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Strange Deaths

hunck

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Headless & handless body found in fishtank containing chemicals

Brian Egg the house owner & "eccentric neighborhood curmudgeon” had not been seen in several months. Concerned neighbours had repeatedly called police, who've not yet formally identified the body.

Scot Free [sic], an actor who lives across the street from Egg in San Francisco’s busy South of Market neighborhood, had been convinced that something horrible had happened to Egg ever since he had noticed a stream of sudsy water gushing from under his missing neighbor’s front door weeks earlier.

concern only increased on 14 August, when a white van pulled up, marked as a biohazard crime scene cleanup vehicle from a company called Aftermath Services. A strange man stood outside the home to meet it. Free and his neighbors dialed 911 to get the police. Within minutes, the slightly dilapidated, clapboard house on Clara Street was cordoned off into the grisly crime scene of one of San Francisco’s most perplexing mysteries.

Neighbors said that they hadn’t seen Egg since at least June and noticed all summer that other people seemed to be living in the house.

Decades ago, Egg was a bartender at the Stud, a celebrated San Francisco gay bar known for its leather parties and drag queen shows. Free, who does a comic standup routine as a drag queen named Pippi Lovestocking, also worked at the Stud, performing in a weekly show that began in 1996.

Free, who lived across the street for 30 years and once briefly rented a room from Egg, said Egg hadn’t worked in decades and lived an extremely frugal life. He said Egg ate almost every day at the free lunch program at San Anthony’s Foundation, which serves homeless people a mile away in the Tenderloin neighborhood.

Free and Lyuber said Egg often offered men he met there a place to stay. Some of them came carrying their belongings in backpacks and plastic bags, said Lyuber.

“He opened his door for people and they took advantage of him,” said Lyuber. “It makes me sad and angry.”

Police announced they had arrested two men, who neighbors said had been seen at the home. One of them, Lance Silva, 39, was charged in court documents with using Egg’s credit card to order the crime scene cleanup van and to buy a used BMW for $5,000 back in June.
 

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Was this police officer intoxicated or suffering a mental episode while on duty?

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-45450558

Full story at link.

Texas officer kills man in flat she mistakes for her own
A police officer in the US state of Texas has shot and killed a man in a flat after mistakenly thinking she was in her own unit, police say.

The unnamed Dallas officer entered the apartment after her shift on Thursday night and confronted the victim, 26-year-old Botham Shem Jean.

Jean was treated on scene and taken to hospital, where he later died.

The officer has been placed on leave while the police and District Attorney's Office investigate.
 
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Truly bizarre and sad.

A teenage boy beheaded himself with a chainsaw after losing a computer game, according to reports.

Pavel Matveev, 15, walked into the garden of his home after becoming frustrated with the game and took his own life.

Police have now launched a criminal investigation looking at 'incitement to suicide'.

Young Pavel's body was found in the village of Mogochino, Russia.

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/boy-cut-head-chainsaw-after-13192883
 

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Truly bizarre and sad.

A teenage boy beheaded himself with a chainsaw after losing a computer game, according to reports.

Pavel Matveev, 15, walked into the garden of his home after becoming frustrated with the game and took his own life.

Police have now launched a criminal investigation looking at 'incitement to suicide'.

Young Pavel's body was found in the village of Mogochino, Russia.

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/boy-cut-head-chainsaw-after-13192883
I always thought something like incitement to suicide was a factor in the Bridgend suicides.

https://www.thesun.co.uk/living/272...n-bridgend-23-men-committed-suicide-one-year/
 

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EnolaGaia

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It's been decades since I last heard of a bowling alley pinsetter injury or death ...

Colorado bowling alley owner dies, got stuck in pinsetter
The owner of a southern Colorado bowling alley has died after getting stuck in a pin setting machine.

Police in Florence, about 100 miles (160 kilometers) southwest of Denver, say they responded to a call early Sunday afternoon and found 65-year-old Ector Rodriguez of Penrose stuck in the machine at Fremont Lanes. He was unconscious and not breathing.

Emergency responders determined he had died.

Florence Police Chief Michael De Laurentis says no foul play is suspected and the death is believed to be an accident.
SOURCE: https://apnews.com/7acf3923ca204569...ling-alley-owner-dies,-got-stuck-in-pinsetter
 
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A nasaty death indeed.

A pedestrian has died after being hit by a window pane which fell 250 feet from a luxury apartment overlooking the Thames.

The man, who has not been named, died instantly when the glass smashed on the ground outside the Corniche, a block of new multimillion pound flats on the Albert Embankment in Vauxhall, south London.

St James, the developer, which is part of the Berkeley Group, said it was urgently investigating the incident which happened just after 10.30am today.

It markets the site as an “exclusive address” of two, three and four-bedroom apartments and penthouses with panoramic views over the Houses of Parliament. Apartments cost between £2.7 million and £6.25 million.

Today the area surrounding the block was cordoned off to the public and officers could be seen checking the windowpanes in the rest of the building.

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/...-of-luxury-apartments-by-the-thames-qccvwxzww
 

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A pedestrian has died after being hit by a window pane which fell 250 feet from a luxury apartment overlooking the Thames.
I remember an interview from decades ago in either Melody Maker or NME where Robert Smith of The Cure said this was a recurring nightmare of his.
 
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I guess being shot dead because someone thought you were a boar qualifies as a strange death. Could have gone in Ridiculous accidents as well.

A 34-year old British cyclist has been shot dead in what appears to have been a hunting accident in the French Alps, police have confirmed.

Marc Sutton, from Caerphilly in Wales, was killed by a bullet while cycling down a path through a wooded area near the ski resort of Les Gets, in the southeastern Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes region, The Times reports. Sutton, who ran a nearby vegetarian restaurant, is believed to have died instantly.

The bullet is thought to have been fired by a 22-year-old gunman, who has a firearms licence and was with a hunting group when the incident occurred, at about 6pm on Saturday. It is unclear how many other hunters were present, with estimates ranging from seven to 20.

The gunman was admitted to hospital for shock and therefore “could not be taken into custody while he is investigated on suspicion of aggravated manslaughter”, says Al Jazeera.

Police said the gunman might have mistaken Sutton for a deer or a boar.

http://www.theweek.co.uk/97103/brit...letter&utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter
 
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Squirrel brains will kill you!

A 61-year-old hunter died from complications of a brain disease he got from eating squirrel brains, according to a paper published in October. When the man's brain was scanned, doctors diagnosed him with a variant of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, aka Mad Cow disease.

In 1997 the New York Times published an article titled, "Kentucky Doctors Warn Against a Regional Dish: Squirrels' Brains."

"Squirrels are a popular food in rural Kentucky, where people eat either the meat or the brains but generally not both, Dr. Weisman said. Families tend to prefer one or the other depending on tradition. Those who eat only squirrel meat chop up the carcass and prepare it with vegetables in a stew called burgoo. Squirrels recently killed on the road are often thrown into the pot. ..."

https://boingboing.net/2018/10/18/man-eats-squirrel-brains-gets.html
 

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Skydiving instructor commits suicide by intentionally disconnecting himself from the student he was tandem jumping with.

https://www.foxnews.com/us/experien...easing-himself-from-student-midair-police-say
That must have been traumatic for the student.

Yesterday I was reading in the Times about a holidaymaker who'd tried kitesurfing or something like that with an instructor. The harness came unclipped and the tourist was left clinging to the instructor's legs and whatever up in the air.

All ended well, with exciting holiday snaps to prove it.
 

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He does well to hang on for the duration, sometimes with one hand on the rail & one on the pilots leg. I'm not sure I could support my own weight like that for so long. A definite doff of the cap.
 
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