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Simple answers to stupid questions: Why didn’t Trayvon bleed on Zimmerman?

Written By: Bob - Jun• 08•12

I’ve found myself repeatedly answering the same questions for dim Trayvon Martin apologists, and figured that as they come up, I can document them.

Today’s question is:

If Trayvon Martin was on top of George Zimmerman when he was shot in the heart, why wasn’t TM’s blood on GZ?

This is a simple question best answered in two parts.

Based upon the last known position of both Martin and Zimmerman as related by both Witness #6 and George Zimmerman, the two men were on the ground, with Zimmerman on his back and Martin on top of  him in what sounds like a MMA top mount position, probably something similar to a full mount.

If you aren’t familiar with fighting sports, let me break it down for you just a little. The man on top in the top mount position has the man on the bottom pinned using his body weight. He has the advantage of swinging at the head of a nearly immobile target,and can bring significant force to bear as he rains down blows (punches, forearms,and elbow strikes) on the man in the bottom position.

The natural inclination of the man on the bottom is to try to protect his head by extending his arms to block punches, or to block them by drawing them close to his face. He can not punch effectively from this position. In mixed martial arts fights,  the person generally knocks out his opponent or is stopped by the reference within a minute of assuming a solid mount position. It’s obvious to see that if the fighter on top is punch downward, he would easily bounce the head of the man on the bottom off the ground underneath.It is my supposition that blows to Zimmerman’s face that caused the black eyes may have been powerful enough to bounce his head off the concrete sidewalk, causing the wounds on the back of his head.

Considering all it takes is one solid punch to kill someone from this position, I think a judge or jury using the time honored “reasonable man” directive would find George Zimmerman’s shooting of Trayvon Martin in self defense as a justifiable use of force.

But why wasn’t Martin’s blood all over Zimmerman if he was shot while sitting on Zimmerman.

Two reasons.

The first is that gunshot wounds aren’t the gory bloodfest we see in the movies. Bullet entrance wounds are small, and if there isn’t an exit wound, the only hole on the body is going to be just a fraction of an inch across. If you don’t believe me, ask the mortician who found a nearly identical bullet hole in a man’s chest that EMTs had missed entirely.

The 9mm bullet in Zimmerman’s Kel-Tec PF-9 is just .355″ across, or barely more than a third of an inch.

Zimmerman’s bullet bore through skin and bone and penetrated Trayvon’s heart and both lungs, killing him quickly.

What does a heart do? It pumps blood. It was ripped apart, so there wasn’t anything to pump the farcical geysers of blood we see in the movies, and there wasn’t going to be much pumped anyway through one .355″ gap in the skin.

Whatever minimal amount of blood that would have found it’s way out of Trayvon’s body would have then encountered not one, but two sweatshirts that Trayvon was wearing that night. Trayvon was wearing his oft-mentioned dark hoodie over a light gray Nike sweatshirt.

The odds of any blood seeping out of Trayvon’s singular .355″ wound, soaking through two sweatshirts and falling on Zimmerman is remote, even if we assume Trayvon didn’t move or wasn’t moved after the shot. Odds are, however, that he either got up or fell over after the shot. Trayvon could have gotten up and walked several steps before pitching over onto his face, or he could have merely pitched forward off of Zimmerman at an angle. We really don’t know, and may never know that detail, but it is rather inconsequential.

Ultimately, the lack of blood is an inconsequential detail, brought up by those that “earned” their expertise watching laughably inaccurate crime dramas on the smallscreen.

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  1. Neo says:

    By the way, George Zimmerman doesn’t use 407-435-2400 any more …

    “You murderer!”

    “You deserve to die!”

    By Day 2 he figured out what was going on: T-Mobile had given him the phone number formerly used by George Zimmerman, the Neighborhood Watch volunteer who fatally shot Trayvon Martin in February.

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  3. Divemedic says:

    There are a couple of reasons for this, and you hit them. The hole made by the bullet would have been in the chest wall, and in fibrous tissues that surround the chest and heart. (The parietal pleura and the pericardium) Any blood would have pooled in the cavities within those structures.

    The bullet punched a hole through the right ventricle. That would have dropped Martin’s blood pressure to zero within seconds, and reduced blood return to the heart to nothing. Since the right ventricle receives low pressure blood from the body’s veins, the blood would not leave the hole under pressure, especially considering that the pressure in the right ventricle doesn’t exceed 30mm Hg.

    Not bragging, just establishing credentials: I am a paramedic with 22 years experience, and I have been an instructor for nurses, doctors, and paramedics in the field of prehospital trauma for over 8 years. I have a degree in emergency medicine.