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The 39-year-old woman was apparently paying for work on her car by having sex with the 56-year-old mechanic, the source said.
How does anyone know that when both parties are dead?
(Though I'm reading this at work and haven't clicked the link so maybe there's a legal contract with a sex clause that I've missed.)
 

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How does anyone know that when both parties are dead?
(Though I'm reading this at work and haven't clicked the link so maybe there's a legal contract with a sex clause that I've missed.)
This is a plot from one of those US crime dramas, where the husband knew they were at it and poisoned them with carbon monoxide, by running a hose from the tailpipe of another car parked outside the garage. Then, after he was sure they were done for, going in and switching on the engine of the car in the garage. Columbo would have figured it out.
 
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When wealthy Alan Jay Abrahamson was found shot dead in a West Palm Beach, Fla., field last winter, two things struck cops as odd.

One was the thin trail of blood on the front of the 71-year-old man’s jacket — as if a bloody string had been dragged across his body. The other was what was on Abrahamson’s home computer.

He’d repeatedly searched online for how to make a suicide look like a murder. And he’d developed a strange interest in helium-filled weather balloons.


https://nypost.com/2018/07/14/csi-episode-helps-cops-solve-mans-mysterious-murder/

This is about 10 years after someone tried the same trick :

https://metro.co.uk/2008/07/17/csi-suicide-man-in-fatal-balloon-error-286817/

And nearly 15 years since they used it as a plot in CSI : Las Vegas :

http://geekromance.wikifoundry.com/page/Episode 4.03 Homebodies
 
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Might be Cult or even Occult related.

Eleven members of an extended family have been found dead in a house in India's capital, Delhi - 10 of them hanging from the ceiling, police say.

A woman in her 70s was the only one found lying on the floor. Most of the dead were blindfolded and gagged with their hands tied behind their backs.

What lies behind the deaths is unclear and police have not ruled out murder.

But they also released a statement saying they had found evidence of "mystical practices" by the family.

The full police statement refers to handwritten notes found in the house which pointed to "definite spiritual and mystical practices" that appear to have some links to the deaths.

They are still waiting for the results of the post-mortem examinations, questioning neighbours and examining CCTV footage of the area.

One police official told the AFP news agency it was "still too early" to know what happened.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-44673761
Looking more and more that the deaths are occult related.

Although police have not ruled out the possibility of murder, investigations so far seem to point to a "mass suicide" which they say may have been influenced by some family members' belief in the occult.

Police have zeroed in on one of the men in the family, identified as Lalit Chundawat.

They suspect he believed he was "possessed by the spirit" of his father, who died in 2008.

"My children told me that the Chundawat children often told them that their uncle was possessed with the spirit of their grandfather," said a neighbour, Sandeep, who lives down the road and did not wish to reveal his last name.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-44844617
 

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From The Book Of Lists, The Original Compendium Of Curious Information by David Wallechinsky & Amy Wallace (ISBN 1 84195 661 9)

1. The fateful Bath

Pat Burke of St Louis, Missouri, took his first bath in 20 years on August 23, 1903. It killed him. Burke was the second victim of cleanliness in a week at the city hospital and the third in its history. The first was Billy O'Rourke who'd been bathed on the previous Tuesday. Both men had been scrubbed with a broom.

2. The Final Kiss

Li Po (d. 762 AD), the great Chinese poet and drunkard often spouted verses he was too intoxicated to write down. His admirer, Emperor Ming Huang, served as his secretary and jotted down his poems. Li Po was given a pension that included the right to free drinks whenever he travelled. One well-tanked night he took a boat excursion on a river. Seeing the reflection of the moon on the water, he tried to kiss it, fell overboard and drowned. Some scholars believe he actually died of cirrhosis.

3. The Fatal Snooker Shot

Mr. Raymond Priestly of Melbourne, Australia, was playing snooker in a garage with a friend when he met his doom. He had climbed onto a crossbeam in the ceiling to attempt a trick shot and was hanging upside down by his legs when he slipped. He crashed down on the concrete floor headfirst and later died from brain damage.

4. The Hirsute Accident

Hans Steininger was known for having the longest beard in the world. One day in September 1567, while he was climbing the staircase leading to the council chamber of Brunn in Austria, Steininger stepped on his beard, lost his balance, fell down the stairs and died.

.. and there's more ..
 

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From The Book Of Lists, The Original Compendium Of Curious Information by David Wallechinsky & Amy Wallace (ISBN 1 84195 661 9)

5. Revenge Of The Plant Kingdom

On February 4, 1982, a 27 year old David M. Grundman fire two shot gun blasts at a giant saguaro cactus in the desert outside Phoenix, Arizona. Unfortunately for Grundman, his shots caused a 23 ft section of the cactus to fall on him and he was crushed to death.

6. The Perfect Lawyer

Clement L. Vallandigham was a highly controversial Ohio politician who engendered much hostility by supporting the South during the Civil War. Convicted of treason, he was banished to the Confederacy. Back in Ohio after the war, Vallandigham became an extremely successful lawyer who rarely lost a case. In 1871 he took on the defence of Thomas McGehan, a local troublemaker who was accused of shooting Thomas Myers to death during a barroom brawl. Vallandigham contended that Myers had actually shot himself, attempting to draw his pistol from his pocket while trying to rise from a kneeling position.

On the evening of June 16, Vallandingham was conferring in his hotel room with fellow defence lawyers when he decided to show them how he would demonstrate his theory to the jury the next day. Earlier in the day, he had placed two pistols on the bureau, one empty and one loaded. Grabbing the loaded one by mistake, Vallandingham put it in his trouser pocket. Then he slowly pulled out the pistol and cocked it.

"There, that's the way Myers held it," he said and pulled the trigger. A shot rang out and Vallandingham explained, "My God, I've shot myself!". He died 12 hours later. Vallandingham's client, Thomas McGehan, was subsequently acquitted and released from custody.
 
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From The Book Of Lists, The Original Compendium Of Curious Information by David Wallechinsky & Amy Wallace (ISBN 1 84195 661 9)

7. The Electric Guitarist

Keith Relf, who had gained fame as the lead singer of The Yardbirds, a 1960s blues rock group, was found dead at his home in London on May 14, 1976. The cause of death was an electric shock while playing his guitar. Relf was 33 years old. :reap:

 

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From The Book Of Lists, The Original Compendium Of Curious Information by David Wallechinsky & Amy Wallace (ISBN 1 84195 661 9)


8. Too Much Of A Good Thing

It is almost impossible to die of an overdose of water but Tina Christopherson managed to do it. The 29 year old Florida woman who had an IQ of 189 became obsessed with the idea that she had stomach cancer, a disease which had killed her mother. In an attempt to cleanse her body, Christopherson went on periodic water fasts, during which she ate no food but drank up to four gallons of water a day. By February 17, 1977, she had consumed so much water that her kidneys were overwhelmed and the excess fluid drained into her lungs. She died of internal drowning, otherwise known as 'water intoxication'.

9. The Burden Of Matrimony

William Shortis, a rent collector in Liverpool, England, and his wife, Emily Ann, had not been seen for several days. Worried friends and a policeman entered the house on August 13, 1903, and were horrified to discover William, dazed and dying, at the foot of the staircase pinned to the floor underneath the body of his 224 lb wife. A coroner's jury concluded that the elderly couple had been walking up the stairs when Emily Ann fell backwards carrying her husband with her, but William remained in this unfortunate position for three days, too seriously injured to be able to extricate himself.
 

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8. Too Much Of A Good Thing

It is almost impossible to die of an overdose of water but Tina Christopherson managed to do it. The 29 year old Florida woman who had an IQ of 189 became obsessed with the idea that she had stomach cancer, a disease which had killed her mother. In an attempt to cleanse her body, Christopherson went on periodic water fasts, during which she ate no food but drank up to four gallons of water a day. By February 17, 1977, she had consumed so much water that her kidneys were overwhelmed and the excess fluid drained into her lungs. She died of internal drowning, otherwise known as 'water intoxication'.
My Dad told me about that kind of thing many years ago.
IQ of 189 and she didn't know that?
 

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There's 17 more .. unless the authors rumble what I'm doing before I finish Shades .. there's 467 pages in this book of all sorts of other weirdness so I strongly recommend all Forteans buy it .. that's why I'm including the details of it on top of all of these posts. It's a delight of madness to keep you going between each issue of FT ..

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Book-Lists-Original-Compendium-Information/dp/1841956619/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1534269287&sr=8-1&keywords=the book of lists
Quit printing em, i bought the book :p

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My Dad told me about that kind of thing many years ago.
IQ of 189 and she didn't know that?
Didn't a young girl die from a drinking water game, her brain suffered???
 

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My Dad told me about that kind of thing many years ago.
IQ of 189 and she didn't know that?
I've got an issue with the water overdose thing .. if you remember, a girl (Leia Betts I think her name was?) was supposed to have died because 'love dove' ecstasy rave pills killed her in the early/mid 90's.

Firstly, she wasn't on 'love dove' E's, she was 'apple' E's. That never made the papers. A couple of days later, I heard about one drug dealer on street gossip level who dumped a load of them (apple printed E's) off of a motorway bridge in the midlands. Of more relevance to the previous post, she'd read the advice that you need to keep drinking water at raves (good advice if you're abusing MDMA and amphetamines) but she over did it so died ,in fact, of drinking too much water as the media later reported it. Rare but it can happen.

http://www.urban75.com/Drugs/drugxtc1.html
 

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Talking of ravers .. death by Northern Soul party ?

10. The Deadly Dance

In August 1981, 11 year old Simon Longhurst of Wigan, England, attended a Sunday afternoon session where, along with other youngsters, he performed the 'head shake', a New Wave dance in which the head is shaken violently as the music gets faster and faster. The following day, young Simon began suffering headaches and soon a blood clot developed. Three weeks later he died of acute swelling of the brain. The coroner ruled it 'death by misadventure'.

11. A Wish Fulfilled

American revolutionary patriot James Otis often mentioned to friends and relatives that, as long as one had to die, he hoped that hid death would come from a bolt of lightning. On May 23, 1783, the 58 year old Otis was leaning against a doorpost in a house in Andover, Massachusetts, when a lightning bolt struck the chimney, ripped through the frame house and hit the doorpost. Otis was killed instantly.

12. A Fatal Temper

On April 15, 1982, 26 year old Michael Scaglione was playing golf with friends at the City Park West Municipal Golf Course in New Orleans. After making a bad shot on the 13th hole, Scaglione became angry with himself and threw his club against a golf cart. When the club broke, the club head rebounded and stabbed Scaglione in the throat severring his jugular vein. Scaglione staggered back and pulled the metal piece from his neck. Had he not done so, he might have lived since the club head could have reduced the rapid flow of blood.

13. The Worst Nightmare Of All

In 1924, British newspapers reported the bizarre case of a man who apparently committed suicide while asleep. Thornton Jones, a lawyer, woke up to discover that he had slit his own throat. Motioning to his wife for a paper and pencil, Jones wrote, "I dreamt that I had done it. I awoke to find it true.". He died 80 minutes later.
 
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14. A Daredevil's Final Fall

Bobby Leach was a colourful character who first became famous in 1911 when he went over Niagara Falls in a barrel. He continued to perform dangerous exploits including parachuting over the falls from an airplane. In April 1926 Leach was walking down a street in Christchurch, New Zealand, when he slipped on a piece of orange peel and broke his leg so badly that it had to be amputated. Complications developed and he died.

15. Killed By Jazz

Seventy nine year old cornetist and music professor Nicolas Coviello had had an illustrious career having performed before Queen Victoria, Edward VII and other dignitaries. Realising that his life was nearing its end, Coviello decided to travel from London to Saskatchewan to pay a final visit to his son. On the way, he stopped in New York City to bid farewell to his nephews, Peter, Dominic and Daniel Coviello. On June 13, 1926, the young men took their famous uncle to Coney Island to give him a taste of America. The elder Coviello enjoyed himself but seemed irritated by the blare of jazz bands. Finally he could take it no longer. "This isn't music," he complained and he fell to the boardwalk. He was pronounced dead a few minutes later. Cause of death was 'a strain on the heart'.

(my own personal WTF favourite)

16. Drowned At A Lifeguard's Party

On August 1, 1985, lifeguards of the New Orleans recreation department threw a party to celebrate their first drowning free season in memory. Although four lifeguards were on duty at the party and more than half of the 200 party goers were lifeguards, when the party ended, one of the guests, Jerome Moody, 31, was found dead on the bottom of the recreation department pool.
 

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16. Drowned At A Lifeguard's Party

On August 1, 1985, lifeguards of the New Orleans recreation department threw a party to celebrate their first drowning free season in memory. Although four lifeguards were on duty at the party and more than half of the 200 party goers were lifeguards, when the party ended, one of the guests, Jerome Moody, 31, was found dead on the bottom of the recreation department pool.
I reckon in Agatha Christie style they were all in on it & did the guy in. They were sick of him dive bombing & petting.
 

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From The Book Of Lists, The Original Compendium Of Curious Information by David Wallechinsky & Amy Wallace (ISBN 1 84195 661 9)
I owned that book for a while. Posted it off to a friend in prison, along with another work of Wallechinksy's, The People's Almanac. Now, that WAS a book! It was like owning the internet before there was one.
 

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I owned that book for a while. Posted it off to a friend in prison, along with another work of Wallechinksy's, The People's Almanac. Now, that WAS a book! It was like owning the internet before there was one.
I've never heard of that second book (I'd never heard of this one either to be honest) .. I'll be keeping a look out for that one now thanks ! ..
 

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I still have my People's Almanac! Ordered through the FT when they still did book deals. Great read.
 

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I still have my People's Almanac! Ordered through the FT when they still did book deals. Great read.
The section on disasters fascinated me; the Shirtwaist Factory Disaster and the Coconut Grove fire. Brrr.
 

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17. Strangled By A Garden Hose

Thirty five year old Richard Fresquez of Austin, Texas, became drunk on the night of May 7, 1983. He tripped on a garden hose, became tangled in it and was strangled to death while tying to break free.


18. Perfect Re-Creation

On April 23, 1991, Yooket Paen, 57, of Anghton, Thailand, slipped in some mud, grabbed a live wire and was electrocuted. Later that day, her 52 year old sister, Yooket Pan, was showing some neighbours how the accident happened when she slipped, grabbed the same live wire and was also electrocuted.

19. Killed By Art

In 1991, environmental artist Christo erected 1,760 yellow umbrellas along Southern California's Tejon Pass and another 1,340 blue umbrellas in Ibaraki Prefecture north of Tokyo. Each of the umbrellas weighed 48 lb. On October 26, Lori Jean Keevil-Mathews, a 30 year old insurance agent, drove out to interstate 5 to view the California umbrellas. Shortly after she and her husband got out of their car, a huge gust of wind tore one of the umbrellas loose from its steel screw anchors and blew it straight at Lori Jean, crushing her against a boulder. Christo immediately ordered the dismantling of all the umbrellas in both countries. However, on October 30, another umbrella related death occurred when 57year old crane operator Wasaaki Nakaruma was electrocuted by a power line in Japan as he prepared to take down one of the umbrellas.
 

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The section on disasters fascinated me; the Shirtwaist Factory Disaster and the Coconut Grove fire. Brrr.
It's all good, but yeah, the disasters - the one that "sticks" with me is the Boston Molasses flood, which sounds comical until you read 21 people were drowned in the stuff and about 150 injured. There's also a good section on Death that Swifty would love.
 
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Maybe this fits here. Anyway, the mystery is finally solved.

One of the Internet’s Favorite Mysteries Has Been Solved
We now know the true identity of ‘Lyle Stevik’—nearly 17 years after he hung himself at a remote Washington State motel


On Thursday evening, we received word that the Man with No Name had been identified. And so, over the last few days, Pepi has reached out to the Reddit community that helped crack the nearly 17-year-old cold case to find out how the unknown man’s name was finally uncovered; everything we know about him at the moment; and what it feels like to solve the answer to one of the internet’s biggest mysteries. ...

The DNA Doe Project, a nonprofit that uses genome testing to solve old John and Jane Doe cases, announced that they’d identified Stevik on May 8. They had run his DNA through genetic genealogy databases and traced his relatives back to Alameda County, California, 850 miles away from where he died. The police notified his father. “Lyle’s case has taken hundreds of hours of hard work by a team of nearly 20 skilled and dedicated volunteers,” the DNA Doe Project wrote on its Facebook page. “In the end, all the DNA matches and all the family trees and all the research paid off. This took persistence, good solid genealogy and detective work.” ...

https://melmagazine.com/one-of-the-internets-favorite-mysteries-has-been-solved-1658915a7cc2
 

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20. Self Induced Capital Punishment

Michael Anderson Godwin was convicted of murder and sentenced to the electric chair, but in 1983 his sentence was reduced to life in prison. On March 5, 1989, Godwin, 28 years old, was trying to fix a pair of earphones connected to the television set in his cell at the General Correctional Institution in Columbia, South Carolina. While sitting on a steel toilet, he bit into a wire and was electrocuted.

21. The Perils Of Politics

Nitaro Ito, 41, a pancake shop operator in Higashiosaka City, Japan, concluded that he needed an extra edge in his 1979 campaign for the House Of Representatives. He decided to stage an attack on himself and then draw sympathy by campaigning from a hospital bed. Ito's scheme was to have an employee, Kazuhiko Matsumo punch him in the face on the night of September 17, after which Ito would stab himself in the leg. After Matsumo had carried out his part of the plan, Ito stabbed his right thigh. Unfortunately, he cut an artery and bled to death before he could reach his home 50 metres away.

22. Killed By A Robot

Ford Motor Company's casting plant in Flat Rock, Michigan, employed a one ton robot to fetch parts from a storage rack. When the robot malfunctioned on January 25, 1979, 25 year old Robert Williams was asked to climb up on the rack and get the parts. While he was performing the task, the robot suddenly reactivated and hit Williams in the head with its arms. Williams died instantly. Four years later a jury ordered Unit Handling Systems, the manufacturer of the robot, to pay the Williams family $10 million. Williams is believed to have been the first person killed by a robot.
 
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