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.

Submission by Logan Agle. Thank you.

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.

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Deadly argument

Ghulam Rasul and Muhammad Sultan, two attempted suicide-bombers from Sargodha, Pakistan, died when one of their explosive suicide-vests detonated prematurely before reaching their target. While waiting on a bench on a city street before moving to an intended unknown target, Rasul and Sultan were reported by witnesses to have gotten into a heated argument with each other. The altercation apparently turned physical, and when one man shoved the other it resulted in one of their suicide-vests accidentally being activated. The resulting explosion killed both men instantaneously. Despite the street being relatively active during that time of day the incident occurred the two men were the only casualties. It is currently unknown what Rasul and Sultan’s original target was, as well as what they were arguing about and which man’s suicide-vest detonated.

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Deadly Parade

Javier Cruz, a 38-year-old employee of Disney World and father of two, died while performing in a Pluto costume during the Share a Dream Come True Parade when he was run-over by Beauty & the Beast float.

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The Boston Molasses Flood

Unseasonably warm temperatures caused a 50 ft. tall and 90 ft. diameter tank of molasses being processed at the Purity Distilling Company in Boston, Massachusetts, to rupture, spilling 2,300,000 gallons of raw molasses into the city streets. The resulting 25 ft. tall wave was estimated to have been travelling upwards of 35 mph. It killed 21 people and injured 150 more in what has come to be known as “The Boston Molasses Flood”.

Submission by Logan Agle. Thank you.

Horrifying Escalator Accident

Xiang Liujuan, 30, was killed at the Anliang Mall in Jingzhou, China, when the floor-panel at the top of an escalator collapsed and she was pulled into the moving mechanical components underneath. Liujuan had just enough time to save her 2-year-old child by pushing him to a nearby employee before she was crushed to death. The entire incident was caught on a security-camera and has made its way onto the Internet. It took four hours for firefighters to recover what was left of her body.

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SL-1 Accident

Three military technicians were killed during maintenance of the SL-1 experimental nuclear reactor in Butte County, Idaho, in January of 1961. A control rod was withdrawn too quickly, causing the reactor to undergo a “prompt critical” reaction. The sudden power-surge instantaneously vaporized a large amount of coolant-water, creating a pressure-wave that caused the entire 26,000 lb. vessel to jump nine feet into the air and a water-hammer event that launched debris and steam into the surrounding area. Army Specialists John A. Byrnes, age 27, and Richard Leroy McKinley, age 22, were killed by the resulting spray of scalding, radioactive steam. Navy Construction Electrician Richard C. Legg, age 26, who was standing on top of the vessel at the time, was impaled through the groin and out of the shoulder by one of the shield-plugs, with his body left pinned to the ceiling. This event resulted in the design of future nuclear reactors being greatly altered for improved safety.

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Impaled on a Flagpole

Bobby Jackson, a 19-year-old from Buffalo, New York, committed suicide by jumping off of the observation-deck of the 28th floor of the Buffalo City Hall Building. During his fall a gust of wind blew him about 15 ft. out of his initial trajectory, and he was impaled through the back and out the chest on a 40 ft. flagpole sticking up from the roof of the building’s 4th floor landing.

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Deadly Shopping Cart Ride

 Photo: Peter Rae
Photo: Peter Rae

Robin Wahlgren, 28, a Swedish student at the University of New South Wales and his Swedish friend rode a shopping cart down a steep road in Randwick, Sydney with a speed limit of 60 km/h, reaching speeds of up to 80 km/h before hitting an oncoming car and getting flung out of the trolley. He died at the scene while his friend was seriously injured. It was labelled as a “freak accident”.

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.

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Death by Video Game

Jeff Dailey, a 19-year-old from Virginia, is said to be the first person in history to die while playing video games. Dailey made it onto the top ten high scores list on an arcade cabinet for the game Berzerk with a score of 16,660 points and then suddenly died of a heart-attack.

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Executed with anti-aircraft gun for sleeping on the job

Hyon Yong-chol, the Armed Forces Minister of North Korea, was publicly executed in front of an audience of hundreds of people at a shooting-range at Pyongyang’s Kang Kon Military Academy using high-caliber gunfire from a four-barreled anti-aircraft weapon. His execution was apparently ordered by Kim Jong-un, the Supreme Leader of North Korea, as punishment for falling asleep during a meeting.

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A Fatal Experiment

Georg Wilhelm Richmann, a German physicist working at the St. Petersburg Academy of Sciences in Russia, is believed to be the first man in history to be killed in an accident involving electrical experiments or the intentional harnessing of electricity. While attempting to observe the affects of a thunderstorm on an insulated metal rod while leaning out of an exterior door, Richmann was struck by a direct bolt of what is believed to have been an example of the phenomenon known as ball lightning. Striking his forehead and killing him instantly, the electrical surge blew his shoes open, lit his clothes on fire and tore the door off its hinges. The event was observed by an engraver that Richmann had brought to make an illustration of the experiment’s results for posterity.

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Dyatlov Pass Incident

Nine Russian hikers died under mysterious circumstances in the northern Ural Mountains on the night of February 2nd, 1959, in what has become known as the Dyatlov Pass Incident. The remains of the hikers and their campsite were found on February 26th by a search-party. The campsite was positioned in an empty snowy field rather than near the edge of the adjacent forest, and the tent they had been using had been cut open from the inside. It had also been erected incorrectly, which was not in line with the fact that the group was filled with highly experienced hikers and campers. Their shoes and other belongings had been left inside the tent. The corpses of the hikers were found nearly a mile away, with most of them wearing only socks and underwear. Two corpses were found at the edge of the forest, and three corpses were found to be between the forest and the camp, each at different distances from the campsite. The remaining two corpses were found near a ravine further into the woods, wearing some of the clothing that belonged to other members of the party. Three of the corpses were found to have suffered major skeletal trauma that would require force “similar to that of a severe car-accident”, but showed no external wounds consistent with such an injury, nor was there any forensic evidence of a struggle. One corpse had its tongue, eyes, nose and facial-skin missing. Several pieces of clothing also featured traces of radioactive contamination. A group of hikers about 50 miles south of the incident reported UFO’s in the skies of the same area that night. Soviet authorities officially stated in the conclusion of their investigation that an “unknown compelling force” had caused their deaths and could not find a rational explanation for the event. The area where the incident occurred was blocked to hikers and campers by the government for the next three years. This event remains controversial as far as providing a rational explanation for the incident and it has become popular with conspiracy-theorists, with popular theories ranging from an avalanche to accidental collateral damage caused by a Soviet military test to an encounter with hostile extraterrestrials.

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Diving bell accident

Truls Helevik, a 31-year-old Norwegian diver serving on the Byford Dolphin oil rig, died in a decompression accident upon resurfacing from underwater in a diving bell. The chamber-lock was released prematurely which caused his environment inside the bell to go from nine atmospheres of pressure to one in a fraction of a second, causing the gasses and blood in his internal organs to undergo sudden rapid expansion. Helevik’s body violently exploded with his remains being blown-through a 24 inch diameter hole at the top of the diving bell, rocketing 30 feet into the air and raining blood, organs and bone-fragments over the oil rig. Three other divers and four technicians were also killed in the event.

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Frozen to death at work in cryotherapy chamber

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Chelsea Ake-Salvacion, a 24-year-old employee of a Las Vegas beauty salon, proclaimed the benefits of cryotherapy to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. An unorthodox treatment becoming more familiar, some say cryotherapy, which entails exposing the body to sub-zero temperatures, can have great benefits, particularly after a traditional facial and moisturizer treatment. So explained aesthetician Chelsea Ake-Salvacion. “We like to do the cryofacial afterward because it helps seal everything in.” Then came a bizarre twist. Before her comments were even published, Ake-Salvacion was dead — in her salon’s cryotherapy chamber. She froze to death in “seconds” after she entered the cryotherapy chamber alone at the Las Vegas salon. She had reportedly been in the machine for more than 10 hours when her body was found.

Submission by Mary Meadows. Thank you.

Josiah Wilbarger’s Ordeal

Josiah P. Wilbarger, a surveyer working as part of a four-man team in Texas, was captured by Comanche Native Americans along with another member of his team in 1833. Both men were scalped and left for dead with their bodies dumped by a river. Wilbarger actually survived the incident and went on to live 11 more years working as a cotton-farmer, living with the surface of his skull fully exposed around the top of his head. He died in 1845 when he accidentally struck his head on a low support-beam while entering his gin shed, severely fracturing his skull.

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Beaten to death with Microsoft Xbox 360

Monica Gooden, a 20-year-old from Lauderhill, Florida, was beaten to death with a Microsoft Xbox 360 gaming console after being stabbed multiple times by her boyfriend, Darrius Johnson. In addition to the bizarre method by which the murder was committed, Johnson claimed his motive for killing his girlfriend was that “she had control over his spirit” and that he had to “sacrifice” someone with a Taurus astrological sign in order to undo the supposed supernatural curse.

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The First Recorded Human Death by Robot

Robert Williams, a 25-year-old worker at the Ford Motor Company Factory in Flat Rock, Michigan, is said to be the first man in history to be killed by a robot. A robotic arm designed to pick up and remove stray parts from a work-area began functioning slower than normally intended, and Williams entered the area to speed up the process by picking up the parts himself. The robotic arm descended unexpectedly and struck him in the head, killing him instantly.

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Flying tailor

Franz Reichelt wearing his parachute suit
Franz Reichelt wearing his parachute suit

Franz Reichelt, a 33-year-old Austrian tailor and inventor living in Paris, died jumping from the first platform of the Eiffel Tower in a test of his experimental parachute-suit. Reichelt had designed the flight-suit that extended into a parachute as a way to save pilots that were forced to eject from their aircraft mid-flight when they couldn’t carry a traditional backpack-parachute with them. He had received permission from the Paris Police to conduct a trial-run of his suit on the Eiffel Tower using a dummy. Just before the test was to take place, Reichelt revealed that he would be making the jump instead, despite attempts by friends and spectators to dissuade him. When he made the jump his parachute failed to deploy and he fell 190 ft. to his death. The entire event, including Reichelt’s death, was captured by a cinematographer. This footage can now be found on the Internet, and is one of the earliest examples of an accidental death being caught on film.

Submission by Logan Agle. Thank you.