semifluid It sounds like blood that hadn't had a chance to coagulate but I remember someone explaining that it didn't mean a lack of coagulation. I will have to do some research on this, I certainly don't remember which thread it was on. I guess only the killer would know if she was conscious or not but I don't think she would have been for very long after that huge crack was made in her skull. There may not have been many petechiae on her lungs but a few is more than a child without a cord around their neck might have. The question of the difference in damage between a conscious or unconscious victim would be alot, I am sure, but means very little to me because I am sure she was near death before the cord was tied on her neck so I believe at that point she was unconscious. Even if she was conscious for a time after the head blow, the staging with the cord and paintbrush would take some time and by then she would be unconscious. Just my opinion.