~ by Rick on May 20, 2009.
Posted in bad science, misapprehension, photography Tags: Helen Conway, John Irving Bentley, Mary Reeser, wick effect
I would like to know how this happens…
earthykindred said this on July 30, 2009 at 7:08 pm
Hey earthykindred, you can read a very good article on the subject by clicking on the color photo. It’s by Mark Benecke, Ph.D, and it’ll tell you everything about it. It’s not mysterious, just creepy.
Rick said this on July 31, 2009 at 2:59 am
Ok thanx! I’ll have to check it out..
earthykindred said this on July 31, 2009 at 9:34 pm
I just checked out that link, and didn’t find it very satisfying at all. (1) SHC is not a matter of “if?” but “how?” I did not find anything “creepy” in the explanation, as the author basically just chalked all perceived cases up to people being reckless with matches or fireplaces.
(2) The author gives contradictory causes for the fires depicted in figures 1 and 3. At first he claims that it was concluded that she had Parkinson’s and inadvertently dropped a match on herself (while seated?). The later he states that forensics determined that her hair caught fire first, spread down to her back, then around her torso and down. Now, I’m no detective, but how does one “drop” a match, subsequently igniting their hair?
Shane said this on August 25, 2009 at 3:03 pm
Hey Shane. Good comments. I personally find Benecke’s explanation satisfactory. Still, to burn to a crisp, leaving nothing but a foot in a slipper? That’s creepy no matter how you slice it. The families involved must hate the topic.
Rick said this on August 29, 2009 at 11:26 pm
My name is Jeremiah Bentley and I am looking for anny info. on my great grandfather Dr. John Irvin Bentley died December 6, 1966 in pennsylvania.
Jeremiah Bentley said this on September 10, 2009 at 3:38 pm
Well, there’s Wikipedia, which you probably already know. There’s a nice article in the Endeavor News. After that, I don’t know.
Rick said this on September 11, 2009 at 12:57 pm
The one seated leaves a lot to wonder about. even if the hair had ignited somehow there is a lot of the body missing. if turned to ash then where is all the rest of the ash? also as a firefighter I have seen many people incinerated and can tell you that bone does not turn to ash under normal fire conditions. If the hair had ignited and caused all this damage then the body would have to had been wrapped in phosphorus or magnesium to create enough heat to char bone. but in doing so the entire room would have been charred as well. But still there would have been enough ash to cover the area the body burned at. or would be covering all the items in the room if perhaps a window had been open and a breeze had blown the ash around.
SandDragon said this on September 15, 2009 at 3:25 pm
my mistake, I forgot to state that I was referring to the bathroom picture or number three if you please. Please append to my recent post.
SandDragon said this on September 15, 2009 at 3:28 pm
notice how half of them are next to or near a fire?..dumb asses if you ask me!!
blah said this on October 23, 2009 at 6:19 pm
It’s not hard to imagine a “high frequency” object (human body) filled with “fat” to reach the burning temperatures of a “super candle.” Change the “oscillation rate” (vibratory rate) of the object and add a little pork for dinner, and “poof” you are gone. (pfft, -Buck Owens, Hee Haw) Don’t set up camp near a microwave tower, either.
sdenne said this on November 5, 2009 at 12:25 pm
So in theory, each case has a logical explanation and stops bein (Spontaneous), either a cigarrete, a fireplace, burning ashes, matches etc? does anyone have a theory that gives me a second thought about this rare events, I mean, isnt weard enough that most of the victims burned and only the legs or a leg was left for starters…?
Henry said this on December 12, 2009 at 2:09 am
If you’ve already read the link found in the color photo above, then you might try this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQGYGrpab7s
It’s a link to an episode of The Unexplained, a TV show dedicated to mysteries.
Rick said this on December 12, 2009 at 1:28 pm
It is possible for a human to spontanously combust but they would have to be intoduced to tens or hundreds of degrees and by then they would have been cooked to death first
Connie said this on December 24, 2009 at 1:15 am
As creapy as it is, it is a fascinating topic. Even the bones were reduced to ash, even when a person is cremated, they still have to grind up the bones. With SHC everything burns away, how is that possible?
I do hope that it wasn’t too painful!!!
Johan said this on February 5, 2010 at 2:25 pm
is SHC a government cover up of assassinations OR could or it be “super”genetics causing ignitable people can it possibly be that the government is conducting genetic mutation causing “super”genes which as a result causes igniting people this is my.(opinion you don’t have to believe any of these theory’s)
??? said this on April 16, 2010 at 10:35 pm
i don’t understand it i read it in a horror books and i search it ! i can’t believe its true ! :( it was so creepy :( please can you explain how its happines ( please true)
mikee said this on July 1, 2010 at 4:19 am
I’m an electrical engineer and technical fire investigator with 30 years experience in the field. I have an article on my company website re: SHC if you wish to get up to speed on the science behind this. facts-1.com/spontaneoushumancombustion.htm
Whether you read the article or not, no fire investigator I know believes in SHC – and we’re the experts on fire and people burning to death. The difference between a bizarre fire and a “mysterious” one is simply that important facts are missing or mis-interpreted in the latter case.
Jeff Williams said this on July 13, 2010 at 7:49 pm
John Irving Bentley’s parents are British Subjects.
V.E.G. said this on February 16, 2011 at 6:07 pm
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