Spontaneous human combustion (SHC) describes reported cases of the burning of a living human body without an apparent external source of ignition. There have been about 200 cited cases worldwide over a period of around 300 years. It is argued that SHC can be caused by an individual’s behaviour and habits – such as alcohol consumption – inner mechanisms of the body, or even acts of God or sorcery. Gruesome photos purporting to show SHC often feature […]
On May Day, 1947, after leaving her fiancé, 23-year-old Evelyn McHale wrote a note. “He is much better off without me… I wouldn’t make a good wife for anybody.” She went to the observation platform of the Empire State Building. Then she jumped. In her desperate determination, she leaped clear of the setbacks and hit a United Nations limousine parked at the curb.
In 1986, Budd Dwyer was convicted of receiving bribes, he was scheduled to be sentenced on those charges on January 23, 1987, the day after his suicide.
URUKU/UTUKKU The translation of Uruku/Utukku means “vampire that attack’s man.” By simply looking into the eyes of a Uruku/Utukku a human can be injured. It is said that the Uruku/Utukku haunt deserted places such as graveyards, mountains, and the seas. Uruku/Utukku are said to be similar to Ekimmu in their appearance (phantom, demon-like creatures). SUCCUBI/INCUBI These vampires are said to use sexual seduction to trap their victims, and then prey on them as they sleep. Both the […]
In the Mesopotamian Empire, there were these creatures called Ekimmu. Ekimmu means “snatched away”. Mesopotamians dreaded the Ekimmu, and prayed that they themselves were not one day turned into an angry bitter spirit banished to roam the earth in search of peace. The Ekimmu are said to appear as a demon phantom-like creature that searches for victims to feed its misery. The Mesopotamians also called the Ekimmu “evil wind gusts”. Now, unlike stereotypical vampires, the Ekimmu […]
The Chiang-shih are undead creatures of Chinese mythology, with similarities to the European vampire. Instead of feeding on the blood of their victims, the risen Chiang-shih were said to suck the breath out of the living. Like many European vampires, they were said to have long hair, eyebrows, and fingernails, as well as the ability to fly. A person was thought to have two different souls: a superior and an inferior. It was the inferior soul […]
Egyptians also had their share of vampire lore and blood suckers. The Egyptian goddess Sekhmet was known for her taste for blood, and according to the Egyptian Book of the Dead, if a certain part of the soul called the ka didn’t receive adequate offerings, it left the tomb to drink blood. The most obvious explanation for enjoying the act of drinking blood is vampirism. Though some medical and mental disorders induce bloodlust, the mythology of an Egyptian goddess makes an odd choice […]