Spontaneous Human Combustion: A Burning Mystery

For some time, people have debated whether or not human beings could spontaneously combust, or burst into flames, without an external heat source. However, over the past 300 years, there have been more than 200 reports of such incidents occurring. This phenomenon is called Spontaneous Human Combustion (or SHC) and it occurs when a person supposedly burns to death by a fire believed to have started from within the body of that person.  Of the hundreds of accounts on record, there seems to be a similar pattern. A solitary victim is often consumed by flame, usually inside his or her home. However, the extremities, such as the hands, feet, or parts of the leg often remaining intact. The torso and head are charred beyond recognition and, in rare cases, the internal organs of a victim remain unscathed. The room the victim was in usually shows little to no signs […] Read More

Drug Reaction Looks Like Spontaneous Human Combustion

While people bursting into flames for no apparent reason or piles of ashes being found where there was once a human get the most publicity, there are other lesser-known forms of what appears to be spontaneous human combustion. One which happened recently involves a woman in California who had burns over 70 percent of her body that appeared to be caused by something on fire inside her. On Thanksgiving Day, 19-year-old Yassmeen Castanada said she felt sick. A friend gave her some medication that she had taken for her own illness. That day Yassmeen’s eyes, nose and throat began to burn severely. She was taken to an emergency room where burn blisters began to appear over her entire body. Within four days, her skin was falling off just as if she was suffering from third-degree burns. She was transferred to the University of California Irvine’s burn unit, where doctors […] Read More

Nicole Millet’s Fiery Death

by  Garth Haslam – Anomalies – the Strange & Unexplained   On Whit Monday 1725, in Rheims, Nicole Millet was found burnt to death in an unburnt chair.  Nicole was the wife of the landlord of the Lion d’Or, and her husband, quite naturally, was accused of murdering her and arrested. He was acquitted at his trial when a young surgeon named Nicholas Le Cat convinced the court that not only did Spontaneous Human Combustion occur, but that the Nicole Millet case was a fine example. The final verdict in the case was that Nicole Millet had died ‘by a visitation of God.’  It is said that this case inspired Frenchman Jonas Dupont to publish his ground breaking collection on SHC in 1763, De Incendiis Corporis Humani Spontaneis. Explainations ‘Whit Monday’ is a legal holiday in England, Wales, and Ireland. It’s the Monday after ‘Whit Sunday,’ which is another name for Pentecost, a […] Read More

Spontaneous Human Combustion

by  Garth Haslam – Anomalies – the Strange & Unexplained  The Legend: For as yet scientifically unknown reasons, times occur when an unsuspecting person can just burst into flames and be incinerated. The flames begin within the victim’s own body and are horribly complete in their work, reducing their human fuel to a pile of ashes in minutes — sometimes seconds. The whole event is so quick and selective that objects near the victim show only minor heat damage, if any at all; sometimes, even the victim’s clothes are left untouched. These inner flames have been occurring for as long as mankind has existed; but most coroners, pathologists, scientists, and fire officials ignore such evidence, blithely choosing much neater and less controversial explanations for these unexplained deaths. A Brief History Many contend that Spontaneous Human Combustion is first documented in such early texts as the Bible, but, scientifically speaking, these accounts are […] Read More