Spontaneous Human Combustion

By | Jan 10, 2008

Spontaneous human combustion is the burning of a person’s body without an apparent, identifiable external source of ignition.

While many people believe that Spontaneous Combustion was first documented in early texts of The Bible, the first reliable evidence came in 1673. Frenchman Jonas Dupont in that year published a collection of Spontaneous Human Combustion cases and studies entitled De Incendiis Corporis Humani Spontaneis.

Many authors have used in as situations in their fictional works, including Charles Dickens in Bleak House. He used Spontaneous Combustion to kill off the heavy alcoholic Krook.

Theories about Spontaneous Combustion include; alcoholism, deposits of flammable body fats, build-up of static electricity, explosive combination of chemicals in the digestive tract. However, no satisfactory explanation has been given and it remains an unsolved mystery.

These following are some things are known to happen during Spontaneous Combustion. The body is burned more severe than being caught in a normal fire; The burns are not distributed evenly over the entire body, The extremities may be untouched while the torso may be completely destroyed; The fire doesn’t spread away from the body. Some of these may happen during some events, but nothing appears to happen at all times.

All reported cased have occurred indoors. Victims often have been alone for a long period of time. Nearby witnesses report they didn’t hear any sounds.


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