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Spontaneous Human Combustion

Cases, photos and victims of the mysterious phenomenon of spontaneous human combustion, where people suddenly burst into flames.

Burning Questions Surround Fiery Deaths
Cases of spontaneous human combustion in Scotland, including its first recorded case in 1829 when an Edinburgh man burst into flames whilst talking to his brother.

Castle of Spirits: SHC
Several case studies are profiled here with a few black-and-white photos (warning: some are a bit graphic).

History of Spontaneous Human Combustion
SHC is the alleged burning of a person's body without a readily apparent, identifiable external source of ignition. Here's a history along with some cases and theories.

How Spontaneous Human Combustion Works
This article looks at the strange phenomenon of spontaneous human combustion, and examines what believers have to say about it and tries to separate the scientific truth from the myths.

Not-So-Spontaneous Human Combustion
In this article from the Skeptical Inquirer, Joe Nickell attempts to debunk some well-known cases of SHC.

Shadowlands: SHC
Details surrounding several SHC cases, some dating back to the 1930s. Some B&W photos.

Spontaneous Human Combustion
The idea that human beings can be consumed from an internal heat source so intense as to consume even the bones, but leave the immediate environment relatively unburned, has been a subject of controversy since the nineteenth century.

The Facts About Spontaneous Human Combustion

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