The Method of the Nail


In the days before X-rays and modern forensics, a popular (and virtually undetectable) technique for murder was to drive a nail into a person’s head. The victim’s hair would hide the wound, concealing any obvious sign of injury or foul play. So people would assume death had occurred from natural causes. The “method of the nail” is such an ancient technique of murder that it’s even mentioned in the Bible, Book of Judges 4:21, “Then Jael, Heber’s wife, took a nail of the tent, and took a hammer in her hand, and went softly unto him, and smote the nail into his temples.”

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