The last crossing of the legs at the ankles

The photo below of a dead Austrian soldier in 1915 with his ankles crossed is a common site that EMTs, police and others might see at an auto-pedestrain accident involving a fatality or a crime scene.  Medical examiners see it in murder victims. Do people intentionally cross their ankles moments before they die?  I’ve seen this myself a couple of times when I’ve come upon a horrendous highway crash.  It’s mysterious.  I was once told by a pathologist that medical examiners believe it means the person actually was dead on their feet when they fell.  All brain activity had ceased first, then they fell.

Maybe, but this soldier’s arm and hand position seem to indicate he was alive for a time after he fell.  It’s a mystery. It is such a common occurrence though, it must have an explanation.

WWI deceased

  • shawn conwell

    I started noticing this watching the first 48. At first I thought it was the victim rubbing their feet together as they were dying. Its somthing I do as I fall asleep. Then I heard about the death fall (Dead before you fall).

    • Tracy Lynn

      I heard it’s an involuntary reaction. Someone that is shot and killed while standing does the same thing.

      • Right. It never occured to me that I’ve seen a lot of dead mens poses when the opportunity arises on occasion that A ID Discovery shows the real dead guy filmed footage… Uh huh

  • Shasta

    I watch the same thing 48, a noticed almost every one deceased in a crime seen have their feet crossed. That eerie to me…

    • Absolutely correct. I watch Lt. Joe Kenda, homicide hunter; and he was the cop who explained on his show why they call it the ‘dead mans pose’ that id a awesome term to encounter!