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In The Missing (2003), Brake Baldwin (played by Aaron Eckhart) is found stuffed in something on top of what appears to be a camp fire. Wikipedia makes a reference to a ritualistic killing, but does anyone know exactly what happened to him? Was he killed and stuffed in a bag? Was he burned alive in a pouch? Did they hack him up and stuff him in there, or did they fold him in half and slide him in there? I'm guessing since there was a skinned cow in the vicinity, the pouch was made of cow hide.

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He was packed inside deer hides and hung over an open fire to bake...like being put into an oven...

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How have you come to that conclusion? –  puk Oct 22 '12 at 20:09
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This is the correct answer. Based on the sacrifice practices of the Pawnee Indians, who would slow-roast their captives over an open fire. It was actually an honorable death from their perspective, as opposed to being simply murdered and scalped. Find reference at this eHow link and this Bartleby link regarding these practices. If you look closely in that scene, you'll see the arrows sticking out of the deer hide. –  lonstar Oct 4 '13 at 18:50
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@lonstar In fact your comment makes for a much better answer than this one. –  Napoleon Wilson Mar 7 at 16:32
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It basically crushed him. The fresh cowhide would have shrunk in the same way headhunters shrink heads by pulling out the skull and roasting it. If the smoke or heat had have killed him he wouldn't have been screaming long.

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I don't fully understand this answer, can you give some more information on how cowhide could crush a man, and how roasting a skull is similar to shrinking cowhide –  puk Jul 15 '13 at 1:51
    
This is not correct. See answer below, which is correct and should lose the downvote. –  lonstar Oct 4 '13 at 18:54
    
@lonstar It would maybe lose the downvote if it was as explanative as your comment to it, instead of just a mere statement. Even if it happens to be true be mere coincidence, that doesn't make it so much better. –  Napoleon Wilson Mar 7 at 16:34
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