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SHC (Spontaneous Human Combustion)
« on: November 14, 2019, 10:14:14 PM »

     How could a man catch fire and then burn completely without igniting anything around him? Spontaneous Human Combustion (SHC) is the concept of the combustion of a living (or recently deceased) human body without an apparent external source of ignition. More than 200 cases of spontaneous human combustion have been reported around the world.

     In his 1976 book Fire From Heaven, UK writer Michael Harrison suggests that SHC is connected to poltergeist activity because, he argues "the force which activates the poltergeist originates in, and is supplied by, a human being." Within the concluding summary, Harrison writes: "SHC, fatal or non-fatal, belongs to the extensive range of poltergeist phenomena." Other paranormal researchers believe it is wrath from a demon when someone breaks the deal with him.

     On Dec. 5, 1966, the body of 92-year-old Dr. J. Irving Bentley was discovered in his Pennsylvania home by a meter reader. Actually, only part of Dr. Bentley's leg and a foot were found. The rest of his body had been burned to ashes in his bathroom. Part of the good doctor's incinerated robe lay at the site and his walker was left propped against the blackened bathtub. But the most eye-catching clue was a massive hole in his vinyl floor. Measuring 2 feet (0.6 meters) wide by 4 feet (1.2 meters) long, it had eaten into the wooden floor beams and left a pile of ashes in the basement below. The rest of the house remained intact!!

     On 2 July 1951, Mary Reeser, a 67-year-old woman, was found burned to death in her house after her landlady realised that the house's doorknob was unusually warm. The landlady notified the police, and upon entering the home, they found Reeser's remains completely burned into ash, with only one leg remaining. The chair she was sitting in was also destroyed. During the investigation, detectives found that Reeser's temperature was around 3,500 Fahrenheit (1,930 Celsius), which puzzled the investigators, as almost everything else in the room in which Reeser was found remained intact. Reeser took sleeping pills and was also a smoker. A common theory was that she was smoking a cigarette after taking sleeping pills, and then fell asleep while still holding the burning cigarette, which could have ignited her gown, ultimately leading to her death. Investigators also found that the fire had burned a socket, which stopped a clock at 2:26am, suggesting that Reeser had died at around that time.

Mary Reeser's, Bentley's cases and many others like it have been presented as examples of Spontaneous Human Combustion (SHC). All the victims of the phenomenon burned almost completely, their surroundings were left somewhat unscathed. Tell us your opinion!
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