1725: 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 groundbreaking collection on SHC in 1763, De Incendiis Corporis Humani Spontaneis. Explanations ‘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 Christian […] Read More

2013: 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