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Unexplained Phenomenon Of Spontaneous Human Combustion – Possible New Clues?

By on August 22, 2016 in OUT THERE
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Unexplained Phenomenon Of Spontaneous Human Combustion - Possible New Clues?


Spontaneous Human Combustion (SHC) is a well known but unexplained phenomenon when the human body bursts into flames without any external source of flammable ignition.

During the last 300 years, at least 200 cases of SHC have been registered around the world but it is not exactly correct.

The SHC phenomenon was mentioned much earlier, for example, by a Roman poet and philosopher, Titus Lucretius Carus (98-55 B.C.).

Throughout history, many more cases of SHC could occur but they have never been officially recorded.

A very popular and long existing theory says that the victims of spontaneous combustion fire drank lots of alcohol, which – as a flammable liquid – and that could cause the combustion process.

But how we explain SHC victims who never were heavy drinkers? Other theories blame obesity (increased body weight caused by excessive accumulation of fat), static electricity and divine intervention.

On April 4, 1731 the Countess of Cesena, Italy was found burnt to death, on the floor of her bedroom.

All what’s left of the Countess’s body were her stockinged legs and the rests of her head. Also greasy soot was again found like in other similar cases of SHC.

Many other SHC incidents inspired Charles Dickens (1812 – 1870), the great English novelist, who described the phenomenon in his novel “Bleak House”.

Almost immediately, he was attacked by critics who considered SHC acts as incapable of occurring and rather an irrational belief.

Unexplained Phenomenon Of Spontaneous Human Combustion - Possible New Clues?

Dickens, who carefully researched the phenomenon based on about thirty cases, could easily defend himself.

There is a certain pattern in all SHC incidents no matter whether the case is old or modern. Police and fire experts usually find burned corpses except for extremities and no burned furniture.

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