January 5, 2018

'Ambulance of death' to boost business of mafia-linked funeral home

Paramedic 'killed patients in ambulance to get payout from their funerals in mafia scheme'

Italian police have arrested an ambulance worker on suspicion of killing people to earn money from funeral homes linked to the mafia. Davide Garofalo, 42, is alleged to have injected air into the veins of terminally ill patients to end their lives as they were transported from a hospital to their homes. He is said to have then put victims' grieving families in touch with undertakers, pocketing $300 (£265) for each corpse.

Three other people are under investigation in the case, dubbed the "ambulances of death" scandal by Italian media.The claims first came to light when a reformed mafia member tipped off an investigative TV programme and police in the Sicilian city of Catania.

Mr Garofalo worked for a private ambulance company that transported patients to and from a hospital in nearby Biancavilla. He is alleged to have injected air into each victim's bloodstream, causing a fatal embolism, as they were transported home to spend the remainder of their lives with their families instead in hospital. Mr Garofalo has been charged with three counters of voluntary homicide.

But police believe there could be many more victims of the mafia scheme, which they say may have been in operation since 2012.Investigators have examined the deaths of 50 patients, 12 of which are considered "particularly meaningful," according to a prosecutor.
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August 6, 2017

Dropped off at the funeral home while still alive

Shock as 'dead woman', 69, dropped off at a funeral home begins to CRY

Relatives of a dying 69-year-old woman have been arrested after they dropped her off at a funeral parlor - even though she was still alive. Carmen Pilar spent the night on a table, covered by a shroud, in the mortuary in the Bolivian capital city of La Paz. Funeral parlor workers were preparing to inject her with formaldehyde when two grieving friends of the woman heard her begin to cry.

The women, who had come to the mortuary to say their final farewells, contacted her family but they allegedly still refused to take her home. They then alerted police who have arrested the woman's daughter, son-in-law and cousin over the bizarre incident.

Doctors who had been treating her for a brain tumor had told them there was nothing more that could be done for her. Police believe that they expected her to die imminently and did not think it worth taking her home. Mrs Pilar is still alive and has been admitted to another hospital where she is now being treated in intensive care, officers revealed.

 Carmen Pilar Dumped

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May 10, 2017

More bizarre deaths

Part of an intermittent series, these short snippets of untimely and unexpected deaths can not begin to hint at the grief and loss their families and friends will experience for years to come.  May their memory be a blessing. May they all Rest in Peace and perpetual light shine upon them. 

American PhD student in Ireland dies in a house fire 'caused by a faulty cellphone charger'

Grace McDermott, 26, a PhD researcher at Dublin City University, was visiting some friends in Limerick for the weekend. There were four other people in the house with her, three men and another woman, who all escaped uninjured, and were the ones who notified authorities.

 Grace Mcdermott

Two parents accidentally die of carbon monoxide poisoning while sitting and talking in an SUV in a Kansas City Wal-Mart parking lot

Carolyn Williams-Cottier, 26, mother of two small children, and Trevor Roth, 30, father of three children, had no way of knowing what was happening because carbon monoxide is colorless and odorless, police said.

Famed Swiss climber Ueli Steck, 40,  was killed in a mountaineering accident on Mount Everest.

He slipped and fell some 3,000 ft, severing his body into bits and pieces, said expedition organizers.  One of the most-renowned mountaineers of his generation, Steck said, before he set off on his expedition, 'I think being in the mountains is the best thing in life. Once you are out you are free and can do what you like to do.'

'Brilliant' MIT computer programming graduate, 24, dies after slipping and falling while trying to climb school's iconic dome

The MIT graduate died while trying to climb his alma mater's iconic 150ft-high dome.  Nicholas Paggi, 24, died after he climbed the roof near the dome and slipped off.  The 2015 graduate of the top global university was climbing the dome as a fun sort of prank, said his mother. He was working as a software engineer and had graduated with degrees in computer science and engineering, and physics, the school's newspaper The Tech reports. Doctor Rich Fletcher told CBS: 'He was one of the greatest computer programmers I've worked with.'  He added: 'He was a great mentor to all students. It's such a loss to all of us.'

 Nicholas Paggi Mit Grad

British tourist Dean Steele, 22, is run down and killed 'while taking selfies with his friends' in the middle of a MOTORWAY in Germany

Shark lover, 30, who devoted his life to warning people about the predators is mauled to death off the French island of Reunion

Adrien Dubosc, 30, died off the French island of Reunion in the Indian Ocean just two months after one of his best friends died in almost identical circumstances.  Mr Dubosc was a member of Shark Watch Patrol, an organization dedicated to cutting down on shark deaths on Reunion, which is plagued by man-eating bull and tiger sharks. Despite this, he loved the fish, and regularly posted Facebook pictures of ones he had seen, together with biological details about them.

Patient dies after local mayor takes Brazilian hospital's last oxygen cylinder so he can use it to pump BEER at a party

Jose Claudio Pol charged with murder after patient died from heart attack. He ordered council worker to remove the only cylinder from town's health centre. Photos emerged of him using oxygen cylinder as a beer keg at New Year's party. A technical report found that his actions led to the death of the patient.

Teenage sweethearts fall nine floors to their death after elevator's glass floor COLLAPSES

Boy and girl, both 17, were leaving a luxury block of flats in Salamanca.  The young couple were on their way to a party to celebrate the end of exams.  It is believed either the floor or a wall of a lift gave way.

Married father-of-five, 45, is killed by a stranger after sucker-punch to the face on the street

Luis Campos, of California, was sucker-punched on Fremont Street in Las Vegas Sunday and died from his injuries in the hospital three days later.  Campos was in town to attend his brother's bachelor party; he was supposed to be the best man in the wedding.  The father-of-five was waiting with his other brother to get into a lounge when two men came up to him and one struck him in the face before fleeing. Las Vegas police on Thursday released CCTV video showing the pair, Hispanic men in their 20s, running away from the scene.
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January 12, 2017

Bizarre deaths

Boy, 13, dies after getting buried in a massive snowbank while digging a fort with friends just hours after his grandmother died

13-year-old boy, Joshua J. Demarest died after getting trapped while playing in the snow with a friend.  He had been building a fort with his friend, Tyler Day, when they got stuck.  Police say a truck clearing the snow accidentally caused the fort to collapse
investigators believe a truck dumped more snow or bumped into the fort while the boys were inside, collapsing it on top of them. Day told officials he survived because he was had a pocket of air where he was.

Two hours after being reported missing, police officers found the two boys with the help of a K9 unit, and desperately shoveled about seven tons of snow in just 10 minutes to reach them. Responders unsuccessfully tried to resuscitate him at the scene, before he was rushed to Saratoga Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Suicide streamed online

Girl, 12, streams her own suicide on social media for 20 minutes after being ‘sexually abused by a relative’ – and cops are powerless to take it down.  Cops say they have asked websites to remove the video of Katelyn Nicole Davis's death but admit they are unable to do more. In the video, Katelyn Nicole Davis claims she was physically and sexually abused by a relative then lets the camera roll as she hangs herself in her back garden. Katelyn, a student at Cedartown Middle School in Polk County, Georgia, US, broadcast it on social media on December 30 but it was later removed from her page. It was later posted on other websites, including Facebook.

In December, at a dinner party streamed live on Facebook, Banker’s assistant ‘accidentally shoots his friend dead’ while messing around with a handgun.  Steven Leannais, 30, was charged with manslaughter following the fatal shooting of his friend Anthony Stanford II.

Mother of two dies after falling into a vat of molten CHOCOLATE at a Russian sweet factory

Svetlana Roslina, 24, died at the Sergiev-Posad confectionery plant in Fedortsovo.  Some say she dropped her mobile phone into the vat of sweet mix and reached in to retrieve it, but fell, and couldn't get out.  Another version is that she fell in while emptying a sack of ingredients into the giant mixer. Still others say the girl was dragged in when she was trying to empty a sack into the mixer

'She was minced, only her legs were left,' said one local source at the Sergiev-Posad confectionery plant in Fedortsovo, Moscow region.  A police investigation is underway into the tragedy

Whatever happened, she leaves behind her husband and two young children aged under five.  May they all rest in peace.  May their families be consoled.

Posted by Jill Fallon at 3:25 PM | Permalink

July 15, 2016

Death by Selfie

Colleen Burns, 35, was hiking with friends in the Grand Canyon along the South Kaibab Trail when she tripped and fell 400 feet to her death.

Burns was taking photographs at the scenic point of Ooh Aah Point, a famous landmark along the South Kaibab Trail where hikers are known to catch the sunrise.  'She was stepping out of the way for another gentleman to kind of squeeze in, and unfortunately, Colleen kind of got tripped up on her own feet and fell backwards, fell into the canyon,' her friend Jessica Roman said.

 Colleen Burns 35 Posted Photographs To Her Instagram Account Pic-M-21 1468294747698
Colleen Burns, 35, posted photographs to her Instagram account (pictured) admiring the view at Grand Canyon in Arizona before she tripped and fell from the South Kaibab Trail. She captioned this photo: 'That view tho'

Tourists plunge to their deaths in Peru while trying to take photos

Two travelers reportedly died in different instances in Peru recently while standing too close to the cliff ledge when posing for a photo. Last week, a 51-year-old man died when losing his balance at the edge of a cliff at Machu Picchu, in an area closed off to the public. He fell 130 feet. Prior to that, a South Korean tourist fell in northern Peru while taking a selfie at the Gocta waterfall, one of the tallest waterfalls in the world. He plunged more than 1,600 feet.

There have been dozens of deaths related to tourists taking selfies in recent years, according to Condé Nast research. Last year, Condé Nast Traveler pointed out that the selfie now claims more lives than shark attacks -- and that’s just the widely-reported cases involving tourism.

Wikipedia's List of selfie-related injuries and deaths.

Posted by Jill Fallon at 5:38 PM | Permalink

July 1, 2016

No Way to Go

When 2-year-old Lane Graves was snatched by an alligator while wading in a lagoon at Walt Disney Resort in full view of his vacationing parents from Nebraska, the entire country was horrified and mesmerized by the story. The boy's father had run into the water and tried to wrestle him away from the gator's clutches to no avail.  More than 50 people worked overnight and nearly all day before they found the boy's body 17 hours later.  It was the stuff of parents' nightmares.

Bizarre and strange deaths happen every day.

My daughter died from a kiss

Montreal woman died from allergic shock after smooching peanut-eating boyfriend.  Myriam Ducre-Lemay, 20, had recently met the boy when she went to his house to spend the night after a party in 2012, her mother said.  After the boyfriend ate a peanut butter sandwich for a late-night snack, he returned to the bedroom and gave Myriam the fatal kiss.  The boy did not tell her he had eaten peanuts, and he wasn't aware of her life-threatening allergy. After realizing Myriam was having an allergic shock, the young couple called 911. Paramedics arrived within minutes and transported her to hospital, but the young woman's life could not be saved.

Man, 23, dies after wandering off designated trail at Yellowstone and falling into an acidic hot spring that dissolved his entire body

Colin Nathaniel Scott, 23, died on Tuesday after tripping and falling into a hot spring at Yellowstone National Park in Montana.  The Portland, Oregon man died after wandering off the designated trail with his sister Sable. Recovery efforts were called off with authorities saying there were no remains due to the acidic nature of the spring where
temperatures exceeding 400 degrees were measured in a recent survey. Scott who recently graduated summa cum laude from Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon, was planning to begin a doctorate program in psychology in the fall

Woman killed by Umbrella at windy Virginia Beach

A 55-year-old woman was killed Wednesday after being struck by a wind-tossed beach umbrella which "struck her in the torso", officials said.

'Australia's fittest woman', 32, dies in her sleep after 'noticing a pain in her side'

A female bodybuilder described as one of the healthiest and fittest women in Australia has died mysteriously in her sleep.
Andy Page, from Queensland's Gold Coast, posted on social media just hours before her death that she was excited about her next workout and shared a recipe for her 'lean' protein breakfast. 'Breakfast on the run... Got the nutrients all sorted for a leg workout,' she said on Instagram to her 7,500-plus followers on Saturday.

Naked hospital worker dies of a heart attack watching porn on his laptop

A colleague found him naked beside his laptop which had a porn website open on it.

Boy, 15, killed when a 'distracted' Highway Patrol officer looked down at his computer and caused a four-car pile-up

A 15-year-old teenager was tragically killed when a California Highway Patrol officer became distracted by his computer and rear-ended the vehicle in front of him, causing a four-car pile-up.  Weston Sites, 15, was riding in the backseat of the car with two friends as the Willows High School students made their way to a coffee shop to ask for help with a fundraiser. The CHP officer was driving his patrol vehicle on Interstate 5 just before 3.30pm on Wednesday when he looked down at his computer, failing to notice that traffic was coming to a stop at a construction zone.

80-year-old kills 81-year-old by graves

Edward Acquisto had taken out a "significant" loan in 2011 from a church in Kingston, Massachusetts. Police say parishioner John Cloud met him June 13 in Pocasset Hill Cemetery to discuss it, and Acquisto shot him to death among the gravestones. Acquisto later led police on a car chase before officers fatally shot him.

Boy, 10, is killed in a freak camping accident when a tree branch is struck by lightning, sending it crashing onto his family's tent

The youngster, Blaike P. Glassburn, from Mishawaka, was with his mom and two brothers at an Indiana Beach campground when things suddenly turned tragic on Tuesday morning as a thunderstorm passed through the area. The wild weather dislodged a loose portion of a tree, which saw it ending up on top of the tent below.

Two Americans killed after a massive wave swept them from a Mexico beach while they were on vacation

Nancy and Richard Culpepper were just walking on the beach when the wave engulfed them.

A Chicago 'gang member', 28, unwittingly streams his own shooting death on Facebook

Antonio Perkins, 28, is seen in the video looking around before shots ring out. The final images seen in the video are of bloody grass before a black screen - but the screams of friends and onlookers continue for minutes.
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December 8, 2015

They never imagined this was how they would die

'Burglar' eaten by alligator as he hid from police
Matthew Riggins, 22, is thought to have jumped into a lake to escape a police search team

The remains of 22-year-old Matthew Riggins, a resident of Palm Bay, Florida, were found in a lake in Barefoot Bay on November 23, ten days after he was reported missing.
Riggins' body was found by police dive teams searching the area. While they were recovering the remains, a spokesman said, they were 'aggressively approached' by an 11-foot alligator near the body.

The animal was caught and put down by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

According to reports, forensic examination of the alligator "located remains consistent with the injuries to Riggins inside the alligator’s stomach.”  Investigators say Riggins drowned as a result of the alligator attack.

Suspected burglar stuck in chimney dies when homeowner lights fire
A homeowner heard screams coming from the chimney after lighting a fire

An alleged burglar who got stuck in a chimney died after an unsuspecting California homeowner lit a fire beneath him. Cody Caldwell, 19, was allegedly trying to burgle the property in the small town of Huron on October 27 before he became stuck overnight.

The homeowner heard a man calling for help from inside the chimney after lighting a fire. He called 911 and attempted to put it out until police and firefighters arrived. Firefighters used jackhammers to dismantle the chimney but were unable to get to the teenager in time. His cause of death was determined to be smoke inhalation and thermal burns.
Posted by Jill Fallon at 6:40 PM | Permalink

August 14, 2015

Unforeseen deaths

Death by roller coaster

A schoolteacher was struck in the head and killed by a roller coaster while he searched for lost iPhone in Ohio at  Cedar Point, the "roller coaster capital of the world,"  Cedar Point operates 17 coasters….. The Raptor is listed as an "aggressive thrill" ride, which has a 54-inch height requirement. The ride lasts 2 minutes and travels up to 57 mph, according to the Cedar Point website.

Police say James A. Young had just finished riding the Raptor with friends on Thursday and jumped over a fence to and entered a restricted area to search for his lost iPhone when he was struck and killed.

 James Young

Death by rosary beads

A London-based art dealer has been arrested in Italy on suspicion of murdering her 93-year-old mother with a rosary. Francesca Martire, 61, is being questioned by officers in the southern city of Taranto who believe she used the beads to suffocate and choke frail Marria Luigia Magazzile.

Following the arrest, Mrs Magazzile's neighbours told local news reporters that Ms Martire was heard 'screaming for an ambulance' and had been in a 'very confused state'. She is reported to have said 'my mother was saying diabolical things, I had to purify her.'
Posted by Jill Fallon at 12:37 PM | Permalink

August 10, 2015

Nagged back to life

The wife who NAGGED her husband out of a coma: Farmer survives life-threatening septic shock after hearing his wife giving him a piece of her mind

A farmer survived a six-day brush with death after his wife nagged him out of a coma. Gill Osgerby gave her husband Will a 'constant telling off', as he lay unconscious in hospital having been diagnosed with severe septic shock. The father-of-two, from Sunk Island, East Riding was so seriously ill, medics warned his wife there was nothing more they could do for him.  Mrs Osgerby sat beside her husband watching as his body began to shut down.  Doctors rushed to his side as the 42-year-old began to succumb to multiple organ failure, triggered by the deadly infection which entered his blood stream via a tiny cut.

But instead of despairing, Mrs Osgerby refused to give up.  The 32-year-old gave her husband a piece of her mind, insisting he get better for her and the couple's two sons.  Medics were stunned when, six days later, Mr Osgerby made a miraculous recovery.
'Over the time he was in the ICU, either myself, his mother or his sister were at his side 24 hours a day. I kept talking to him all the way through.'  Her husband credits her telling off with helping him pull through.  'She did give me a good nagging, and I don't think I would be here today if it wasn't for her,' he said.  'While I was in a coma I was very much aware of what my family were saying to me.
Posted by Jill Fallon at 11:03 AM | Permalink

August 12, 2014

"He made a deadly choice"

Parents share final heartbreaking photographs of son, 19, to raise awareness of the dangers of synthetic marijuana which left him brain dead after one hit
The parents of a 19-year-old who died in California after smoking one hit of synthetic marijuana are determined that his death won't be in vain.

Devin and Veronica Eckhardt never imagined they would be watching a helicopter bearing their only son's heart fly away from the Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach.
But on Thursday July 17 they honored Connor Eckhardt's wishes to donate his organs following his death after smoking a synthetic marijuana known as 'spice' the previous Saturday.
Now, the family is sharing photographs of Connor's life and death, in the hope that their son's tragic passing will serve as a warning to others about the dangers of synthetic marijuana.

 Connoreckardts Deathbed

'He gave into (peer pressure) — thinking that it was okay, it was somehow safe — and one hit later, he goes to sleep and never wakes up,' Connor’s father, Devin Eckhardt told KTLA.
Also known as K2, spice is a mixture of herbs that's sprayed with a chemical to produce a similar sensation to marijuana. The herbs and chemicals in spice vary, making it impossible for users to know what they're smoking and in what concentrations.

These substances are not benign,' Dr Andrew Monte, the lead author of an editorial in the New England Journal of Medicine, told the ststion.  'People may not realize how dangerous these drugs can be – up to 1,000 times stronger binding to cannabis receptors when compared to traditional marijuana.'

Incredibly, it's readily available in shops and online, even though the sale of it is illegal in California.  Synthetic marijuana has been labeled incense, potpourri and herbal smoking blend — and it's been sold using names such as K2 and Spice.  Connor Eckhardt fell asleep after taking a hit of spice.  His brain, deprived of oxygen, began to swell and he slipped into a coma.

 Connor+Family In happier names, Connor (2nd from left) with his parents and siblings.

I applaud these parents, who, in the midst of their grief, want others to know just how dangerous synthetic marijuana is.

Posted by Jill Fallon at 10:12 AM | Permalink

January 24, 2014

Death by Elephants

'Fearless' animal-lover, 24, who was stomped to death by elephants while traveling alone in remote national park in Thailand

The body of a 24-year-old American woman traveling alone in Thailand and missing for five days was found over the weekend in a national park, trampled by elephants.

Lily Glidden's body was so badly damaged that authorities immediately came to the startling conclusion after finding her January 18 following a manhunt that brought in 70 people. The Tufts graduate of Freeville, New York, had been taking pictures of the animals in Kaeng Krachan National Park, just outside Bangkok.

Her devastated family paid tribute to her and her work to help animals in a statement to NBC today:

We believe that what happened to Lily was a result of unknowable and unusual circumstances which she must have been unable to foresee or prevent.'  Lily was very aware of the dangers of working with wildlife and not a person to court foolish risks, particularly where animals were involved. She had an educated and dedicated respect for the natural world and was completely comfortable in it. She did extensive solo hiking and backpacking in many parts throughout the West and knew how to respond to chance encounters with bears and other potentially dangerous animals. She was also a fearless individual… We would wish her remembered as an extremely competent professional in her chosen field
On her Facebook page, the biology student showed her love of animals. Various pictures show her posing alongside snakes, wolves and a pet tortoise.  She had taken courses at the Vermont Wilderness School and the Wilderness Awareness School in Washington and wanted to work as a vet.  She was also president of the Tufts outdoor club.

 Lilly Glidden

Condolences to her family and may she rest in peace.

Posted by Jill Fallon at 1:22 PM | Permalink

October 28, 2013

She didn't want to live without Facebook

Teenager who killed herself after her parents banned her from Facebook left note saying she 'couldn't live without the site'

Aiswarya Dahiwal, a second year college student from Parbhani, in the Maharashtra state of India, had asked her parents for permission to log on to the site on Wednesday, but they said no.

The teenager then got into an argument with the couple who told her that she should pay more attention to school work, and spend less time on Facebook.  The family also argued about Miss Dahiwal making long mobile phone calls to her friends.

Her body was found on Thursday morning, and police said that she had hanged herself.  A note found in Miss Dahiwal's bedroom said that she had taken her own life because she was not allowed to go on the social networking site.
Posted by Jill Fallon at 3:03 PM | Permalink

October 21, 2013

Death by bowling ball

Party goer, 23, killed after being smashed in head with a BOWLING BALL during brawl 'involving 250 people' at New Jersey bowling alley

Jamont Atkins, of Newark, has died after someone threw a bowling bowl at his head in the melee inside Stelton Lanes, which hosted the College Bowling Bash party.
While investigators said the fracas involved about 250 people, Atkins' friends said that fewer than a dozen guests got into the fray.

Tajh Harvey, the promoter of Saturday's event and an acquaintance of Atkins, told The Star-Ledger that the young man and his cousin had some words with two other men
The situation quickly escalated, and several other people got involved in the feud. At some point, someone hurled a chair and a bowling bowl, which struck Atkinson in the head.
Posted by Jill Fallon at 2:13 PM | Permalink

October 14, 2013

Death by caffeine mints

Man died after overdosing on caffeine mints

A man died from an enormous caffeine overdose after snacking on high-energy mints - each of which is as powerful as a can of Red Bull.

John Jackson, 40, ate Hero Instant Energy Mints, unaware they could kill him. Each mint contains 80mg of caffeine, equivalent to a can of Red Bull, but are sold alongside normal mints.

Coroner Robin Balmain recorded a verdict of accidental death but said he intends to write to the Department of Health highlighting the dangers of energy sweets.
Dr Dragana Cvijan, a pathologist, told  the court that 79 milligrammes of caffeine has been known to cause death and that a post mortem revealed Mr Jackson had 155 milligrammes in his system when he died.
Mr Jackson, a former painter and decorator, bought a £4 tin of 12 sweets from his local shop. He was found dead in his flat by his former partner in Darlaston, near Birmingham, on 2 May this year.
The inquest was not told how many Mr Jackson ate but the manufacturers said that he would have had to have eaten “over 300 of our mints, which is staggering” to have the levels of caffeine he had in his blood.
Posted by Jill Fallon at 8:54 AM | Permalink

September 4, 2013

Death by Elephant

UCSD dean Thomas MCAfee  'trampled to death by an ELEPHANT on luxury African vacation' just three days before he was due to start his new job

An American doctor has died in terrifying circumstances while on a luxury safari in Africa after being trampled to death by a charging elephant on Saturday.

Sources with knowledge of the incident have confirmed to the MailOnline that Thomas McAfee, 58, a dean at University of California was in Tarangire National Park in Tanzania on vacation before starting a new position as chief executive of the Keck Medicine of USC Medical Foundation.   

McAfee's body is still in the east African nation and his family have been informed of the tragedy as they wait for a death certificate to be issued. There is no word yet on when his body will be flown back to the United States and details are scarce as to the exact circumstances surrounding his shocking death.

Elephants are known to make unprovoked attacks on people, but more often they react when they feel that their family is threatened or cornered.  As the world's largest land animal weighing up to 15,000 pounds, a charging elephant is a frightening and deadly force to be reckoned with.
Posted by Jill Fallon at 2:30 PM | Permalink

Dead because her friends didn't call 911

Former cheerleader, 20, died of asthma attack 'after her friends did nothing to help, then dumped her lifeless body outside a vacant trailer'

A 20-year-old Georgia woman has died from an apparent asthma attack, and according to sheriff’s deputies, her friends did nothing to help beyond dumping her body on the side of a road. Taylor Smith was found dead in Jasper near a vacant mobile home just down the road from the county jail.  One man has since been jailed in connection to the case, and three others are facing possible charges.

 Taylor Smith

According to investigators, Smith was spending time with some friends over the weekend when she suffered an asthma attack, the station WSB-TV reported.

Instead of seeking medical help for the 20-year-old, Pickens County sheriff’s officials say the people she was with attempted to revive her with a cold shower and the next morning dumped her lifeless body off Robin Lane.

'As a mother, I'm angry. I'm so angry that they treated her the way they did,' said Tanya Smith, Taylor's mother.

Mrs Smith, who serves as a lieutenant with the Holly Springs Police Department, told the station that her daughter, a former cheerleader at Creekside High School, had wanted to experience ‘everything’ before settling into a 'normal life.' 

Taylor had suffered from asthma her entire life, and her grieving mother said that had her friends truly cared about her, they could have saved her by taking her to a hospital or calling 911.

'She didn't deserve just to be dumped on the side of the road, just because they didn't know what else to do,' Tanya Smith said.
Posted by Jill Fallon at 11:47 AM | Permalink

Death by his own booby trap

Marijuana grower killed — and nearly decapitated — by booby trap he set to protect plants 

Police say Daniel Rickett was drunkenly riding a quad bike when he ran into his own piano wire trap. Hikers found the 50-year-old's body lying near four large plants.

Posted by Jill Fallon at 11:21 AM | Permalink

August 10, 2013

He posted photos of the wife he killed on Facebook

When I first read about the man who shot his wife dead and then posted a picture on her dead body on Facebook, my first reaction was horror.  My first thought was this is a man who wanted to be famous.  And he has with a new low in social media.


Derek Medina, 31, posted a picture of Jennifer Alfonso's blood-stained body -- collapsed and contorted on the kitchen floor -- to his Facebook feed with a note, according to authorities.

"Im going to prison or death sentence for killing my wife love you guys miss you guys takecare Facebook people you will see me in the news," he purportedly wrote.

Medina, who lives in South Miami, drove to see his family, to tell them what he did. Then he turned himself in to police, according to his arrest affidavit.
Hours before the slaying, Medina posted a picture of his wife, his daughter and himself having dinner together outdoors at a marina.
They were all smiling.

 Medina Family

Then came more information about Medina.

Man who shot dead his wife then posted 'RIP' picture of her corpse on his Facebook page played a gun-toting gang member in TV series and has dreams of fame

A Florida man arrested in connection to his wife's murder after posting a graphic photo of her blood-splattered body on his Facebook page played a tattooed, violent gang member in a TV show and wants to be famous.
'My wife was punching me and I am not going to stand anymore with the abuse so I did what I did I hope u understand me.'

Medina supplemented the photo apparently showing his murdered spouse lying in the kitchen with blood covering her face and left arm with the comment: 'Rip Jennifer Alfonso.'
Medina's post and shocking photo of his murdered wife remained on Facebook for five hours before his profile was taken down just before 5pm Thursday.
Officers who were dispatched to the couple's home at 5555 SW 67th Avenue discovered Jennifer Alfonso' body.

A 10-year-old girl was led out of the residence wrapped in a red blanket. The child is believed to have been present during the shooting, but was not harmed.
Medina was a part time actor on the USA Network show Burn Notice.

The wannabe star boasted online about his tiny bit-part appearances and dreamed of fame that he never quite attained. He appeared only as a backgound extra with his head-shaved and pouting in two episodes in 2010.

However, that didn't stop his talking up his achievements.

Posting a video on You Tube, he narrated: 'Put on USA, I’m coming out on the episode right now. I’m on USA. I’m going to come out soon. This is the episode that I filmed. hat’s me right there! You saw me?'

 Medina Mugshotmugshot of Derek Medina

More details from the Daily Intelligencer, New York Magazine

Posted by Jill Fallon at 10:53 AM | Permalink

July 27, 2013

Snake Expert Dies From Snake Bite During Presentation to Calm the Public’s Fear of Snakes

Snake Expert Dies From Snake Bite During Presentation to Calm the Public’s Fear of Snakes

A German snake expert died after being bitten multiple times by a viper during a presentation aimed at helping people ease their fears of the scaly reptiles.

Dieter Zorn, a 53-year-old herpetologist, died Tuesday evening of a heart attack minutes after he was bitten by an Aspic viper, according to Germany’s English-language newspaper The Local. Zorn was in southern France performing his “Reptile Show,” which teaches people how to overcome their fears of snakes, when he was bitten several times.

His co-host, Uschi Kallus, told The Local that Zorn died from an "extremely rare allergic reaction" to the bite, even though emergency personnel administered a blood thinner. She said he wouldn't have wanted the snake to be blamed for his death and added that the incident was "exceptionally uncommon."
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July 6, 2013

Soccer referee fatally stabs player and is then stoned to death, beheaded and quartered

Seems to me, murders are getting ever more grotesque and beheadings more common.

Brazilian soccer referee beheaded by angry fans who put his head on a stake after he stabbed player

A soccer referee in Brazil was gruesomely quartered and beheaded after he fatally stabbed a player on the field during a match. The match took place June 30 at Pius XII stadium in Maranhao, northeastern Brazil.

 Referee Beheaded20 year-old soccer referee

According to Correio24horas, 30-year-old player Josenir dos Santos Abreu approached the 20-year-old referee, Octavio da Silva Catanhede Jordan, to argue a call.The two couldn't come to terms so Catanhede Jordan told the player to leave the field.
Santos Abreu refused and the argument turned heated when the referee allegedly pulled out a pocket knife and stabbed Santos Abreu multiple times. Josenir dos Santos Abreu died on the way to the ambulance after being supposedly stabbed by referee Catanhede Jordan

The player died en route to the hospital. Fans outraged by the stabbing - believed to be the player's friends and family - stormed the pitch and cornered Catanhede Jordan.

The mob showed no mercy as they quartered and decapitated the referee and then placed his head on a stake.
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June 30, 2013

Snake Expert Dies From Snake Bite During Presentation to Calm the Public’s Fear of Snakes

Snake Expert Dies From Snake Bite During Presentation to Calm the Public’s Fear of Snakes

A German snake expert died after being bitten multiple times by a viper during a presentation aimed at helping people ease their fears of the scaly reptiles.

Dieter Zorn, a 53-year-old herpetologist, died Tuesday evening of a heart attack minutes after he was bitten by an Aspic viper, according to Germany’s English-language newspaper The Local. Zorn was in southern France performing his “Reptile Show,” which teaches people how to overcome their fears of snakes, when he was bitten several times.

His co-host, Uschi Kallus, told The Local that Zorn died from an "extremely rare allergic reaction" to the bite, even though emergency personnel administered a blood thinner. She said he wouldn't have wanted the snake to be blamed for his death and added that the incident was "exceptionally uncommon."
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June 12, 2013

"His blood ran in front of me" said mother who watched from balcony

Teenager shot dead for ‘blasphemy’ of Prophet Muhammad

A teenage boy was shot dead in front of his family in Syria after being accused of blasphemy against the Prophet Muhammad.

Coffee seller Muhammad al-Qatta, 15, was abducted by rebels and tortured before being gunned down in a street.

His crime was to say he wouldn't give a customer a free drink "even if Muhammad came back to earth".

Monitoring group the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights recorded the shocking details of the youngster's death.
The London based organisation - which has observers in Aleppo - said Muhammad was killed in front of a crowd which included his parents.
His fanatical killers shot him in the head and neck after telling onlookers that anyone else found guilty of blasphemy would suffer the same fate.
However reports say that the phrase Muhammad spoke - or at least one similar - is commonly used in Syrian dialect.

However, because it is possible the rebel group were made up of non-Syrian natives and spoke a different dialect of Arabic, they took grave offence.

In a video posted on YouTube, his mother said she had seen Muhammad being killed from her balcony. "His blood ran in front of me," she said.
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June 11, 2013

Death by stiletto

Girlfriend, 44, killed her university professor boyfriend in luxury hotel by repeatedly plunging STILETTO heel into his head

The man stabbed to death with a stiletto heel over the weekend has been identified as a professor at the University of Houston, authorities announced today. The victim, identified as 59-year-old Alf Stefan Andersson, worked at the University of Houston Center for Nuclear Receptors and Cell Signaling where he focused on women's reproductive health. He'd been with the university since 2009. 

The details of the relationship between Andersson and the suspect, 44-year-old Ana Lilia Trujillo, remain unclear as authorities continue to investigate the vicious attack.

According to authorities, police were called to the Parklane Building - a luxury condominium building popular amongst professors at the nearby university - in the 1,700 block of Herman Drive in Houston's Theater District about 4 a.m. Sunday in response to an assault in progress.
When police got to the 18th floor condo, Trujillo opened the door and let officers into the unit, which is where they found Andersson in a hallway between the entryway and the kitchen.

Authorities say he was stabbed multiple times, each time, apparently, with a stiletto shoe.  Trujillo was the only one present when the body was discovered.


She has since been charged with murder

Ana Lilia Trujillo, 44, is charged with murder for striking Alf Stefan Andersson "with a deadly weapon, namely a shoe," Houston police say in the official complaint against her.

Andersson, a research professor from the University of Houston, had 10 puncture wounds on his head -- some as deep as an inch and a half -- and 15 to 20 puncture wounds along his face, arms, and neck, prosecutors say, according to CNN affiliate KTRK.

When police arrived at Andersson's apartment on Sunday, Trujillo, who had recently worked as a massage therapist, answered the door with blood on her clothes and hands; Andersson was lying in the hallway face up, with a stiletto by his head, KTRK reported, citing court records.

Trujillo had recently moved in with Andersson, and she told investigators that he grabbed her, and a struggle followed, KTRK reported.
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June 8, 2013

Happiness gurus commit suicide

What can you say about the two 'happiness gurus' found dead at New York home after leaving suicide notes saying "We're going to do this together'.

Suicide notes were found with the bodies of a couple who took their own lives last week, police sources said.

Lynne Rosen, 46, and John Littig, 48, who worked as 'happiness gurus' and motivational speakers, allegedly left two notes at their home in Brooklyn, New York.

Mr Littig's note said that the couple 'were going to do this together' amid reports that Ms Rosen had suffered from psychological problems, according to the New York Daily News.

Despite the fact they lived in Park Slope, an affluent area of Brooklyn,  their their bodies lay undiscovered for a week, so you have to wonder whether they had any support apart from each other.    It sounds like a Folie à deux, a madness shared by two.  Just speculation, but I wonder if it was brought on by a belief that they should be happy all the time and life wasn't worth living if they weren't.  It's hard to accept the sorrows and losses of life, yet it is the reality of the human condition.

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June 7, 2013

Suspected murderer buried alive by angry mourners

Bolivian man buried alive with body of woman he is suspected of murdering

Villagers in Bolivia's southern highlands buried a teenager alive in the grave of a woman he was suspected of having raped and murdered, an official has said.

Police had identified 17-year-old Santos Ramos as the possible culprit in the attack on 35-year-old Leandra Arias Janco last Sunday in a Quechua community near the municipality of Colquechaca, said José Luis Barrios, the chief prosecutor in Potosí province, where the community is located.

More than 200 enraged locals seized Ramos and buried him alive alongside his alleged victim on Wednesday night, according to Barrios. He said that the following day, residents blocked the road to the community, preventing police and prosecutors from reaching it.

A reporter for an indigenous radio station, who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals, told the Associated Press that Ramos was tied up at the woman's funeral. Mourners threw him into the open grave, placed the woman's coffin in it and filled the grave with earth.

Colquechaca is a town of 5,000 inhabitants located 200 miles south-east of Bolivia's capital, La Paz.
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June 4, 2013

'They were screaming "we're going to die, we're going to die"'

Tragic last words of father-and-son storm chasers killed when tornado threw their car somersaulting half a mile

A father-and-son team of storm chasers and their long-time partner were heard screaming 'we're going to die, we're going to die' on highway patrol radio moments before they were killed by one of the savage twisters they'd devoted their lives to following.

Tim Samaras, 55, along with his son, Paul Samaras, 24, and Carl Young, 45, died on Friday in El Reno after a tornado that packed winds of up to 165 mph picked up their car and threw it, somersaulting, a half a mile.  The elder Samaras' body was still belted into their Chevrolet Cobalt, which was found on an unimproved county road parallel to Interstate 40. The other victims' bodies were found half a mile to the east and half a mile to the west, Canadian County under-sheriff Chris West said.


But before their stalking of the dangerous vortex turned deadly, their cries could be heard by Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper Betsy Randolph. 'They were screaming, "We're going to die, we're going to die,"' she recalled to USA Today. 'There was just no place to go. There was no place to hide.'  According to Mr West, their vehicle looked ' like it had gone through a trash compactor' when it was found.
The news comes as the death toll from Friday's tornadoes and storms in Oklahoma has risen to 18 people, including six children and 12 adults, the Oklahoma chief medical examiner said on Monday.  Officials added five victims on Monday to the confirmed list of dead from the tornadoes and from storms that caused severe flooding: three adults and two unidentified children, the medical examiner's office said.

Sincere condolences to all the families who lost a loved one.    May they rest in peace.

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May 24, 2013

"He died in the most horrific way possible"

'He died in the most horrific way possible': Wife's devastation over her British soldier husband hacked to death by Muslim fanatic

 Drummer Lee Rigby

Serving his country on the dusty battlefields of Afghanistan, he risked his life facing Taliban bullets and roadside bombs.  Back in Britain after a gruelling deployment in one of the most dangerous places imaginable, Drummer Lee Rigby would have been thankful to have emerged unscathed.

But, four years later, on a supposedly safe London high street, the young soldier was brutally cut down in his prime, butchered by crazed Islamic fanatics wielding cleavers and knives.

In broad daylight, Drummer Rigby, 25, the married father of a little boy, was run over then hacked to death in front of horrified onlookers.

The pair, who were known to the security services, shouted ‘Allah Akhbar’ – Arabic for ‘God is great’ – as they mercilessly slaughtered the defenceless serviceman.

A statement released by his family said: ‘Lee was lovely. He would do anything for anybody, he always looked after his sisters and always protected them. He took a “big brother” role with everyone.

‘All he wanted to do from when he was a little boy was be in the Army. He wanted to live life and enjoy himself.

‘His family meant everything to him. He was a loving son, husband, father, brother, and uncle, and a friend to many.’

A brother in law of the soldier’s wife Rebecca, 30, said she was ‘absolutely in bits’.

Speaking from her family’s home in Halifax, he said: ‘He died in the most horrific way possible, it’s shocking and unimaginable.’

Murdered soldier Drummer Lee Rigby 'would do anything for anybody’

Family and colleagues pay tribute to loving father and talented parade drummer Lee Rigby, who served with distinction in Afghanistan .

Drummer Rigby’s colleagues from 2nd Bn The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, described him as one of its “great characters”. Lieutenant Colonel Jim Taylor, the commanding officer of the Second Fusiliers, led tributes to the “dedicated and professional soldier”, a talented parade drummer who performed outside the Royal Palaces and whose strong personality marked him out to work in Army recruitment.
“He was a real character. Larger than life, he was at the heart of our Corps of Drums. An experienced and talented side drummer and machine gunner, he was a true warrior and served with distinction in Afghanistan, Germany and Cyprus.

Horrific is right.  May he rest in peace

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Killed by suicide jumper

Seven-year-old killed by suicide jumper who plunged on top of her from tenth floor apartment in South Korea

A seven-year-old girl was killed in South Korea when a man committing suicide by jumping off a building landed on her. The little girl was hit by the 40-year-old man’s body after he plunged from his tenth-floor flat.

The man, only identified as Mr Jang, is said to have jumped from his flat in the southern port of Busan on Wednesday evening.

In what is being reported as a suicide, Mr Jang hit his neighbour’s daughter as she emerged from the apartment building, SBS TV reports.

The girl, who was with her father at the time of the incident, was taken to hospital but pronounced dead soon after arrival.  Mr Jang died immediately at the scene.

What a tragedy for her parents and family.  May she rest in peace.

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May 23, 2013

Death by Killer Bees

Mountaineer found dead hanging from cliff in climbing gear covered in BEE STINGS…along with his loyal dog

A climber and his faithful dog have perished in Arizona after they appear to have been attacked by killer bees as he scaled a cliff.

Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office says that 55-year-old Steven Johnson, a counselor with some 30 years experience hiking and climbing was found dead, hanging 70-feet from the ground in his climbing gear in the Santa Rita Mountains on Monday night.

The cause of death has not been determined yet, but officials said that Johnson was covered in bee stings when he was found while his dead dog was discovered at the top of the cliff.

Johnson was last seen Friday when he went hiking, and friends became worried when he didn't go to work on Monday.

Sheriff's Lt. Raoul Rodriguez says Johnson may have disturbed bees by hammering a spike into the cliff.

Rodriguez of the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office said the 55-year-old man was found hanging from his climbing gear on a cliff near Mount Hopkins

'He had anchored himself to the wall as he was going down so he was actually anchored and he must have been attacked and was not able to climb back up or go back down,' said Rodriguez.

He said Johnson's dog had also been attacked by bees and was found dead nearby.

Johnson is described as a father, climber and friend, who was well-liked throughout the climbing community in Southern Arizona.
Once stung, the bee releases a pheromone that attracts other bees to attack - which is why most African bee attacks are in swarms.

Condolences to his family.

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May 21, 2013

Dribbling soccer ball to Brazil for the World's Cup, Man is Hit and Killed by Truck in Oregon

 Richard Swanson Soccer Ball

Father, 42, trying to dribble soccer ball from Seattle to Brazil is hit and killed by truck in Oregon just 14 days and 260 miles into his quest

A Seattle man attempting to dribble a soccer ball 10,000 miles to Brazil in time for the 2014 World Cup for charity has died after being hit by a pickup truck on the Oregon Coast just 14 days into his mission.

Police in Lincoln City say 42-year-old Richard Swanson was hit on Tuesday morning while walking south along U.S. Highway 101 near the city limits.

He was declared dead at a hospital. The driver has not been charged and is said to be cooperating.

Very sad.  May he rest in peace.

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May 16, 2013

Unhappy diners 'beat top Japanese chef to death'

Unhappy diners 'beat top Japanese chef to death'

 Japanese Chef Miki Nozawa

Top Japanese chef Miki Nozawa has died after apparently being attacked by two German men who were unhappy with the fried noodles from his restaurant on the North Sea island of Sylt.

The men, aged 36 and 50 are thought to have beaten 57-year-old Nozawa to death outside a strip club on the upmarket holiday island, Süddeutsche Zeitung reported on Thursday.

Earlier in the evening the pair had eaten Nozawa's beef, vegetable and fried noodle dish, which they disliked and refused to pay for. They left his restaurant and headed to a nearby strip club, where they bumped into the chef.

Nozawa recognized them and insisted both give him €10 – a request that was not met well and as the argument escalated the trio went outside. It was allegedly there that the two handymen beat the chef so badly he had to be taken to hospital.

He died on Tuesday as a result of his injuries, Ulrike Stahlmann-Liebelt, state prosecutor from the nearby city of Flensburg, confirmed. She would not say whether reports that the men beat him until his entire left side was, as the Bild newspaper said, “one big purple bruise,” were true.

Rest in peace

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Going to the Gallows with a Grin

Gallows used to hang bootlegger who SMILED as he faced death at one of America's last public executions in 1928 are discovered in an old barn

The gallows used to hang an infamous prohibition-era gangster in one of America's last public executions have been discovered in a dusty old barn.  Bootlegger Charlie Birger was hanged in the town of Benton on April 19, 1928. He famously went to his death with a grin telling the crowd who had gathered to watch: 'It's a beautiful world.'

He had been sentenced to death for ordering the murder of an Illinois town's mayor and was one of the last people to be publicly hanged in the state of Illinois.

 Birger's Last Stand


Charlie Birger, a Russian immigrant whose real name was Shachna Itzik Birger, was executed on April 19, 1928 after spending a year in jail.
According to the jail museum, he was a well-liked 'protector,' known for tossing coins to kids and even sharing his wealth among a few neighbors in the southern Illinois community of Harrisburg.

In the mid 1920s he famously went to war with the Ku Klux Klan who supported supported prohibition viewing alcohol as 'un-American'.
To law enforcement, he was known for for his bootlegging business, which he ran out of a speakeasy called the Shady Rest.

The business is what led him to be convicted in plotting the murder of Joseph Adams, who was the mayor of West City, Illinois.
Adams got into the middle of a turf war between Birger's gang and another group of bootleggers and as violence escalated, Adams wound up dead.  He was allegedly shot to death at the front door of his home by two of Birgers' men.

Birger was later arrested for plotting Adams' murder.
Some say Birger's smile on the day of his hanging could have been a result of the dosage of morphine he was provided just before he walked to the gallows.  Others claim, however, that Birger had actually declined the drugs.
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May 14, 2013

Young girl killed in India for her organs

British schoolgirl 'murdered for her organs' in India, family claim

Gurkiren Kaur Loyal's family said she was being treated for a simple case of dehydration when staff at a clinic gave her a mystery injection which took her life.

Her relatives said they guarded the eight-year-old's body, meaning her organs could not be taken in time to be used in transplant operations.

But she was then subjected to a "medieval" post-mortem, during which all her major organs were removed in a bid to hide the truth of how she had been killed, the grieving family claim.

It was only once her body was flown home to Britain that they discovered her organs were missing and only her eyes remained, the family said.
The Indian police and medical authorities made little attempt to investigate the death, they say.
Her mother Amrit Kaur Loyal said: "My baby was innocent and now I am devastated without her. Gurkiren was fine, she was chatting to us and planned to buy some gifts for her cousins. While we were talking an assistant came up carrying a pre-filled syringe and reached for the tube in her hand.

"I asked what was the injection for, but he gave me a blank look and injected the liquid into her.

"Within a split-second Gurkiren's head flipped back, her eyes rolled in her head, and the colour completely drained from her. I knew they had killed her on the spot. I knew my innocent child had been murdered."

Coun Kooner, a friend the family, said it was "highly probable" that she had been killed in a bid to harvest her organs.
There is reportedly a "lucrative underground market" for human organs in India.

In 2007, Ravindranath Seppan, of the Chennai Doctors' Association for Social Equality, admitted: "India's rich are turning to India's poor to live longer."

He said the commercial trade of human organs remained big business, despite having been banned in 1994.
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May 10, 2013

Death by Killer Bees

Mountaineer found dead hanging from cliff in climbing gear covered in BEE STINGS…along with his loyal dog

A climber and his faithful dog have perished in Arizona after they appear to have been attacked by killer bees as he scaled a cliff.

Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office says that 55-year-old Steven Johnson, a counselor with some 30 years experience hiking and climbing was found dead, hanging 70-feet from the ground in his climbing gear in the Santa Rita Mountains on Monday night.

The cause of death has not been determined yet, but officials said that Johnson was covered in bee stings when he was found while his dead dog was discovered at the top of the cliff.

Johnson was last seen Friday when he went hiking, and friends became worried when he didn't go to work on Monday.

Sheriff's Lt. Raoul Rodriguez says Johnson may have disturbed bees by hammering a spike into the cliff.

Rodriguez of the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office said the 55-year-old man was found hanging from his climbing gear on a cliff near Mount Hopkins

'He had anchored himself to the wall as he was going down so he was actually anchored and he must have been attacked and was not able to climb back up or go back down,' said Rodriguez.

He said Johnson's dog had also been attacked by bees and was found dead nearby.

Johnson is described as a father, climber and friend, who was well-liked throughout the climbing community in Southern Arizona.
Once stung, the bee releases a pheromone that attracts other bees to attack - which is why most African bee attacks are in swarms.

Condolences to his family.

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May 5, 2013

Death by angry soccer player

Soccer referee dies after getting punched in the head by angry teen player he called foul on

A 46-year-old soccer referee who was punched by a teenage player during a game and later slipped into a coma has died, police said.

Ricardo Portillo of Salt Lake City passed away at the hospital, where he was being treated following the assault last weekend, Unified police spokesman Justin Hoyal said Saturday night.

Police have accused a 17-year-old player in a recreational soccer league of punching Portillo after the man called a foul on him and issued him a yellow card.

“The suspect was close to Portillo and punched him once in the face as a result of the call,” Hoyal said in a press release.

The teen, whose name hasn’t been released because of his age, has been booked into juvenile detention on suspicion of aggravated assault.

It was a Vicious punch

A police report said the incident happened April 27 at a youth match at Eisenhower Junior High School in Taylorville. As players jostled for position, Portillo saw the suspect – a goalkeeper — push an opponent with his hands.

Portillo issued a yellow card to the suspect and began writing the infraction in his official’s notebook.

After that, the suspect punched the referee on the head. Feeling dizzy, Portillo sat down and began vomiting blood, according to police officer Jason Huggard in his report.
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April 30, 2013

Death by his own hair

Indian stuntman dies as he uses only his hair to cross Teesta River

 Indian Stuntman Death By Own Hair

A record-holding Indian stuntman known for using his long hair in weird ways died Sunday as he attempted to cross a river on a zip-line attached to his ponytail.

Officials say Sailendra Nath Roy, 49, was halfway across the Teesta River in West Bengal when he suffered a massive heart attack and died. His body, held to the wire by his ponytail 70 feet above the river, hung for nearly 45 minutes as horrified spectators, who had come to cheer him on, watched from a nearby bridge

Roy, a police officer, made it about 300 feet across the 600-foot wire before he became stuck.

"He was desperately trying to move forward. He was trying to scream out some instruction,” Balai Sutradhar, a photographer who was covering the stunt, told BBC News. “But no one could follow what he was saying. After struggling for 30 minutes he became still.”
“His wife used to urge him to quit doing dangerous stunts,” an anonymous friend told the BBC. “Mr. Roy convinced her that crossing the Teesta River would be his last. Unfortunately, that became his last stunt."

Roy had no permission to do the stunt and had set up the zip-line earlier in the day. He wore a life jacket but had little else in the way of safety gear. The BBC reported there were no doctors or emergency personnel on site.
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April 11, 2013

Death by Beaver

Beaver Bites Man To Death In Belarus Attack

The man was on a fishing trip at Lake Shestakov in Belarus with two friends when they spotted the animal on the side of the road.

He stopped so that he could take a picture but as he approached the beaver it pounced on him, biting him in the thigh.

His friends attempted to stem the flow of blood from the wound but the animal’s bite had severed a main artery and the man, who came from Brest, bled to death.
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April 5, 2013

Death by Laxatives

Tragedy of the former head girl consumed by anorexia: 26-year-old died from 'addiction to laxatives'

 Georgia Willson Pemberton Death By Laxative Blessed with brains as well as beauty, Georgia Willson-Pemberton appeared to have it all.
But the one-time child ski champion’s life was gradually destroyed by anorexia and a deadly addiction to laxatives, her despairing family told yesterday.

After a four-year battle with the eating  disorder, the former head girl of a private school died following an overdose of over-the-counter laxative pills, which caused ‘catastrophic’ organ failure.  Her weight had plunged to less than seven stone – desperately low for a 26-year-old woman who stood at 5ft 11in.

But in the grip of anorexia, she had continued to take laxatives, buying more than 6,000 over the internet from supermarkets.

Her father Robert, 62, sobbed as he told her inquest how he was helpless to save his ‘hugely intelligent’ daughter.
‘The world was her oyster, she could have done anything,’ he said. ‘Her ambition just disappeared. This disease just consumed her. That’s all she thought about.’

Her worried parents paid for treatment at several of the world’s leading eating disorder centres, including a three-month stay at the Monte Nido Centre in California, which charges up to £33,000 a month and has treated celebrities including Ally McBeal actress Portia de Rossi.

But Miss Willson-Pemberton continued to lose weight and died in hospital in December after collapsing at her parents’ £2million home in Putney, south-west London.
She told doctors she had taken 50 laxatives several days earlier and surgeons at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital found her gullet, stomach, small intestine and liver had been irreparably damaged.  Intensive care consultant Michelle Hayes said she believed the ‘catastrophic organ damage’ was caused by the overdose and long-term ‘chronic laxative abuse’.

What a sad death and family tragedy.

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February 22, 2013

Doctor rapes, kills and then desecrates the corpse

After a 23-year-old woman who was nine months pregnant with two kids at home responded to a job posting in Craig's List for a housecleaner, an Ohio doctor 'raped, killed and did 'inhumane' things to her corpse.

 Deanna Ballman+Her Kids

Pakistani-born Dr Ali Salim is accused of murdering Deanna Ballman, of Pataskala, and her unborn baby last summer by injecting her with a lethal dose of heroin and then doing 'inhumane' things to her corpse.

Ballman, who was nine-months pregnant and had two kids at home, was found dead in the backseat of her car in woods outside of New Albany on August 1.

Salim, 44, pleaded not guilty today to two counts of murder as well as rape, felonious assault, corrupting another with drugs, kidnapping, tampering with evidence and abuse of a corpse. He is expected to be released on $1 million bail as soon as Friday.


Licensure information from the state indicates Salim was born in Pakistan and trained there at King Edward Medical College, graduating in 1993. He told the State Medical Board of Ohio that his specialties were internal medicine, emergency medicine and psychiatry.

Do not go this doctor

 Charged Dr Ali Salim

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January 15, 2013

Starving patients to death

It's appalling what's happening in Britain and with the National Health Service.  'Normalization of cruelty' indeed.

Hospital apologizes to 38 families for appalling care that saw a patient starve to death   

Alexandra Hospital in Redditch is writing to 38 families after a massive legal action that exposed years of bad practice, ranging from nurses taunting patients to leaving an elderly woman unwashed for 11 weeks.

In one of the worst cases, a man had starvation recorded as the cause of his death after being treated at the hospital for two months.
Jeremy Hunt, the Health Secretary, said last night that he was “disgusted and appalled” by what the families had been through, and that the Government was acting to ensure that failings in care were detected more quickly.

Bereaved relatives had told how vulnerable patients were left to starve when trays were placed out of their reach, while others were left in soaking bedsheets.

Many of the families are to receive compensation for cases that their lawyer described as “appalling”.

The move will serve to intensify debate on why some nurses and doctors are treating patients without compassion, and will add weight to the warning by Mr Hunt that patients can experience “coldness, resentment, indifference” and “even contempt” in NHS hospitals.

He warned that in the worst institutions, a “normalisation of cruelty” had been fostered.
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October 18, 2012

These people shouldn't have died

Father and son, 2, die after toddler fell into the pool and dad who couldn't swim tried to save him

Brian Tha Saechao, 30, was caring for his two-year-old son, Raphael, while his wife was running errands Friday afternoon when the boy somehow wandered outside and fell into the deep end of the backyard pool.  Saechao, who didn't know how to swim, apparently jumped into the water in a desperate attempt to save the toddler, according to his widow, Fam Chao.  Chao, who is eight months pregnant, returned home from a doctor's appointment at around 3pm to an eerily silent home.
When she went out into the backyard, she discovered both her husband and little Raphael dead in the pool. She recalled that her husband had sunk to the bottom, while the two-year-old was floating on top. The expectant mother jumped into the water, grabbed hold of her son's unresponsive body and screamed for a neighbor to call 911, but it was too late.
The family, who moved into the Pocket Area house only three weeks ago, were looking into installing a fence around the pool, but Chao said her husband was shopping around for a good deal.

Man, 22, dies in jail after suffering severe food allergy from OATMEAL

A 22-year-old man died from a severe allergic reaction to the milk in his oatmeal after spending one night in custody over a misdemeanor charge for marijuana use.  An autopsy report from the Snohomish County medical examiner revealed that Michael Saffioti died from bronchial asthma triggered by the consumption of dairy after spending a single night in the Snohomish County Jail in Washington State.

On July 2, Saffioti turned himself in to police, after his mother Rose Saffioti assured him it was the right thing to do, and that he would be out the next day.
Mrs Saffioti told The Herald newspaper of Everett that despite reassurances that the prison staff would take his medical needs into consideration, her son was scared.  ‘He said, “Mom, I have a bad feeling that they are not going to take me seriously.”’

The mother, from Mukiteo, Washington, said that her son brought along a bag of medications needed to control his allergies and asthma, and he had expected to be placed in the jail's medical unit.  Instead, he was placed in the general population.  Mrs Saffioti received a call the next morning to inform her that her son was dead.

Boy, 16, dies after being shot in the head with arrow by his best friend in 'fluke tragedy'

No alcohol or drugs were involved when one shot a tipless aluminum arrow that richoceted off the street and into the head of the other.

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October 3, 2012

Death by his own truck

Man, 53, Run Over And Killed By His Own Pickup Truck

Rogelio Avina was struck and killed around 12:40 a.m. Friday at the intersection of Archwood Street and Hayvenhurst Avenue, according to coroner’s investigator Christie McCracken and Los Angeles police Sgt. Cameron Dunnet, watch commander at Valley Traffic Division.

Avina was reportedly scavenging through trash bins for recyclables in the Lake Balboa when the vehicle went backwards and ran over him.

Dunnet said Avina died at the scene.  “They found him (Avina) with the vehicle resting on him,
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Farmer eaten by pigs

Oregon farmer eaten by his pigs

Terry Vance Garner, 69, went to feed his animals last Wednesday on his farm by the coast, but never returned.  His dentures and pieces of his body were found by a family member in the pig enclosure, but the rest of his remains had been consumed.

The Coos County district attorney's office said that one of the animals had previously bitten Garner. The animals are estimated by the authorities to each weigh about 700lb  Investigators say it is possible that the hogs knocked Garner over before killing and eating him.  But they have not ruled out the possibility that the farmer could have collapsed from a medical emergency, such as a heart attack.

Garner was a Vietnam war veteran who suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder, according to his brother, and the farm had been a "life-saver" for him.

Michael Garner said one of the hogs had bitten his brother last year, after he had accidentally stepped on a piglet.  "He said he was going to kill it, but when I asked him about it later, he said he had changed his mind," he told the Register-Guard.

Coos County District Attorney Paul Frasier told the local newspaper: "For all we know, it was a horrific accident, but it's so doggone weird that we have to look at all possibilities."
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September 27, 2012

'This kid is dead, you got that?'

Donor network 'pressured medics to declare patients dead so organs can be harvested'

New York hospitals are routinely 'harvesting' organs from patients before they're even dead, an explosive lawsuit is claiming.  The suit accuses transplant non-profit The New York Organ Donor Network of bullying doctors into declaring patients brain dead when they are still alive.

Plaintiff, Patrick McMahon, 50, reckons one in five patients is showing signs of brain activity when surgeons declare them dead and start hacking out their body parts. 'They're playing God,' McMahon, a former transplant coordinator who claims he was fired just four months into the role for speaking out about the practice, told The New York Post.

The lawsuit, filed in Manhattan Supreme Court yesterday, cites a 19-year-old car crash victim who was was still struggling to breathe and showing signs of brain activity when doctors gave the green light for his organs to be harvested.  Network officials including director Michael Goldstein allegedly bullied Nassau University Medical Center staff into declaring the teen dead, stating during a conference call: 'This kid is dead, you got that?'

McMahon, an Air Force Combat veteran, said he believed the 19-year-old could have recovered.  'I have been in Desert Storm, Iraq and Afghanistan in combat,' he said. 'I worked on massive brain injuries, trauma, gunshot wounds, IEDs. I have seen worse cases than this and the victims recover.

He said that the donor network makes 'millions and millions' from selling the organs they obtain to hospitals and to insurance companies for transplants.

'Hearts, lungs, kidneys, joints, bones, skin graphs, intestines, valves, eyes -- it's all big money,' he said.

The Air Force Combat veteran and former nurse added that financially strained hospitals are easily influenced to declare a patient brain dead because they're keen to free up bed space.

The lawsuit cites three other examples of patients who were still clinging to life when doctors gave a 'note' - an official declaration by a hospital that a patient is brain dead, which, as well as consent from next of kin, is required before a transplant can take place.
McMahon has accused the donor network of having a 'quota' system and hiring 'coaches' to teach staff how to be more persuasive in convincing family members to give consent to organ donation.

He said 'counseling' staff are like sales teams who are pressured to meet targets and threatened with the loss of their jobs if they fall short.

'If you don't meet the quotas then you'll get fired - that's a fact. I saw it happen,' he said.

'You're not there for grief counseling, you're there to get organs. It's all about sales -- and that's pretty much a direct quote from the organization. Counsellors are required to get a 30 per cent consent rate from families.'  McMahon added that staff members who collect the most organs throughout the year qualify for a Christmas bonus.

This is a total scandal.  I urge you to read Bleeding Heart Cadavers

The exam for brain death is simple. A doctor splashes ice water in your ears (to look for shivering in the eyes), pokes your eyes with a cotton swab and checks for any gag reflex, among other rudimentary tests. It takes less time than a standard eye exam. Finally, in what's called the apnea test, the ventilator is disconnected to see if you can breathe unassisted. If not, you are brain dead. (Some or all of the above tests are repeated hours later for confirmation.)

Here's the weird part. If you fail the apnea test, your respirator is reconnected. You will begin to breathe again, your heart pumping blood, keeping the organs fresh. Doctors like to say that, at this point, the "person" has departed the body. You will now be called a BHC, or beating-heart cadaver.
You might also be emitting brainwaves. Most people are surprised to learn that many people who are declared brain dead are never actually tested for higher-brain activity. The 1968 Harvard committee recommended that doctors use electroencephalography (EEG) to make sure the patient has flat brain waves. Today's tests concentrate on the stalk-like brain stem, in charge of basics such as breathing, sleeping and waking. The EEG would alert doctors if the cortex, the thinking part of your brain, is still active.

But various researchers decided that this test was unnecessary, so it was eliminated from the mandatory criteria in 1971.
And how about some anesthetic?
Although he doesn't believe the brain dead feel pain, Dr. Truog has used two light anesthetics, high-dose fentanyl and sufentanil, which won't harm organs, to quell high blood pressure or heart rate during harvesting operations. "If it were my family," he said, "I'd request them."
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September 18, 2012

Chef slow-cooked his wife's body for days

L.A. chef told police he slow-cooked his wife's body for days

A Los Angeles-area chef on trial in his wife's slaying told authorities the reason they couldn't find her body was because he slow-cooked it for days, then disposed of the remains.

David Viens' wife, Dawn Viens, disappeared in October 2009. In March 2011, David Viens told sheriff's investigators why they hadn't been able to find the body of his wife, who'd been missing for nearly a year and half.

"I just slowly cooked it and I ended up cooking her for four days," said Viens, a chef who ran a restaurant in Lomita, according to an interview played for jurors Tuesday.

Viens had already told investigators that, one October night in 2009, he taped his wife's mouth and bound her hands and feet with duct tape. The next morning, Dawn Viens was dead. That account is strikingly similar to what David Viens later told his daughter and ex-girlfriend, who testified for the prosecution last week.

Sgt. Richard Garcia asked Viens what happened the night of Oct. 18, the last time his wife was seen.

"For some reason I just got violent," Viens said, according to an interview played for a Los Angeles jury Tuesday.

In the second of two interviews Viens gave to investigators in March 2011, he said he stuffed his wife's lifeless body into a  55-gallon drum of boiling water and kept it submerged with weights. After four days, he mixed much of what remained with other waste and then disposed of it.
Viens has pleaded not guilty to killing his wife, whose body was never found. After Viens learned investigators suspected he had killed her, he jumped off the cliff -- feet first, hands extended over his head -- in Rancho Palos Verdes. That's how he ended up in the hospital, so severely injured that he is attending his murder trial in a wheelchair.
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September 5, 2012

After traveling the world, couple killed by a train a few yards from home

Tragic irony of the Swiss couple who travelled the world for five years only to be hit by a train and killed just metros from their home

A couple who spent five years traveling the world together died just two days after returning home when they were hit by a train meters from their apartment.

Daniela Weiss and partner Daniel Oelter, both 38, had journeyed across some of the planet's most dangerous areas in a marathon tour that took them through Asia, the Middle East and South America.

 Swiss Couple Killed By Train

But they were killed when they were struck by a train as they crossed a rail track near their home in Granichen, Switzerland, at around 9.20pm on Wednesday evening.
‘When the police told me what had happened my throat just seized up. I thought I could not breathe.  Daniela is our only child.

‘Daniela was the best daughter you could wish for and Daniel was a great boyfriend to her. They were just great together.

‘It was so good to see my daughter again and have her home - but she died at the place which should have been the safest in the world,’ she added.
A witness who saw the accident has claimed the pair were having a discussion shortly before they died and that they were seen cuddling by the tracks.

Daniela’s mother Margit said: ‘They were not deliberately standing on the tracks. They were excited about their future in Switzerland. She had taken her walking sticks with her, they were just out for a walk.

'The pair were probably discussing Daniela’s new job. Perhaps they were distracted as they would normally have used the underpass.’

For Margit her world too ended under the wheels of the train.

She said: ‘Losing your child is the worst thing that can happen to anyone. You just do not imagine it can happen to you - just when we thought we had our child back and had even felt we had gained a son - we lost them both her forever.’
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August 27, 2012

Hiker mauled and eaten by a grizzly bear in Denali National Park

The experienced hiker who took up close photos of a grizzly bear for eight minutes before the 600-pound beast mauled and ate him in Denali National Park

The hiker mauled and eaten by a grizzly bear in Alaska's Denali National Park this weekend was an experienced explorer who loved traveling to remote areas alone, his family said.

Wildlife officials believe Richard White, a 49-year-old scientist from San Diego, California, simply got too close to the 600-pound predator as he photographed it grazing on Friday.


He was an experienced hiker who had been to Denali before and took a bear safety course that is mandatory for all back country hikers in the Park. It includes instructions on how to avoid disturbing bears and what to do if attacked.

Mr White's death is the first known fatal bear attack on a human in the 90-year history of national park. Wildlife officials have worked to keep strict rules about human and wildlife interaction. Officials recommend hikers carry bear spray, powerful chemicals that work like the pepper spray police officers carry, which can stop a bear charge without permanent harm to the animal.  Other explorers carry powerful rifles, shotguns and pistols to protect themselves. Mr White carried neither. His only defense -- a safety whistle.

Park rules say hikers should keep a quarter-mile distance from bears and back away whenever they see one of the dangerous animals. Mr White was just 40 yards away when he was killed -- 10 times closer than he should have been, the Anchorage Daily News reports.
A  state trooper shot and killed the bear, a 5-year-old male grizzly on Saturday and investigators examined its stomach contents and to confirm it had killed Mr White.
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Referee killed by javelin

Referee, 75, dies after being speared through the throat by a javelin at athletics meeting

A 75-year-old referee speared through the throat with a javelin at an athletics meeting in Germany has died from his injuries.

Dieter Schmidt had gone to measure the throw of a previous athlete when the javelin from the next contestant hit him in the throat and exited out of his neck.

Paramedics revived the victim at the scene and an emergency doctor escorted him as he was taken to the Dusseldorf's University Hospital, where he was operated on after losing a lot of blood from his main artery.
Posted by Jill Fallon at 9:35 AM | Permalink

15-year-old girl who was learning to drive hit and killed her mother

Horror as woman struck and killed by her own daughter, 15, during driving lesson

Tragedy struck in a church parking lot, when a 15-year-old girl who was learning to drive hit and killed her mother.

Kimberly Riggs, 40, let her daughter take the wheel of her car in the parking lot of the Newport Church of God in Newport, Kentucky, after they had attended church.

But when the teenager got behind the wheel, she mistakenly pressed down on the car's accelerator instead of the brakes and suddenly backed up the car hitting and knocking her mother to the ground.

Then the girl began driving uncontrollably in the lot, knocking down a fence and hitting the back of a home.

She then turned the vehicle around and hit her mother again, pinning the woman’s body against a fence.
Investigators have found that the death was accidental and the daughter will not be charged in the incident.

The teenager is described as still in shock and trying to overcome her feelings of grief and guilt.
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Tragic death of a beautiful bride

Bride dies while posing for photographs in her wedding gown. She drowned after her dress got wet and dragged her into a river near a 'violently' rushing waterfall in Canada

Real estate agent Maria Pantazopoulos, 30, drowned after her dress got wet and she was dragged into the river near a 'violently' rushing waterfall in Canada.  Ms Pantazopoulos slipped and fell into the Ouareau River near Dorwin Falls, north of Montreal, on Friday afternoon. Her body was found about two and a half hours later.

The newly-wed yelled 'I'm slipping, I'm slipping, I'm slipping,' before falling off the rock she was perched on for her wedding pictures, according to CBC.

-Maria Pantazopoulos

Friends said she had been taking part in an increasingly popular ritual called 'Trash the Dress', in which brides pose for pictures while playfully destroying their wedding gowns.
Ms Pantazopoulos had commissioned the shoot following her June 9 wedding. Family friend Leeza Pousoulidis said: 'She’s a really fun girl, and she just didn’t want her wedding dress sitting in a box in the closet.  'She said "I want to have fun with my wedding dress. I want to have great pictures and memories of me in my wedding dress."'

Ms Pantazopoulos slipped while she was being photographed by Louis Pagakis, who told CTV Montreal that he did everything he could to save her.  She had her wedding dress on and she said, "take some pictures of me while I swim a little bit in the lake,"' he said.

'She went in and her dress got heavy, I tried everything I could to save her.'  'She was doing the photo shoot in about six inches or one foot of water when part of her wedding dress got soaked and became extremely heavy,' Mr McInnis told MailOnline.

'She started slipping and falling down when the photographer grabbed her but she was too heavy that he couldn't pull her from the edge.
Another person tried to grab her but also was unable to save her from falling into the river.

 Shoe Weddingdress On Rocks
The wedding dress and shoe of bride  who fell and drowned during photo shoot.

Maria Pantazopoulos

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August 18, 2012

Every parent's nightmare

Heartbreak for family of three-year-old girl who dies as window blind cord ensnares neck while she naps

A three-year-old girl died in a tragic accident on Monday after a window blind cord got caught round her neck.

Voxie O'Hara Hendrix Beckett and her two-year-old brother had been put down for an afternoon nap by their parents, Erik and Chesshuwa Beckett in their home in Sacramento, California.

As she slept Voxie became entangled in the cord which ensnared her neck, cutting off her air supply.

When Mr and Mrs Beckett stopped by the bedroom to check on their children they found Voxie's lifeless body, still wrapped up in the cord, the Sacramento Bee reported.

Horrified, they dialed 911 and a fire crew was dispatched to their home on the 5500 block of M Street.

Officers desperately tried to revive the young girl, performing CPR as they rushed her to hospital, but she did not survive. She was pronounced dead later that day at Sutter Memorial Hospital.
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July 25, 2012

Shocking Death

Top scientist, 42, killed when he runs into fallen 11,000 volt electric cable while jogging in wheat field

James Kew was killed when he came into contact with the cable which completed an 11,000 volt electrical circuit with the ground causing electricity to shoot through his body

A leading scientist has died just two days before his birthday after apparently running into a high voltage electric cable while jogging with members of his running club.

 Dr Kew

James Kew, 42, who was a top biologist within the research department at GlaxoSmithKline, is believed to have died instantly following the incident at about 8.40pm last night near Debden Road in Newport, Essex.

Dr Kew was leading the Saffron Striders, based in Saffron Walden, through a wheat field when he came into contact with the cable which completed an 11,000 volt electrical circuit with the ground causing electricity to shoot through his body.

The electrical current was so high it caused the surrounding field to set alight in front Dr Kew's shocked running partners.

Dr Kew suffered severe burns and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Condolences to his family.

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July 24, 2012

Killed by addict who stole her handbag containing her husband's ashes

Widow, 79, died after being mugged by a drug addict for her handbag containing her husband's ashes

An elderly widow who died after she was robbed of her handbag containing her husband's ashes was allegedly set upon by a drug addict  desperate for cash to fund his habit.

Nellie Geraghty, 79, was found minutes away from her home with the strap of her handbag still firmly in her grasp having suffered a heart attack and serious head injuries form which she later died in hospital.

Drug addict Mark Royle, 37, wrenched the handbag from the 4ft10in lady and 'kicked, punched or stamped' her in the head causing severe damage, a court head today.

She was found lying face down in the mud battered, bruised and unconscious still clutching the strap of the bag that contained her husband’s ashes and over £100 in cash, Manchester Crown Court was told.
Mrs Geraghty was on her way to her regular luncheon club around midday when she was attacked around midday.  But the ‘active and independent’ lady only managed to get 100 yards from her home.  She died from 'a catalogue of injuries to her head and body' less than 48 hours later without ever gaining consciousness Peter Wright QC, prosecuting told the jury.

Her assailant is on trial today for her murder.

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July 11, 2012

Suicide by Tiger

Suicide by tiger: Man, 20, eaten alive in big cat enclosure after breaking into zoo at night

A man was killed by tigers at Copenhagen Zoo today after he scaled a fence and crossed a moat to gain access to the predators' enclosure.

The victim, who has been identified as a 20-year-old of Afghan descent living in Copenhagen, was savaged by three tigers after he broke into the zoo in the Danish capital in the early hours.

He was found dead surrounded by the Siberian tigers when staff arrived for work.

It is unclear why the man, entered the enclosure but police have not ruled out suicide as a possible motive.
According to Danish media the young man lived alone in a flat near his family in central Copenhagen and was just about to finish high school.

Danish newspaper Ekstrabladet spoke to the young man’s family and relatives earlier today.

‘We have cried all day’, a member of his family told the paper.
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July 4, 2012

Short takes on some unfortunate deaths

Restaurant owner who died trapped in walk-in freezer suffocated within minutes after forgetting his cell phone.  Carbon dioxide from the dry ice killed Jay Luther in Nashville in two to five minutes.  The police responded to an alarm from the freezer, but didn't look inside!

Computer programmer, 42, who lost 100lbs after taking up cycling 2 years ago, dies after crashing into a tree during elite race. 

Nicoli Grossi, a computer programmer, had rediscovered a passion for exercise last year, according to his wife, and lost 100 lbs. He would cycle to work every day and take rides along the highway for hours at a time.  Married with one daughter and three step-children, Grossi, 42,  was wearing a helmet on the intense 155 mile Climb to Kaiser, considered to be one of America's ten toughest bike rides.  R.I.P.

Teenager wearing earphones killed by freight train as he walked on tracks because he didn't hear it coming.  Michael Maserang, 15 years old, honor student,  a good kid,  on his way to a flea market to buy some Hot Wheels for his collection,  did something extraordinarily stupid.  If you are going to trespass to take a shortcut by  walking on railroad tracks,  for God's sake, leave your iPod in your pocket.  Condolences to his parents.

The family thought their  pit bull dog was ''protective" and "friendly" but with one swift bite to the head of little 8 month old Tyzel McWilliams, he killed the baby.  The mother said, "…I  really had no reason to think to treat the dog and the baby differently."

A young patient who died of dehydration at a leading teaching hospital, phoned the police from his bed because he was so thirsty.

His mother Rita Cronin, a civil servant told Westminster Coroner's Court that staff tutted at her and repeatedly refused to listen to her concerns that her son hadn't been given vital medication.  At one point he became so desperate and upset that staff sedated and restrained him – and on the night before his death, his mother said, he was not checked on by medical staff, despite being in a room on his own.

Mr Gorny, who worked in Waitrose and was training to be a locksmith and shoe repairer, had survived a malignant brain tumor in 2008. The cancer affected his pituitary gland, which controls the body's mechanisms, such as fluid levels. Part of his treatment included a course of steroids to regulate the fluid levels in his body. These drugs, however, weakened his bones and he was in hospital for a routine hip replacement.

Doctors told him that, without regular medication to control his fluid levels, he would die….But, despite the repeated reminders and insistence by both Mr Gorny and his family, staff failed to give him the tablets and he became severely dehydrated after being refused water.

Pensioner sliced in two after being hit by landing plane as she took short cut across airport runway

An elderly woman was sliced in two when she was hit by a plane as she tried to take a short cut across a runway.  Sinangele Asuza, 78, was struck by a light aircraft on Monday as it came in to land in the town of Ermelo in South Africa's eastern Mpumalanga province.  Police said they believed she was one of three women who had scaled a perimeter fence to collect wood from around the airfield.
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May 21, 2012

Death by fish pie

Grandmother's trusted recipe triggered a fatal bout of food poisoning

A grandmother who cooked the same fish pie recipe for years died after the dish gave her food poisoning.

Alwyn Kelly, 66, ate the meal with her husband Frank but soon after both had upset stomachs.

While Mr Kelly recovered quickly, his wife briefly rallied but then began to hallucinate and was admitted to hospital. Three weeks later, she died of multiple organ failure, with doctors unable to treat the infection.

At an inquest this week, a coroner found that Mrs Kelly was killed by her  favorite fish dish.

Her husband told the hearing that on the night of July 8 last year she made her usual pie with fresh ingredients.

Mr Kelly said the meal tasted normal but that evening both  suffered upset stomachs, with his wife vomiting through the night.
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April 24, 2012

Actor playing Judas in Passion Play dies from accidental hanging

A terribly tragic death.

Brazilian actor playing Judas dies in accidental hanging

A Brazilian actor has died after accidentally hanging himself while playing Judas in an Easter Passion play.

Tiago Klimeck, 27, was enacting the suicide of Judas during the performance on Good Friday in the city of Itarare.

The actor was hanging for four minutes before fellow performers realized something was wrong.

Klimeck was taken to hospital suffering from cerebral hypoxia but died on Sunday.

Klimeck was re-enacting the scene in which Judas commits suicide in repentance for his betrayal of Jesus Christ.

Police are investigating the apparatus that was meant to support Klimeck. It appears the knot may have been wrongly tied.

May he rest in peace.

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April 20, 2012

Death by Coca-Cola

Mother-of-eight died suddenly 'because she drank 18 pints of Coke a day'

 Natashaharris Death Cocacola

A mother-of-eight died suddenly because she drank 18 pints of Coca-Cola a day for years, an inquest has heard.

Natasha Marie Harris would go 'crazy' if she ran out of the fizzy drink which she guzzled by the bottle.

The 30 year-old died suddenly at her home in Invercargill on New Zealand's south island.

Her partner, Christopher Hodgkinson claimed it was a result of drinking too much Coca-Cola.
Mr Hodgkinson told the court that she had been unwell up to a year before her death, including vomiting six times a week, but they believed it was caused by the stress of looking after her eight children and gynecological problems.

'She drank at least 10 litres a day,' he said. 'As a family we would buy four 2.5 litres a day, the maximum on special.

An autopsy showed Miss Harris had a diseased liver but the cause of death was undetermined.

Her partner said he had been told she had a heart aneurysm caused by too much Coke.

Medical evidence stated that the main finding of death was from a cardiac arrhythmia.

Dr Dan Mornin told the court Miss Harris probably had severe hypokalemia, a lack of potassium in the blood, relating to excessive consumption of soft-drink.

He said although it was difficult to confirm this from postmortem tests, it was consistent with her symptoms of tiredness and lack of strength and other cases of heavy soft-drink consumers.
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Actress beheaded by fellow actors

Aspiring Bollywood actress beheaded and thrown into a tank 'by actors she befriended on film set'

Meenakshi Thapa, 26, was kidnapped and beheaded last month by Amit Jaiswal and his lover Preeti Surin in an attempt to receive a ransom payment.

She had met the pair on the set of Madhur Bhandarkar's yet-to-be-released film Heroine, where she had a bit-part role.

Thapa's mother is believed to have paid 60,000 (£730) Rupees for her release, but never saw her daughter again.

A detective told The Telegraph: 'They wanted to extort money from her family. They have confessed to the crime. She was strangled in a hotel and her body was hacked into pieces and thrown in a water tank.

'They threw her head from a moving bus while traveling back to Mumbai.'
Jaiswal and Surin confessed the crime to the Mumbai Police after their arrest on Saturday night and said they were taken in by Thapa's pretentious stories about her 'affluent family'.
Posted by Jill Fallon at 11:32 AM | Permalink

April 19, 2012

Fakhra Younus who gave a face to thousands of Pakistani women disfigured by 'honor' attacks

The Telegraph has a powerful and moving obituary of Fakhra Younus who committed suicide at 33 after 39 major operations to save her face after she escaped the sustained abuse by her husband to return to her mother.  Feeling dishonored, her husband found her and attacked her with acid.

 Fakhra Younus

Fakhra Younus, the face of thousands of Pakistani women who are disfigured by men who want to restore their family honor.

May she rest in peace.

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April 17, 2012

Death by Swan

Killer Swan Blamed for Man’s Drowning

An angry swan is being blamed for knocking a man out of his kayak in a Chicago pond and then continuing to attack until the man drowned.

Anthony Hensley, 37, of Villa Park, Ill., worked for a company called Knox Swan & Dog which used swans and dogs to keep geese off the condominium’s properties.

Hensley was in a kayak on the condo’s retention pond checking on the animals Saturday morning when one of the swans swam at him, causing him to fall out of his kayak into the water.

Frank Bilecki of the Cook County Sheriff’s Department, told ABCNews.com that Hensley struggled to stay above water.  Two witnesses saw Hensley resurface a few times in the pond and called police, but by the time crews arrived he had been fully submerged. He was not wearing a life vest, Bilecki said.

The Chicago Sun Times reported that while Hensley struggled in the water, the swan continued to harass Hensley.
Dive teams pulled Hensley, a husband and father of two, from the water, but he was pronounced dead at a hospital shortly after.

Investigators believe Hensley had traveled too close to the swan or swan’s nesting area, prompting the attack.  Family and friends are puzzled.
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April 9, 2012

'They killed that woman. They killed her and kept going.'

Driver charged with hitting woman, 58, in wheelchair who was run over by THREE vehicles and left to die...on the same road she lost her leg in hit-and-run 25 years ago

All three drivers fled the scene in Philadelphia

'They killed that woman. They killed her and kept going.'

In another hit and run, Heroic grandmother dies after pushing grandson out of the path of hit and run driver on their way back from church

I'll tag the first, No Way to Go and the second, a Great Legacy.

Posted by Jill Fallon at 12:59 PM | Permalink

April 4, 2012

'This is a dignified end before I have to start scrounging food from the trash'

'This is a dignified end before I have to start scrounging food from the trash': Desperate man, 77, shoots himself dead outside Greek parliament during rush hour.

A cash-strapped Greek pensioner shot and killed himself outside parliament in Athens today after saying he refused to scrounge for food in the rubbish.

The public suicide by the 77-year-old retired pharmacist quickly triggered an outpouring of sympathy in a country where one in five is jobless and a sense of national humiliation has accompanied successive rounds of salary and pension cuts.

After becoming desperate at his financial plight, the Greek pensioner is said to have put a handgun to his head in the busy central Athens square before declaring, 'So I won't leave debts for my children', and pulling the trigger.

 Greek Age77 Suicide

How terribly sad.

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Death by police recorded by medical alert device

Killed at home;  Killed at Home: White Plains, NY Police Called Out on Medical Alert Shoot Dead Black Veteran, 68

Kenneth Chamberlain, Sr., a 68-year-old African-American Marine veteran, was fatally shot in November by White Plains, NY, police who responded to a false alarm from his medical alert pendant. The officers broke down Chamberlain’s door, tasered him, and then shot him dead. Audio of the entire incident was recorded by the medical alert device in Chamberlain’s apartment.

We’re joined by family attorneys and Chamberlain’s son, Kenneth Chamberlain, Jr., who struggles through tears to recount his father’s final moments, including the way police officers mocked his father’s past as a marine. "For them to look at my father that way, (with) no regard for his life, every morning I think about it," he says.

Condolences to his family.  May he rest in peace.

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March 21, 2012

Brutal home invasion ends a 65-romance

What can you say read you read a story like this:

Couple met and married within a month and stayed together for 65 years... only to be parted after home invader beat wife to death

An 85-year-old woman was sexually assaulted and battered to death by a home invader who also shot her 90-year-old husband in the face with a BB gun.

Nancy and Bob Strait, who had celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary in December, were discovered by their daughter at their home in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Both the pensioners were rushed to hospital where Mrs Strait, who was nearly blind, died from her injuries.

Mr Strait, who served in the 101st Airborne Division in World War II, suffered a broken jaw, broken ribs and severe bleeding. He is in a serious condition in hospital.

 Nancy, Bob Straigt,  Suspect

Police have arrested 20-year-old Tyrone Dale David Woodfork in connection with the case.

Their daughters Lanora and Andra told Tulsa World that the couple were loving and generous people who would do anything for anyone.

'Dad never talked, and Mama never quit talking,' Lanora said.

'Whatever she did, it came from the heart,' Andra added.

The pair could be found sitting on their porch singing and playing the guitar during warmer summer evenings.

Mr Strait, who had worked for the oil derrick supply company Lee C. Moore before retirement, enjoyed woodwork while his wife loved making quilts and baking.
Tulsa police believe burglars broke into the Straits' home either late Tuesday or early Wednesday last week. They were not found until the Wednesday evening.

The home invaders made off with their Dodge Neon, a television and $200.

Woodfork was later found hiding in a nearby house after a witness spotted the stolen vehicle being driven down the road.

Two extremes of human nature are on display in this tragedy.

Condolences to the Strait family and may they rest in peace.

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March 20, 2012

Unexpected deaths are tragedies

An unexpected death is shocking, shaking us out of our complacency that we have years to go.

In California, an eight-year-old girl was crushed to death while sleeping in her bedroom at home
as a storm-weakened tree collapsed onto the house.

 Haley Verzani

Haley Verzani was fatally pinned to her bed when the 100-foot-tall fir tree, crashed down onto her house in the Northern California town of Arnold.....

The family told Fox 40 they noticed the towering pine tree was leaning and looked like it was about to fall, but they said it was growing on someone else's property so they didn't know what to do about it.
It was the worse snow storm of the winter.

At a luxury resort in Florida, a pregnant woman leaves her husband to go to the restroom and while she is there an out-of-control car veered off the road through two concrete pillars and a hedge to slam into the pool house restroom and killed her.

 Alana+Michael Demella

Witnesses describe hearing Michael crying out 'why, why, why' as people desperately tried to pull the debris off his wife.

The third-grade school teacher, of Medford, Massachusetts, and her unborn child died at the scene.
It was the last day of their vacation.

My hearts go out to both families.

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March 16, 2012

Death by Pinto Beans

Man dies after being buried alive in several tons of PINTO BEANS

A 56-year-old man was killed when he was buried under a 20-foot mound of pinto beans at a warehouse in eastern Colorado where he worked, police said.

Raymond Segura Jr. was working inside an 80-ft by 160-ft storage silo where beans are sent in bulk via conveyor belt.

But it remains unclear how he ended up buried under the massive pile of legumes.

He was pronounced dead at the Brush, Colorado, facility of the Kelley Bean Company on Thursday after efforts to reach him alive were unsuccessful, Morgan County Undersheriff Dave Martin told Reuters.

'We moved several tons of beans to get to him,' Mr Martin said in a telephone interview.

Mr Martin said emergency personnel were summoned to the site at 11:30 a.m. on reports of a worker trapped in a pile of loose pinto beans.

Mr Martin said dozens of rescue workers and even four inmates from the county jail spent an hour digging through a mound of the legumes to get to the trapped worker.

May he rest in peace

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Death by escalator

Woman, 88, strangled to death after her clothes got caught in train station escalator treads

Irene Bernatzky, of Lindenhurst, Long Island, was about to board a train to visit her daughter in Manhattan when she apparently fell while on the escalator and her clothes became entangled.

May she rest in peace.

Posted by Jill Fallon at 11:21 AM | Permalink

February 8, 2012

Killed for Facebook Defriending

Father, 60, charged with murder after 'he shot dead couple who defriended daughter on Facebook'

A father shot dead a young couple after allegedly becoming upset that they deleted his daughter on Facebook.

Marvin Potter, 60, has been charged with the first degree murders of Billy Payne Jr, 36, and his 23-year-old girlfriend Billie Jean Hayworth, police said today.

Miss Hayworth's eight-month-old baby was found unharmed in her arms at their Mountain City home in Tennessee.

Both victims had been shot in the head and Mr Payne had his throat cut, according to Timesnews.net.

The victims had complained to police that Jenelle Potter, 30, was harassing them after they deleted her as a friend on the social networking site, according to Sheriff Mike Reece.

The sheriff said: 'It's a senseless thing.'

Sure is.  What a tragic end to this couple.  I can't begin to imagine the trauma to the 8-month old baby, now an orphan for the rest of

Posted by Jill Fallon at 11:39 PM | Permalink

February 3, 2012

Killed to save planet

Teen kills mom and sister to save planet and to make the world more environmentally friendly.  He's nuts of course.

A 15-year-old boy who killed his mother and sister because he believed there were too many people in the world was ordered to be detained indefinitely in a psychiatric hospital, a Hong Kong news report said on Thursday.

Kan Ka-leung used a cleaver to hack to death his mother and younger sister, later telling an ambulance officer that fewer people in the world would be more environmentally-friendly, the South China Morning Post reported.

Kan, now 16, pleaded not guilty to two charges of murder, but guilty to manslaughter claiming diminished responsibility, which the prosecution accepted.
Posted by Jill Fallon at 11:52 PM | Permalink

Death by Hair Extensions

Killed by her hair extensions: Woman dies after allergic reaction 'to glue in hairdo' as expert says he has seen four similar deaths in three months

A woman died from a massive allergic reaction that could have been caused by the glue in her hair extensions, a pathologist said yesterday.

Atasha Graham, 34, who had used hair extensions for 14 years, collapsed after clubbing until the early hours.

Home Office pathologist Michael Heath told the inquest into her death that the latex glue used to apply her extensions – or the solvent for removing old ones – may have been to blame.

He added: ‘I’ve seen cases where people using solvent to apply extensions has actually caused anaphylactic shock.
‘There are about ten to 20 deaths a year in this country, many more in America. I have seen four in the last three months.’

He ruled out reactions to food and alcohol and said there were no drugs in her system.

On May 15 last year, Jamaican-born Miss Graham had been dancing at a club where her boyfriend, Fenton Johnson, was the DJ.
Mr Johnson said Miss Graham, one of nine children, was fine until she stepped through the doorway of their home in Lee, south-east London, at 6.30am, then suddenly collapsed and stopped breathing.

He called an ambulance and tried to resuscitate her as 999 operators gave him first aid instructions over the phone.  But she never properly regained consciousness and died later in hospital.

A post-mortem failed to find any abnormalities with her organs or substances which could have caused her death.
After lengthy discussions with experts the pathologist said he was certain the cause of death was anaphylactic shock as the level of tryptase, which occurs naturally in the body during an allergic reaction, was 178 micrograms per litre of blood - up to 25 times higher than the normal amount of between two and 14 micrograms per litre.
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February 2, 2012

Tragic death of Caroline Lovell

Woman, 36, who campaigned for home births dies having baby daughter at home

A passionate advocate of home births has died after her own home labour.


Campaigner Caroline Lovell, 36, went into cardiac arrest while giving birth to her second daughter, Zahra, at her home.

She was taken to hospital but died the next day. Her daughter survived.

The tragedy, in Melbourne on January 23, will re-ignite debate about the safety of home births.

Mrs Lovell had made arrangements for a private midwife to assist with the delivery, but unknown complications during the birth caused her heart to stop.

By the time paramedics arrived at her home, she was critically ill.

The photographer, who leaves behind her husband Nick, her first daughter Lulu, three, and newborn Zahra, had lobbied the Australian government for more state support for women who wanted home births.

How terribly.  I am so sorry for her family.

Posted by Jill Fallon at 2:08 PM | Permalink

January 30, 2012

Killed in avalanche

Experienced snowboarder, 24, triggers deadly avalanche and falls 2,400 feet to his death after ignoring snowstorm warnings

A 24-year-old snowboarder has been killed after triggering an avalanche in back country which officials had warned the public against using after a bout of violent snowstorms.

Alecsander Barton, originally from Michigan, was boarding from the peak of Big Cottonwood Canyon, Utah with two friends when he triggered an avalanche that measured 700 feet wide.

It occurred at a time when avalanche danger had been classified as 'high' due to heavy snowfall and loose, powdery snow.

Barton's two friends - a snowboarder and a skier - were not caught in the snow. They called 911 and, using beacons, found his body had been carried 2,400 feet by the snow.
Barton, who was two days from his 25th birthday, was already dead.
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January 12, 2012

No way to go

Woman killed in stampede as 5,000 students make desperate rush to register at South African university

More than 20 people were seriously injured as well. 

Prof Rensburg identified the dead woman as the mother of a male prospective student who came to the university today to apply for a place to study.

He said: 'The situation was particularly tragic as the young man was inside the registration tent and had no idea that this had happened.

Man drowns himself in a vat of whisky at world famous Scottish distillery

He leapt into a vat of whiskey at  at the Glenfiddich Distillery where he had worked for 23 years, leaving behind a wife and two daughters in their twenties.

'When the doors opened she was blown away': Woman is killed after unwittingly riding the elevator to her death in highrise inferno

Fire Department Chief Joe Roccasalva said the fire started in an apartment and smoke poured out into the building as the front door was left open after the people who lived there escaped.

Roccasalva said firefighters found Miss McCoy on the 12th floor. The elevator doors were open and it appeared as though she was going to her apartment. She had been carrying her purse and take-out food.

He said: 'The door of the apartment that was on fire didn't close when they left and all the heat and gases and smoke poured into the hallway. When the elevator door opened up, she just got blasted.'

Dying woman sees husband shoot dead his son, her two sisters and himself after argument over what to feed her

A convicted murderer gunned down three members of his family before killing himself after an argument about what to feed his terminally-ill wife, police say

Paul Gilkey, 63, snapped while looking after his wife Darlene, 59, who is dying of cancer. Authorities say he wasn't getting along with his son Leroy or wife's two sisters Barbara S. Mohler and Dorothy M. Cherry, who had come over to help Darlene.
An argument broke out in the small Logan, Ohio, home after Darlene's sisters fed her tea and toast after Gilkey had peeled an orange for her.

Three hours after the fight began, Gilkey walked out of the living room, where his wife was staying in a hospital bed, and returned with a 9mm Browning handgun.
All the while, bedridden Darlene Gilkey watched, unable to stop the violence.

Condolences to all their families and friends who must be devastated.

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December 30, 2011

Killed by severed deer head

Elderly driver, 70, killed in car crash after severed deer head flies through her windshield

An elderly motorist was killed in a freak road accident after she was hit by the severed head of a deer that was hit by another car.
Rosemary Bower, 70, died after a deer's head plunged through her windshield, causing her car to careen off the road in rural Reynoldsville, Pennsylvania.

Police said the deer had become airborne after being hit by another car traveling in front of her.  The impact sent the deer hurtling over a car driven by Rocco Ford and Scott Elgoff.

It landed on her vehicle and the impact caused the deer to be cut in half with the head and shoulders hurtling through 70 year old Bower's windshield.

 Deer In Headlights

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration there are about 1.5 million car accidents with deer each year that result in $1billion in vehicle damage.

Latest figures show that each year more than 100 people are killed with 10,000 injured after collisions with deer.
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December 22, 2011

Sleepwaking into death

Woman drowns after SLEEPWALKING down street and falling into a lake

Friends and neighbours of 55-year-old Charlene Ferrero were shocked when they heard she sleepwalked to her death.

Police believe she left her Oaklyn, New Jersey apartment sometime Saturday night and fell from a train trestle into a lake, and drowned - all while she was asleep.

Her body was pulled from Newton Lake by search crews Monday night.

Local news video

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October 13, 2011

Death by Hair Dye at 17

Seventeen-year-old girl collapses and dies in agony after suffering extreme reaction while dyeing her hair with friend

 Tabatha Mccourt Dead By Hairdye 17

Tabatha McCourt, 17, was watching the X Factor on TV when she ran screaming from the bathroom of the family home in Airdrie, Lanarkshire, pulling on her hair and vomiting before she finally collapsed.

Friends told how Tabatha's eyes started to roll and she began having such a violent fit that it took two people to hold her down.

Tabatha's best friend Heather Goodhall called 999 but paramedics who came to the house, were unable to save her.

Heather said: 'Tabatha was always dyeing her hair different colours.

'The dye had only been in around 20 minutes when she got up and went to the bathroom.

'She came back a couple of minutes later, sat down on the seat, and then began frantically pulling the foils from her hair.

'She started shouting, "no, no" and my mum's boyfriend held her and tried to calm her down. 

'It was really scary. Her eyes started going all funny and then she just started being sick. 'It was really frightening. She looked just like a rag doll, limp, just lying there.
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October 12, 2011

Death by birthday gift

It seemed as if Claudette Porter always to skydive.  and for her 75th birthday that's what she did in Nevada with a veteran, experienced instructor by her side, a flying Elvis impersonator. 

Both parachutes failed to open and they fell to their deaths.

The grandmother who died with Honeymoon in Vegas star skydiver during tandem jump that was her 75th birthday present

Mr Jessey said Mr Fonnesbeck had successfully jumped with other customers Sunday before going up with Claudette Porter.

'It just baffles me that it could happen to him,' Jessey said. 'I mean, the one thing we all said about him was, `You know, he won't die skydiving.' Well, somehow it happened, and I have no idea how.'

Mr Jessey noted Mr Fonnesbeck was among the team of skydiving Elvis impersonators in the 1992 film 'Honeymoon in Vegas,' starring Nicolas Cage and Sarah Jessica Parker. The movie shows Cage and members of the 'Flying Elvises' skydiving at night onto the Las Vegas Strip.
During the jump, the main parachute attached to Mr Fonnesbeck and Mrs Porter did not fully deploy, and a backup chute became entangled with the main chute when the instructor deployed it, Mesquite police spokesman Jeffrey Smith said.

The backup chute had only partially opened before Mr Fonnesbeck and Mrs Porter hit the runway at Mesquite's airport, Smith said. Mr Fonnesbeck died at the scene, while Mrs Porter died at a hospital.
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September 29, 2011

Two died in sewage tanks

This headline made me laugh.  Kennebunkport Coroner Sends Out for Another Bale of Potpourri

Two Augusta-area men were found dead inside a lodge's sewage holding tank Tuesday, police said.

Richard Kemp, 70, of Monmouth, and Winfield Studley, 58, of Windsor, were employees of Stevens Electric and Pump Services of Monmouth and were servicing a pump Tuesday in the tank at The Lodge at Turbats Creek.

Kennebunk Police Chief Craig Sanford said there were no witnesses and it's unclear how the men ended up dead in the tank.

Sanford said the two were working alongside an employee from Kennebunk-based Nest and Sons, which was pumping the tank. The Nest and Sons employee left with a load of sewage, and when he returned 30 to 45 minutes later, the men were not there.

Apparently both men were very liked and their deaths has hit their families hard.  Condolences to their families.

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September 25, 2011

"He had glow sticks and a flashlight attached to his head"

A sad death.

Brother thinks dead man was trying to hid gun in river even though he was licensed to carry.

A man found dead at the downtown flood wall was likely trying to retrieve a gun he tossed into the water to hide it from police, his brother said.

Police believe Matthew Bleistein, 30, of Lancaster, Penn., may have died while trying to retrieve a Glock semi-automatic pistol from the Merrimack River. A passerby found Bleistein's body suspended by a rope around his waist last Saturday morning, police said.
Steve Bleistein said his brother told him afterward that he and the other resident had exchanged words and that the resident had threatened him and then called police.

Matthew Bleistein always carried a gun for protection, his brother said. When the police arrived, he threw the gun over the flood wall into the Merrimack River, Steve Bleistein theorized.

"I think he just panicked. He knew the cops were coming and wanted to avoid further problems," Steve Bleistein said. "But that's a guess. He never said a word to me about it."

Police didn't see him toss the gun into the river, either. They learned of his action only later, from his grandmother.
Afterward, Matthew Bleistein apparently wanted his gun back, so he went to a nearby Walmart, where he bought a nylon rope and pulley, O'Connell said.

"He purchased the rope to retrieve the gun," O'Connell said.

Sometime late last Friday or early Saturday, Matthew Bleistein apparently tied the rope around his waist and used the pulley to hoist himself over the wall and down toward the river. He had glow sticks and a flashlight attached to his head, police said.

Around 8 a.m. last Saturday, somebody walking near the wall saw the rope, which was attached to a nearby chain-link fence, and Matthew Bleistein's body.

Harbormaster Michael Vets used a boat to retrieve Matthew Bleistein's body. Vets estimated the distance from the top of the wall in the area where the body was found to be 10 to 12 feet from the water's surface at high tide and 15 to 16 feet at low tide.

A commenter reported that the harbormaster said if he had waited til low tide the gun would of only been in 3 feet of water and he could of waded to it and retrieved it.

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Woman decapitated in Mexico

Woman journalist is decapitated by Mexican drugs cartel over comments she made on social networking site

Police found a woman's decapitated body in a Mexican border city on Saturday, alongside a handwritten sign saying she was killed in retaliation for her postings on a social networking site.

The gruesome killing may be the third so far this month in which people in Nuevo Laredo were killed by a drug cartel for what they said on the internet.
the woman posted on the local social networking site, Nuevo Laredo en Vivo, or 'Nuevo Laredo Live,' rather than her role at the newspaper, that resulted in her killing.

The site prominently features tip hotlines for the Mexican army, navy and police, and includes a section for reporting the location of drug gang lookouts and drug sales points — possibly the information that angered the cartel.

The message found next to her body on the side of a main thoroughfare referred to the nickname the victim purportedly used on the site, 'La Nena de Laredo,' or 'Laredo Girl.'

Her head was found placed on a large stone piling nearby.

'Nuevo Laredo en Vivo and social networking sites, I'm The Laredo Girl, and I'm here because of my reports, and yours,' the message read.

'For those who don't want to believe, this happened to me because of my actions, for believing in the army and the navy. Thank you for your attention, respectfully, Laredo Girl...ZZZZ.'

The letter 'Z' refers to the hyper-violent Zetas drug cartel, which is believed to dominate the city across from Laredo, Texas.

It was unclear how the killers found out her real identity.  By late Saturday, the chat room at Nuevo Laredo en Vivo was abuzz with fellow posters who said they knew the victim from her online postings, and railing against the Zetas, a gang founded by military deserters who have become known for mass killings and gruesome executions.
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September 23, 2011

Spontaneous Human Combustion

Irishman dies of spontaneous human combustion coroner finds

Michael Faherty, 76, died in his own home and coroner Dr.Kieran Mcloughlin stated that in his 25 years of inquests he had never come across such a cause of death, the Irish Independent reports.

Faherty’s body was badly burnt but there was absolutely no source for the flames other than spontaneous combustion.

A senior police officer and fire officer said that they had completely ruled out that he had caught fire by any outside means.

Wikipedia on spontaneous human combustion, some explanations and two survivors

Two examples of people surviving static flash events[clarification needed] are given in a book on SHC.  Author John Heymer claims that the two subjects, Debbie Clark and Susan Motteshead, speaking independently and with no knowledge of each other, give similar histories.

In September 1985, Debbie Clark was walking home when she noticed an occasional flash of blue light.  As she claimed, "It was me. I was lighting up the driveway every couple of steps. As we got into the garden I thought it was funny at that point. I was walking around in circles saying: 'look at this, mum, look!' She started screaming and my brother came to the door and started screaming and shouting 'Have you never heard of spontaneous human combustion?'" Her mother, Dianne Clark, responded: "I screamed at her to get her shoes off and it [the flashes] kept going so I hassled her through and got her into the bath. I thought that the bath is wired to earth. It was a blue light you know what they call electric blue. She thought it was fun, she was laughing."

In winter 1980, Cheshire, England, resident Susan Motteshead was standing in her kitchen, wearing flame-resistant pajamas, when she was suddenly engulfed in a short-lived fire that seemed to have ignited the fluff on her clothing but burned out before it could set anything properly alight.

Some more reported cases here.

More possible explanations for the phenomenon at How Stuff Works. 

The first known account of spontaneous human combustion came from the Danish anatomist Thomas Bartholin in 1663, who described how a woman in Paris "went up in ashes and smoke" while she was sleeping. The straw mattress on which she slept was unmarred by the fire. In 1673, a Frenchman named Jonas Dupont published a collection of spontaneous combustion cases in his work "De Incendiis Corporis Humani Spontaneis."

The hundreds of spontaneous human combustion accounts since that time have followed a similar pattern: The victim is almost completely consumed, usually inside his or her home. Coroners at the scene have sometimes noted a sweet, smoky smell in the room where the incident occurred.

What makes the charred bodies in the photos of spontaneous human combustion so peculiar is that the extremities often remain intact. Although the torso and head are charred beyond recognition, the hands, feet, and/or part of the legs may be unburned. Also, the room around the person shows little or no signs of a fire, aside from a greasy residue that is sometimes left on furniture and walls. In rare cases, the internal organs of a victim remain untouched while the outside of the body is charred.
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September 22, 2011

In limbo

When a loved one vanishes on a cruise, the family is in limbo.  Dead or missing?  Do they hold a funeral?  Collect on insurance?  Those families are living a nightmare.

Some 165 people have gone missing from cruise ships in recent years

‘It has been incredibly difficult, surreal really, and terrible for the children,’ she says. ‘In my heart I believe he is dead, that he is gone, that he somehow slipped and went overboard. I can’t think of any other explanation.

‘A search of the sea was carried out at the time, but nothing was found. I am told there are sharks in the area: it is very painful to think about.’

But is the idea of someone ‘slipping overboard’ credible? The rails on cruise ships are at least 3ft 6in high, which makes it incredibly difficult for anyone — even someone who might be drunk or ill — to pitch overboard.

‘Life goes on,’ she says. ‘I need money to pay the bills and we’ve lost John’s salary. John took out travel insurance and I’ve been on to the company to try to make a claim but they simply say: “What are you claiming for?”

‘Thomson haven’t given me any support, either. John was in their care, but I haven’t had so much as a letter from them. I can’t get a widow’s pension because we don’t know if John is dead.

‘We’re living a nightmare and we can’t see a way out of it. It is so unreal that we can’t grieve. We are in limbo. What do we do? Should we hold a funeral? But how can we if we’re not sure he’s dead?’
Are they the victims of a sinister crime wave? Have they had a mishap at sea and fallen overboard, or perhaps chosen to take their own lives?

The sad fact is that, in many cases, no one knows. And for the family and friends they left behind, that only compounds the heartache. Loved ones such as Ruth Halford and her children, who remain in limbo; bereft, baffled and unable to grieve.
Posted by Jill Fallon at 11:23 AM | Permalink

September 16, 2011

Dwarf Porn Double Found Dead in Badger Den

Gordon Ramsay's Dwarf Porn Double Found Dead In A Badger Den

In a bizarre case that would have even CSI's top investigators stumped, a dwarf porn star who was Gordon Ramsay's doppelganger was found dead in a badger set in the U.K. RadarOnline.com has learned.

Percy Foster, star of X-rated movie Hi-Ho Hi-Ho, It's Up Your A**e We Go, was about to be rocketed into the ranks of celebrity porn lookalikes due to his resemblance to the Hell's Kitchen host when his partially eaten body was discovered in a badger's den.

According to a report in U.K. tabloid The Sunday Sport, the 3'6" actor was found "deep in an underground chamber by Ministry of Agriculture experts ahead of a planned badger-gassing program near Tregaron, west Wales."

Expert CSI teams had to use fingertip technology to remove his body from the six-foot-deep burrow, and investigators have not yet ruled out the possibility of suicide.
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Disemboweled and hanged for blogging


Tortured, disemboweled and hung from a bridge for tweeting: Couple killed by Mexican drug cartel as gruesome warning to bloggers who 'snitch' online

A couple have been found hanging from a bridge in the Mexican border city of Nuevo Laredo after being disembowelled and mutilated by attackers.

The motive for the gruesome attack was to warn social media users not to criticise Mexican drug cartels on the internet.

Next to the battered bodies was a sign reading: ‘This is going to happen to all those posting funny things on the internet, You better (expletive) pay attention. I’m about to get you.’
Over the last five years more than 34,000 people have died in drug-related violence in the country.
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September 15, 2011

Death by mouthwash


Dental patient, 30, 'turned blue and died after swilling mouthwash led to fatal allergic reaction'

A young woman died after suffering a fatal reaction to mouthwash while she was sitting in the dentist's chair, an inquest heard yesterday.

Sacha Rumaner, 30, was undergoing routine treatment and was not under anaesthetic when she went into shock at the Morley Street dental clinic in Brighton, East Sussex, on February 2, this year.

She complained of feeling hot and having an itchy leg and back moments before collapsing and sliding off the chair on to the surgery floor.

Within just a few minutes she was dead, after her dentist missed the warning signs that Miss Rumaner was suffering an anaphylactic shock.

The Brighton inquest heard she had been given a rinse with household mouthwash Corsodyl to treat a possible infection a week after she had a tooth removed.
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September 7, 2011

Mid-air collision

Pilot dies after his plane hits aircraft flown by his girlfriend as they speak to each other via radio

The couple were talking to each other from separate planes when they crashed over Nightmute, Alaska.  The girlfriend survived; the pilot didn't.

Sprague, of Idaho, told the investigator she was dating Veal, who reportedly was going through a divorce, Johnson said.

'They meet up in the air,' Johnson told the Anchorage Daily News.

'There's some manoeuvring that's done en route at about 1,200 feet (above sea level). The 207 pilot loses track of where the 208 is.'

'The next thing she knows is his air-plane strikes her right wing, and nearly severs the right wing,' Johnson said.
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August 22, 2011

Death by chocolate chip and a trace of peanut

Teen dies after eating a chocolate chip cookie... as he realised too late it had traces of peanut

Fifteen-year-old Jharell Dillard took a bite of a chocolate chip cookie on Wednesday that immediately caused his airway to swell, preventing him from breathing.


The boy's father, Charles Dillard, said Jharell normally didn't carry an injection of epinephrine, known by the brand name EpiPen, because he was aware of his allergy and was usually cautious.

Jharell, a junior at Central Gwinnett High School, was shopping with his aunt at a local Wal-Mart on Tuesday, when he ran back to the parking lot to grab a snack from the car.

But the chocolate chip cookie he ate also contained traces of peanuts, causing his tongue and throat to begin to swell.
His father said it was a 'freak accident' and told CBS Atlanta
that his son's death is a warning, and asked others to consider if 'we understand as parents the danger of food allergies.'

Mr Dillard said the boy's organs were donated, in hopes his legacy will inspire other parents to do the same.

The donation saved seven people.
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August 18, 2011

Mum, the bear is eating me!"

Horrific!  After reading this story, I am feeling distraught just imagining what they all went through.

'Mum, the bear is eating me!': Frantic final phone calls of woman, 19, eaten alive by brown bear and its three cubs

A distraught mother listened on a mobile phone as her teenage daughter was eaten alive by a brown bear and its three cubs.

-Olga+Stepfather Eaten By Bears

Olga Moskalyova, 19, gave an horrific hour-long running commentary on her own death in three separate calls as the wild animals mauled her. She screamed: 'Mum, the bear is eating me! Mum, it’s such agony. Mum, help!'

Her mother Tatiana said that at first she thought she was joking.'But then I heard the real horror and pain in Olga’s voice, and the sounds of a bear growling and chewing,' she added. 'I could have died then and there from shock.'

Unknown to Tatiana, the bear had already killed her husband Igor Tsyganenkov - Olga’s stepfather - by overpowering him, breaking his neck and smashing his skull.

Olga, a trainee psychologist, saw the ­attack on her stepfather in tall grass and reeds by a river in Russia and fled for 70 yards before the mother bear grabbed her leg. As the creature toyed with her, she managed to call Tatiana several times during the prolonged attack.Tatiana rang her husband - not knowing he was ­already dead - but got no answer. She alerted the police and relatives in the village of Termalniy, near Petropavlovsk Kamchatskiy, in the extreme east of Siberia. She begged them to rush to the river where the pair had gone to retrieve a fishing rod that Igor had left.

In a second call, a weak Olga gasped: 'Mum, the bears are back. She came back and brought her three babies. They’re... eating me.'

Finally, in her last call - almost an hour after the first - Olga sensed she was on the verge of death.
With the bears having apparently left her to die, she said: 'Mum, it’s not hurting any more. I don’t feel the pain. Forgive me for everything, I love you so much.'

The call cut off and that was the last Tatiana heard from her ­daughter.
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"It was like Jaws"

Another horrific 'being eaten' story.

Bride sees groom eaten by a shark

A BRITISH bridegroom was killed by a shark off an idyllic honeymoon island yesterday - as the horrified bride he wed 11 days ago looked on.

Ian Redmond, 30, was attacked in shallow water 100ft off a Seychelles beach. Bride Gemma, 27, from Wigan, was sunbathing and heard him shout "Help, help" as the Bull shark savaged him. He suffered horrific injuries as the monster tore huge chunks of flesh from his body.
An islander said: "The man was swimming close to the beach. He began splashing and shouting. His arm was ripped off and parts of his torso were missing. There was a horrific amount of blood in the water. It was like Jaws."

Another witness said someone grabbed Gemma and kept her away from her mutilated husband.

He added: "The damage was too great. It was too horrific for her to see."

Beach restaurant boss Jeanne Vargiolu, 56, said Ian had lost one arm and had the flesh stripped off one leg.

He also had holes in his chest and stomach.

She added: "All the meat on one leg was gone."
Posted by Jill Fallon at 2:35 PM | Permalink

She wanted to be beautiful for her 40th birthday

Mother who had breast surgery to be 'beautiful' for her 40th birthday died the day after the procedure

A mother-of-three who got plastic surgery to look good for her 40th birthday died a day after the procedure.


Adriana da Silva, 39, a Brazilian immigrant who had set up her own successful cleaning business in Framingham, Massachusetts, complained of feeling light-headed the day after getting breast implants.

She then fell in the bathroom of her home and was rushed to hospital but pronounced dead.  Doctors told the family she had a clot in her heart.
According to state licensing boards, the doctor is shown as a family practitioner with no particular expertise in plastic surgery; however, in the last 10 years, he has no criminal, malpractice, or disciplinary complaints against him.
Posted by Jill Fallon at 2:33 PM | Permalink

August 13, 2011

Death by sand

Teenager dies on beach after burying himself in sand to hide from parents as a joke

A student accidentally buried himself alive in the sand and died whilst playing a ‘childish beach game’.

The horrific incident saw the unnamed 18-year-old suffer a cardiac arrest as he desperately waved his protruding hand above the sand as it collapsed around him.

Unfortunately the attempt to draw attention to himself went unnoticed on the crowded beach in Torreilles, close to Perpignan in south west France. 

The teenager from Pithiviers, in northern France, had originally dug himself the 3ft deep hole to hide from family and friends who all enjoying a day out.

‘It was a childish beach game which went horribly wrong,’ said an ambulance service spokesman who had helped with the attempted rescue.
Posted by Jill Fallon at 10:18 AM | Permalink

August 11, 2011

Death by Hot Tub

Couple drowned after overheating while relaxing in their garden hot tub

A couple have drowned after overheating while relaxing in their garden hot tub.

Terry Kent and Melinda Sweeten were passed out as they lay back in 110 degree water in their Oregon hot tub.

Authorities said the hot water caused them to pass out and slipped below the water.

Friends said Kent, 56, and Sweeten, 57, had recently retired.

A family member was dropping off children, who were cared for by the victims, and found the bodies.

Oregon Deputy State Medical Examiner Dr. Larry Lewman conducted autopsies and determined that the couple died of "immersion hypothermia and drowning."

The manner of death was most likely accidental, Dr Lewman said, adding that toxicology test results have not been received.

'They were immersed in extremely hot water,' Dr Lewman said.

He said the water in the hot tub where the bodies were found was measured at 110 degrees, which is "way hotter than a hot tub is supposed to be."
Posted by Jill Fallon at 10:26 PM | Permalink

August 10, 2011

Death by recycling bin

Woman, 62, suffocates to death after falling head-first into her recycling bin

A woman who died after falling head-first into a recycling bin and wasn't noticed until her husband came from work got stuck in a position in which she couldn't breathe, a coroner said.

Sixty-two-year-old Sheila Decoster, of Toledo, was likely inside the bin for several hours before she was found on Friday, said Lucas County Deputy Coroner Diane Barnett.

Her husband, Richard Decoster, saw her legs sticking out of the 64-gallon container that sits alongside their porch after he returned home from work at around 5pm.

Mr Decoster told The Blade newspaper of Toledo: 'I just happened to look to the left and, honestly, thought it was a dummy. I shook her leg and called her name, and I knew she was gone.'

The couple, married for 43 years with three daughters, kept their recycling and trash bins next to their porch, which does not have a railing.

Investigators said it looked like Sheila Decoster was standing on her porch when she leaned over, lifted the lid on the bin and fell inside.

Dr Barnett couldn't say how long Mrs Decoster, who was still wearing pajamas, was in the recycling container before she was found, but she had been there for at least several hours.

What a sad way to die.  Condolences to her family.

Posted by Jill Fallon at 9:15 AM | Permalink

August 3, 2011

Death by Siletto

Death by stiletto: Woman 'kills her boyfriend with spiked heel to the head'

A woman allegedly beat her boyfriend to death with the spiked heel of a stiletto shoe.

Thelma Carter, 46, struck her live-in boyfriend Robert Higdon, 58, with the shoe at their trailer park home in Augusta, Georgia, police said.

Authorities are unsure how many times Mr Higdon was hit with the shoe before he died.  Carter has been charged with murder.
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July 26, 2011

Over the Vernal Falls

 3 Hikers Yosemitefalls

The three hikers presumed dead after climbing safety rail at Yosemite waterfall and ignoring calls to come back. 

These are the three hikers who jumped a guard rail at Yosemite National Park and were taking photographs close to a massive waterfall before being pulled away by raging water.

Hormiz David, 22, Ninos Yacoub, 27, and Ramina Badal, 21, all from California, are presumed dead after the incident at the park’s Vernal Falls. The three friends were playing and taking pictures in waters 25 feet away from the 317-foot falls despite urgings from onlookers to come back.

Their leisurely swim turned deadly as one of them slipped, fell and was dragged toward the falls.
Park spokesman Scott Gediman told the L.A. Times that the second victim tried to rescue the first, and the third victim tried to save the other two.
A guardrail separates visitors from the water atop the falls, and signs in multiple languages warn of the danger created by slippery boulders.
Other hikers, including several children in their group, could only watch as the rushing water swept all three students over the edge.
‘Everyone was screaming,’ witness Jake Bibee said. ‘People were praying.’

‘They were honest, righteous Christians trying to live their lives the right way,’ said friend Ninos Piro, 36. ‘They were trying to be a good influence on everyone around them. That's why you see everyone so torn up around here.’
Yesterday afternoon, hundreds of tourists climbed the 1.5-mile (2.4-kilometer) Mist Trail to the top of Vernal Fall after the path was reopened.  The path to the top of Vernal Falls, a three-mile trek with a 1,000-foot rise in elevation, is one of the most popular hikes in the park.

How tragic for their families and friends,  May they rest in peace.

Posted by Jill Fallon at 2:47 PM | Permalink

July 23, 2011

Amy Winehouse, dead at 27

Amy Winehouse, 27, found dead at her London flat after suspected 'drug overdose'


A sad, but not surprising death for an extremely talented singer.  Looking at photos over the past several years shows which you can see at the link below  an extremely unhappy woman who sought relief in drink and drug abuse.

A death foretold: The rapid rise and tragic fall of Amy Winehouse, the deeply flawed soul prodigy

Amy Winehouse's death was one foretold by gruesome pictures of bloody plimsolls and near death experiences from drugs publicly retold by her lovers. It almost seems unsurprising that, in death, Winehouse joins many of her heroes - Kurt Cobain, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Jim Morrison - all of whom died aged just 27.
Posted by Jill Fallon at 7:04 PM | Permalink

July 14, 2011

Death by water times three

Three terrible deaths by water.

David Potts was vacationing on Hawaii with his infant son and long-time girlfriend as she recuperated from chemotherapy and prepared to undergo surgery, a double mastectomy,  when he was hit by a freak wave from behind that pushed him into a Maui blow hole to his death.

Dancing and frolicking in the spray, this is the moment seconds before a California man was sucked into a Maui blow hole to his death.

 Maui Blow Hole

Mr Potts briefly came up to the surface, before tragically disappearing again when the next wave hit.
'It's just too much and we barely know where to begin or what to do first,' family friend Lisa Christensen, who was holidaying with the couple
The blowhole, which is a popular tourist attraction, was created by pounding surf that undercut and wore away a lava shelf.  Every wave pushes water and air through the hole, creating an eruption similar to a geyser, before the water is then sucked back into the blowhole.

An experienced swimmer drowned and a life guard is in critical condition after 'breath holding' exercises at a Staten Island pool that was only 3 feet deep.

They were practicing techniques similar to those used in military training.
Parks Commissioner Adian Benepe said two of Vitenko and Proce's friends were also in the water but were not taking part in the training exercises.  He said: 'It's a tragic and almost incomprehensible accident, the pool is three-and-a-half feet across the entire surface.

Two lifeguards and 20 swimmers failed to spot them.

It's not clear if the duo was following an official training program, or if they had devised their own workout, said Lt. Col. Robert Roy, head of Air Force recruiting in New York.
Either way, the military advises against certain breath-holding exercises or swimming underwater at length to avoid "shallow water blackout," which can lead to drowning.

And a third, Girl, 13, sucked to her death by swimming pool circulation pump after workers forgot to replace grille

'The pump was so strong that as she swam it had the effect of a whirlpool and pulled her under and sucked her in,' said a police spokesman.  'It was a terrible way to die.'
Posted by Jill Fallon at 11:35 PM | Permalink

July 11, 2011

Death by rollercoaster

What a horrific story.

Double amputee Iraq war veteran dies after he was flung off roller coaster at 50 mph

An Iraq war veteran who lost both his legs to an IED attack has died after being flung from a roller coaster.
Sergeant James Hackemer, 29, died after falling from the Ride of Steel roller coaster at Darien Lake Theme Park, Syracuse, New York.

He was visiting the park with his daughters, sisters and other members of the family. He was on the ride with his nephew, Ashton, a sophomore at the University at Buffalo, when the tragic accident happened.

 Sgt James Hackemer

According to park officials, Mr Hackemer was travelling at 50 mph in the front row of the roller coaster when he was ejected. Investigators say nothing mechanical was wrong with the ride and both the safety harness and restraining bar were working.

Speaking to 9WSYR.com, Heather Comer - who was at the park at the time of the accident - spoke to a witness who saw the accident.

Mrs Comer said: 'She was shaking pretty bad and she said yeah some guy just fell out of the superman like in front of me. 'And, supposedly, they said he didn't have any legs. And so he went over a hill and he had fallen out.'

In March 2007, Mr Hackemer nearly lost his life after both legs were blown when his vehicle hit an IED. Mr Hackemer had spent three years of rehabilitation before his March 18 release from Walter Reed Army Medical Centre.

May he rest in peace.

Posted by Jill Fallon at 11:58 AM | Permalink

July 8, 2011

She escaped by playing dead

 Big Grizzly

Wife of man killed by bear escaped with her life after playing dead

It was a one in three million occurrence park rangers said, when a grizzly bear charged at Brian Matayoshi and his wife, Marylyn, fatally mauling him during a hike through Yellowstone National Park.

Miraculously, Marylyn survived, after the sow bit into the backpack she was wearing, and threw her into the air.

She landed back on the ground uninjured and managed to escape, by playing dead.

Mr Matayoshi, a retired pharmacist and father, was in in the middle of a three-week trip with his wife when they saw a grizzly and her two cubs about 100yds away along the popular Wapiti Lake Trail at 11am on Wednesday.

She said they turned in the direction they had come but when they looked back, the sow was charging.

Yellowstone Superintendeint Dan Wenk reported Mr Matayoshi told his wife to run and she hid behind a falled tree. He was unable to find shelter as the bear attacked.

The woman told park officials she didn't see the bear attack her husband. When the bear went for her, she dropped to the ground, which likely saved her life, Mr Wenk said.

A group of hikers heard her calls for help and were able to call authorities, who arrived within 20 minutes.
Mrs Matayoshi suffered scrapes and bruises but didn't seek medical attention. Her husband died at the scene, according to park spokesman Al Nash.

There had been no fatal attacks by grizzlies for 25 years.

Yellowstone park rangers will not hunt killer bear...because it was protecting its cubs

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July 1, 2011

"The water got murkier and murkier"

The little boy who was with Marie Joseph on Sunday went to the lifeguard to tell him that she had fallen into the pool, the state-run Veterans Memorial pool at Lafayette Park in Fall River, Massachusetts.

He was ignored.

 Mariejoseph Poolvictim

Sunday, Monday, people swam in the pool and never noticed the dead body in the deep end.  Neither did the lifeguards.

Monday, health inspectors came by and noticed the city permit had expired, but they didn't notice the dead body.

The pool had not been inspected in about a year, and its permit had expired Dec. 31

State inspectors returned on Tuesday to inspect the pool.  They called the water "cloudy," yet passed the pool anyway because the chlorine and pH level checked out normal.

It was a young couple that jumped the pool's fence for an late night illicit swim who discovered the body of Mary Joseph.

Edward Lambert Jr., DCR commissioner and former Fall River mayor, said he also put the “pool’s entire staff” on administrative leave, the same step Flanagan took for his health inspectors.

“We express our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Marie Joseph,” Lambert said in a statement yesterday, adding his agency is cooperating with a police probe.
Yet city officials charged with inspecting pools elsewhere said a pool as cloudy as Fall River’s should never have been opened.

“It’s a safety hazard. If that pool is so murky you couldn’t see the bottom, you couldn’t see that there was a corpse there, then there’s something really wrong with the clarity of that pool,” said Frank Singleton, director of Lowell’s Health Department. “It should have been closed and had the clarity restored.

Lifeguards and swimmers who were at the pool Monday and Tuesday told investigators the water had become murky since Sunday, raising the grisly possibility the body’s decomposition may have been contributing to the decreasing clarity.

“The water got murkier and murkier,’’ said Gregg Miliote,

Posted by Jill Fallon at 10:15 AM | Permalink

June 28, 2011

How can you be this drunk?

Man 'drives down interstate for over a mile with corpse of pedestrian he'd run over sitting in front seat'

A Houston man was arrested after he kept driving for more than a mile after a pedestrian's body smashed through his windshield and landed in the front passenger seat this morning.

James John Onak, 49, fatally hit the pedestrian, whose car had broken down, on Interstate 45 to the southeast of the city at about 12:40am, it is alleged.

Police said that
the driver was so intoxicated that he said he did not realise that the body was in his car until he was stopped by officers.
Officers said they pulled Onak over about a mile and half from where the incident happened after they spotted him driving erratically.

When the police officer looked into the car he saw the dead body on the floorboard of the front passenger seat.

The car's hood and roof had also caved in.
Posted by Jill Fallon at 4:02 PM | Permalink

June 24, 2011

Woman dies of heart caused by shock of waking up at her OWN funeral

What a headline. 

Woman dies of heart caused by shock of waking up at her OWN funeral

Started screaming as mourners gathered around coffin saying prayers for her soul

'Her eyes fluttered but she only lived for another 12 minutes before she died again, this time for good'

A woman died from a heart attack caused by shock after waking up to discover she had been declared dead - and was being prepared for burial.

As mourning relatives filed past her open coffin the supposedly dead woman suddenly woke up and started screaming as she realised where she was.

Fagilyu Mukhametzyanov, 49, had been wrongly declared deceased by doctors but died for real after hearing mourners saying prayers for her soul to be taken up to heaven in Kazan, Russia

Her husband is furious

'I am very angry and want answers. She wasn’t dead when they said she was and they could have saved her.'
Posted by Jill Fallon at 11:24 AM | Permalink

June 23, 2011

Death by sunbed


Sunbed fanatic mother-of-three dies from skin cancer after body is riddled with 19 tumours

A mother-of-three who started using a sunbed at 16 has died from skin cancer - after her body became riddled with 19 tumours.

Donna Ballantyne, 39, went under the UV rays twice a week in unmanned coin-operated tanning booths.

But nine years ago she developed a melanoma and spent nearly a decade fighting the disease as it spread around her body.

She campaigned tirelessly to raise awareness of the danger of sunbeds after her diagnosis and raised more than £1million for cancer charities.

Speaking two years ago, she said: 'If I could turn back time, I wouldn't have spent even one second of my life on a sunbed.
Posted by Jill Fallon at 4:55 PM | Permalink

June 2, 2011

"She was cut in half"

What an horrific story. 

'She was cut in half': Horror as woman, 21, killed on sweltering New York subway platform after FAINTING and falling in front of train

Fatoumata Diallo from the Bronx, was standing on the platform at the 77th Street Station in the Upper East Side at around 3:09pm.

As the train, packed with schoolchildren, pulled into the station the young woman fainted and fell in front of the oncoming subway car.

May she Rest in peace.

Posted by Jill Fallon at 7:21 PM | Permalink

Swept to death over Niagara Falls

Swimming alone just above the Falls sounds a tad risky to me.

Woman, 51, is swept to her death over Niagara Falls

Tourists watched in horror as the woman, who had been swimming in the river above the Horseshoe Falls, got caught in the rapids and was thrown over to her death.

Witnesses said the woman appeared to be alive when she went over yesterday afternoon but had died by the time rescuers reached her in the river below.


Posted by Jill Fallon at 9:20 AM | Permalink

May 25, 2011

Deadly tornado sucks teen through sunroof while riding home from graduation with his father

Just one of the terrible stories from Joplin.

Horrible… Deadly Tornado Sucks Teen Through Sunroof While Riding Home From Graduation With His Father

All we can do is pray for the living and the dead and donate to The Red Cross

Posted by Jill Fallon at 12:44 AM | Permalink

May 2, 2011


 Time Deadosama

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March 31, 2011

Fused to chair

This could well be the worst death I can imagine.

Obese man dies after found fused to chair

And he lived with his girlfriend and another roommate!

Posted by Jill Fallon at 9:36 AM | Permalink

March 9, 2011

Let's play Russian roulette

Baruch and McCloskey,an American soldier, were drinking too much in Baruch's home where his wife and two young children lived when they came up with a great idea - let's play Russian roulette.  What could go wrong?

Sergeant Michael McCloskey, 26, is dead and Jacob Baruch is charged with second degree murder.

Posted by Jill Fallon at 7:03 AM | Permalink

March 7, 2011

Death by Igloo

Father crushed to death by snow while building igloo for boy in his back garden

A father was crushed to death by snow while building an igloo for a young boy in his back garden, it emerged today.
Yan Lavalliere, 26, had been helping his girlfriend’s five-year-old son construct an ice dome when it collapsed on top of him at their home in a suburb of Montreal, Canada.

The incident happened after the boy was reportedly asked to pile on snow while  the 26-year-old crawled inside.

After the collapse, the child called over to a neighbour in Chambly, Quebec, who rushed over with a shovel to  him out from under the 4ft high heap of compacted snow.

His partner, Melissa Tremblay, and relatives eventually released him. But they were too late to save Mr Lavalliere, who had a four-year-old daughter of his own,

‘I started shovelling and then saw his black hat and then I saw his face,’ a witness told the Toronto Sun.

‘I took the snow out of his mouth but his teeth were clenched. I said `stay with us, stay with us` but there wasn’t anything happening.’

How sad.  Condolences to his family, especially the poor little boy.

‘It's very difficult for him. He cries all the time. He feels guilty he couldn't help him, but we tell him it's not his fault.’
Posted by Jill Fallon at 10:32 AM | Permalink

March 2, 2011

"Miracle Danielle"

The baby born after her mum was shot dead

It's a story of great joy at a birth, immense sadness at a death and the heroics of a young boy who called 911.

A pregnant woman was shot to death next to her husband, but doctors were still able to deliver her baby girl alive in hospital after their nine-year-old son called for help.

Tenishia Latham, 25, and Larry Latham, 28, were both shot by a man with whom Mr Latham was having an argument with in Clinton Township, Ohio, police said.

Their three children - aged four, eight and nine - were at home when the attack happened but remained unharmed, and the eldest son called for an ambulance.

Mrs Latham, seven months pregnant, was taken to Riverside Methodist Hospital and pronounced dead from a head shot, but the baby girl was safely delivered.

The 3lbs girl has been called 'Miracle Danielle' and is now being cared for in a neonatal intensive care unit before being weaned off oxygen, reported ABC6.

Mr Latham was found in a yard after being shot during the incident in the early hours of Monday and is now in a critical condition at Ohio State University Medical Center.
Posted by Jill Fallon at 11:19 AM | Permalink

February 23, 2011

Missionary Americans killed by pirates

 Yacht Victims Pirates

Scott and Jean Adam, Phyllis Macay and Bob Riggle.

Four Americans killed by Somali pirates before SEALS boarded yacht

Somali pirates slaughtered a former Hollywood director and three other Americans on Tuesday on a Bible-packed yacht before Navy SEALs could save them.

Scott Adam and the other hostages were gunned down after one of the pirates stopped negotiating and fired a rocket-propelled grenade at the destroyer Sterett - 600 yards away.

Then gunfire "erupted from inside the cabin of the Quest," Navy Vice Admiral Mark Fox said.

By the time SEALs boarded the yacht, the hostages were mortally wounded or dead - and some of the pirates were standing on the bow "with their hands in the air in surrender," Fox said.

Not all the pirates gave up without a fight.

Special forces killed one with a knife and shot another aboard the ship dead, officials said.

Adam, who worked on shows such as "The Love Boat" and "The Dukes of Hazzard," lived in California and owned the 58-foot yacht with his wife, Jean.

Their bodies are now headed home on the USS Enterprise.

For three harrowing days, the hijacked yacht was sailing toward the Somali coast with four American hostages and 17 pirates packed on board.

The purpose of their global cruise was to bring bibles to far-flung corners of the world.

In their 2011 travels, the Adams visited Phuket, Thailand; Galle, Sri Lanka; and Cochin, India. They passed out Catholic Bibles from the American Bible Society and New International Version Bibles from the International Bible Society.

On their website they spoke of finding “homes” for their Bibles as a part of “friendship evangelism.”
Posted by Jill Fallon at 9:44 AM | Permalink

February 14, 2011

Death by fall after walking away from a hot air balloon crash

The former British pilot was a retired horticulturalist  and father of six with a passion for hot air ballooning.  While in the French Alps, ballooning alone, he crashed, then phoned his friends to say he was okay. 

Walking to some chalets a half mile away, he lost his footing and fell down a ravine to his death.

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January 7, 2011

Virtual friends aren't real

Let there be no mistake. Virtual friends aren't real friends. Your time should be invested in real relationships if you don't want to suffer a lonely death.

Facebook 'friends' mock 'suicide' of woman who posted goodbye message

A middle-aged woman who told her 1,048 Facebook "friends" that she had taken an overdose was found dead the next day after none came to her aid.

Simone Back, 42, posted a last message on the social networking site at 10.53pm on Christmas Day saying: "Took all my pills be dead soon bye bye everyone."

Some users of the site even taunted the 42-year-old over her final status update instead of trying to save her, calling her a “liar” and saying the fatal overdose was “her choice”.

Friends of Miss Back, who lived further away, responded angrily to the comments.
One wrote: “Did you catch the part about Simone taking pills? the 'bye bye’ part? Did anyone go by personally and check on Simone. or call 999? what’s wrong with you people? is the gossip really more important than her? ”
Another said: “If any of you actually call yourself friends one of you should call round and see if she’s OK.”
However, none of Miss Back’s friends did check on her. Mrs Langridge called 999 after someone finally texted her about her daughter’s online suicide note 17 hours after she posted it.
Posted by Jill Fallon at 4:16 PM | Permalink

December 30, 2010

Doctor killed by neck massager

Electronic neck massager may have caused strangulation of Parkland woman

Her neck aching after a night of wrapping gifts on Christmas Eve, Dr. Michelle Ferrari-Gegerson used an electronic massager to relieve the pain.

What happened next is unclear, but Broward Sheriff's Office detectives and the Medical Examiner suspect the electronic massager became ensnared with a necklace Ferrari-Gegerson was wearing, and strangled her.

Ferrari-Gegerson, a Jackson Memorial Hospital radiologist, was discovered unconscious on the bedroom floor of her Parkland home about 9 p.m. Friday by her husband, Dr. Kenneth Gegerson, 43, a dentist.


Ferrari-Gegerson worked as a radiologist in the emergency room, Deppman said, and also served as the quality improvement and patient safety physician for radiology.

She had worked at the hospital since 2001, and developed a reputation as a generous friend.

"Last week, she was here and she brought baked goods for various employees," Deppman recalled. "That's what type of person she was. Out of the blue, she would just give people food vouchers and take them out to lunch."

Deppman said Ferrari-Gegerson had been married about 10 years and was the mother of a 1-year-old child.

Posted by Jill Fallon at 10:37 AM | Permalink

Anorexia kills


Anorexic model who appeared in shock fashion campaign dies at 28

Isabelle Caro, a French actress and model whose anorexic image appeared in a shock Italian ad campaign, has died at the age of 28.

____Caro featured in an ad campaign by Italian photographer Oliviero Toscani in 2007 for an Italian fashion house.

Under the headline 'No Anorexia,' images across newspapers and billboards showed Caro naked, vertebrae and facial bones protruding.

At 5ft 4in, she is reported to have weighed just 4st 8lb (68lbs) at the time.

___At the time of the campaign, she wrote: 'I've hidden myself and covered myself for too long. Now I want to show myself fearlessly, even though I know my body arouses repugnance.

'I want to recover because I love life and the riches of the universe. I want to show young people how dangerous this illness is.'

Posted by Jill Fallon at 9:56 AM | Permalink

December 22, 2010

Drunk dispute over God

Drunk dispute over God leaves two dead

A dispute over the existence of God between four Russians, drunk on a litre of pure alcohol, resulted in two of them being killed, news agencies reported.

The disagreement began over the weekend when the female house owner, her son, a male roommate and undisclosed male relative drank the litre of pure alcohol, "which they downed with snow," a police investigator told RIA Novosti.

"Soon after the drinking session, the suspect [the son] and the two other men got into a fight about the existence of God," the police official in the western Siberia region of Tomsk reported.

The son ended up attacking both men with a knife, killing them both, the report said.

via Eve Tushnet who calls it The Most Russian Headline Ever.
Posted by Jill Fallon at 9:10 AM | Permalink

December 16, 2010

Remains of Amelia Earhart Found?

A lingering death on a tiny island and then eaten by crabs: Will bone fragment finally solve mystery of what happened to aviator Amelia Earhart?


A tiny bone found on a tropical island could finally solve the riddle of what happened to aviator Amelia Earhart.

Researchers found the fragment - which is believed to come from a finger - alongside pieces of a pocket knife, pre-war American bottles and makeup from a woman's compact.

The remains of small fires as well as bird and fish bones and empty oyster shells laid in rows as if to catch water were also recovered.

The discovery raises the possibility that Earhart died a lingering death as a castaway on the island before her remains were eaten by crabs.

Earhart, 41, the most famous female aviator of all time, disappeared in 1937 while attempting to fly round the world. She was last heard from while heading towards tiny Howland island in the south Pacific when her twin-engine Lockheed Electra crashed in the ocean after running out of fuel on July 2, 1937.

The tiny bone fragment, believed to be from a human finger, was found on Nikumaroro, an uninhabited island in the southwest Pacific.

Investigators also recovered two other bones, one believed to be from the neck. Members of Earhart's family have provided DNA to be tested against the remains.

The claims about Earhart's final resting place were made in a documentary on the Discovery Channel that was screened over the weekend.

'After 22 years of rigorous research and 10 gruelling expeditions, we can say that all of the evidence we have found on Nikumaroro is consistent with the hypothesis that Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan landed and eventually died there as castaways,' said Ric Gillespie, executive director of The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR).

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December 13, 2010

"The crocs are having a bake and might fancy you for lunch"

In Uganda, there is a temporary halt to kayaking after American tourists watch in horror as their Congo River guide is pulled from kayak by crocodile .

The two tourists were able to paddle to safety while the guide Henrick Coetzee, 35, is presumed dead.

South African-born Coetzee, who was living in Uganda, was leading the group of experienced kayakers as part of a mission to document unexplored whitewater and development projects in the region, a trip sponsored by Eddie Bauer.

Documenting his journey through his blog Coetzee wrote of a sense of foreboding in his last entry dated November 26.

He wrote: ‘As I licked my dry lips and carefully checked that my spray deck was on properly, I had the feeling I might be doing something I should not. I pushed through the doubt and when I finally shot out the bottom of the rapid I was happy I did. It was just paranoia after all.’ Dangerous: The area the group were kayaking in is notoriously dangerous for its whitewater and because of its high density of crocodiles.

One of the Americans documented Coetzee’s instructions referring to him as Hendri. He warned: ‘Stay off the banks because the crocs are having a bake and might fancy you for lunch. Basically, stay close behind me and follow my lead. Any questions?’

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December 10, 2010

Death by Whopper

During an altercation, a 20-year-old Burger King employee in Detroit punched the 67-year-old customer in the face. The customer fell to the floor and choking on his dentures, died.

Man Dies After Altercation With Burger King Employee

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December 1, 2010

Killed outside funeral home during service for murder victim

Two people dead, two critical in shooting outside funeral home during service for murder victim

Police say a gang related shooting outside a funeral home in Missouri today has left two people dead, one critically injured and another still missing.

The shooting happened outside Reliable Funeral Home in St. Louis during the funeral service of a murder victim. The fourth victim reportedly shot in the leg during the gun rampage has not yet been found by authorities and has not shown up at any local hospitals.

A witness, who declined to give her name, said she was attending the funeral when she heard loud gunshots.

'Everybody started running,' she said, adding that she heard about eight shots outside the funeral home.

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October 30, 2010

"Please don't let me die

Philip Surridge and his friend Paul Litchfield were hunting partners and were searching for ducks when Litchfield's dog fell into the water.  Litchfield ran across the ice to pull his dog out when the ice cracked and Litchfield fell in.

Surridge jumped into the lake to save his friend, but got stuck 100 ft from the bank.  Just then a passer-by, Stephen Smith, heard Surridge's cries for help and dialed 999 (the emergency number in Britain) before wading in himself.

The fire crews arrived minutes later, but they refused to help him because "it was against policy".  Smith pleaded with them to help him tie a rope around him he could reach Surridge.

When I went to tie the rope around me my hands were too cold. I asked the firefighter to help. He said “I can’t. I just can’t”.’ By the time three boats and six specialist water rescue officers arrived soon afterwards, Mr Surridge had disappeared beneath the surface.

The crew saved the dog but called off the search for the two men after two hours.

'Please don't let me die': Drowning man's pleas to watching firemen as they refused to go to his aid

A man died after firefighters refused to rescue him from a frozen lake, an inquest heard yesterday.

Philip Surridge screamed ‘help me, please don’t let me die’ as he struggled in the water. But a fire crew sent to the scene wouldn’t go to his aid because they were not trained in water rescues.


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October 27, 2010

Killed by a runaway hay bale

Founding member of ELO killed in freak accident as giant runaway hay bale smashes into his van

A founding member of ELO has been killed in a freak accident when a giant hay bale rolled out of a field and landed on his van.

Cellist Mike Edwards died instantly when the 50-stone cylindrical bale careered down a slope, flipped 15ft over a hedge and smashed on to the roof of his van.

Mr Edwards, 62, was known for unconventional cello playing including plucking the strings with an orange or grapefruit and his bizarre customs which became a major ingredient of ELO, the Electric Light Orchestra.
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October 25, 2010

"Help me, dude!"

Matthew Garcia described the day and the waves as picture-perfect.

“We were just in perfect water, the waves were perfect, great barrels. It was picture-perfect conditions,” he said. “You hear a surfer say, ‘Oh, perfect waves’ — well, the waves do not get any better than they were today.”

He and his friend, Lucas Ransom went out to Surf  Beach early in the day to body-surf before classes at UC Santa Barbara.


Surfing just  2 feet from his friend, a shark attacked Lucas Ransom. 

The whole incident lasted seconds.

“When the shark hit him, he just said, ‘Help me, dude!’ He knew what was going on,” Garcia said. “It was really fast. You just saw a red wave; and this water is blue — as blue as it could ever be — and it was just red, the whole wave.”

As huge waves broke over his head, Garcia tried to find his friend in the surf but couldn’t. He decided to get help, but turned around once more as he was swimming to shore and saw Ransom’s red bodyboard pop up. Garcia swam to his friend and did chest compressions as he brought him to shore. Ransom already appeared dead and his leg was mauled, he said.

“He was just floating in the water. I flipped him over on his back and underhooked his arms. I was pressing on his chest and doing rescue breathing in the water,” Garcia said. “He was just kind of lifeless, just dead weight.”

The UC Santa Barbara junior had a severe wound to his left leg and died a short time later at Surf Beach


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Killed by swarm of angry bees

In Georgia, Curtis Davis, 73,  was clearing land using a bulldozer when he disturbed a bees' nest of Africanized honey bees who swarmed in defense and killed him with more than a 100 stings,

Unlike honey bees, Africanized honey bees are far more aggressive and often called 'killer bees'. 

After the results showed they were the more aggressive insects, the state's agricultural commissioner said: 'This is the first record of Africanised honey bees in Georgia.'

Africanised honey bees were believed to have entered Texas in 1990 from Mexico and have since spread to about 10 other states from California to Florida.

The type, which is a hybrid of African and European bees, has been blamed for a number of deaths in the U.S
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October 23, 2010

Death by mind-controlled prothesis?

Man who drove car with thought-powered arms dies after crashing into tree

An Austrian man who was the first in Europe to wear an innovative high-tech artificial arm has died after the car he was driving veered off the road and crashed into a tree.

Christian Kandlbauer lost both arms in an electrical accident in 2005 but was able to live a largely normal life thanks to a mind-controlled robotic prosthetic left arm and a normal prosthesis in place of his right arm.

Kandlbauer, who drove himself to work every morning after getting his driver's license a year ago, had said his quality of life improved dramatically due to the mind-controlled prothesis, which recognized signals from his brain and moved accordingly.

The cause of the crash remains unclear. Both Waltensdorfer and local police said Friday it was impossible to tell whether the accident was caused by problems with Kandlbauer's prosthetic arms.

I'm as happy as anyone when I learn about new devices that enable the disabled to lead fuller and freer lives, but I must confess that though-powered arms to drive a car left me speechless.  Since I can be easily distracted, I wonder what else could happen to someone with a  'thought-powered" arm who becomes momentarily distracted.  What does one do with all the thoughts in one's head that come unbidden, even unwelcome?

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October 21, 2010

Killed by crocodile on a plane

A crocodile smuggled onto a plan in a sports bag escaped and started a panic onboard in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.


Aircraft crashes into house after crocodile on board escapes causing panic.

There was only one survivor who was reported to have said

The terrified air hostess hurried towards the cockpit, followed by the passengers."

The plane was then sent off-balance "despite the desperate efforts of the pilot

UPDATE:  20 people were killed but the crocodile survived the crash before being cut up by a machete.

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October 16, 2010

Sudden death by dieting

With no warning,  Mother on crash diet collapses and dies after losing 20lb in one month

A mother collapsed and died at work after subjecting herself to a crash diet in an effort to look good on a family holiday.

Lucy Prince, 36, lost 20lb in a month by replacing meals with slimming drinks and exercising heavily in preparation for a break with her daughter.

But her heart stopped at work and she collapsed in front of her manager at a car factory.

She died in hospital having never regained consciousness. An inquest yesterday heard that Miss Prince weighed 16st 2lbs in June this year but was only 14st 8lbs when she collapsed in June.

She also suffered from low blood pressure and her potassium levels had dropped dangerously low after the diet.

She had an inflamed heart which, combined with low potassium levels, caused her collapse according to a post-mortem examination.

Miss Prince’s stepmother, Lesley Prince, told the inquest that the manager who witnessed the collapse, at Toyota’s plant in Burnaston, Derbyshire, said it came without warning.

She said: ‘Apparently, they were having a normal work conversation when Lucy’s eyes rolled back and she dropped to the floor.

How terribly sad.  Condolences to her family,

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October 7, 2010

Going Down

The horrifying scene was captured on surveillance video.

An angry man in a motorized scooter became enraged when he just missed an elevator.  He smashed into the closed doors twice with his scooter before he plunged through the panels and down the elevator shaft to his death,

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October 2, 2010

Wife's agony as she abandons husband shot by pirates to save her own life

Who could ever imagine such a situation?

'I couldn't pull him up': Wife's agony as she abandons her husband after he is shot by Mexican pirates while jet-skiing

A young wife has told of her agony after she was forced to abandon her dying husband and flee for her life when the couple were attacked by Mexican pirates.

Tiffany Hartley, 29, said she and husband David, 30, were jet-skiing on a lake that straddles the U.S.-Mexico border when they were ambushed on Thursday.

Her husband was shot in the head, she said. When she leapt into the water to save him, the pirates began firing at her.

She then made the heart-wrenching decision to abandon her husband and flee to safety.
Her devastating story emerged today.

She said the couple - who had been high school sweethearts, married for eight years - had been sight-seeing on their jet-skis when they were set upon by pirates in three speed boats.

'We saw that they had guns, so we started racing away from them,' she told the Denver Post.

But the pirates opened fire - and a bullet struck husband David in the back of the head.
He fell into the water, Mrs Hartley said.

She doubled back and flung herself into the water in an attempt to pull her husband on to her jet-ski. There was a bullet hole in his head, she said, and his body was limp.

She struggled, but his 250lbs body was too heavy for her 105lbs frame - and by then the pirates had reached them.
'I tried pulling him up but I couldn't,' she told the Denver Post, which said her voice was shaking.

Feeling she had no choice, she abandoned her husband and clambered back on to her jet-ski in a desperate bid to save her own life.

Bullets whizzed by her as the pirates opened fire once more, giving chase for what were the most harrowing moments of her life.
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September 28, 2010

Thugs set fatal trap for 80-year-old woman

When she reported the anti-social thugs in the neighborhood who were harassing her to the police, those same thugs conducted a year-long hate campaign against her.  The campaign is over now; Jenny Ward is dead.

What a sadness that such anti-social behavior was tolerated for so long and that Jenny Ward had to die in such a way.

The 80-year-old victim of thugs' fatal trap: 'Bullied' woman dies after falling into manhole

An elderly woman died after falling down a manhole outside her house when thugs who had been making her life a misery removed the cover.

Popular market trader Jenny Ward, who had manned her stall for 50 years without ever taking a day off sick, was walking home in the dark when she became trapped in the 3ft hole, badly breaking her foot.

Friends said the frightened 80-year-old often waited to return from work late at night, hoping to avoid the yobs outside her house.

After falling, Mrs Ward spent three hours trapped in the hole before neighbours heard her desperate cries for help.

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September 27, 2010

Death by Segway

Tycoon who took over Segway firm dies in freak accident after riding one of the machines off a cliff and into a river

The multi-millionaire owner of the Segway company died in a freak accident yesterday when he rode one of the high-tech two-wheel machines off a cliff and into a river.

Former miner Jimi Heselden, 62, plunged into the River Wharfe while riding around his West Yorkshire estate in Boston Spa on a rugged country version of the Segway.

He bought the firm last December and was using one of the machines - which use gyroscopes to remain upright and are controlled by the direction in which the rider leans - to inspect the grounds of his property.

His death comes just a week after he became one of the UK's most generous philanthropists, having given away £10million to a charity foundation he set up in 2008.  He had previously given £13million to the same organisation
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September 1, 2010

Doctor Stalker Dead in Chimney

People do stupid things, even doctors.  Still it's hard to imagine that a female doctor would think it's a good idea to slide down a chimney flue when she couldn't break through the door to her boyfriend's house.

Body of doctor found inside chimney after she tried to break into boyfriend's home

A doctor has died after she tried to sneak into her lover's home by sliding down the chimney.

Dr Jacquelyn Kotarac's decomposing body was discovered three days after she went missing in Bakersfield, California.

The 49-year-old had first tried to force entry to the house using a shovel, then she climbed a ladder to the roof, removed the chimney cap and slid feet first down the flue.

Authorities said  her lover, William Moodie, had already left the house 'to avoid a confrontation'.

Mr Moodie, 58, described their relationship as 'on-again, off-again', but refused to comment on the circumstances surrounding her death.

He said: 'She made an unbelievable error in judgment and nobody understands why, and unfortunately she's passed away.

'She had her issues - she had her demons - but I never lost my respect for her.'
Dr Kotarac apparently died in the chimney, but her body was not discovered until a house-sitter noticed a smell and fluids coming from the fireplace on Saturday.

The house-sitter and her son investigated with a torch and found Dr Kotarac's body wedged around 2ft above the interior fireplace opening.

Firefighters spent five hours dismantling the chimney and flue from outside the home to extract her body.
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August 30, 2010

Even sniffer dogs couldn't find her body in her messy house

I've written often about people who are killed by their own stuff, but this I think is the saddest.

Husband of hoarder discovers her body under piles of rubbish in the messy house they shared - four months after she went missing.

Billie Jean James was found by her shocked husband who incredibly who had been living in the same house as his wife's corpse.

He spotted one of her feet sticking out from underneath the mountain of rubbish and clutter that littered their Las Vegas home.

Police had searched the house several times while looking for 67-year-old James who was known to be a compulsive hoarder.

Sniffer dogs who were used to locate bodies at the site of Ground Zero in New York after the 9/11 terror attack were also sent into the single storey property.

But they were unable to locate the body amid floor to ceiling piles of clothes, rubbish, empty food boxes and other goods that "hoarder" Mrs James had stored.

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August 18, 2010

Driving off a cliff

Of all the stupid ways to die, driving your car off a cliff while sending a text message is definitely at the top.

Celebrity plastic surgeon Dr. Frank Ryan 'was texting' when his car went off a cliff.

The Beverly Hills surgeon, who has treated a host of stars, was in his Jeep when it went off the side of the Pacific Coast Highway yesterday outside Los Angeles. He was texting his brother at the time, according to his ex-girlfriend. 'He lived up in Malibu on a tiny street and he was texting while driving and he accidentally went over the cliff,' 29-year-old Charmaine Blake told People.com

---- Minutes before the crash, Ryan tweeted: 'After 25 years of driving by, I finally hiked to the top of the giant sand dune on the pch west of Malibu. Much harder than it looks! Whew!' His last Tweet says: 'Border collie Jill surveying the view from atop the sand dune.'

Right up there with Kathleen Collier who was driving lost when she called her daughter for directions. Listening to directions, she drove into the parking lot of a resort and right down a boat ramp into the Sacramento River. Still on the phone she began panicking when her SUV began filling with water. Her daughter could hear the water enter the car, but her mother never got out.
Woman on cellphone drives into river, dies
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July 29, 2010

Crowded Morgues in Arizona

They say illegal immigration is lessening but  An Arizona Morgue Grows Crowded.

 Crowded Morgue

Since the first of the year, more than 150 people suspected of being illegal immigrants have been found dead, well above the 107 discovered during the same period in each of the last two years. The sudden spike in deaths has overwhelmed investigators and pathologists at the Pima County Medical Examiner’s Office. Two weeks ago, Dr. Parks was forced to bring in a refrigerated truck to store the remains of two dozen people because the building’s two units were full.

“We can store about 200 full-sized individuals, but we have over 300 people here now, and most of those are border crossers,” Dr. Parks said. “We keep hoping we have seen the worst of this, of these migration deaths. Yet we still see a lot of remains.”

Since 2000, Dr. Park’s office has handled more than 1,700 border-crossing cases, and officials here have managed to confirm the identities of about 1,050 of the remains.

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July 20, 2010

Family secrets, sibling fury and an apartment to die for

The best precis of the Nightmare in Apt 9B is from The Browser

Hitchcock film in the form of a newspaper story. Dying widow, sex-change daughter, idle son battle for ownership of apartment on Central Park West. Ends with jail sentences, hired killer

The struggle over Apartment 9B is one of those real-estate fights that is about far more than real estate — although it may reveal in spectacular terms the lengths that some people will go for a great apartment. Brimming with claims about abuse and inheritance, the battle is about family secrets and sibling fury as much as it is about co-op shares.

It even made public a private gender switch. Mrs. Cheney’s daughter, Ms. Wells, was her first son, Jonathan, before a sex-change operation in the 1970s. The morning that the housekeeper found Mrs. Cheney on the couch was just two days after she had met with lawyers to reconsider her will. Ms. Gordon soon had an ambulance crew wheeling its stretcher across the hardwood floors that are a selling point in the El Dorado’s $4 million co-ops.
The Cheney family battle over whether she can remain is now headed toward a courtroom finale at a trial this fall in Manhattan Surrogate’s Court. Family members declined to be interviewed. But cartons of court documents include diaries, letters, transcripts and reports that detail the battle for Apartment 9B, a family fight that defies real resolution, like thousands of family struggles with bottomless emotions that occupy the courts every year.

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July 2, 2010

"Honor" Killings

'Your father is killing me!'  Horrified daughter hears her mother being beaten to death during phone call

A daughter has told of the moment she heard her mother being beaten to death by her drunken father - during a mobile phone call.

Sarabjit Kaur called her mother, Mohinder Kaur, after she went for a walk with Sukhmander Singh near the family home in Melbourne. Mohinder told her daughter that Sukhmander was beating her with a wooden stake he had pulled from the ground, the Victorian Supreme Court heard.

Sarabjit heard what sounded like a crack and the last words she heard her mother utter were: 'Neena, your father is killing me.'

Innocent couple died 'after wrong house was fire-bombed in bungled honour killing'

An innocent couple died in a house fire at the hands of assailants who got the wrong address in a botched honour killing, a court heard today.

Abdullah Mohammed, 41, and his wife, Aysha Mohammed, 39, were overcome by smoke and fumes after an accelerant was poured through their letterbox and set alight.

Their killers were ordered by another man to avenge his family's honour but instead of firebombing 135 London Road in Blackburn, Lancashire, they started the blaze at 175 London Road, the court heard.

At least, the bombers are being tried for murder

Most horrific of all, an Iranian Woman Faces Being Stoned to Death for Adultery

An Iranian woman faces being stoned to death after being accused of committing adultery with two men involved in the killing of her husband, the Jerusalem Post reported Wednesday.

If the barbaric sentence is enforced it would be the first stoning to take place in the hardline Islamic Republic in years, the Israeli paper said.
Sakineh Mohamamadi e Ashtiani, a 43-year-old mother-of-two from the northwestern Iranian city of Tabriz, is accused of having affairs with two men, who were accused of murdering her husband in 2005.
Ashtiani has denied any wrongdoing. Her two children, Fasride, 16, and Sajjad, 20, have been leading the campaign for her release, backed by human rights groups.

Ashtiani's lawyer, Mohammad Mostafaie, claimed her execution is imminent.

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June 25, 2010

Dead from a heart attack after receiving bill for his own cremation

Man dies from heart attack after receiving receipt for his own cremation service

AN elderly Indian man was so shocked to receive a bogus receipt for his own cremation service that he suffered a heart attack and died, The Times of India reported overnight.

Frail Than Singh, 70, was left aghast after reading that he had supposedly been cremated the week before.

But before the anxious dairy farmer could get to the bottom of what had happened he started complaining of chest pains.

Relatives rushed him to the hospital but Singh suffered a massive heart attack and died, The Times reported.

In a macabre twist, his body was subsequently delivered to the same crematorium in Ghaziabad, northeastern India.

Suspicious relatives called in police who believe his death was the result of a sick prank rather than an administrative mistake.

"The element of mischief is apparent and obvious," said senior superintendent of police, Ghaziabad Raghubir Lal.

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June 17, 2010

He posted his suicide note on Twitter

How little some people regard the gift of life and the grave seriousness of death.

South Korean man posts suicide note on Twitter

Police found the body of Lee Kye-Hwa, 27, a former disc jockey in a Seoul bar, hanging from a ferry dock on the Han river in Seoul early on Tuesday.

His family reported him missing on Sunday when he posted a short Twitter message in Korean.

"I'm going to commit suicide. To all of you, even those who shared the slightest friendship with me, I love you," he wrote.

"Investigators concluded he had committed suicide," a spokesman for Seoul's Mapo police station said, confirming the wording of the Twitter posting.

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June 16, 2010

Goading a man into jumping to his death

After the heart-warming story of Don Ritchie whose simple kindness has saved some 160 people from killing themselves by jumping into the Gap, it's agonizing to read how impatient and frustrated drivers  goaded a man into jumping off a bridge in England.

A suicidal man who suffered from an agonising skin condition leapt to his death from a bridge after motorists shouted 'jump', an inquest heard.

Paul Cowling, 59, told officers he wanted to kill himself because of the horrendous skin condition which he claimed health services refused to treat.

For seven hours emergency services spoke to him as he clung to the edge of Avonmouth Bridge, Bristol, on bank holiday weekend last August.

As a result of road closures traffic began to build up leading to 30-mile tailbacks.

PC John Clarke, of Avon and Somerset police, told the hearing of the taunts made by drivers.

'At some stage the northbound traffic was stopped. This was a great help in negotiating with Paul.
'But people started shouting 'jump you ****er' and 'jump you b******'.

'Tears were rolling down his face at that point. He had heard them and one of the shouts was re-enforced with a lorry horn sounding.'

What a difficult life he had, may he rest in peace.

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Death by sofa, death by stuff

Only 23, Kelly McDaniel was by all accounts a model employee at the Rothman Furniture store in O'Fallon, MIssouri.

So when he went to retrieve furniture for a customer and didn't return, his manager went looking and found him crushed by a sofa that fell on top of him.

Afraid that if officials discovered the filthy condition of her house that it would be condemned,  Gail Andrews, 61, of Ft. Myers, Florida, didn't call emergency responders when her mother fell and Gail couldn't lift her.  The body was discovered 14 months later after days of searching, lying hidden under piles of garbage and furniture.    The house is now condemned.

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June 14, 2010

Death by varnish

Artist dies after regularly spraying varnish on his paintings in a room without ventilation   

An award-winning artist died after a fall blamed on the effects of a varnish he sprayed on his paintings.

Govinder Nazran, 44, had used the product – Brasslac – in a confined upstairs room with the wrong protective equipment, an inquest heard.
His widow blamed the product for her husband suffering epileptic-type fits and  a coroner ruled his misuse of the product contributed to the tragic fall that killed him.

Father-of-one Mr Nazran, of Saltaire, West Yorkshire, died from head injuries  suffered when he collapsed at his home on Christmas Eve 2008.

He was seen staggering and twitching before the fall, in which he suffered fatal brain injuries.
Coroner Roger Whittaker accepted the head injuries as the cause of death, but said:
‘The underlying cause was two-fold -  the chronic damage from the volatile solvent and the acute effect of the alcohol intake contributed to that final  fit and fall.’ 

Recording a verdict of accidental death, Mr Whittaker stressed that Mr Nazran  had used the Brasslac incorrectly.

He warned: ‘People using this product and similar products must be extremely careful. They must read the instructions and take precautions.’

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June 2, 2010

Left to die on Mt Everest

British mountaineer, 28, left to die on Mount Everest after going blind as he made descent from 29,000 ft summit

-Mt. Everest

A stricken British adventurer was left to die at the top of Mount Everest after fellow climbers were forced to abandon him before they too became trapped.

Peter Kinloch, 28, was only 600ft into his descent from the summit of the world's tallest mountain when he suddenly began to stumble and complain he couldn't see properly.

Sherpas spent 12 hours helping him carry on through the freezing conditions.

But with his health deteriorating and having managed to descend only another 200 ft, his rescuers faced the horrifying realisation that they must leave him to his fate.
It is thought his sudden loss of sight could have been caused by a brain haemorrhage.
'Earlier during the expedition, while dining with the team, he had said that climbing Everest would be the realisation of a dream he had had for 25 years.

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May 18, 2010

Crazy ways to die

Top ten crazy ways to die with true life examples.    Too tired to search for them, I know I've done posts on 10, 8, 6, and 4.

10. Insane fit of laughter
9. Throwing yourself at a window to show how strong the glass is(n't).  A Toronto lawyer did this.
8. Your husband's coffin
7. Elevator
6. Sex
5. Video ganes
4. Floods - but not the water kind, the beer and molasses kind
3. Your own wooden leg
2. Exploding lakes
1. Your enemy's severed head

How did they miss falling out of a pedicab while on military leave from Afghanistan  , strangled by your own burka, killed by wussy bureaucracy
peeing in a ditch and not missing the live power line from the pole you just crashed into, while watching TV,  in a sweat lodge,

by hot air balloonbeing taught a lesson by your dad,  knocked over by a zebra, suffocated by your own piles of stuff, falling asleep drunk in a wheelie bin and then crushed by the rubbish truck, a real death by chocolatestuck in a chimney,  death by pancakes, by an escalator,

on a Viagra orgy, blown away to sea, because he didn't want to be a nuisance, exercised to death by transgendered wife, trampled to death by shoppers,  killed by too much deodorant,  death from stomping wine,  killed by falling tombstone, or by chili sauce, by lint in a dryer, or killed by folding couch,  by drinking too much water,  by the toxic vomit of your patient,  by a Yankee fan,  while hitchhiking for world peace, or by your awful singing at a karaoke bar,

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April 9, 2010

Strange deaths in England

You've heard about the two women trying to smuggle a dead man onto a airline flight to Germany.

Two women 'caught trying to smuggle dead relative on to  passenger jet at Liverpool airport'

'When the family pulled-up in a minibus-style taxi, the older lady told me assistance was needed for her elderly father, who was sat in the front seat of the cab.
'She told me that he was elderly and frail, and also very tired, so I would have to lift him out of the taxi and into the wheelchair.
'I immediately felt unsure about the situation, but I did my best to help by carefully lifting the man from his seat. To my horror his face fell sideways against mine, it was ice cold.
'I knew straight away that the man was dead, but they reassured me that he "always sleeps like that".
Police suspect that the women tried to get him on the flight to Berlin Schoenfeld in a bid to avoid the costs of around £3,000 connected with repatriating his body.

But there are more strange deaths this week in England

Off-duty soldier dies after falling out of pedicab while on Easter leave from Afghanistan

His aunt, Georgina Naylor, said the soldier had joined the army at the age of 16 and served with the Royal Scots based at Dreghorn barracks in Edinburgh before transferring to Southampton.
She added: 'For him to have gone to Afghanistan and Iraq and miss bullets, mines and bombs, then have his head smashed in by a pavement in a fall is beyond us.
'He had been out celebrating his birthday with his friends and he was very happy.'
He was travelling in a Chariot Cabs pedicab when the incident happened. It is thought he jumped from a moving cab.

Muslim woman strangled by her burkha in freak go-kart accident

The 24-year-old woman, who has not yet been named, died a terrifying death today when a fluttering part of her burkha became caught in the wheels of a go-kart she was driving near the town of  Port Stephens, north of Sydney.
The Muslim clothing the woman was wearing flew back as she sped around the track and part of it became entangled in the go-kart's wheels.
She was strangled in a second and crashed the vehicle.

Father dies after swigging liquid cocaine from smuggled bottle of rum given to him as gift

A father-of-two died of a heart attack after drinking from a bottle of rum, unaware that it contained pure liquid cocaine.
The alcohol was used to smuggle the drug into Britain from St Lucia but, in a bizarre chain of events, one bottle was handed to cab driver Lascell Malcolm, 63, as a gift.

The bottle was intended to be handed over to drug baron Martin Newman, 49. He had asked unsuspecting flyer Martin Lawrence to carry two bottles of rum in his luggage, claiming his own bags were over weight.

But after landing, Newman was delayed in customs. Mr Lawrence had to catch a connecting flight to Switzerland and could not wait, so gave one of the bottles to his friend Antoinette Corlis.

She was picked up by her friend Mr Malcolm. He refused payment so she handed him the bottle of rum instead.
The father-of-two, from Haringey, London, drank a shot of rum that night and died the following day in front of his terrified son

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March 30, 2010

Dying of thirst in hospital

Dying hospital patient phoned switchboard begging for a drink after nurses said No

A patient desperate for a drink of water had to telephone the switchboard of the hospital he was being treated in to beg to see a doctor.

Derek Sauter, 60, used his mobile phone to request medical attention after his pleas for help were ignored. But when the doctor arrived he was turned away by ward nurse Caroline Lowe, who said Mr Sauter was 'over-reacting' and threatened to confiscate his phone.

Eight hours later the grandfather-of-three, who was suffering with a chest infection, was dead.

Rather than offering sympathy to Susan, Mr Sauter's wife of 41 years, Miss Lowe later told her that he could have been prosecuted for harassing the doctor on call.

She has since been sacked by the hospital, but has not been suspended by the Nursing and Midwifery Council, who are investigating.

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March 4, 2010

Lobbyist against domestic violence kills husband in domestic dispute

Married only five days, 26-year-old Anthony Rankins was shot and killed in a domestic dispute by his 45-year-old wife who was a registered lobbyist for a group fighting domestic violence.

Woman charged with killing husband is lobbyist

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March 3, 2010

Killed by bureaucracy

Even though they had the equipment to save her,  because of a bureaucratic memo, firefighters stood by and just listened to her cries for help.  When the mountain rescue team was called in, they brought up the woman who died of a heart attack.

Firefighters left woman in mine shaft for six hours due to 'health and safety concerns'

An injured woman lay for six hours at the foot of a disused mine shaft because safety rules banned firefighters from rescuing her, an inquiry heard yesterday. As Alison Hume was brought to the surface by mountain rescuers she died of a heart attack.

A senior fire officer at the scene admitted that crews could only listen to her cries for help, after she fell down the 60ft shaft, because regulations said their lifting equipment could not be used on the public.
It would have been possible to pull Ms Hume up had it not been for the memo.

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March 2, 2010

No way to go

After he crashed into a power pole, he relieved himself and didn't see the live wire in the roadside ditch.

Washington man electrocuted by urinating on power line

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February 24, 2010

Death at SeaWorld as Killer Whale Attacks

1 killed in whale attack at SeaWorld’s Shamu Stadium

Park guest Victoria Biniak told Local 6 that the trainer was a veteran of SeaWorld and had just finished explaining to the audience the show they were about to see.

At that point, Biniak said, the whale came up from the water and grabbed the woman.

"He was thrashing her around pretty good. It was violent,'" Biniak told Local 6.

The whale "took off really fast in the tank, and then he came back, shot up in the air, grabbed the trainer by the waist and started thrashing around, and one of her shoes flew off."

She said sirens went off and everyone was forced to leave the stadium.

It happened during a Dine with Shamu event

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The Fields of Less Than Nothing

Just an amazing, horrific, inspiring story by Matt Labash called Love Among the Ruins about the amazing Father Rick Frechette in Haiti.

Every Thursday—since long before the earthquake—Frechette and a band of Haitian volunteers trek to the city morgue and claim the nameless dead, who lie naked in bloated heaps on a blood-streaked concrete floor. “You’ve heard of Tuesdays with Morrie,” Frechette smiles, “this is Thursdays with the Krokmo” (a Creole pejorative term for undertaker. It translates as the “death hook,” meaning the show is over). The place is jammed and the dead often piled seven or eight high. The workers there are so inured to the stench and spectacle, that Frechette has seen a morgue attendant slaloming on roller blades around the bodies and workers eating their lunch while sitting on stacks of cadavers as though on breaktime in the office kitchenette.

 Father Rick Labash.Haiti

In Haiti, even before the quake, dead bodies were nothing more than background music—as commonplace as they are unnoticed. If they didn’t end up in the stark death-cave that is the general hospital morgue, they were burned in the streets on the spot where they died (a pragmatic hygiene concern). The decency and sentimentality that a better-developed society affords are luxuries here. Father Rick and his men gather the bodies themselves, packing them into makeshift coffins fashioned from supermarket cardboard boxes. They then truck them outside the city, up a sun-bleached highway that runs alongside the Caribbean Sea, to the rolling wastelands of Titanyen, which translates from Creole as the “fields of less than nothing.” A New Orleans-style Haitian jazz-funeral band—all horns and drums—plays graveside. Father Rick, an irreverent sort, calls them “The Grateful Dead.” Then he and his men plant the cardboard coffins in large holes dug by their own gravediggers, endowing their cargo in death with a tiny modicum of the dignity that eluded them in life.
He’s been doing the morgue runs for 15 years, but has never gotten used to the smell. It makes him so sick, he brings along rum and cigarettes. “People ask me if I smoke,” he says. “Only on Thursdays.” The Haitians avail themselves of the goods, but for Frechette, they’re not optional. Without the spirit’s fumes and cigarette smoke chasing the smell of the dead out of his nostrils, he vomits, which his Haitian colleagues find amusing.

When he returned to Haiti right after the earthquake, there was an overflow crowd at the morgue, literally thousands of dead laid out in the street in front of it. “They were picking them up with backhoes and bucket-loaders, dumping them into trucks,” says Frechette, adding that the machines crunched the bodies against the walls in order to be able to scoop them. “They were hanging out the sides like crabs in a bucket. Really, really terrible. It was so shocking, so disgusting, I yelled, ‘Give me a cigarette!’

When I ask him how he could head back into the jaws of Haiti just a day after burying his mom, he tells me of her death. She knew it was happening, and she had time to prepare, had the best care, had lived a full life, and died with her family surrounding her. When he asked his mother why she wasn’t afraid, knowing she’d die, she told him that she “believes in God, and if she looks at the whole trajectory of her life, life has been very good, why start mistrusting it?” “I think the fuller your life is, the less death is a threat to you,” says Father Rick. “Empty people are scared to death to die.”

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While watching TV

You would think there is no safer place than your home where ensconced on your couch you watch TV.  Not always.

British couple killed watching TV after Spanish villa's roof collapses on them after 60 days of rain

A British couple were crushed to death when the roof of a farmhouse collapsed on them following a mudslide.

Expats Christopher Martin, 63, and his wife Christine, 64, were visiting friends at the remote country home in southern Spain.

They were buried under 6ft of rubble while sitting on a sofa watching television at the whitewashed farmhouse in the Andalusian village of Rubite.

Is that a good death, no way to go or a fitting death?  I say no way to go.

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February 16, 2010

Stop stealing cars or you'll get yourself killed

"Stop stealing cars or you'll get yourself killed" said the mother to her son.

He didn't.  He did.  Along with three of his friends in a fireball crash.

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February 11, 2010

Deadly songs

The New York Times reports Sinatra Song Often Strikes Deadly Chord

The authorities do not know exactly how many people have been killed warbling “My Way” in karaoke bars over the years in the Philippines, or how many fatal fights it has fueled. But the news media have recorded at least half a dozen victims in the past decade and includes them in a subcategory of crime dubbed the “My Way Killings.”

The killings have produced urban legends about the song and left Filipinos groping for answers. Are the killings the natural byproduct of the country’s culture of violence, drinking and machismo? Or is there something inherently sinister in the song?

Sinatra My Way

Karaoke-related killings are not limited to the Philippines. In the past two years alone, a Malaysian man was fatally stabbed for hogging the microphone at a bar and a Thai man killed eight of his neighbors in a rage after they sang John Denver’s “Take Me Home, Country Roads.” Karaoke-related assaults have also occurred in the United States, including at a Seattle bar where a woman punched a man for singing Coldplay’s “Yellow” after criticizing his version.
Butch Albarracin, the owner of Center for Pop, a Manila-based singing school that has propelled the careers of many famous singers, was partial to what he called the “existential explanation.”

“ ‘I did it my way’ — it’s so arrogant,” Mr. Albarracin said. “The lyrics evoke feelings of pride and arrogance in the singer, as if you’re somebody when you’re really nobody. It covers up your failures. That’s why it leads to fights.”

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January 12, 2010

Killed by elephant

A rampaging elephant kills a Long Island woman and the 1-year-old daughter she held in her arms

Sharon Brown--300X300

The family was hiking on a nature trail about 1 mile from the Castle Forest Lodge, where the family was vacationing, said the owner, Melia van Laar.

"The elephant emerged from the bush at full speed without any warning," van Laar said. "Everybody ran away, but the lady, burdened by the weight of the baby, perhaps, or in panic, was not able to run fast enough."

Officials identified the woman as Sharon Brown, 39, and said her daughter's name was Margaux. Brown, originally from Miller Place, LI, and her husband are listed as faculty members at the International School of Kenya. Friends and colleagues at the American-curriculum K-12 school held a memorial service yesterday.

Walking tours of Kenya's many national parks are common, though hikers are advised to have an armed guard with them if the park is known to have elephants, said Kentice Tikolo, a spokeswoman for the Kenya Wildlife Service.
"It was a lone elephant, and lone elephants can be quite dangerous," Tikolo said. "It probably felt quite threatened."

What a tragedy on a family outing.  Condolences to her grieving family.

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December 29, 2009

Slipped on ice

What a sad story, his poor family.

Man dies after slipping on ice while visiting his mother's grave on Christmas Day

A builder has died after slipping on an icy path while visiting his mother's grave on Christmas Day.

Jimmy Halpin, 54, suffered head and neck injuries after the fall at Urmston and was pronounced dead on arrival at Trafford General Hospital

His death comes just weeks after his wife Ann, 55, died of stomach cancer, and has left his children without parents.

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December 12, 2009

100-year-old woman murdered by roommate, 98

A grand jury has indicted a 98-year-old woman on a second-degree-murder charge for allegedly killing her 100-year-old roommate in a dispute over the room they shared at a nursing home in Dartmouth.
The motion filed in Superior Court details the relationship between the two elderly women and describes, how just a short distance from a nurses' station, Lundquist was allegedly able to strangle and suffocate Barrow that morning within a window of 20 minutes. Staff found her body at 6:20 a.m. under a bed sheet with a plastic bag tied loosely around her head.

"The defendant made statements prior to the victim's death that she would get the victim's bed by the window because she was going to outlive her," the motion said.

The night before staff found Barrow dead, she complained that Lundquist has placed a table at the foot of her bed that blocked her path to the bathroom, according to joint motion. A nurse's aide moved the table and Lundquist punched her. When staff discovered Barrow's body, the table had been moved back to the foot of her bed.

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December 1, 2009

"She is dead because she wanted a slightly firmer behind"

Solange Magano, a former Miss Argentina, left her twin eight-year-old girls at home in Cordoba when she traveled to Buenos Aires for buttock implants. 

After the routine surgery called a gluteoplasty, she began having severe breathing problems and was rushed to the hospital where she died from a blocked lung artery after spending three days in intensive care.

Her close friend and fashion designer Roberto Piazza said the brunette had become obsessed with her looks as her successful modelling career approached its end.

He said: 'Solange was a girl who had everything. She lived the life of a  goddess, she was the envy of everybody.

'Now she is dead because she wanted a slightly firmer behind.

'She died because of her obsession with beauty.'

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November 20, 2009

Killed to extract their fat UPDATED

Grotesque beyond belief.

Gang 'killed victims to extract their fat'

Peruvian police arrest suspects who allegedly drained their victims and sold liquid as an anti-wrinkle treatment.

The jailed men have confessed to killing five people, but police suspect the number of victims is far higher, with 60 people reported missing in Huánuco this year alone. Two of the suspects were arrested at a bus station in the capital, Lima, carrying bottles of liquid fat which they claimed were worth up to £36,000 a gallon.

At a news conference police displayed two bottles of fat, which laboratory tests confirmed were human. "The fat was extracted from the thorax and thighs," said Eusebio Felix Murga, chief of police of Dirincri district. Police also showed a photo of the rotting head of a 27-year-old male victim discovered last month in a coca-growing valley.

Police said they received a tip four months ago about a trade in human fat, which exported the amber liquid to Europe as anti-wrinkle cream.
The gang have been nicknamed the Pishtacos after the ruthless assassins of indigenous Quechua legend who ambushed solitary victims and drained their fat as an offering to gods to make the land fertile. Another version depicts them as cannibal bandits who ate the skin and sold the fat. The stories date back to before the European conquest.

The suspects allegedly would sever victims' heads, arms and legs, remove organs and suspend torsos from hooks above candles, which warmed the flesh as the fat dripped into tubs below. Members claimed other gangs were engaged in similar killings.


Peru's police chief has suspended a top investigator for saying he had caught a gang who were murdering people to sell their fat.

Last month, top organised crime investigator Felix Murga said police had arrested four suspects who confessed to murdering up to 60 people. He said they were selling their fat for thousands of dollars a litre.

But the macabre tale now appears to be nothing more than a tall story - or a big fat lie.

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November 3, 2009

Murder by Pestle

Wife, 28, bludgeoned millionaire husband, 76, to death with a giant pestle after he asked for a divorce

The young wife of a British millionaire who bludgeoned him to death after he asked for a divorce has been found guilty of murder.

Nigerian-born Kate Artori West, 28, smashed William West, 76, over the head with a giant pestle used in African cooking, then set him on fire before burying him in a sack.

Reports at the time suggest that Mr West could still have been alive when he was set on fire.

West has been jailed for life after a three-year long trial in Gambia this week. She was, however, spared the death penalty.

William West's charred body was found near the couple's luxury home on the Gambian coast in July 2006 just days into a holiday with his wife of six years.

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October 31, 2009

Musician killed by coyotes

Taylor Mitchell, 19, Musician, Killed by Coyotes

Up and coming Canadian musician Taylor Mitchell has died from wounds sustained from 2 coyotes. Taylor Mitchell was hiking alone on a trail in Cape Breton Highlands National Park in Nova Scotia. People heard Mitchell's screams and called park rangers. The rangers did make it there in time
The singer died on the way to the hospital from her wounds. The coyotes had bitten her many times and the paramedics said she was in critical condition when they found her and she had lost a lot of blood.

Taylor Mitchell was a new talent that was on the rise. Her debut CD is called "For Your Consideration". She had just turned 19 and gotten her driver's license. She loved the woods and appreciated the beauty of them. Taylor Mitchell was nominated for a Canadian Folk Music Award this year in the young performer of the year category.

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October 23, 2009

'He didn't do anything, he didn't participate in helping. He did nothing. He just stood there.'

The sad story becomes clearer.  For some seeking rebirth, sweat lodge was end.

Midway through a two-hour sweat lodge ceremony intended to be a rebirthing experience, participants say, some people began to fall desperately ill from the heat, even as their leader, James Arthur Ray, a nationally known New Age guru, urged them to press on.

“There were people throwing up everywhere,” said Dr. Beverley Bunn, 43, an orthodontist from Texas, who said she struggled to remain conscious in the sweat lodge, a makeshift structure covered with blankets and plastic and heated with fiery rocks.

Dr. Bunn said Mr. Ray told the more than 50 people jammed into the small structure — people who had just completed a 36-hour “vision quest” in which they fasted alone in the desert — that vomiting “was good for you, that you are purging what your body doesn’t want, what it doesn’t need.” But by the end of the ordeal on Oct. 8, emergency crews had taken 21 people to hospitals.
About 90 minutes into the ceremony, Dr. Bunn said, someone yelled in the darkness that a woman had passed out just after Mr. Ray closed the tent door between rounds. Dr. Bunn said Mr. Ray replied, “We will deal with that after the next round.”

By the end of the ceremony, two people, James Shore, 40, who Dr. Bunn said had dragged an ill woman out of the lodge and then returned, and Kirby Brown, 38, were near death; they died that evening. A third participant, Liz Neuman, 49, fell into a coma and died on Oct. 17.

 Two Victims Sweat Lodge
Two victims, Kirby Brown, 38, and Liz Neumann, 49

Given the accounts of the survivors who said that Ray was intimidating and discouraged people from leaving, I hope that criminal charges are brought against him, if not manslaughter, at least criminally negligent homicide.

I suppose it is to be expected that many will continue to support Ray, but this is shocking.

On a conference call Mr. Ray held last week for sweat lodge participants, Dr. Bunn was shocked to hear one recount the comments of a self-described “channeler” who visited Angel Valley after the retreat. Claiming to have communicated with the dead, the channeler said they had left their bodies in the sweat lodge and chosen not to come back because “they were having so much fun.”

More from the Daily Mail -  Sweat lodge survivor tells how guru 'caused three deaths'

People were vomiting in the stifling heat, gasping for air, and lying lifeless on the sand and gravel floor beneath them, according to participant Beverley Bunn.
By the time people started collapsing, Bunn had already crawled to a spot near the opening of the sweat lodge, praying for the door to stay open as long as possible between rounds so that she could breathe in fresh air.

At one point, someone lifted up the back of the tent, allowing light into the otherwise pitch-black tent. Ray demanded to know where the light was coming from and who committed the 'sacrilegious act,' she explained.
As it neared the end, Bunn said some participants found themselves physically and mentally unable to tend to those around them.

After the eighth round, Ray instructed them to exit the sweat lodge just has they had entered - going clockwise, a movement meant to symbolize being inside a mother's womb.

What followed was a triage situation with people laid out on tarps and water being thrown on them to bring down body temperatures.

Some people weren't breathing and had bloodshot eyes. One woman unknowingly walked toward the fire before someone grabbed her, Bunn said.

Shouts of 'we need water, we need water,' rang out. 'They couldn't fill up the buckets fast enough,' Bunn said.
Ray was standing about 10 feet away, watching, Bunn said.
'He didn't do anything, he didn't participate in helping. He did nothing. He just stood there.'


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October 18, 2009

Not a Halloween dummy

A man whose body remained slumped on the balcony of a Marina del Rey apartment for four days before it was reported to authorities apparently committed suicide, authorities said Friday.

Neighbors told an RMG News camera crew that they noticed the body Monday but didn't call authorities until Thursday because they thought it was a Halloween dummy.

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October 15, 2009

Death by Hot Air Balloon

Tourists killed in hot-air balloon accident in China

A hot-air balloon has exploded and crashed in one of the most popular tourist spots in China, killing four Dutch tourists and injuring three people.

The group of five Dutch tourists and two balloon pilots had floated for about an hour over the dramatic karst hills that rise up around the town of Yangshuo.

As the balloon was preparing to land, it developed a leak, caught fire and crashed to the ground from a height of about 150 metres.

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October 12, 2009

Death in a sweat lodge

Anyone who is foolish enough to  pay $9695 for the opportunity to become a "Spiritual Warrior' is Sedona, Arizona can't be expected to be smart enough to get out of the heat. 

Two died, one is in critical condition and two others are in far condition after taking part in a sweat lodge ceremony
which lasted about two hours and was being hosted by James Arthur Ray, an author and spiritual self-help entrepreneur.

A sweat lodge is an enclosed structure in which heated rocks are doused with water to create steam and saunalike conditions. Adapted from Native American tradition, it is thought to help purify both body and spirit.
The Associated Press reported that, eerily, Ray made this posting on his Twitter account just hours before the deaths: "Still in Spiritual Warrior ... for anything new to live something first must die. What needs to die in you so that new life can emerge?"

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October 7, 2009

Death by deception and garage door

Via Ann Althouse, Instant Karma

"Yeah, my name is Stacy and I am driving toward Ontario, when a car went off into the median at mile marker 22"...

From a very credible-sounding 911 call. Link

Stacy is actually Melissa Farris, 35, of Caldwell, according to Caldwell Police Chief Chris Allgood. He says Farris made the call to 911, waited for paramedics to leave, then tried to slip under the closing bay door.

That attempt failed, and instead she got trapped and died.

Farris was a former worker at the paramedics station where she died Thursday. Her call appeared to be perfectly crafted to call paramedics away from the station.

The paramedics drove off looking for the nonexistent accident — as Farris — who, for whatever reason really wanted to get inside — lay dying under their door.

After seven years working at the Canyon County Paramedics in Idaho, Ferris left under apparently cloudy circumstances.    They did get her out and she died in the hospital

She leaves behind a husband and two sons, both parents, two sisters and two grandparents.  How sad for them all.

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September 26, 2009

Pointless deaths

Father killed daughter in crash as he drove at 110 mph to 'teach her a lesson'.

'He was annoyed at being called out at short notice at that time of night. He was deliberately driving far faster than he should have been,' said prosecutor Ieuan Bennett.
Kaylee was not wearing a seatbelt and she was hurled from the car when it struck a concrete bollard and flipped over.

She died of catastrophic head injuries.  The father was in a coma for 12 days with permanent brain damage.  Now he's in jail.

"Death by binge drinking is  a disgusting, pointless way to way to die"

it's 9 pm on a Friday night and throughout Britain people just like him are drinking themselves into oblivion. The only difference is that he has stopped breathing.

His three friends dial 999 when they cannot wake him, but they have no idea just how serious it is.

As Lian Withers, a first-response paramedic with the West Midlands Ambulance Service, arrives, they roll their eyes and joke: 'He loves his lager.'

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September 24, 2009

Death by Zebra

Grandmother died after being knocked over by zebra on once-in-a-lifetime safari in Kenya

A grandmother died after being knocked down by a zebra on a safari holiday in Kenya.
Eileen Whale, 77, was hit by the animal as it ran away after apparently being disciplined for trying to stick its nose into another holidaymaker's handbag.

She died of medical complications following the fall, an inquest heard today

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July 29, 2009

Shopaholic died under her purchases

Shopaholic died under her purchases

The body of an elderly shopaholic was found underneath a pile of clothing and other items after she died of natural causes, an inquest heard.

Joan Cunnane's bungalow was so crammed with purchases it took five visits to the house before she was found.

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July 24, 2009

"The lights are going out in my heart"

A fugitive couple who stole a yacht apparently starved to death after it was damaged in a storm.

The story of their slow, agonising death was detailed in a vivid diary found on board.

Sharon Arthurs-Chegini, 46, wrote: 'The lights are going out in my heart.

We have not eaten for four weeks. I dream of my mum's steak and kidney pie, roast dinner and sausage and mash.'

An inquest in Truro, Cornwall, was told that the former interior designer and her lover Peter Clarke, 49, had enjoyed a 'champagne and cocaine' lifestyle beyond their means.

They stole the yacht, the Skipper VII, while they were on the run in Portugal after skipping bail for a previous boat theft from Mylor harbour in Cornwall.

Months later, the Skipper was found adrift off the coast of Senegal, West Africa, with their bodies on board.

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July 14, 2009

Death by rubbish truck

Too drunk to go home, a teacher passed out in a wheelie bin and was crushed to death in a rubbish truck.

A teacher who fell asleep in a wheelie bin after a pub crawl was crushed to death when it was emptied into the machinery of a refuse truck.

The body of Scott Williams was found among rubbish when the truck was emptied more than 24 hours later.

Mr Williams, 35, is thought to have climbed into the large communal bin - which is the size of a small skip - to sleep off an evening's drinking in Brighton.

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July 9, 2009

Death by chocolate

Police were last night investigating the death of a man who fell into a vat of melted chocolate.

Factory worker Vincent Smith II toppled into the mix as he was filling the eight-foot deep tank with hot chocolate.

Detectives said the 29-year-old was dumping giant chunks of chocolate over the side when he was hit by a mixing blade, causing a fatal blow.

Three co-workers at Cocoa Services in Camden, New Jersey, rushed to turn off the machine. But by the time they could get to the unconscious man it was too late.

He had been in the chocolate – which was at a temperature of about 120 degrees – for about ten minutes by the time emergency crews managed to pull him out.

My condolences to the family who must hard to deal with the jokes about the manner of his death that was really horrible

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June 30, 2009

Death in free fall

He went into shock during a parachute jump

A British parachutist plunged 13,000ft to his death yesterday after he apparently went into a state of shock during freefall.

Police said Richard Taylor, 34, fell 'like a lead weight' after he did not open his parachute.

His automatic emergency chute failed to deploy when a line became caught on his arm.

He was on a beginners' course in Spain with four British friends when he died on his fifth jump.

He had been in freefall for about a minute when he curled up into a ball, probably as a result of going into shock.

The instructor tried to catch him, but when someone is curled up that is impossible.

'The instructor gave hand signals telling him to open his chute, but he did not respond.'

'Eventually the instructor had to open his own parachute.

'Then the student´s automatic activation device attempted to open the emergency parachute.

'But because of the student´s position curled up in a ball, a line got caught on his arm and could not open properly.'

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June 29, 2009

On leaving Michael Jackson's death alone

The coverage of  and reaction to Michael Jackson's death has been so over the top, I feel no need and have no desire to add to it.  Clearly a very troubled man and a tortured soul, he had a tragic life.  May he rest in peace.  I'm going to keep mine and leave the whole celebrity and media circus alone

I wonder along with David Warren

I found myself close-up with a lady of early middle-age, who was distraught at Jackson’s passing. I thought at first she was dressed as a clown (as were many who turned out at the UCLA Medical Center), but no, she was costumed as a bicycle courier. Her grief appeared genuine: I was glad not to have made the flip remark then in my mind. The sufferings of other people are real, and the fact we ourselves put little value on what they have lost does not change their suffering.

Notwithstanding, how can anyone — a grown woman in this case — possibly have allowed herself to become so emotionally engaged with a screen image, as the crowds do now, as the crowds did for Diana?

The answer can only be that the image has power. Among people deprived of the sheet-anchor of religious faith, such images have an extraordinary power. And at the root, that power is self-destructive.

The Anchoress sets you straight on why Jackson was an IDOL, not an ICON.  An icon is a religious artifact; an idol can be anything.  Don't be dumb and confuse the two

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June 11, 2009

Round-up of untimely deaths

When it comes to untimely or unusual death, you can't beat the British press.

D-Day hero, 93, starved himself to death after care home 'refused to let him go home to his wife'.

Alfred Tonkin, 93, went on hunger strike when he was prevented from being reunited with his wife of 68 years, Joyce.

The great-grandfather, who lost a leg to a Nazi machine gunner, was initially admitted to hospital with a blood disorder.\
But when social services became involved in his case they declared he was suffering from dementia and insisted a round-the-clock care package would have to be arranged before he could return home.

He was transferred to a care home and was still there four months later when he was rushed to hospital suffering from dehydration and malnourishment.

On May 28, a GP wrote to social services to protest at the length of time it was taking for him to be reunited with his wife and recommend an immediate discharge.

She pointed out a psychiatric assessment in January had found Mr Tonkin was depressed in care and anxious to leave.

The letter went on to warn intense frustration over the delays had led to him refusing food.

Three days later Mr Tonkin was rushed back to Watford Hospital with renal failure but died after failing to respond to drips.

His son, who works for Royal Mail, added: 'My dad had no one to talk to in the home and he lost the will to live.

He got on the No.26 bus at about 12:30 am and twenty minutes later, CCTV footage shows him slumped over in his sight.  The bus driver "forgot " about him when he left to go home for the night.  The cleaners didn't clean the bus.  So overnight, Pawel Modzelewski who had overdosed, lay dying or dead all night long on the upper deck of a London bus until the next morning when a passenger found him.

Wife found dead in wheelie bin may have been murdered Three years ago

Mrs Wallner was found after a neighbour spotted a foot sticking out of the bin in Cobham, Surrey. One theory is that she was killed before August 2006 and her body stored somewhere.

No one noticed she was missing!

An inquest heard evidence of the Lazarus syndrome man pronounced dead comes back to life for two days.

A man came back to life - like the Biblical Lazarus - half an hour after doctors told his family he had died.

Michael Wilkinson, 23, 'died' in hospital of a previously undiagnosed heart condition after his mother found him collapsed in bed.

Doctors failed to revive the roofer and pronounced him dead, and he was given the last rites.

But 30 minutes later medics found a pulse and told relatives he was actually alive.

There was no communication from the man who spent those last two days of his life in intensive care.

Man catches best friend's horror road death on camera as they race motorbikes at 170 mph.

Bowden, a car mechanic, had intended to take his son for a ride that day but Mr Prowse, his friend since school, arrived at his house and suggested they go for a ride.

Mr Prowse, ...then fitted his video camera to Bowden's petrol tank and the pair raced along the A30.

With a camera strapped to his motorbike Fred Bowden followed Andrew Prowse as the pair broke the speed limit 30 times in just 20 minutes.

Bowden was still filming after 25 miles when his friend clipped a car with his Kawasaki ZX10R and was thrown under an oncoming camper van. Mr Prowse, 46, was decapitated and died instantly.

Flying wreckage from Bowden's motorcycle knocked Bowden off his own matching 1,000cc machine. 

Bowden, a 42 year old father of 4, pled guilty to dangerous driving but escaped a jail term.  His sentence was suspended and his license too for three years.

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May 27, 2009

Decomposing burglar found in chimney

A  Spanish burglar has died inside a chimney after becoming stuck during a break-in attempt.

The body of the 30-year-old man, identified by police as Ricardo CG, was discovered by the owner of the home in the town of Moron de la Frontera on Tuesday.

His hand and forearm could be seen sticking out the top of the chimney, local media reported.

It is not known how long the man was wedged inside the chimney before he died, but his mother had reported him missing last week and his body had already started to decompose.

A local businessman only used the property as a second home and could not identify how long the would-be thief had been stuck.

He made the shocking discovery after finding his gate broken into and bricks broken off the fireplace.

Posted by Jill Fallon at 11:31 PM | Permalink

March 25, 2009

Battered to death by teenage pirates

On a dream round the world voyage, Malcolm and Linda Robertson anchored their yacht off the coast of Thailand when, in the early hours of the morning, they were awakened by a commotion.

Malcolm went to check when he was beaten to death with a hammer and thrown overboard by three Burmese migrant workers. 

They took Linda out of the cabin in which she was sleeping and tied her up in ropes below deck.  They sailed the yacht through the night until the next morning when they loaded up a small  dinghy with their loot

Linda managed to wriggle free of the ropes, outrunning the pirates and sailed to a nearby fishing vessel for help.  The fishermen contacted the police who captured the three men still in the small dingy. 

British man battered to death by Burmese teenage pirates

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March 13, 2009

Death by Pancakes

Too many  pancakes kill Russian man

THE WINNER of a pancake-eating contest dropped dead after gorging himself on 43 of the cream and banana stuffed desserts.

Boris Isayev, 48, from west Russia, collapsed to his knees and died on stage after stuffing himself with pancakes in a competition to mark the end of the region’s ‘Pancake Week’.

"He had really enjoyed the pancakes but then he started foaming at the mouth and went down like a sack of stones," one witness said.

Onlookers tried to revive the man, but he died on the stage, reported the Sunday Mirror.

Witnesses apparently described Isayev as “the most active participant in the contest" adding that he "ate all the types of pancakes on offer and won fairly.”

The exact cause of death is not clear but doctors believe he choked after a piece of pancake got lodged in his throat.

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March 9, 2009

"She didn't have to go like that"

Pinned to the metal grating of an MBtA escalator that clenched her scarf and hair, 82 year old Helen Jackson lay dying while many commuters walked past her to the exit. 

Watching helplessly as a life slips away

commuters walked past her toward the exit, either unaware of the dire circumstances or unwilling to get involved.

A few good Samaritans intervened. One slammed the button that stopped the rising escalator. Another pleaded for any sort of help - scissors or even nail clippers to cut her free. Amid the muted chaos, a municipal security officer just outside the station radioed an emergency, then waited by his car for paramedics to arrive.

Moments mattered, and in the end, as one middle-aged man crouched at the top of the escalator, holding Jackson's hand while urging her to keep breathing, her grip loosened, her hand fell away, and she died. She was pinned so tightly to the escalator grating that the man couldn't fit his fingers between her scarf and her neck.

Condolences to her family.  "She didn't have to go like that"

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February 27, 2009

Viagra orgy man dies

A Russian man died after guzzling a bottle of Viagra to keep him going for a 12 hour orgy with two female pals.

Some men might think this is a great way to die, but I call it no way to go.  The man was only 28.

The women had bet mechanic Sergey Tuganov £3,000 that he wouldn’t be able to satisfy them both non-stop for the half-day sex marathon.

But minutes after winning the wager, the randy 28-year-old dropped dead with a heart attack, revealed Moscow police.

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February 19, 2009

Blown to sea

When I first read the story of the babies being swept out to sea on a gust of wind just when their father removed his hands from their buggy to speak to his female friend, I thought the father would never escape this tragedy.

Rebecca and Lewis Hopper had been tightly buckled into the three-wheel buggy when their father, Andrew, lost his grip as he strolled along a sea wall with a female friend.

The pushchair ran off the open walkway and plunged 15 ft into the icy waters. 

As horrified onlookers watched, both adults then ran into the sea to try to save the children.

 Folkstone Coastal Path
This is the walkway along the sea at Folkestone, Kent, where these two babies were swept to sea.

 Two Babies Swept To Sea

But it got even worse when it was revealed that Lewis Hopper was kissing his mistress when he let go of the pram's handles.

A terrible tragedy in every way.  Mercy on them all.

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February 16, 2009

He died because he didn't want to be a nuisance

Yes, he was 80, with prostrate cancer and partially blind and deaf, and after going to his local hospital to get treatment for his anemia (three blood transfusions instead of the injection he expected), he decided to call for a taxi to take him home.  The pay phone in the hospital was broken, so he decided to walk.    After all, he didn't want to make a nuisance of himself by asking for transport, or even to stay a bit longer, maybe overnight.

Tragedy of patient 80 who died because he didn't want to be a nuisance.

An elderly man died after having to walk home following three blood transfusions because he couldn't call a cab from the broken hospital pay phone that staff had sent him to.

Retired civil servant Aplyn Wynn-Jones, 80, was physically sick after taking two hours to walk the one and a half miles to his house.

Mr Storer said: 'He died from the well-recognised symptoms of overload, where the body cannot cope with the volume of blood.

'When we arrived, the look of panic on the man's face was appalling.

'His lungs had filled up with liquid and his organs were failing. He was clearly dying.

'I called a doctor who was outraged and said we must make an official complaint.

Posted by Jill Fallon at 10:29 AM | Permalink

February 15, 2009

Transgendered woman exercised her husband to death

Transgender woman pleads guilty of exercising husband to death

An elderly Ohio man was "exercised to death" by his transgendered wife - who forced him to swim even as he gasped for breath, authorities said.

Christine Newton-John, 41, pleaded guilty last week to reckless homicide in the death of James Mason, 73, and could get five years in prison.

Cops said she was caught on video dragging her frail hubby around the pool in their apartment complex, stopping him from getting out 43 times.

"The man was exercised to death," Middlefield Police Chief Joseph Stehlik told the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
"The video is bone-chilling. The whole case is very sinister. My personal feeling is that what she did was more intentional than reckless.

"This is a case that could just slip through the cracks."

It didn't because Stehlik's deputy became suspicious after Mason's June 2 heart attack, recalling that he'd investigated previous allegations of abuse.

A police officer noticed a surveillance camera above the pool and retrieved the tape - which showed Mason struggling to breathe during the marathon swim session.

Posted by Jill Fallon at 9:26 AM | Permalink

January 30, 2009

A most unlucky man

When Kenneth Clarke, 59, and his wife flew from England to Florida for a vacation, they visited Discovery Park in Orlando where they swam in a pool made to look like a coral reef, alive with tropical fish.

Kenneth stubbed his toe on one of the rocks implanted with living coral. 

What followed was a nightmare.

He was treated in intensive care in the U.S. before being flown back to Britain. Despite further intensive treatment and having both his legs amputated, he died from blood poisoning.

Doctors in Manchester were forced to amputate his legs below the knee, but he died of multiple organ failure caused by Group B streptococcal septicaemia on August 8, just eight weeks after stubbing his toe.

Mr Meadows told Mrs Clarke: 'This is an unusual set of circumstances made all the more difficult because it starts with a happy family holiday in a safe environment.

'If ever there someone who could be described as unlucky it would be your husband.'

Father of two dies after stubbing his toe on coral at Florida theme park.

Posted by Jill Fallon at 9:40 AM | Permalink

January 13, 2009

Dead by his own stuff

He had so much stuff he had to construct tunnels to get around his house.  Then he lost his way.

Man died in network of tunnels he made through house of rubbish.

Investigators believe Gordon Stewart, 74, died as a result of dehydration, after becoming unable to find his way out of the mass of carrier bags, boxes, old furniture and other junk.

Posted by Jill Fallon at 9:37 AM | Permalink

December 10, 2008

Don't Wrap Cords Around Your Neck

Dominic Mallary, a 24-year-old lead singer of an emerging rock band that just landed a record contract had a signature move,

howling into his microphone as he coiled the wire tighter and tighter around his neck.

But this time, the edgy flourish proved deadly. The pressure caused a clot in his jugular vein, later cutting off the flow of oxygen to his brain, according to his mother, band members, and friends. Mallary, an Emerson College graduate who counseled the homeless, died Friday afternoon at Boston Medical Center.

Mallary appeared fine during and immediately after the show, but about an hour later complained of dizziness and a lack of sensation in his legs. But even as he was taken by ambulance to Boston Medical Center, he remained conscious and called his girlfriend to let her know what had happened.

"I figured he was going to be all right," said Murphy, a 21-year-old who lives in Douglas. "We didn't think it had anything to do with our performance."

But when Mallary arrived at the hospital shortly after 11, he suffered a seizure and lost consciousness, Murphy said. He later fell into an irreversible coma and was pronounced dead Friday.

Death of singer, 24, tied to stage stunt.

Condolences to his family and friends.

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December 4, 2008

The One That Got Away

Woman swept to sea during proposal on Oregon coast

A romantic marriage proposal on the Oregon coast turned deadly for the bride-to-be when a wave swept her out to sea.

Scott Napper had taken 22-year-old Leafil Alforque to Proposal Rock near Neskowin Beach to pop the question at a place that got its name from couples ready to marry. Napper and Alforque had been dating since they met on the Internet in 2005.  But Alforque had arrived in Oregon on a visa from the Philippines just three days before the fateful trip to the coast.

Napper said the tide had receded around Proposal Rock on Saturday when the couple began to walk to it. He planned to propose and give her the ring he carried in his pocket.  About 10 feet from the rock, a wave about 3 feet high suddenly came toward them.

"I turned into it to keep from getting pulled under it," Napper said.

By the time he turned to find Alforque, only 4-foot-11 and 93 pounds, she had been caught by the receding waters.

"She was about 30 feet away, getting swept away," Napper said.

The 45-year-old Silverton man tore off his jacket to get rid of any extra weight, and when he looked up again she was gone.

"That's the last I saw of her," he said in an interview Wednesday, breaking into tears.

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November 29, 2008

Death by shoppers

What a horror!

A 34-year-old man from Queens who had recently lost his job took a new temporary one at Walmart to help with the day-after-Thanksgiving sales and was trampled to death

at 5:03 a.m., Jdimytai Damour, 34 - hired just for the holiday rush - opened the door, and a frenzied horde of hundreds surged forward, knocking him to the ground and crushing him, police said.

"They overran him and kept running into the store. They pushed right over his body," said Nassau County Police Detective Lt. Michael Fleming. "Many of them did not even know he was down there."

Other employees tried to battle forward to help Damour, but were pushed back by the crowd, Fleming said. Even officers responding to the scene had difficulty pushing through the mob to get to the fallen man.

"It was utter and complete chaos," Fleming said.

Even though it was clear there was trouble, shoppers continued pushing forward, stepping over Damour's crushed body, witnesses said.

"Nobody cared. They were still trying to get in. People were stampeding to get inside," Brown said.

His friends were stunned.

Friends were stunned to learn of the death of the Brooklyn native remembered for his gentle, introspective nature.

"He was a good kid, he'd help anyone out," said pal Ronald Jean. "He wanted to be a teacher. He talked about going back to school. He loved reading, and he wrote his own poetry."

Damour's mom, Marie Telismond, spent many years working as a housekeeper at the famed Pierre Hotel on Fifth Avenue before returning to her native Haiti.

She's now returning to New York to bury her son.

I'm glad the police are reviewing videos to find the shoppers who trampled Jdimtai Damour to death. 

Such behavior can not be tolerated in a civilized society.

Jdimtai Damour, rest in peace. 

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November 22, 2008

Woman Killed by Husband's Coffin

Woman killed by husband's coffin

A Brazilian woman has died after being struck by her husband's coffin when a hearse was involved in a car crash.

The 67-year-old woman was on the way to the cemetery to bury her husband, reports the BBC.

The hearse was struck from behind by an Alfa Romeo car, police said.

The coffin slammed into the head of the woman, who was sitting in the passenger seat of the hearse, killing her instantly, according to officers.

Marciana Silva Barcelos and her family were on the way to a cemetery in the town of Alvorada in the Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul, for the funeral of her partner, Josi Silveira Coimbra.

The 76-year-old man had died of a heart attack on Sunday after attending a dance.

Following the accident, the driver of the Alfa Romeo was trapped for around 50 minutes in the wreckage and was taken to hospital.

The driver of the hearse and a son of the dead man, who was also travelling in the hearse, were treated for minor injuries.

Posted by Jill Fallon at 9:24 AM | Permalink

November 21, 2008

Too much deodorant

This struck me as particularly sad as I imagine young Dan Hurley just entering puberty and doing his best to cope with the changes in his body.

Twelve year old boy collapses and dies after using too much spray deodorant in a cramped bathroom

Daniel Hurley died after using Lynx Vice spray - but the coroner said the dangers were clearly explained on the can

Consultant pathologist Dr Andrew Hitchcock, who carried out a postmortem examination on Daniel, said he found no evidence of substance abuse. There was also no evidence of any life-threatening disease, alcohol or drugs in Daniel's body.

'What we have in this case is someone who may well have had a cardiac abnormality in the presence of the solvent,' Dr Hitchcock said.

'There is a very reasonable assumption that the passive inhalation of the solvent almost certainly led to his death.'

Condolences to his poor parents.  His father said that Daniel
was always putting gel on his hair and spraying deodorant'.

Posted by Jill Fallon at 8:45 AM | Permalink

November 16, 2008

Death by Stomping Wine

Two French wine-makers suffocated by carbon dioxide fumes from grapes they were treading

Two amateur French wine makers have died after they were suffocated by the fumes from the grapes they were treading with their bare feet.

The victims had volunteered to help a friend make wine at his vineyard in the northern Ardeche region and had climbed into the six-foot wide vat to begin the traditional process of extracting the juice from the grapes.

But police believe Daniel Moulin, 48, and 50-year-old Gerard Dachis were overcome by carbon dioxide fumes that are given off during fermentation and collapsed.

I can't decide what category this fits in, so it goes in both - No Way to Go and  Good Death.

Posted by Jill Fallon at 4:42 PM | Permalink

November 13, 2008

"She parked her car, left it, and immediately found herself in boiling water"

Woman dies in pit of boiling water

A RUSSIAN woman has died after falling into a pit of boiling water that opened up on a street.
The hole was caused by a ruptured underground heating pipe.

"She parked her car, left it, and immediately found herself in boiling water," said an official at the Military Medical Academy hospital in St Petersburg.

Most Russian cities have ageing municipal heating systems that pump boiling water under the streets and into houses.

Ruptures regularly occur in late autumn when the system is switched on for the winter.

Posted by Jill Fallon at 7:51 PM | Permalink

October 25, 2008

Death by cheesy rice buns

Winning contestant dies during competitive eating event

After gorging on greasy food as fast as he could eat, a 23-year-old died after 'relentless vomiting'.

Posted by Jill Fallon at 10:47 AM | Permalink

October 16, 2008

Killed by falling tombstone

A 77 year-old man, visiting the site where his parents were buried was digging a hole around the foundation of a stone when  the concrete block fell on his back.

Man dies in Quebec cemetery after tombstone falls on him.

Posted by Jill Fallon at 1:58 PM | Permalink

September 29, 2008

Death by chili sauce

Aspiring chef dies hours after making ultra-hot sauce for chili-eating contest.

Andrew Lee, 33, had used a bag of home-grown red chillies to make a super-hot sauce.

The forklift truck driver, who had recently passed a medical at work, dared his girlfriend's brother to eat a spoonful - then ate a plateful himself. Shortly after he had a heart attack and died.

Posted by Jill Fallon at 9:37 AM | Permalink

September 23, 2008

Anger that kills

Road rage woman burned to death by ramming rival motorist and revving her engine until her car went up in flames.

The victim was so overcome with anger she refused to get out of her burning car and even threatened a would-be rescuer who tried to persuade her.

Posted by Jill Fallon at 12:24 AM | Permalink

September 18, 2008

Don't pick wild mushrooms in the botanical garden

If you do, at least know what the Death Cap toadstool - amanita phalloides - looks like.

 Death Cap Mushroom

One woman in her 40s just died and her relative is seriously ill after eating wild mushrooms picked in botanical gardens on the Isle of Wight

Here's another photo of a more mature death cap.

 Death-Cap 2

Posted by Jill Fallon at 10:14 AM | Permalink

September 14, 2008

Dryer fire

Dryer Fire kills Lexington mother

A deadly fire that smoldered for hours while Gena Brown and her two daughters slept Friday night probably started in a dryer vent, according to state fire officials. The blaze killed Brown shortly before dawn after she shouted a warning to her girls to flee.

State Fire Marshal Stephen Coan said dryer fires are not uncommon in Massachusetts. In 2006, there were 87 such fires, 72 of which occurred in homes. Altogether the fires caused $500,000 in damage, he said.

While many were caused by mechanical malfunctions, about 20 percent occurred because people failed to clean the dryer lint screen. In addition to cleaning the lint screen, Coan said, state officials recommend cleaning the vent pipe that channels hot air from the dryer outside at least twice a year.

Lint is extremely flammable, Coan said. Brown is the second person to die in recent years as the result of a dryer fire, although the other death occurred under bizarre circumstances.

Coan said in that case, an alleged burglar who had broken into a laundromat got stuck in a vent where he died when a fire erupted

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August 18, 2008

Zoo bears

If you're drunk, don't go to the zoo to take photos of the bears

Man torn apart by zoo bears

THREE bears at a Ukrainian zoo tore a man "limb from limb" after he fell into their enclosure, local media reports.

The 22-year-old man was drunk and trying to take close-up shots of the Siberian Brown bears at Mykolaev city zoo when he lost his footing, witnesses said, acording to Channel 5 television.

The three bears charged the man immediately, tearing him "limb from limb" as he tried to escape, according to the station, quoted by the Deutsche Presse-Agentur news agency.

The man was dead before keepers could separate the animals from their victim.

Posted by Jill Fallon at 7:57 AM | Permalink

Deadly Leak

A TOURIST in desperate need of a toilet break at a train station was killed when he urinated on an electrified railway track which was carrying 750 volts.

The victim was electrocuted after he crept into a recess to relieve himself. It is thought his urine splashed on the line and he died instantly when the charge leaped up at him.

Deadly leak on railway line

Posted by Jill Fallon at 7:52 AM | Permalink

July 13, 2008

Killed by a Folding Couch

In Russia, a woman upset with her husband for being drunk and refusing to get up, kicked a handle after an argument, activating a mechanism that folds the couch up against a wall.

The couch, which doubles as a bed, folds up automatically in order to save space. The man fell between the mattress and the back of the couch...The woman then walked out of the room and returned three hours later to check on what she thought was an unusually quiet sleeping husband.
Video on the television channel's Web site showed emergency workers sawing away the side panels of a couch to remove a man in his underwear lying headfirst between the cushions.

Emergency workers said the man died instantly.

Woman kills husband with folding couch

Posted by Jill Fallon at 8:57 AM | Permalink

July 11, 2008

Dying from Overwork

Ruling finds Japanese man died from overwork

A Japanese labor bureau has ruled that one of Toyota's top car engineers died from working too many hours, the latest in a string of such findings in a nation where extraordinarily long hours for some employees has long been the norm. 

The man who died was aged 45 and had been under severe pressure as the lead engineer in developing a hybrid version of Toyota's blockbuster Camry line, said Mikio Mizuno, the lawyer representing his wife

Posted by Jill Fallon at 10:17 AM | Permalink

July 7, 2008

Too much water

A middle-aged man collapsed and died of water overdose after drinking five times recommended intake.

He collapsed with a fatal heart attack after drinking vast amounts of water to relieve pain from a gum disease.

The divorcee thought he was being sensible by refusing to take painkillers and had no idea he was risking his life by drinking excessively.

He was taken to hospital last December after collapsing at home and doctors initially thought he was drunk on alcohol because he was staggering and slurring his words.

In reality the symptoms were caused by the excess water causing swelling in the brain.

Doctors put salt back into his body in an attempt to counter the effects of his huge water intake, but the following day he suffered a fatal heart attack.

Posted by Jill Fallon at 12:48 PM | Permalink

June 21, 2008

Underwater murder

On their honeymoon husband goes scuba diving with his new wife on the Great Barrier reef only his wife never comes up.

Since the husband was an experienced diver, since he asked his fiancee before the wedding to increase her life insurance and make him the sole beneficiary, since he, as her dive buddy, didn't rush to help his inexperienced wife who was struggling to breathe and sinking into the deep but instead decided to swim away for help, Daniel Watson, an American tourist is charged with murder.

Of course, someone had an underwater camera and took pictures.

Posted by Jill Fallon at 2:02 PM | Permalink

June 19, 2008

While breaking into house, robber shoots self dead

Man shoots self dead while breaking into house.

Police in a Dallas suburb say a man trying to rob a house accidentally shot himself after kicking down the door and died in the driveway.

Grand Prairie police say the body of 19-year-old Cameron Sands was found outside the house early Tuesday.

Police Lt. John Brimmer says the evidence indicates Sands shot himself while trying to pull the gun from his waistband. He then dropped the gun and ran until he collapsed.

Posted by Jill Fallon at 8:03 AM | Permalink

May 24, 2008

Death by Jet Lag

One day in 1971, a woman called Sarah Krasnoff made off with her 14-year-old grandson, who was caught up in an unseemly custody dispute, and took him into the sky. In a plane, she knew, they were subject to no laws, and if they never stopped moving, the law could never catch up with them. They flew from New York to Amsterdam. When they arrived, they turned around and flew from Amsterdam to New York. Then they flew from New York to Amsterdam again, and from Amsterdam to New York, again and again and again, month after month.

They took about 160 flights in all, one after the other, according to the stage piece "Jet Lag." They saw 22 movies an average of seven times each. They ate lunch again and again and turned their watches six hours forward, then six hours back. The whole fugitive enterprise ended when Krasnoff, 74, finally collapsed and died, the victim, doctors could only suppose, of terminal jet lag.

Pico Iyer writes of Jet Lag in the New York Times via Kottke

Posted by Jill Fallon at 2:39 AM | Permalink

Toxic Vomit

To kill himself, he swallowed pesticide, but his wife found him, called the emergency medical personnel who took him to an emergency room where 54 were sickened by his toxic vomit.

The man vomited while having his stomach pumped, and odorous toxic gas spread through the emergency room. Thirty-one hospital staff members, including doctors, and 23 outpatients and their families were sickened. About 20 of them were in treatment rooms, and others were in the waiting lounge.
The woman listed in serious condition was about 10 meters away from the man at the time of the incident. She had gone to the hospital for treatment of kidney failure and pneumonia.

Among 44 people who suffered minor health problems were two 1-year-old babies and two 3-year-old children.

Posted by Jill Fallon at 2:22 AM | Permalink

May 15, 2008

Yankee fan kills Red Sox fan

After a spat in a bar between sports rivals in Nashua,  New Hampshire, Ivonne Hernandez, a Yankee fan got in her car, heard someone chant 'Yankees suck'  and then ran down a group of Red Sox fans killing one.

"She never braked, and she accelerated at a high speed for about 200 feet. She went directly at this group of people," prosecutor Susan Morrell said of Ivonne Hernandez, who is charged with reckless second-degree murder in the death early Friday of Matthew Beaudoin, 29.

Now comes her Shock Confession.  Her defense attorney is arguing she was pushed to the breaking point.

She said, 'I didn't touch any of them,' . "She said they were running towards her car. She said, 'The guy ran on top of my car.' "

Condolences to the family of Matthew Beaudoin.  They can never again believe It's only a game.

Posted by Jill Fallon at 10:43 AM | Permalink

April 30, 2008

Up, up and away

 Priest Balloons

This soaring photo is the last one known of the Roman Catholic priest who wanted to raise money to build a worship center for truckers by breaking the 19-hour world record for flying with balloons.

An experienced skydiver, Adelir Antonio de Carli lifted off under a column of a thousand helium-filled balloons.  He was equipped with a bouyant chair, a thermal suit, a parachute, a satellite phone and a GPS device.

He disappeared when winds blew him over the ocean.  Fishing boats and rescue workers in helicopters found bits of balloons along the coast.  A week  after his disappearance, the Brazilian navy called off the search

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April 14, 2008

Hitchhiking for world peace dressed as a bride

An Italian woman artist who wanted to show that she could put her trust in the kindness of local people was hitchhiking from Milan to the Middle East dressed as a bride to promote world peace.

Her naked body was found in the bushes of Gebze, Turkey.

"World Peace' hitcher is murdered.

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March 29, 2008

"It's sort of like one for the books."

Man killed while beating would-be robber

Facing the barrel of a sawed-off shotgun on a dark West Baltimore street, Roland Scott fought back. He pulled out his own weapon - a fake handgun - and wrested the shotgun away from his attacker, city police said.

Scott ordered the man to strip naked in the middle of Laurens Street, took $800 from him and forced him to march into the laundry room of a nearby apartment building.

"He starts beating him, telling him to get more money, saying, 'Get me a cell phone or I'm going to kill you,'" said Sgt. Dennis M. Raftery Jr., a supervisor in the Police Department's homicide unit. "He is beating him with the butt of a sawed-off shotgun."

Raftery said the shotgun, then pointed at Scott, discharged, hitting Scott in the stomach and killing him. Authorities said his death will be ruled accidental.

"It is unusual," Raftery said yesterday. "I don't know how to put it. It is sort of like one for the books

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March 25, 2008

She died for bigger breasts

Breast-surgery complications kill West Boca High cheerleader

Stephanie Kuleba had a charmed life: captain of the varsity cheerleading squad at West Boca High, a nearly perfect grade-point average, good looks and a ticket to the University of Florida, where she would start her journey toward becoming a medical doctor.

Her friends said she was "perfect," so when Kuleba died Saturday of complications from breast augmentation surgery, none of them could understand how the girl whose success in life "was a sure thing" could perish in such a strange and devastating fashion.

Condolences to her family.

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March 21, 2008

Another fatal encounter with a stingray

Far from Michigan, Judy Zagorski, 57, was on a spring break vacation with her family, aboard a boat off the Florida Keys. 

She was sunbathing on the boat's deck when a Giant stingray leaps onto the boat and impales her through the neck killing her

 Giant Sting Ray.

Condolences to her family.

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March 8, 2008

Karaoke Killer

I know it's  tiresome to hear people sing off tune, especially if they are drunk, but one man in Thailand took it way too far.

John Denver karaoke sparks Thai killing spree

"When I began shooting nobody pleaded for his life because they were all drunk," he said after his arrest.

He said he was so furious with their awful singing that he did not notice he had murdered his own brother-in-law.

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January 29, 2008

"A Bad Death"

The inability to accept the inevitability of death can ruin your life as this book reviewer writes about Susan Sontag's son and his book,   

"Swimming in a Sea of Death: A Son's Memoir" (David Rieff)

From the NYT review entitled A Fight for Life Consumes Both Mother and Son.

“A bad death” is another matter. We all know those when we see them, the miserably protracted and painful affairs that overwhelm everyone — the deceased and survivors alike — with panic, guilt and bitter regrets.
Obviously,” Mr. Rieff says, “there is no comparison between the sufferings of a person who is ill and the sufferings of those who love them.” Still, one suspects he got the worst of the deal, for despite what he describes as a tense relationship with his mother, he was cast in the role of head cheerleader. His job was to enthusiastically endorse her struggle, always to be optimistic and supportive and never, ever, to talk about death.

“What she wanted from me was an adamant refusal to accept that it was even possible that she might not survive,” Mr. Rieff writes. Ms. Sontag “might be covered in sores, incontinent and half delirious,” but Mr. Rieff would “tell her at great and cheerful length about how much better she seemed to look/seem/be compared to the day before.”

Months of this duplicity left him guilty and miserable, obsessively revisiting every decision again and again, even — and especially — after she died.
He and his mother will undoubtedly survive for a long time to come in medical school courses on death and dying — as a case study in how not to do it.

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December 27, 2007

2007 Darwin Awards

In order to qualify for a Darwin Award, a person must remove himself from the gene pool because of an "astounding misapplication of judgment".

Some of the 2007 nominees

The Enema Within    Getting drunk when your throat is too sore to do it in the usual way.

Coitus Interruptus - Coming and going at the same time.

Gravity still works -  Amazing the number of thieves who try to steal tower supports to sell as scrap metal.

Stop. Look. Listen. Or tomorrow you'll be missing

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December 10, 2007

On the phone, not paying attention

This is sad because I can imagine so many people in a rush, on their phone, not paying attention.

Amtrak train hits, kills pedestrian who, absorbed in a cell phone call, walked around a lowered crossing gate and on to the tracks.

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November 24, 2007

Killed by his own stuff

His house was so full that he built a network of tunnels so he could move around in it.  Four tons of rubbish had to be removed before his  body could be removed from his bedroom.

Collector killed by his own hoard.

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November 15, 2007

The Police or the Alligators

A man who jumped into a lake to flee police was killed by an alligator more than 9 feet long.

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