April 26, 2017

'I never thought I'd die this way.'

Haunting last words of a 14-year-old boy

A 14-year-old boy left a heartbreaking voicemail on his friend's phone moments before he was killed by a fire the two had ignited inside a vacant building.  Joe Phillips and his 13-year-old friend entered a tire recycling complex in Lockport, New York, in August 2016 and ignited some paper before the flames quickly spread out of control.

The 13-year-old ran outside to get water while Phillips used his shirt to try to tamp down the blaze, according to defense attorney A. Angelo DiMillo.

As the fire spread, Phillips called his friend in a panic, and said: 'I'm really stuck, dude, I'm (expletive). I'm (expletive) going to die.' Then panting, with resignation in his voice, 'Sorry, dude. I love you, man,' the call ended. 'I never thought I'd die this way.'
Posted by Jill Fallon at 10:11 AM | Permalink

April 25, 2017

More bizarre deaths

May they all rest in peace and their memory become a blessing to their families.

Motorcycle rider beheaded in freak accident

A motorcycle rider has been decapitated in a freak accident in San Bernardino. Authorities say 27-year-old Fabian Zepeda was killed Tuesday morning when he drove into a wire stretched across a road from a snapped utility pole.
...Minutes earlier, a driver had lost control of a Ford Taurus, which hit a mailbox and ran across a lawn,  the car then hit a wooden telephone pole that snapped in half, and a wire fell across Macy Street.  Zepeda was married and about to be a father to a baby girl.

Five-year-old boy is crushed to death at popular rotating restaurant after getting pinned between a wall and spinning table

The child was said to be visiting with his family from Charlotte, North Carolina, and they stopped to have lunch at the Sun Dial Restaurant located on the 72nd floor of the Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel....The family were the last customers in the restaurant when the boy wandered away from his parents to see the views...The hotel's security staff and employees scrambled to pull the boy out after realizing he was stuck, and were eventually able to dislodge him. The moving floor immediately turned off, but unfortunately it was too late. The child had already suffered severe head trauma.

Mother, daughter die in grisly Czech sauna accident

Two women died in a sauna in the northern Czech Republic after the door handle came off, trapping them inside, police said Sunday. "The mother and daughter aged 65 and 45 were taking a sauna at their friends' place in a garden colony," police spokeswoman Iva Kormosova said in a statement. "The owner thought they were taking too long to come out so she went to check and found them lying on the floor," she said, adding that the women had been in the sauna for around 90 minutes. "The handle on the sauna door broke and the women were trapped. They tried to break the window on the door but failed."

Woman dies after her husband sawed off her legs 'by accident' while trimming trees

A woman from south-west China was reportedly killed by her husband by accident as he was trimming trees using a brush cutter. The man is said to have cut off both of his wife's legs while weaving the cutter across a tea farm as his wife stood nearby collecting tea leaves. She was rushed to a local hospital and died later due to severe blood loss.

British man's wife is electrocuted in front of horrified revellers at a Thai foam party when hot spotlights causes wiring to melt.

Supaporn Beddoes, 25, had been celebrating the Songkran Thai New Year at an outdoor party in Udon Thani, northern Thailand on April 11.  She was splashing around in a foam pool when powerful spotlights melted wires which were lying in the liquid, causing a massive surge of electricity to hit her which killed her instantly in front of horrified clubbers. Supaporn had been due to arrive in the UK in June for a dream holiday with husband Michael, 36, at his home in Felixstowe, Suffolk.

Fisherman invents electric fishing rod... and is electrocuted when he puts it in a stream in Malaysia

Kamal Siada, 41, invented an electric fishing rod to make it easier to catch fish.  But he was electrocuted when he fell into water with it in Sandakan, Malaysia

Teenage surfer’s leg was bitten off at the hip by a monster shark and she dies after massive blood loss

Laeticia Brouwer, 17, died after her left leg was bitten off at the hip by a shark as she surfed with her father Leon, near Esperance, Western Australia.  Her father desperately to save her life by using a surfboard leash as a tourniquet to stem the bleeding. He, the teenager's mother, Julie, and an off-duty nurse performed CPR until paramedics arrived, 20 minutes later.

Two lawyers are found dead in Alabama lake after they were electrocuted while sunbathing on a pier

Shelly Darling, 34, and Elizabeth Whipple, 41, died in Lake Tuscaloosa Friday.  They were electrocuted by a current running through the pier as they sunbathed. Both women worked for the University of Alabama School of Law in Tuscaloosa.

At least 20 Manchester United fans are electrocuted in Nigeria while watching team's Europa League match on TV when electrical wire falls on packed bar

More than 80 people had been crammed inside the bar to watch the match...Many Nigerians prefer to watch football games at the viewing centers, for a small fee, instead of watching at home...The Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company has not commented on the incident, but authorities have said it is illegal to erect structures under high-tension cables.

'Psychic' accidentally stabs himself in the heart with a sword and dies in front of horrified spectators while demonstrating his immortality

Theprit Palee, 25, was performing a traditional Thai dance in front of spectators.  The ritual meant to make him look superhuman by pressing sword against his chest. Usually the blade snaps, but this time it plunged deep into his chest, killing him. Gathered crowds swarmed around him in an desperate attempt to save his life.

College Freshman Killed During Hammer Throw Event

Ethan Roser was volunteering at track and field competition at Wheaton College when was accidentally hit by a hammer during the hammer throw event. 
Posted by Jill Fallon at 1:38 PM | Permalink

The Good Cemeterian

This Florida man is 'Good Cemeterian'

 Andrew Lumash

Andrew Lumish, 46, has made it his life's mission to restore forgotten and decaying headstones of military veterans in order to honor the contributions they have made to their country. Lumish, an owner of a cleaning service, spends spends his free time cleaning veterans' tombstones. He has scrubbed away time on more than 300 tombstones over two years time.

 Lumish With Cleaning Tools

A particularly aged tombstone can take up to four months to fully clean and Lumish takes the time in between to learn about the person, in order to bring their memory and resting place back to life. 

 Funete Restored Tombstone

Johnny Fuente was an immigrant from Spain who served in the U.S. Air Force in WWII and Korea.

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Lumish said: 'If [people] can’t read it at all, they can’t celebrate it, they can’t honor that person, they can’t appreciate that person'  'Whereas if you properly restore the monuments, you can begin an entire conversation, and potentially -- in a figurative sense -- bring that person back to life'

You can follow The Good Cemeterian on Facebook  where he posts photos and the stories behind the restored tombstones and even details of the cleaning products he uses.

CBS did a lovely short video on Andrew Lumish which you can see here.

Posted by Jill Fallon at 12:53 PM | Permalink

April 21, 2017

More bizarre deaths

May they all rest in peace and their memory become a blessing to their families.

Motorcycle rider beheaded in freak accident

A motorcycle rider has been decapitated in a freak accident in San Bernardino. Authorities say 27-year-old Fabian Zepeda was killed Tuesday morning when he drove into a wire stretched across a road from a snapped utility pole.
...Minutes earlier, a driver had lost control of a Ford Taurus, which hit a mailbox and ran across a lawn,  the car then hit a wooden telephone pole that snapped in half, and a wire fell across Macy Street.  Zepeda was married and about to be a father to a baby girl.

Five-year-old boy is crushed to death at popular rotating restaurant after getting pinned between a wall and spinning table

The child was said to be visiting with his family from Charlotte, North Carolina, and they stopped to have lunch at the Sun Dial Restaurant located on the 72nd floor of the Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel....The family were the last customers in the restaurant when the boy wandered away from his parents to see the views...The hotel's security staff and employees scrambled to pull the boy out after realizing he was stuck, and were eventually able to dislodge him. The moving floor immediately turned off, but unfortunately it was too late. The child had already suffered severe head trauma.

Mother, daughter die in grisly Czech sauna accident

Two women died in a sauna in the northern Czech Republic after the door handle came off, trapping them inside, police said Sunday. "The mother and daughter aged 65 and 45 were taking a sauna at their friends' place in a garden colony," police spokeswoman Iva Kormosova said in a statement. "The owner thought they were taking too long to come out so she went to check and found them lying on the floor," she said, adding that the women had been in the sauna for around 90 minutes. "The handle on the sauna door broke and the women were trapped. They tried to break the window on the door but failed."

Woman dies after her husband sawed off her legs 'by accident' while trimming trees

A woman from south-west China was reportedly killed by her husband by accident as he was trimming trees using a brush cutter. The man is said to have cut off both of his wife's legs while weaving the cutter across a tea farm as his wife stood nearby collecting tea leaves. She was rushed to a local hospital and died later due to severe blood loss.

British man's wife is electrocuted in front of horrified revellers at a Thai foam party when hot spotlights causes wiring to melt.

Supaporn Beddoes, 25, had been celebrating the Songkran Thai New Year at an outdoor party in Udon Thani, northern Thailand on April 11.  She was splashing around in a foam pool when powerful spotlights melted wires which were lying in the liquid, causing a massive surge of electricity to hit her which killed her instantly in front of horrified clubbers. Supaporn had been due to arrive in the UK in June for a dream holiday with husband Michael, 36, at his home in Felixstowe, Suffolk.

Fisherman invents electric fishing rod... and is electrocuted when he puts it in a stream in Malaysia

Kamal Siada, 41, invented an electric fishing rod to make it easier to catch fish.  But he was electrocuted when he fell into water with it in Sandakan, Malaysia

Teenage surfer’s leg was bitten off at the hip by a monster shark and she dies after massive blood loss

Laeticia Brouwer, 17, died after her left leg was bitten off at the hip by a shark as she surfed with her father Leon, near Esperance, Western Australia.  Her father desperately to save her life by using a surfboard leash as a tourniquet to stem the bleeding. He, the teenager's mother, Julie, and an off-duty nurse performed CPR until paramedics arrived, 20 minutes later.

Two lawyers are found dead in Alabama lake after they were electrocuted while sunbathing on a pier

Shelly Darling, 34, and Elizabeth Whipple, 41, died in Lake Tuscaloosa Friday.  They were electrocuted by a current running through the pier as they sunbathed. Both women worked for the University of Alabama School of Law in Tuscaloosa.

At least 20 Manchester United fans are electrocuted in Nigeria while watching team's Europa League match on TV when electrical wire falls on packed bar

More than 80 people had been crammed inside the bar to watch the match...Many Nigerians prefer to watch football games at the viewing centers, for a small fee, instead of watching at home...The Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company has not commented on the incident, but authorities have said it is illegal to erect structures under high-tension cables.
Posted by Jill Fallon at 12:19 PM | Permalink

April 20, 2017

When the State Becomes Lord of Life and Death

Doctors are Getting Used to Killing. They’re Getting Good at It writes Maggie Gallagher
We've already crossed the line from voluntary to involuntary euthanasia.

Charlie Gard suffers from a form of mitochondrial disease.  Charlie’s parents, Chris Gard and Connie Yates, had started a GoFundMe campaign. They raised more than $1.5 million from 80,000 donors for an experimental treatment in the United States.  Yet the specialists who are treating him in England requested the power to pull the plug on Charlie.

 Charlie-Gard-And-Parents

Charlie Gard’s daddy pleaded with the British judge for a chance at life for his son, who suffers from a rare genetic disorder. Charlie “should not have to die because he will not be like another little boy.”  “Please,” he begged the judge, “give him a chance.”

Instead last week Judge Nicholas Francis ruled: “It is in Charlie’s best interests” that “Great Ormond Street may lawfully withdraw all treatment save for palliative care to permit Charlie to die with dignity.” Charlie’s parents are appealing the ruling. Charlie’s death sentence is stayed for a few weeks.

Loving parents asked for their natural right to try everything to save their son’s life. Instead the judge ruled they had no say in their own baby’s medical care.

The law began by stepping in to protect children from abusive parents. Today in Great Britain the government chose death for a baby with two parents, whom the judge himself described as showing “absolute dedication to their wonderful boy, from the day that he was born.”

The State Becomes Lord of Life and Death
Posted by Jill Fallon at 12:05 PM | Permalink

April 11, 2017

More bizarre deaths

Terrifying moment a huge wave sweeps three people out to sea 

Huge waves were filmed smashing against the rocks on a Tenerife shoreline on the Canary islands. Footage captures the tragedy which saw four people hit by the waves. A 74-year-old woman and a 35-year-old man drowned while a third is still missing. A fourth man was also dragged into the sea but managed to escape.  Horrific footage captured the moment tragedy struck on the holiday island of Tenerife when a giant wave knocked a tourist into the sea and a hotel worker David Patino Vilas, 35, jumped in and tried to save her. Both died after being battered against the rocks and drowning. A third man was also washed away and presumed dead.

Man dies trying to eat giant doughnut in 'Tex-Ass' challenge at Voodoo Doughnuts

Travis Malouff, 42, died Sunday while attempting to down a half-pound glazed doughnut during while taking the shop's "Tex-Ass Challenge," which requires participants to consume the colossal doughnut — the equivalent of six regular doughnuts — within an 80-second time limit.  Winners get a free meal and a button. Two people inside the shop at the time tried to help Malouff when they realized he was choking, but they couldn't perform the Heimlich maneuver. The cause of death was "asphyxia, due to obstruction of the airway," the Medical Examiner concluded.

Sorority girl, 20, dies after choking during a Greek life pancake-eating contest

Witnesses at the Greek life dinner Thursday night said Caitlin Nelson, 20, had eaten about four or five pancakes when she suddenly fell to the floor and started shaking uncontrollably. Two nursing students who were there immediately began lifesaving measures and were quickly joined by police officers and paramedics.  Despite heroic recusitation efforts at two different hospitals, she died three days later.

Married mother-of-three, 36, collapses and dies at the end of Pennsylvania half-marathon

Lindsay Doherty, 36, collapsed at the end of the 13.1-mile race in Philadelphia. Medical workers attempted to resuscitate the mother, but it was unsuccessful. Coroners said the mother had 'every shot in the world', but the attempts to save her 'just didn't work'.  Doherty had taken up running several years ago and had run the half marathon the previous year with a time of 1:55:32.

Kiss of Death is what a tourist posing with a cobra got and it killed him.

A man was fatally bitten by a cobra while watching a snake charmer in India. A video shows the charmer attempting to put the snake around the tourist's neck while other people watch and film. But the agitated reptile strikes out, biting the man on the cheek and delivering a deadly dose of venom.... Moments later he seems to sense that something is amiss, asking the charmer to check whether he has been bitten. But the entertainer ignores him and carries on with the demonstration. A few minutes later the man begins losing consciousness, but rather than take him to hospital, onlookers took him to a medicine man. Within an hour he had died from the poison.

Car being filled with compressed natural gas explodes killing one, severely injuring three.

Video shows the shocking moment at a gas station in Rio de Janeiro

Five hikers fall 500 meters to their deaths on 'deceptive' snow-covered mountain in Canada

The hikers, who were using snowshoes, vanished on Mount Harvey.  The group had apparently stepped out onto a ledge of unsupported snow, without realizing it, and it collapsed under them

This is part of an intermittent series to emphasize that death can come to anyone unexpectedly. No one woke up and thought that this would be their last day alive.  I do not mean to make light of the unspeakable loss that their families and friends experience.  May they all rest in peace.

Posted by Jill Fallon at 11:23 AM | Permalink

April 5, 2017

Mysterious grave

Police baffled by sudden appearance of mystery grave containing human remains

Police have been left baffled after a fresh unmarked grave containing human remains appeared overnight in an ancient churchyard. Officers were called in to examine the neatly kept plot after a local in the village of Stanstead Abbotts in Hertfordshire became puzzled following its sudden appearance. The unmarked grave, which is decorated with white gravel, appeared last Autumn in the secluded churchyard of the 12th century St James's parish, which has not been in regular use since the 1970s.

 Mysterious Grave

Villagers were initially surprised to see a new grave in the churchyard but were not particularly suspicious.  But earlier this week one local decided to raise it with the police telling a community officer that it had been praying on her mind for sometime.  When detectives began digging at the grave they discovered and exhumed human remains, which are now being forensically examined. Locals claim they have seen people visiting and tending the grave regularly and detectives are now hoping to identify those people in order to unlock the mystery of who the remains belong to.

It sounds like the beginning of a cozy English mystery.

Posted by Jill Fallon at 5:36 PM | Permalink

Coffin Torpedos

Victorian ‘Coffin Torpedoes’ Blasted Would-Be Body Snatchers

Keeping the dead buried was a matter of grave concern in 19th-century America. As medical schools proliferated after the Civil War, the field grew increasingly tied to the study of anatomy and practice of dissection. Professors needed bodies for young doctors to carve into and the pool of legally available corpses—executed criminals and body donors—was miniscule. Enter freelance body snatchers, dispatched to do the digging. By the late 1800s, the illicit body trade was flourishing, and salacious accounts of grave robberies peppered local papers across the country.

 Grave Robbers Tewksbury---

On the night of January 17, 1881, a would-be body snatcher by the name of Dipper was killed by a blast in a Mount Vernon, Ohio cemetery. The attempted grave-robbery was a three-man operation, according to the Stark County Democrat. The explosion broke the leg of the second thief. The third—tasked with keeping watch—was allegedly left unscathed and hoisted his wounded friend into a sleigh.

Another win for the coffin torpedo. ......Philip. K Clover, a Columbus, Ohio artist, patented an early coffin torpedo in 1878. Clover’s instrument functioned like a small shotgun secured inside the coffin lid in order to “prevent the unauthorized resurrection of dead bodies,” as the inventor put it. If someone tried to remove a buried body, the torpedo would fire out a lethal blast of lead balls when the lid was pried open.
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Fortunately, technology and not explosives proved to end the practice of grave-robbing.

By the early 20th century, the controversy around resurrection men and the body trade had died down considerably—though not due to “grave ghouls” going out with a bang. Anatomy laws gave medical schools access to bodies of the poor in most states by 1913, curbing the black market for cadavers. Improved refrigeration technology also allowed corpses to be stored and preserved in medical institutions, so there was less of a premium on the newly deceased.
Posted by Jill Fallon at 12:44 PM | Permalink

April 4, 2017

"God is both the gardener and the garden" Albert Einstein

In Quora What was the last thing Albert Einstein was working on before he died?

What Richard Malcolm Smythe wrote

At his hospital bed just after he passed away; he had left his pen and papers on top of the little side table.  The papers were on his passion, his Unified Field Theory. The evening before he died, Einstein was hard at work writing and scribbling his thoughts and workings on this theory. A little later he stated to his nurse, "...I think I will rest for a while" and he placed the items on the table.

There is a nice story this nurse enjoyed telling; one I too enjoy recounting.  She was, in fact, the last person to have a conversation with Einstein. The nurse had wheeled Einstein over to the hospital window to admire the view of the little round garden from the bedside window.

“Professor Einstein, do you think God made the garden?”
He replied, “Yes, God is both the gardener and the garden” to which the nurse replied ,”Oh I’d not thought of it that way” to which Einstein replied, “Yes, and I’ve spent my whole life just trying to catch a glimpse of him at his work”.
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