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.
Harry, Kimberly and their father Trevor Wallwark (and their two dogs) died of carbon monoxide poisoning when a crisps packet became lodged in the chimney and caused the carbon monoxide to flood the room of their cottage in Gurteen, County Sligo, Ireland.
Chantal Lavigne, a 35-year-old mother of two, from St. Albert de Warwick, Canada, “was cooked to death” after she and eight others in a personal-development seminar called Dying in Consciousness were covered with mud, wrapped in plastic, put under blankets and immobilized with their heads in cardboard boxes for about nine hours, under instructions to hyperventilate.
An unnamed Russian man, 35, from Blagoveshchensk died after burying himself alive. According to his friend, the man wanted to test his “endurance”. The two men dug a hole in the garden and put inside an improvised coffin with holes for air pipes. The man also took a blanket, a bottle of water and a cell phone.
The victim’s friend told investigators he covered the hole with planks and earth to a depth of around 20 centimeters and then went home, after receiving a phone call from his friend telling him he was fine. The next morning, he found his friend dead.
Police speculated that overnight rain could have blocked the air supply to the coffin.
One year before, a resident of the northern Vologda region died after he asked a friend to bury him in the forest in an attempt to lose his fear of death and was crushed by the earth.
Barrie Hepburn, 65, tried to amputate his ‘useless’ legs with hacksaw in London home. Barrie Hepburn had lost the use of his legs after he was shot three times at his holiday home in the south of France following an argument over a neighbor’s dog. His injuries left him confined to a wheelchair. Mr Hepburn, a sports car enthusiast, had often spoken of using self-surgery to amputate his “useless” limbs. He had become particularly determined in the months before his death because of difficulties he had getting in and out of his high-performance Jaguar XJ saloon car, which he had bought the previous year. He almost completely severed his right leg with a hacksaw in the kitchen, then called paramedics and said he was suffering from heavy bleeding, but died before an ambulance could reach him.
Tabatha McCourt, 17, was applying hair dye at her friend’s place in Lancashire, UK when she started screaming and pulling at her hair in pain. She was rushed to the town’s hospital where she died from what doctors suspect was an “exceedingly rare” allergic reaction to chemicals in the product.