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Spontaneous Combustion




Spontaneous human combustion (SHC) is a name used to describe alleged cases of the burning of a living human body without an apparent external source of ignition. While there have been about 200 cited cases worldwide over a period of around 300 years, most of the alleged cases are characterized by the lack of a thorough investigation, or rely heavily on hearsay and oral testimony. In many of the more recent cases, where photographic evidence is available, it is alleged that there was an external source of heat present (often cigarettes), and nothing occurred "spontaneously."



Newsletter Articles:


French Woman Reduced To Ashes
Spontaneous Human Combustion
The Mystery of Spontaneous Human Combustion
Ball Lightning Link To Human Combustion
Woman's Fiery Death Remains Worldwide Enigma



Significant Events:


1470-00-00; Italy, {Polonus Vorstius}
1725-00-00; France
1731-00-00; Italy, {Cornelia di Bandi}
1744-04-09; England, Ipswitch
1938; UK {Phyllis Newcombe}
1951-07-02; USA, Florida, St. Petersburg
1957-05-18; USA, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
1959-12-00; USA, Michigan, Pontiac
1964-11-08; USA, PA {Helen Conway}
1966-12-06; USA, Pennsylvania, Coudersport
1967-09-13; UK, London, Lambeth
1977; France {Ginette Kazmierczak}
1980-00-00; Wales, Ebbw Vale
1980; England, Cheshire {Susan Motteshead}
1982; England {Jeannie Saffin}
1985-09-00; {Debbie Clark }
1986-03-26; USA; New York, Crown Point
1997-03-24; Irish Republic; County Kerry
1998-11-17; France, Honfleur
2002-01-01; Belgium, Brussels {G Waldeck?}
2009; USA {Janice McCall} not a SHC - surgical flash fire



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