Spontaneous Human Combustion

There have been about 200 reported cases of spontaneous human combustion reported in history, in which a person was killed by a fire that could not be explained otherwise. What happened? And is there a scientific explanation for these cases?

The earliest case of SHC that we know of today comes from a Danish anatomist named Thomas Bartholin who in 1663 described an occurrence in Paris where a woman was burnt completely to ashes in her sleep while the straw mattress upon which she was laying remained unmarred by the flames that had consumed her. Since the reporting of this case of spontaneous human combustion to the whole of the European community, many others have been recorded in history. Yet, they tend to have a similar pattern in the resulting accounts. The victim is generally found almost completely consumed by a then died out fire in his or her home or place of residence.


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Yeah, ralphw, I think I heard about them. They didn't have a ton of luck with drummers, as I remember. After all, you just can't dust for vomit.

Also: that fat drunk guy spontaneously combusted in Bleak House. So it has to be real.
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I saw a documentary about a rock band (can't remember the name) whose drummer died of SHC onstage, during a show! It seems like there's got to be some footage from that concert...maybe it'll turn up someday.
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