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Do the Bible passages on Judas’ death contradict each other?

So Judas threw the money into the temple and left. Then he went away and hanged himself. Matthew 27:5
(With the payment he received for his wickedness, Judas bought a field; there he fell headlong, his body burst open and all his intestines spilled out. Everyone in Jerusalem heard about this, so they called that field in their language Akeldama, that is, Field of Blood.) Acts 1:18-19
            Contradiction means two passages give completely different accounts: for example if one said Judas hung himself and the other said he was murdered by a mob.  That’s a contradiction.
            The two passages explain different time frames in Judas’ death.  They don’t contradict each other.  Judas hung himself in a field he bought with the money he earned betraying Jesus.  When his body was discovered, a CSI investigator may conclude:
1.      He struggled while choking and fell to the ground when the rope snapped. OR…
2.      Nobody touched his body for weeks, leaving it on the rope.  Over time, gravity and decay, his body fell from the rope, hit the ground and split open. 
Either way, it was a gruesome, prolonged death.  The Bible doesn’t contradict Judas’ death.