Vlogger fatally shot while livestreaming

Antonio Perkins, a 28-year-old Chicago resident, was fatally shot while livestreaming on Facebook.

Submission by Harry. Thank you.

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.

Submission by Logan Agle. Thank you.

The Berzerk Curse

Peter Burkowski, an 18-year-old student from Calumet City, Illinois, died at the Friar Tuck’s Game Room arcade of a sudden heart-attack after getting one of the top ten high scores on an arcade cabinet of the game Berzerk twice in a row. Burkowski’s death is strikingly similar to that of Jeff Dailey who had died a little over a year prior and become the first person in history to die while playing video games. Both died of a heart-attack, both were close to the same age, both died after achieving high scores on an arcade cabinet, and both died during or immediately after playing Berzerk. These events have entered gaming folklore and become something known as “The Berzerk Curse”, or “The Curse of Evil Otto”, named after an enemy in Berzerk called “Evil Otto” that tends to be very challenging and shows up at the end of levels.

Submission by Logan Agle. Thank you.

Student cut self with beer glass

John Fenzel, a 21-year-old student at the Northern Illinois University, bled to death after being cut by a beer glass. Fenzel had a beer glass in both front pockets, and fell, breaking the glass, which severed an artery in his thigh.

Chain Reaction

Robert V. Miletta, 47, from Joliet, Illinois died from a heart condition while on his way to a store to buy a pump to drain his pool where a 4-year-old boy drowned 2 days before that.

Deadly Swan Attack

Anthony Hensley, 37, from Des Plaines, Illinois drowned after his kayak was capsized by a swan, which then blocked him from escaping to shore.