Q and A: Can a Crochet Hook Be Used For Murder?

15 Aug

Q: I’m wanting the victim in my next mystery novel to be murdered with a crochet hook. The attacker and victim would be facing each other. The hook would be grabbed off a table and could be either hook end out the thumb side of the hand or out the pinky side of the hand (depending on what you would determine to be the easiest for delivering a fatal blow). It is an impulsive act. The victim is a 5ft. 11in., 157lb. female. Murderer is a 6ft. 1in., 298lb. male. He is a chef.

What would be the most likely spots for inflicting a fatal wound? Would the hook need to be removed (the victim bleeds out)? Can the hook be left in and the wound still fatal?

The hook is a size F 3.75mm crochet hook made of Brazilian bloodwood by the Furls Fiberarts company. I know the different woods they use have different strengths as some do not come in the smaller diameter sizes. (For example: the olivewood hooks start at 4.00mm while the blackwood starts at 3.25mm.)

Pearl R. Meaker, Lincoln, IL.

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A: Since this style of hook is made of wood rather than metal, the attack would have to be to a relatively “soft” area. Not likely this could penetrate the chest and reach the heart or get thru the skull without breaking or shattering. But grabbing the thick end and using the pointed (hooked) end as the weapon could prove deadly.

Two areas could work:

The eye–the skull behind the eye is thin and fairly easily penetrated. So a stab to either eye could reach the brain cavity and cause bleeding into and around the brain that could prove deadly. Here there would be some external bleeding from the eye wound but most would be internal within the skull. Here it makes little difference whether the

device is removed or left in place after the attack.

The carotid arteries—there are 2 carotid arteries–one on each side of the neck in the soft area on either side of the trachea–windpipe. This device could easily penetrate one of them. These arteries supply 90% of the blood to the brain. If punctured, the blood would spurt out in great pulses. Here it would be best if the device were yanked back

out after the stab so the blood would have a clear path.

In either case, the victim could die in a couple of minutes or, in the eye stabbing scenario, it could take some time—even 30 to 90 minutes or longer. Anything is possible.


10 responses to “Q and A: Can a Crochet Hook Be Used For Murder?

  1. Laura

    August 15, 2015 at 6:42 pm

    Oooh, the eye was my first thought as I read that (and that crochet hook is gorgeous). Too bad going up the nose for the brain like an ancient Egyptian working on a body for mummification wouldn’t work in a heated attack. That hook may not be exact, but oooh… 😉


  2. Meb Bryant

    August 16, 2015 at 3:14 pm

    Ouch! I do not want to visit Pearl’s house if she’s having a bad day.


  3. carenksr

    August 17, 2015 at 6:23 am

    I love the idea of using something seen as common/safe used as a murder weapon. Love the Egyptian angle. I’ve actually read a mystery where they used a knitting needle to murder someone. Every time I knit I think about it.


  4. Sue Coletta

    August 17, 2015 at 6:43 am

    Excellent information, Dr. Lyle! Your sharing buttons look great, too. *wink*


  5. Pearl R. Meaker

    August 17, 2015 at 9:22 am

    So cool to see my question getting posted here! Thank you so much, Dr. Lyle. 🙂
    If anyone is interested in how it all worked out, The Devil’s Hook is available now for preorder and releases Sept. 15th. Also, here is a link to the actual Furls Bloodwood crochet hook:—2.html


  6. Jack Dietz

    August 17, 2015 at 3:30 pm

    While the eyes or the carotid arteries would be the logical locations – I couldn’t help thinking of two other places-depending on why the person is being stabbed. Thru the ear or in the wind pipe-both I would assume would be painful as hell-but also poetic if the reason had to do with something the victim overhead or said if a fit of anger. Perhaps the moment of death would be delayed which would build the suspense in the story. Anyway, good question and great answers as always.


  7. Charles James

    August 19, 2015 at 11:16 am

    Regarding the strike to the eye socket, wouldn’t it be better to write a stab to the eye then a secondary, while frozen by the stab in the eye, grab the head by the hair, twist and slam the head to a table so the device will be jammed into the brain, etc.?



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