…first you tell Lily that "Billy " sat opposite you in the canteen, then you said he was sitting next to you! …so what gives? …how well did you know him? (…no, no, not in the biblical sense of the word!).
Also, most attempted suicide by hangings are more often than not strangulations. In order to break the neck, it is necessary have what is known as a “long drop”. There have been many treatises on the subject which includes charts and tables of heights, weights etc. etc. An insufficient drop usually results in slow strangulation, whereas an excessive drop can result in decapitation which is a bit messy (…check what happened to some of Saddam Hussein’s buddies courtesy of US Army).
You see the devil is in the details! (I think that’s enuf about hangings for today, Sturmey! - Ed)