Body dragged 20 miles through NYC

Guido Salvador Carabajo-Jara, a 26-year-old from Queens, New York, was struck by an SUV while crossing the street and then impaled on the undercarriage of an oncoming van. His body was dragged around the city for nearly 20 miles before a pedestrian informed the driver of the van of what had happened. The two initial impacts were captured on film by a security-camera and have since been leaked onto the Internet.

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Mom microwaved baby to death

Mirabelle Yang, a seven-week-old infant from Sacramento, California, died after suffering severe organ damage and burns over 60% of her body after her mother, Ka Yang, placed her in an active microwave for two minutes. Ka Yang was sentenced to life in prison for First Degree Murder.

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The Twilight Zone accident

Actor Vic Morrow and two child-actors, Myca Dinh Le and Renee Shin-Yi Chen, died on the set of the filming of Twilight Zone: The Movie when the Bell UH-1 Iroquois helicopter being used to film the climax of the movie’s first segment destabilized and crashed. The scene was filmed at night at Indian Dunes Ranch in Santa Clarita, California, and required Morrow to carry the two child-actors through a river while the helicopter pursued at an altitude of about 25 ft. overhead. Director John Landis instructed the pilot to take the vehicle even lower during one of the takes. A pyrotechnic went off while the helicopter’s tail-rotor was still over-top of it, causing it to detach and send the vehicle into an uncontrolled spin. Morrow and Le were decapitated by the helicopter’s top-blades while Chen was crushed to death by one of the skids. All six crew members in the helicopter were injured but survived. Footage of the accident recorded by the on-set cameras survived and has since been made available on the Internet. This accident led to a lengthy civil and criminal court case that lasted nearly a decade (a major component of which was the fact that Le and Chen were hired illegally by John Landis with disregard to the California’s child-labor laws), and marked the first time in the history of Hollywood that a director has been criminally charged due to a fatality on set. The event also led to revisions in the safety-practices that movie studios use for filming. Dick Peabody, an actor and a personal friend of Vic Morrow that co-starred with him on previous television projects that was attending the filming that night, has said that Morrow’s last words before beginning the stunt were “I’ve got to be crazy to do this shot. I should have asked for a double.”

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Man Set Himself on Fire in Protest of the Iraq War

Malachi Ritscher, a 52-year-old musician and recording-engineer, set himself on fire and burned to death on the side of the Kennedy Expressway during morning rush-hour in downtown Chicago in what he claimed in a suicide-note to be an act of protest against the Iraq War.

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Disneyland Death

Luan Phi Dawson, a 33-year-old software engineer visiting the Disneyland theme park in California for their Christmas Eve celebration, died after being struck in the head by a 9 lb. metal cleat used to secure the sailing ship Columbia. While the ship was docking, the cleat was pulled out of the dock under the tension of a cable and sailed through the air at tremendous speed into a nearby group of people. Dawson was declared brain-dead two days later. One other guest, Dawson’s wife, and a park attendee were injured non-fatally in the accident. This event was notable for being the first death of a guest in Disneyland history that was the result of insufficient maintenance resulting in an accident rather than a guest’s negligence in following safety-rules.

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Killed by a Portable Toilet

Ramon Jose Rodriguez, a 23-year-old construction worker from Miami, Florida, was killed when a Porta-Jon portable toilet fell from the fourth story of a building and landed on top of him. The portable toilet was on rollers to make it easier to frequently move and was blown off the edge of an unfinished building by a sudden gust of wind.

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The death of Charles II

Charles II of Navarre, also known as Charles the Bad, the king of Navarre and key participant in the Hundred Years War, burned alive when the brandy-soaked bandages he had been covered in to cure an illness were accidentally ignited by one of his servant’s candles.

Submission by Logan Agle. Thank you.