October 2005 Page 4
from the Coffin
by Santiago Crespo
A multitude of curious people, family members of the deceased, judicial authorities, police officers, a medical examiner and the employees of a funeral home were stunned when they heard three loud knocks coming out of a coffin. This curious episode took place on Thursday, November 11th, 2004, in a town called San Pedro, in the Province of Córdoba, Argentina.
Mr. Santiago Nieto, one of the cemetery's employees said he started hearing the noises in the morning. "If you held your ear close to it, you could clearly hear it was banging, not cracking or expanding wood, but three or four clear loud knocks." This case was picked up by a local TV station from Villa Dolores, a nearby town, causing awe among the TV viewers.
"If you're alive, knock three times," were the words of TV anchor Eduardo Suárez, while leaning over the coffin, never turning his camera off. Everyone stood in silence and to their amazement, a few seconds later they could hear... "KNOCK, KNOCK, KNOCK..."
People started whispering, and some of them started yelling desperately to tell the man in the coffin was alive.
This was immediately communicated to the local judge, Ms. Teresa Recalde, who ordered to open the coffin. It was done and after the medical examiner checked the body, he concluded that not only there were no vital signs, but there was not any sign of the main having been almost buried alive.
Police Sheriff Sergio Yorbandi was explicit about this: "He lay there lifeless, and in the same position his family had put him in the first place."
But the weirdness does not end here. The next day, a local radio station, Cadena 3 (www.cadena3.com) was broadcasting the recording's audio and interviewing the journalist who had witnessed everything, and right after the recording of the three bangs was played, one of their broadcast stations went mute, baffling everyone in the studio.
Ghost or gas? Coincidence or something else?
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