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PostPosted: 23-02-2005 05:58    Post subject: Strange Deaths II Reply with quote

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Police: Man attacked trooper with chain saw

Tuesday, February 22, 2005 Posted: 8:34 AM EST (1334 GMT)


WILKES-BARRE, Pennsylvania (AP) -- A man was shot and killed by police Monday after he ignored pepper spray and officers' commands and attacked a state trooper with a chain saw, authorities said.

At least 13 bullets struck William Henkle after state and local officers who had surrounded him opened fire, police said.

Henkle, 40, allegedly struck Trooper Michael Hartzel in the shoulder, lower back and buttocks with the saw. The trooper was treated for minor injuries at a hospital and released.

Henkle called 911 early Monday and said he was having a heart attack, but when police and an ambulance arrived, he was outside the house with the chain saw running, said Capt. Kenneth Hill, commander of the state police barracks at Wyoming.

About 10 state and local officers formed a semicircle around Henkle and ordered him to drop the chain saw, but he revved the saw and refused to put it down , Hill said.

Police said they used pepper spray, then fired when Henkle lunged at Hartzel.

Copyright 2005 The Associated Press.




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PostPosted: 23-02-2005 10:53    Post subject: Strange Deaths II Reply with quote

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BANDUNG, Indonesia, Feb. 22 (Xinhuanet) -- At least 136 people have been confirmed dead and 47 others missing in a garbage slide in Bandung district in Indonesia's West Java province, an officiall with the provincial social department said Tuesday.

The garbage slide, which occurred at t 03.30 local time Monday morning, hit 471 villagers in 69 houses along the slope of the hill, said Head of West Java Social Department Yeti Kadarwati.

Retrieval efforts are still being conducted by rescue teams.

The garbage covers some 22 hectares of area and is up to 10 meters high.
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Indonesia landslide toll mounts

Rescuers in Indonesia are continuing to dig through tonnes of earth and rubbish to search for survivors of Monday's landslide in West Java.
At least 40 bodies have been recovered so far, but the final death toll is expected to be much higher.

About 70 people are still missing, and officials warn there is little chance of finding anyone else alive.

The disaster happened when heavy rains caused a municipal dump to collapse, dislodging tonnes of earth and rubbish.

Up to 70 homes built near the dump were buried, as were the people living there at the time.

Other victims are believed to be scavengers, who earned a living sifting through the rubbish dump for anything valuable.

The accident happened in Cimahi, near the city of Bandung, 180 km (110 miles) south-east of Jakarta.

Rescue efforts

Hundreds of Indonesian soldiers and police joined in the search for survivors on Tuesday.

Local people watched as rescue teams picked though piles of rubble, while a mechanical digger cleared away tonnes of earth.

Jeje, 32, said his father, mother and younger brothers were among the missing.

"I can't think clearly anymore. I just hope that their bodies are found," he told the French news agency AFP.

Rescuers have failed to pull any survivors from the debris since finding six injured people on Monday morning, and local officials warn there is little chance of finding more survivors.

Rescue efforts are also being hampered by continuing rainfall, and local officials have warned that further landslides could be possible.

The whole region has been affected by heavy rain in recent days.

South of Bandung, more than 50,000 people have left their homes due to flooding, local media has reported.

Local village chief Saiful Bagir told Indonesian television that the authorities had promised many times to relocate the rubbish dump.

Landslides are relatively common in Indonesia, especially during the rainy season.

In April 2004, about 40 people died in a landslide in west Sumatra.


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http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/4286329.stm
Published: 2005/02/22 08:38:42 GMT

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PostPosted: 23-02-2005 22:18    Post subject: Reply with quote

Smothered by garbage. And to think I used to think suicide was the worst way to die.
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PostPosted: 26-02-2005 01:22    Post subject: Reply with quote

They are all bad ways to die Sad

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Scary story - esp. the bit about the end about him already having beaten his sister to death before!!!

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Trial Set For Man Accused Of Putting Boy, 6, In Oven

Autopsy Shows Child Died From Asphyxia Due To Smothering

POSTED: 9:32 am CST February 23, 2005
UPDATED: 9:34 am CST February 23, 2005

HOUSTON -- A Beaumont judge set a May trial date for a man accused of killing a 6-year-old boy whose body was found in an oven last April.

State District Judge Layne Walker on Tuesday set Kenneth Pierott's murder case for trial on May 9.

Prosecutor Ed Shettle said he expects the trial will last about a week. Pierott's defense attorney, Raquel Galle, did not immediately return a phone message left by The Associated Press Tuesday.

Physicians at a state hospital determined last October that Pierott, 28, was competent to stand trial. Walker sent Pierott to a state hospital for treatment in July based on evidence from two doctors that Pierott was incompetent to stand trial.

Pierott's murder trial originally was set for last September.

A defense attorney for Pierott has said he may challenge Pierott's mental competency again. Pierott's attorneys have told the court he would claim insanity as a defense.

He is accused of killing Tre-Devin Odoms, whose body was found in an oven at his mother's house. Pierott had been dating the boy's mother.

Police said the oven's pilot light was not lit so there was no heat source to the oven, which was turned to 600 degrees.

According to a court document, Pierott believed the child was "draining the life" from his 2-year-old son, Jacory, and "he needed to kill Trey so that Jacory could breathe."

An autopsy report indicated the boy died from asphyxia due to smothering.

In Texas, defendants are presumed sane. The insanity defense requires a defendant to prove he suffers from a severe mental disease or defect and didn't know his actions were wrong.

Pierott was found innocent by reason of insanity in 1998 for using a dumbbell to beat to death his disabled 25-year-old sister.

He was released from a state hospital after four months of treatment.


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Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press.


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PostPosted: 27-02-2005 19:38    Post subject: The Vanishing Earl of Shaftesbury Reply with quote

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/4302899.stm
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Wife arrested over earl 'murder'
The wife and brother-in-law of the Earl of Shaftesbury, Anthony Ashley-Cooper, have been arrested by French police on suspicion of his murder.
Djamilia M'Barek, 37, was arrested in the resort town of Cannes on Friday, while Mohammed M'Barek, 40, was arrested on Saturday in Munich.

The 66-year-old earl disappeared from Cannes in November last year, only days before he was due to return to the UK.

Police said in December that they were treating his disappearance as a murder.


When he disappeared at first a lot of people who knew him thought that he had just disappeared for a few days
BBC's Allan Little in Paris

Mohammed M'Barek will be transferred to France to face questioning.
The earl was estranged from Djamilia M'Barek, his third wife, at the time of his disappearance.

They were married in 2002, reports said.

'Girlfriend'

The BBC's Allan Little in Paris said it was believed he also had a girlfriend in the nearby resort town of Antibes at the time.

"It was well-known that he was a frequenter of nightclubs, that he had a very eccentric lifestyle. He would often fly between his homes in the south of England and the south of France without informing any member of his family where his was going," he said.

"When he disappeared at first a lot of people who knew him thought that he had just disappeared for a few days."

Senior detectives from Sussex police flew to Nice a few days later to assist French police.

The detectives, from the force's major crime branch, spent four days discussing the investigation with their French counterparts.

Lady Christina Shaftesbury, the Earl's ex-wife, who lives at the family estate in Wimborne St Giles, Dorset, travelled to France with the officers.

The earl had been due to return to Britain on 10 November. He was last seen checking out of his hotel in Cannes.

In late December, the Earl's son Lord Ashley issued a statement saying that the family "feared the worst".
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PostPosted: 28-02-2005 08:16    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Boy dies under 'giant snowball'

A 10-year-old boy has been crushed to death by a giant snowball, police say.
Peter Strang had been playing with a friend when the snowball rolled down a hill and engulfed him.


The accident happened at about 1745 GMT on Saturday in Torphins, Aberdeenshire, Grampian Police said. There were no suspicious circumstances.

A police spokesman said the death was "the result of a tragic accident". They have not released further details about the accident.

Parents' pain

Local minister Norman Nicoll told the Daily Record newspaper: "It's very difficult to find words to explain it all."

He went on: "It seems there was a giant snowball the boys had made themselves.

"Apparently it rolled and unfortunately [the boy] was caught under it.

"The boys had just gone out there to play and then something like this happens."

A report is to be sent to the procurator fiscal.

Story from BBC NEWS:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/1/hi/scotland/4303215.stm
Published: 2005/02/28 00:01:45 GMT

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PostPosted: 28-02-2005 09:13    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just popped back in again to say 'not guilty'. Back to my studies..

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THE decomposing body of a 76-year-old man was found in the hallway of his maisonette "buried" in a pile of junk mail which had been posted through the letterbox over the previous two months.

When police eventually broke into the home of retired Holman's worker George Callaway, 76, of St Martin's Terrace, Camborne, on August 21, all that could be seen of the body was a foot protruding through the envelopes.

A Truro inquest recorded an open verdict on Friday after hearing that the body was so badly decomposed that specialist removers had to be called in. When undertakers tried to move the body the head became detached. It was impossible to ascertain how he died although blood at the scene indicated he had fallen down the stairs and banged his head on a wall. He also had cracked ribs.

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Man is strangled after clothing snags in MBTA escalator

By Mac Daniel, Globe Staff | March 2, 2005

In what officials called the worst escalator mishap in MBTA history, a 34-year-old man from El Salvador was strangled to death last week after the hood of his sweatshirt became entangled in the teeth at the bottom of the escalator at the Red Line's Porter Square Station.

Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority officials, who did not make the Feb. 21 incident public until yesterday, said MBTA Transit Police and inspectors from the state Department of Public Safety have ruled the death an accident.

''If the T believed that this was anything other than an isolated incident, then swift and decisive action would have been taken, accompanied by a public announcement," said MBTA spokesman Joe Pesaturo.

Francisco Portillo, a prep cook who came to Boston four years ago, left early that day from Kaya, a sushi bar in Porter Square. Investigators believe that around 9:45 p.m., Portillo was either sitting or lying down on the 143-foot-long escalator when his hood became snagged in the escalator's comb plate, dragging him to the floor and choking him until another commuter hit the emergency shut-off button.

MBTA Transit Police received an initial call of a man having a seizure after a witness at the top of the escalator saw Portillo struggling and contacted the station's collector. Officials said an inspector was at the station within two minutes. Several others tried unsuccessfully to help Portillo, but his sweatshirt was too tight around his neck to remove.

Paramedics and police eventually cut Portillo loose. He was taken to Cambridge City Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The medical examiner said the cause of death was strangulation, Pesaturo said. Results of toxicology tests could take weeks, he said. A near-empty bottle of Korean whiskey was later found in Portillo's pocket.

''At this point investigators believe that alcohol was involved in this incident," Pesaturo said.

Kriz Chong, 34, a sushi chef at Kaya, said Portillo had worked there several years after working as a prep cook in a sister restaurant in Copley Square. The night Portillo died, Chong said he was told that Portillo had dropped several dishes. A short time later, Chong said he approached Portillo to discuss the incident.

''I think he was drunk," Chong said. ''He couldn't even speak properly. He was mumbling almost, and we just left him alone." Chong said he saw Portillo ''walking tipsy" when he left the restaurant before his shift ended.

Berardo Maldonado, 20, Portillo's half-brother, mourned him yesterday and prepared to send Portillo's body home to their small town of La Reina in Chalatenango, a northern province in El Salvador.

''What can you do but bear it?" Maldonado said. ''It's very painful."

He said that Portillo never finished high school and that with five children and a wife to support, he had moved to Boston about four years ago to find work and send money home. Maldonado said Portillo was friendly and liked to tell jokes, but worked six days a week and spent what little free time he had hanging out in the East Boston apartment he shared with Maldonado and three cousins. ''He worked all the time," Maldonado said. ''He wanted to go back home."

MBTA Transit Police are continuing to investigate Portillo's death and are seeking witnesses.

After the accident, officials from the MBTA's safety department, representatives from the T's escalator contractor, and a supervisor of the elevator-escalator unit for the state Department of Public Safety inspected the escalator. Officials later ruled that there were no mechanical problems before the accident.

The escalator was not equipped with a comb-plate sensor, a device required in newer models that shut them down if something gets caught.

Accidents involving MBTA escalators plagued the system for years. The old, single-file Aquarium station escalators, replaced in 2003 when a new station was built, were the scene of several, including a 1995 incident in which a 3-year-old Cambridge boy's leg was severely gashed. A year later, a Beacon Hill man got his coat caught in the escalator at State Street, ensnaring his arm, which had to be amputated.


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I once saved an old lady from an escalator - she'd freaked out as she approached the top and then acked down the escalator before making a lunge for the top but she only got her arms and upper body on while her hips and legs were still on the steps.
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Man is strangled after clothing snags in MBTA escalator

...... A near-empty bottle of Korean whiskey was later found in Portillo's pocket.

''At this point investigators believe that alcohol was involved in this incident," Pesaturo said......

....''I think he was drunk," Chong said. ''He couldn't even speak properly. He was mumbling almost, and we just left him alone." Chong said he saw Portillo ''walking tipsy" when he left the restaurant before his shift ended...
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Sadly, it sounds a bit like "drunk in charge of an escalator"!!!! Crying or Very sad
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http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/wear/4317147.stm

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A nurse found dead on a playing field may have frozen to death as she walked home in a snowstorm, police say.
The body of Shelley Whitfield, 21, was found behind Meadowfield sports centre in Brandon, near Durham, on Wednesday.

She was found face down in the snow a few hundred yards from her flat. She was fully clothed apart from her coat, which was found nearby.



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Det Ch Insp Andy Reddick, of Durham Police, said: "It is possible that Shelley was overcome by the conditions. The conditions were extremely poor at night. It was extremely cold and it was snowing.


"We have been told of instances where people with hypothermia have discarded their own clothing, which again is something we are looking into."




This happened in my home town some years ago. Someone looked out of a bus window and saw a man lying dead in a field surrounded by most of his clothes.

People can, izarrely, get so cold that they start to feel warm and may even undress. This is more likely when alcohol is involved.

I am very sorry for this poor girl's family. What a sad, tragic accident to happen.
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I've just heard on the radio that they can't find her handbag so there's speculation that there may be suspicious circumstances to it now.
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Slightly odd speculation with this even if the police have declined to comment.

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Murdered financier was wearing latex
Mar 4, 2005

High-flying French financier Edouard Stern, murdered this week in Geneva, was found shot three times on his bedroom floor dressed in a latex rubber suit, Swiss newspapers reported on Friday.

"Colleagues discovered his body clothed completely in latex rubber," said Geneva daily Le Temps, without citing a source for the information.

"The French banker took three bullets, two of them in the head," said daily La Tribune de Geneve.

Investigating judge Michel Graber said late on Thursday there was no doubt that Stern had been murdered. His death has shaken the French-speaking financial world.

Investigating authorities on Friday declined to comment on the new details, saying they would communicate no new information on the high-profile killing.

"There is no new information, no press conference," said a spokesman for the Geneva judiciary.

Stern, one of France's richest men, who was poised a few years ago to take over the helm of French investment bank Lazard, lived in a luxury apartment near Geneva's centre, equipped with a high-tech security system and situated just above a police station.

Stern's neighbours heard no sign of a disturbance in the flat, Swiss newspapers reported. They speculated that the latex rubber suit may have been a ploy by his assailants to distract the police.

Investigators think it likely that Stern opened the door to his attacker, judge Graber said on Thursday


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escargot wrote:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/wear/4317147.stm

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A nurse found dead on a playing field may have frozen to death as she walked home in a snowstorm, police say.....


......This happened in my home town some years ago. Someone looked out of a bus window and saw a man lying dead in a field surrounded by most of his clothes.

People can, izarrely, get so cold that they start to feel warm and may even undress. This is more likely when alcohol is involved.

I am very sorry for this poor girl's family. What a sad, tragic accident to happen.


This sounds like a recent account in the Cambridge Evening News of the Wednesday 2nd March 2005, page 18, re-telling the story of the strange death in February 1818 of an undergraduate by the name of Lawrence Dundas:-

"After a drinking sesion at St John's College he had decided to make his way across (Parker's Piece) to the Barnwell area of town for the company of the various young ladies who plied their trade in that area. He was so drunk he got lost crossing the Piece and fell into one of the muddy ditches. (That then surrounded this piece of land).

It was only knee-deep and he managed to struggle out of it, but then he fell back.

He decided it would be easier without his gown, then his jacket and then took everything off except for his pantaloons and stockings-but he'd pulled them down to his ankles so he couldn't move.

He was found the next morning sitting in the ditch in 18 inches of water. The coroner decided that he'd died through exposure to the cold and that it had been caused through being drunk."

This unfortunate death seems to have been the subject of a pamphlet on:- "The Melancholy and Awful Death of Lawrence Dundas, Esq." by FREDERICK HERBERT MABERLY M.A.

http://www.stowmarket-history.co.uk/Maberly.htm
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Wednesday, March 9, 2005 Posted: 1520 GMT (2320 HKT)

(CNN) -- Nearly 30 elementary school children in the Philippines have died after eating fried cassava balls obtained from a vendor, a local official told CNN.

Fourteen children died Wednesday before reaching hospitals and 13 died upon arrival, a spokesman for Ubay Mayor Eutiquio Bernales said.

Two more children also have died, but it was not clear when. Thirty-five more are in critical condition.

The victims suffered severe stomach pain, then vomiting and diarrhea after eating the snack during morning recess, The Associated Press reported.

They were taken to at least four hospitals near the school in Mabini, a town on Bohol Island, about 610 kilometers (380 miles) southeast of Manila, AP said.

"Some said they took only two bites because it tasted bitter and the effects were felt 5-10 minutes later," Dr. Harold Gallego of Garcia Memorial Provincial Hospital in the nearby town of Talibon told AP.

The vendor who sold the cassava balls insisted nothing was wrong with them and ate a few to prove the point. Now she, too, is in critical condition.

All of the children were in the first and second grades of San Jose Elementary School in Mabini. Francisca Doliente AP that her 9-year-old niece Arve Tamor was given some of the deep-fried caramelized cassava by a classmate who bought it from a regular vendor outside the San Jose school.

"Her friend is gone. She died," Doliente said, adding that her niece was undergoing treatment.

Grace Vallente, 26, said her 7-year-old nephew Noel died en route to the hospital and that her 9-year-old niece Roselle was undergoing treatment.

"There are many parents here," AP quoted her as saying from L.G. Cotamura Community Hospital in Ubay.

"The kids who died are lined up on beds. Everybody's grief-stricken."

Cassava is a starchy, tuberous root that is a low-cost source of carbohydrates in humid, tropical areas; it is also the source of tapioca.

Cassava contains amino acid-derived cyanogenic glucosides -- some more than others -- and must be thoroughly cooked to remove toxic levels.

Eaten raw, the human digestive system will convert part of it into cyanide. Two cassava roots contain enough to be fatal.


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