April 23, 2016
November 1911: Paul and Laura Lafargue
were found dead in their home in Draveil, just outside of Paris. They had committed suicide by injecting poison. Laura was the daughter of Karl Marx. She was 66, and Paul was 69.
It turned out that their suicide was the result of a ten-year plan. Or, at least, that's the story that circulated around. Ten years before, they had decided that they could either live ten years very well, or longer with more financial uncertainty. They opted for Plan A. So they mortgaged the house and divided up all they had into 10 equal parts and spent one part each year. When they had nothing left, they both took poison and checked out.
The Indianapolis Star - Jan 7, 1912
April 20, 2016
So this is kind of a "good news/bad news" story then?
Original article here.
April 5, 2016
A Chinese funeral home is now using 3D
technology to restore the deceased when the body has been badly disfigured in death. It is said to be much better than just makeup to make the person who has passed on look presentable for the bereaved family. It is expensive, of course.
April 1, 2016
The Schreiner sisters, Naomi (76) and Ruth (74), were found dead in their Columbus, Ohio home, apparently starved to death. In the house were found "little rolls of newspaper on plates as if the women had been eating them."
Neighbors had sensed something was going wrong with the sisters for a while, and some had offered to help but had been told by the sisters to mind their own business.
The Bryan Times - Feb 13, 1980
March 29, 2016
I find this anecdote in two sources. True, or apocryphal? You be the judge!
February 17, 2016
Rev. Andrew Stackhouse of Conway, South Carolina designed his own casket which allowed him to be buried sitting upright. After he died of a heart attack, at the age of 58, none of his friends or family could explain why he had built the special casket. The best answer they could come up with was that: "He just didn't want to lie down, and he liked to be different."
Jet - Apr 25, 1963
February 16, 2016
Venezuelan fisherman Ramon Rivera Rodriguez woke up, looked around himself, realized he was in a coffin at his own funeral, and promptly had a heart attack and died. His relatives subsequently demanded action against the doctor who had incorrectly pronounced him dead the first time.
I can't find any more info and the life and double death of Ramon Rodriguez, beyond the wire story that ran in papers in July 1974. The same story, containing identical details, also ran in Spanish-language papers
South China Morning Post - July 29, 1974
February 12, 2016
The idea of propping up corpses in true-to-life poses at funerals is something we've seen before here at WU. For instance, in 2008 there was Angel Pantoja Medina "standing tall at his funeral,"
and in 2014 I posted about the corpse of Miriam Burbank
sitting at a table at her funeral, smoking a menthol cigarette.
The latest news story along these lines involves Puerto Rican poker fanatic Henry Rosario Martinez, whose friends posed his corpse sitting at a poker table, so they could enjoy one last game with him. More info at NY Daily News
January 31, 2016
One for the weird death file. The tragic case of Jamella Jackson, age 12. She threw her life away.
Cincinnati Enquirer - Feb 15, 1985