En 76-årig man i Irland avled i december förra året av något så ovanligt som självantändning. Det slår nu rättsläkare fast. Fallet tros vara det första i sitt slag i landet.
Från Charles Forts Wild Talents (1932):
In Cosmos, 3-6-242, is a physician’s report upon a case. It is a communication by Dr. Bertholle to the Société Medico-Chirurgicale:
That, upon the 1st of August, 1869, the police of Paris had sent for Dr. Bertholle, in the matter of a woman, who had been found, burned to death. Under the burned body, the floor was burned, but there was nothing to indicate the origin of the fire. Bedclothes, mattresses, curtains, all other things in the room, showed not a trace of fire. But this body was burned, as if it had been the midst of flames of the intensity of a furnace. Dr. Bertholle’s report was technical and detailed: left arm totally consumed; right hand burned to cinders; no trace left of internal organs in the thorax, and organs in the abdomen unrecognizable. The woman had made no outcry, and no other sound had been heard by other dwellers in the house. It is localization, or specialization, again — a burned body in an almost unscorched room.
Madras Mail, May 13, 1907 — a woman in the village of Manner, near Dinapore — flames that had consumed her body, but not her clothes — that two constables had found the corpse in a room, in which nothing else showed signs of fire, and had carried the smouldering body, in the unscorched clothes, to the District Magistrate. Toronto Globe, Jan. 28, 1907 — dispatch from Pittsburgh, Pa. — that Albert Houck had found the body of his wife, ”burned to a crisp”, on a table — no sign of fire upon the table, nor anywhere else in the house. New York Sun, Jan. 24, 1930 — coroner’s inquiry, at Kingston, N.Y., into the death of Mrs. Stanley Lake. ”Although her body was severely burned, her clothing was not even scorched.”