Record of Washed Grievances Chapter 11: Autopsy (Part 1)

Thank you for the nice comments from everybody and the “likes”. I just want everybody to know that I read all of the comments. Without further a do, here’s chapter Β 11.

This chapter was edited by Din2.

“There is no need to overtake a person urgently. Suicide or homicide, you can see a dead body and will know it naturally.”

Dead body will absolutely not lie! A cold voice was echoing faintly from the lobby. Not only particularly ear-piercing, but also one strange person with a gray Chinese style gown appeared.

Wu Zhi Gang shouted impatiently: “Who are you?! You have the nerve to make a disturbance in the main hall!”

“I…” What should she reply? Zhuo Qing lightly pulled her lips and lazily answered: “I just passed by.”

Passed by!! All the people were stupefied. This… What kind of answer was this? Lou Xi Yan was stroking his nose. He was slightly coughing in order not to laugh heartily. Passed by?! Luckily, he could think up an answer like that?!

He he he simply despised the court!! Wu Zhi Gang’s complexion was black. Ignorant young child, acting like this inside the court! What kind of a place does he think the court is!

For a short while, Wu Zhi Gang forgot that Lou Xi Yan was still by his side. He walked to the middle of the lobby, pointing his finger at Zhuo Qing angrily said: “Ridiculous, guard! Bring him to me…”

“Wu Daren.” The calling was not light nor heavy, but it felt as if a basin of cold water was pour down on his head.

Wu Zhi Gang clear mindedly and hurriedly turned around with respect attitude and said: “Prime Minister, what is your instruction?”

Getting up and stroking his wrinkled cloth, Lou Xi Yan asked: “Where is the body?”

Wu Zhi Gang looked over to the side toward the bailiffs. The bailiffs in a flurry reported: “Still in the prison.”

Passing through the lobby, Lou Xi Yan walked over to the side door. Wu Zhi Gang immediately got up to follow and urgently asked: “Prime Minister Lou, this is your….?”

“Let the coroner do the autopsy. Ben Xiang (I) want to personally supervise to watch if it’s really a suicide or homicide in the end!” Lou Xi Yan had an indifferent attitude. Wu Zhi Gang could not see if Prime Minster Lou was happy or angry, it made him terrified and his sleeveless undergarment was already wet.

Madam Lin listened to the request for an autopsy. She once again wanted to step forward. Lin Bo Kang suddenly died. The villagers thought as a group and powerfully stepped forward to the side door. The bailiffs’ long rods already stroked unexpectedly and stated: “You all can not go in!”

Madam Lin urgently grabbed the long rod with her hand to shake it out ferociously. One side collided to the other side and she cried: “Why? That was really my husband ah!”

Wu Si’s tall and strong body blocked madam Lin to the side. His simple and honest face requested: “Big brother government officials, please let us in!”

“Out of the question!” The bailiffs said without even glancing once at the villagers. They were completely ignorant.

Zhuo Qing was half leaning against the door frame. She stayed leisurely to watch the tug of war between the villagers and the bailiffs. They did not understand anything because even if they went in, it would be useless. It would be better off to pray that the honorable Prime Minister Lou to be wise and judge the case honestly.

Yawning, Zhuo Qing turned around to go out. She was sleepy to death. Ever since she was brought to this place, an unfathomable mystery started. She just had not had a good sleep. She wanted to look for a place to rest.

Again, thinking to accept what she should do, her feet were barely out of the door step when she heard a clear and cold like spring water’s male voice said: “Let them come in.”

The person who came was Prime Minister Lou’s personal bodyguard. The bailiffs looked at him with a glimpse. They did not dare to stop and immediately released the long rods. The villagers along with Madam Lin rushed to go in together.

Thinking that the voice was very pleasant to hear, Zhuo Qing curiously turned around and saw a white shadow with astonishment beside the side door just now. He was Lou Xi Yan’s imperial bodyguard, she presumed. Slightly squinting her eyes, Zhuo Qing secretly sized him up to estimate his height, about 190 with snow white skin, dark brown hair and he was very well matched. His facial features were clear, sky-blue eyes that were similar to a colored glass. Summing it all up, he looked very handsome and was an outrageously beautiful male. However, the most special was not these features. His face had not had too many expressions. It did not look grim nor gentle. One type of personality traits that was set apart from the other people. She did not like this type but still had to admit that he was fascinating!

The man suddenly was facing her direction and walked to come over. Zhuo Qing pulled the brim of her hat lower to wait for him to go past her. Nevertheless, he stopped next to her and with his cold voice said calmly: “Let’s go.”

“Go where?” Zhuo Qing pretended to be naive.

“I did not mind to touch.” He replied along with his cold and indifferent attitude. His pale hand tightly grabbed Zhuo Qing’s arm.

“Stop! I will walk on my own.” How awfully annoying to use so much strength! Mo Bai slowly released his hand. He did not say anything and walked ahead. Zhuo Qing turned over and rolled her eyes. So, actually, as it turned out, a bodyguard at this era must certainly exhibit ruthlessness! Unwillingly, she followed him to enter the prison cell.

When she crossed over him, Zhuo Qing snorted coldly: “Considering that you have one pair of such beautiful eyes, I will not bicker with you.” Or else, she was still a person who had a bad habit to hold a grudge!

Mo Bai stared blankly. Beautiful? Because of these pair of eyes, he was abandoned by his family. People said that he was a monster. He had no relative and no friend. Even there was no one who dared to look straight in his eyes. These kind of eyes, he said beautiful? With a hint of mockery in his eyes and the same pale face, he was still the same as before, constantly indifferent.

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At Qi Guai Ba Guai Prison.

Zhuo Qing finally arrived at Lin Bo Kang’s prison cell. Zhuo Qing deliberately observed the surrounding near the prison cell. It was just located in the inner-most cell of the entire prison. There was no bailiff who came in. This was just simply unseen in a prison cell. Furthermore, she was not sure if it was a coincidence or on purpose. How many empty prison cell was there in the vicinity? In other words, whatever happened in the interior of the prison cell, it would basically be hard to find any witness for this matter.

The doorway of the prison cell was already crowded with people. Zhuo Qing stood at the outside but she could still see the high beam where the dead body was hanging. The complexion of the deceased appeared purple and the face had an obvious swelling. The facial skin had scattered punctate hemorrhage (the escape of blood from a ruptured vessel). It should be because he was dead by choking for sure. Once more looking down….

Zhuo Qing’s brows knitted unconsciously. “Respect to Prime Minister Daren!” Behind her, a male voice echoed suddenly. Zhuo Qing turned around to look at a 30 years old middle age man who was hurriedly facing Lou Xi Yan to give a salute with both of his hands.

“Who are you?” The middle age man was asked. Lou Xi Yan’s eyes just stopped temporarily at Zhuo Qing’s body while his mouth was asking the middle age man. Just now, he was watching the dead body attentively with his concentrated and sharp expression. Jing Sa investigated for the whole night yesterday evening. Niu Jia Village absolutely did not have this disfigured youngster. Who exactly was he? That he would plunder whether or not this was exactly his idea. What was the intention? Lou Xi Yan was very interested to know everything about him!

The middle age man respectfully answered: “I (Xiaoren was the original word used here), Wang Bing Sheng, Ying Town Hall’s coroner. I have already had over 10 years of experience dealing with dead body examination.”

Coroner? That was ancient times forensic investigator. Speaking of autopsy, his face showed self-confidence, even somewhat with a conceited look. Zhuo Qing’s irritable mood for the day had finally become a little bit better. She really wanted to see how he inspected the dead body.

“Then you should examine the dead body carefully to check if he committed suicide or was murdered.” He only took into consideration the details of the case, but did not expect that if this was homicide, this could implicate a big judicial case at Ying Town Hall’s prison. How was it simple?

“Yes.” Wang Bing Sheng entered the prison cell.

The bailiffs already took the dead body down. Again, the purple color of the face and the swelling, the almost unrecognizable appearance and the stiffness of the body which was lied down on the ground, it suddenly hit Madam Lin and she collapsed and cried: “Husband…”

“Madam, be careful!” The villagers landed their arms to support her. Madam Lin retreated to one side.

Zhuo Qing took advantage to approach the prison cell, only to see that the coroner lifted up the deceased head to inspect the bruises and again looked at the deceased hands and feet. Not even 5 minutes later, he just stood and walked to the front of Lou Xi Yan.

Reporting to supervisor, he said: “Reporting to Prime Minister Daren, the dead body’s complexion was dark purple, both hands and feet were downward verticals and also the foot had a sort of burning bruises. The neck was dark purple color and was strapped tightly. The bruises were straight and extended to the left and right ears. Therefore, it was apparent that he committed suicide by hanging on an object that looked like a belt.”

Suicide? Lou Xi Yan muttered to himself for a moment and once more said: “What time did he die?”

Hesitating for a moment, Wang Bing Sheng answered: “Probably two shichen hours ago (about 4 hours).”

Wrong! Even a normal person could see from only looking at the livor mortis (skin discoloration after death) that the deceased died at least 10 hours or longer! Standing at the outside of the prison cell and with the extremely far away from the dead body, Zhuo Qing could not conclude the cause of death. What’s more, if she uttered rashly, she would create difficulties to herself. Looking towards the front concentratedly, she stared at Lou Xi Yan who was looking at the dead body. Zhuo Qing decided that she wanted to start a discussion first!

“Truly strange ah!” Zhuo Qing pretended to be amazed and shouted: “This man was indeed
lucky to commit suicide and could still make himself presentable nicely. He changed into his new clothes and shoes. Oddly enough though, he had not combed his hair!”

31 thoughts on “Record of Washed Grievances Chapter 11: Autopsy (Part 1)

    • Actually, there are rigor & livor mortis. Rigor mortis is a stiffness of the body after death and livor mortis is the blueish discoloration after death. These two terms are used again in the next chapter.

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  1. Thanks Sian for the update. It’s so interesting. I’ve always liked detective like films/novels. Keep up the great work. Don’t stress yourself too muc and rest when you need to. That includes you too Nutty. Ahahaha

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    • Yes, I was aware that another translator was doing a translation on this. Please read my introduction to read the whole story on why I decided to share my translation here in Nutty’s blog. Thanks for the suggestion…

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