does not equal cut throat. The victims were eviscerated! No, cutting a torso into small pieces means the intestines will no longer be attached, it does not equal eviscerating. Uteri were removed! Well, EJ was heavily pregnant, so removing the uterus with foetus was necessary before sectioning the torso. So again, not the same thing.
                  "Superficial"! Isnīt that the word Gareth commonly uses about the similarities of the two series? They are supposedly only "superficial"? Well, the fact (FACT) of the matter is that we do not know whether the similarities are superficial or not. But we DO know that when a number of dismemberment/evisceration murders occur in the same area and time, this is almost certainly on account of how a single killer is on the loose. And so, the overwhelming likelihood is that the similarities were not superficial but instead real similarities.

                  As for dismemberment, most people will think about it as a defensive mechanism only, and defensive mechanism will regularly involve taking the body apart in a number of parts, normally consisting of six such parts, torso, head, arms and legs.
                  However, sometimes a defensive dismemberer decides that smaller parts are easier to carry, and so he may take off the hands and feeet and divide the limbs by the elbows/knees. The idea that the cutting away of a hand or foot in such cases would be something else than dismemberment is of course wrong. And he must not also cut the rest of the limb away before the cutting away of a hand becomes dismemberment.
                  When we move into the area of offensive dismemberment, we are dealing with a very different matter! These are dismemberments that serve the purpose of satisfying an urge within the cutter, and so whatever part such a killer chooses to cut from a body represents a dismemberment.

                  If your suggestion, Kattrup, is that limb dismemberment, if you will, is only reached when a whole limb is removed, then what happens if a killer takes the arm off at the elbow? Is it not dismemberment in such a case? And if he saws the arm off one inch below the shoulder, leaving a tiny part of the limb in place? No dismemberment, or? Where are the exact limits? Three inches up above the elbow? In the exact middle beteen wrist and elbow?

                  Dismemberment can easiest be described as taking a body apart in pieces. How many parts a dismemberment produces is not what decides if it is a dismemberment or something else. The six part partition is the usual one, but why would not a five-, four-, three- or two-part division represent dismemberment?

                  Itīs all good and well to have these hunches, but before they are passed off as relevant, I think a little bit of reading up is essential.

                  PS. I tried the phrase "dismembered hand" on Google. 105 000 hits. "Dismembered head" gave 62 700 hits. "Dismembered reasoning" gave 5, but I think your contribution may just have pressed that number up to 6. There ARE parts lacking from it.
                  Last edited by Fisherman; 01-25-2020, 09:54 AM.

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                  • Originally posted by Kattrup View Post

                    Absolutely, I just find it part of the attempt to assert similarities based on a superficial word usage. The victims all had their throats cut! No, decapitation does not equal cut throat. The victims were eviscerated! No, cutting a torso into small pieces means the intestines will no longer be attached, it does not equal eviscerating. Uteri were removed! Well, EJ was heavily pregnant, so removing the uterus with foetus was necessary before sectioning the torso. So again, not the same thing.
                    Thanks Kattrup, excellent point regarding Jackson. And whilst sectioning the Torso is unusual, the Torso is usually left as one piece, it's certainly not unprecedented.

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                    • Originally posted by Fisherman View Post

                      "Superficial"! Isnīt that the word Gareth commonly uses about the similarities of the two series? They are supposedly only "superficial"? Well, the fact (FACT) of the matter is that we do not know whether the similarities are superficial or not. But we DO know that when a number of dismemberment/evisceration murders occur in the same area and time, this is almost certainly on account of how a single killer is on the loose. And so, the overwhelming likelihood is that the similarities were not superficial but instead real similarities.

                      As for dismemberment, most people will think about it as a defensive mechanism only, and defensive mechanism will regularly involve taking the body apart in a number of parts, normally consisting of six such parts, torso, head, arms and legs.
                      However, sometimes a defensive dismemberer decides that smaller parts are easier to carry, and so he may take off the hands and feeet and divide the limbs by the elbows/knees. The idea that the cutting away of a hand or foot in such cases would be something else than dismemberment is of course wrong. And he must not also cut the rest of the limb away before the cutting away of a hand becomes dismemberment.
                      When we move into the area of offensive dismemberment, we are dealing with a very different matter! These are dismemberments that serve the purpose of satisfying an urge within the cutter, and so whatever part such a killer chooses to cut from a body represents a dismemberment.

                      If your suggestion, Kattrup, is that limb dismemberment, if you will, is only reached when a whole limb is removed, then what happens if a killer takes the arm off at the elbow? Is it not dismemberment in such a case? And if he saws the arm off one inch below the shoulder, leaving a tiny part of the limb in place? No dismemberment, or? Where are the exact limits? Three inches up above the elbow? In the exact middle beteen wrist and elbow?

                      Dismemberment can easiest be described as taking a body apart in pieces. How many parts a dismemberment produces is not what decides if it is a dismemberment or something else. The six part partition is the usual one, but why would not a five-, four-, three- or two-part division represent dismemberment?

                      Itīs all good and well to have these hunches, but before they are passed off as relevant, I think a little bit of reading up is essential.

                      PS. I tried the phrase "dismembered hand" on Google. 105 000 hits. "Dismembered head" gave 62 700 hits. "Dismembered reasoning" gave 5, but I think your contribution may just have pressed that number up to 6. There ARE parts lacking from it.
                      Haha, I do much prefer your good-humored posts

                      yes, language and words are inexact and that is the point: you take two different processes and apply an inexact term or word that can be said to cover both. And then argue that the word shows a factual similarity between the two.

                      I think the similarities are superficial and using a word like evisceration about the killers’ actions does not prove otherwise.

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                      • Originally posted by Kattrup View Post
                        Haha, I do much prefer your good-humored posts

                        yes, language and words are inexact and that is the point: you take two different processes and apply an inexact term or word that can be said to cover both. And then argue that the word shows a factual similarity between the two.

                        I think the similarities are superficial and using a word like evisceration about the killers’ actions does not prove otherwise.
                        Hi Kattrup,

                        I take your point concerning the removal of the foetus to facilitate dividing the Torso. However, why do you think he removed the two irregular strips of skin from the abdomen?

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                        • Originally posted by John G View Post

                          Hi Kattrup,

                          I take your point concerning the removal of the foetus to facilitate dividing the Torso. However, why do you think he removed the two irregular strips of skin from the abdomen?
                          He opened the abdomen in order to remove the foetus and intestines that would otherwise be in the way when dividing the trunk.

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                          • Originally posted by Kattrup View Post

                            He opened the abdomen in order to remove the foetus and intestines that would otherwise be in the way when dividing the trunk.
                            Okay, thanks. But wouldn't removing the two irregular pieces of skin to open up the abdomen have been an odd way to access the foetus? Or am I missing something here?

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                            • Originally posted by John G View Post

                              Okay, thanks. But wouldn't removing the two irregular pieces of skin to open up the abdomen have been an odd way to access the foetus? Or am I missing something here?
                              I don’t know, I don’t find it odd. How else would he do it?
                              he opens the abdomen, cuts away part of the abdomen in order to reach inside and take out parts that would otherwise impede cutting the torso across the abdomen.

                              I don’t find it very odd, I find it a perfectly straightforward method of accessing the abdomen.

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                              • Originally posted by Kattrup View Post

                                I don’t know, I don’t find it odd. How else would he do it?
                                he opens the abdomen, cuts away part of the abdomen in order to reach inside and take out parts that would otherwise impede cutting the torso across the abdomen.

                                I don’t find it very odd, I find it a perfectly straightforward method of accessing the abdomen.
                                Fair enough. Thanks for this Kattrup.

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