Child’s Dying Wish Fulfilled


Emory E. Potter, a 45-year-old man from Philadelphia died of a heart attack three hours after his daughter. His daughter Mary Ann, 8, seriously ill from a streptococcus infection, told her mother hours before she died: “I wouldn’t mind dying if only papa would go along with me.”

Woman’s death from a 30-year-old bullet wound ruled a homicide

In 1982, Linda J. Knauss was shot in a holdup outside a boutique in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. In 2013, she passed away due to complications from that old wound. That means that 30 years after being shot, Knauss perished as the result of a homicide.

Suicide on Live T.V.

News photo of Budd Dwyer, taken seconds before his suicide.

Budd Dwyer, the State Treasurer of Pennsylvania, committed suicide during a televised press conference in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Facing a potential 55-year jail sentence for alleged involvement in a conspiracy, Dwyer shot himself in the head with a .357 Magnum revolver.

Pickup Truck Rolled off the Parking Lot into the Path of a Tractor-Trailer

21-year-old Austin Tyler Zalik died after the crash in Berks County, Pennsylvania. Zalik had been sleeping in his pickup truck, which was parked at a gas station near Interstate78. At some point the truck drifted from its parking spot and went down an embankment and into the path of a tractor trailer. Police say Zalik may have bumped the gear in his sleep.

Toddler Killed by Lawn Mower

A 17-month-old girl from Croydon, Pennsylvania, whose name was not released, was run over by a riding mower. The child was running toward the riding mower driven by her 8-year-old brother when she tripped and fell in front of it. The toddler came in contact with the mower’s blades and died from severe injuries.

Died after Hitting his Head on a Roadside Mailbox

Nathan Ostrowski, 16, of South Fayette Township outside Pittsburgh was getting a ride home when the driver swerved to avoid hitting a groundhog. Ostrowski, who was resting his head on his arm on the car’s front seat window ledge, struck his head on a mailbox on the side of the road and died later in a hospital. (Associated Press, 9 September 1995)