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Readers who may be contemplating homicide should be aware that concealing evidence of your crime — referred to in the language of jurisprudence as corpus delicti — is next to impossible.

Even before the emergence of DNA testing and other forensic techniques, killers determined to evade the consequences of their act, whether by such means as burial, dismemberment, encasement in cement, decomposition using acid or immersion in deep water, have eventually been exposed and brought to justice.

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