Twisted Tuesdays: Bizarre Deaths
by Tracy Vanity
Sometimes the only thing more random than life is death, especially the way these people went:
Bizarre deaths happen more often than you may have realized. Here’s some of the strangest ways people have bitten the dust:
(list originally compiled by Jackol, R.I.P my friend)
-A Michigan man died when a 14 pound bowling ball, thrown from a passing car, bounced through the window of his car and killed him.
-A 17-year-old boy in France allegedly committed suicide because his mother wouldn’t let him have plastic surgery to look like Michael Jackson.
-San Francisco football fan, George North, was celebrating a victory by riding a trash bin down a stadium ramp when the bin flipped over a cement wall and North fell 42 feet to his death.
-During an argument at a Maryland truck stop, Fred Warren stuck a hunting knife into a tire. The air escaping from the puncture blew the knife back into his own throat and killed him
-2 Seattle women died from coffee enemas. Death was attributed to fluid and electrolyte abnormalities, following enema abuse
-A 24-year-old student, named Tetsuo Sugawara, suffocated when he taped his nose and mouth shut as part of an experiment on the effects of breathing.
-14-year-old Martine Blot was killed by a man who fell on her as he jumped from the tower of Notre Dame Cathedral to commit suicide.
-In California, Carolyn M. Matsumoto, committed suicide by closing herself up in the family’s dishwasher.
-Dairy delivery driver Joseph Larose was killed when 500 pounds of ice cream treats fell on him in Tampa, Florida.
-21 people drowned in molasses when a tank burst and sent 2.3 million gallons of sticky brown goo roaring through the streets of Boston in 1919.
-Dennis R. Widdison of Newark, England committed suicide in 1987 by pounding 5-inch nails into his own skull with a hammer.
-Don Terrell Henderson died while driving along a Texas road smashing mailboxes with a baseball bat when his head got caught in one of the boxes.
-Bobby Willis, a barber in Denver, was shot to death by a customer who didn’t like his haircut.
-Charles Rogers reached to help a grave digger when the grave began caving in. Rogers fell in, followed by the headstones, which crushed him dead. It was originally his brothers grave.
-Anneliese Michel was a Catholic woman from Germany who was said to be possessed by six or more demons and subsequently underwent a secret ten-month-long voluntary exorcism in 1975. Two motion pictures, The Exorcism of Emily Rose and Requiem are loosely based on Anneliese’s story. The two priests and her parents were convicted of negligent manslaughter for failing to call a medical doctor to address her eating disorder. When she died she weighed 68 pounds.
-In 1981, Kenji Urada became one of the first people to be killed by a robot when he was disassembled by an automated assembly machine.
-Father of two drowns while kayaking after being attacked by a SWAN.
In 1952, John Reid suffocated in a vat of barley in the San Francisco brewery where he worked.
-A teenage hairdressing student died after eating large quantities of her own hair.
-English do-it-yourselfer William Hall committed suicide in 1971 by drilling 8 holes into his own head.
-Two U.S. presidents – Thomas Jefferson and James K. Polk – have died from diarrhea.
-In 1978, Terry Kath, of the band “Chicago” tried to prove a gun wasn’t loaded by pointing it at his head and pulling the trigger.
-An Oregon pig farmer was eaten by pigs.
This one is by far my favorite and the most bizarre death:
“Some may never live, but the crazy never die.” - Hunter S. Thompson