Irishman Dies Of Spontaneous Combustion (So Rules A Court of Law)

TorchA most bizarre find from Annalee Newitz of io9.com:

A man in Galway, Ireland apparently died of spontaneous combustion last year in December. At least, according to a court ruling this week. Michael Faherty’s death had been a mystery because coroners and police couldn’t explain how the fire that killed him only seemed to have burned the man and his immediate surroundings.

Spontaneous combustion occurs when a person suddenly catches on fire without any external source of fire causing the blaze. There have been only a few hundred cases recorded throughout the world. The Irish Times reports: West Galway corner Dr Ciarán McLoughlin said he had never encountered such a case in the 25 years that he had been investigating deaths in the region …

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  • DeepCough

    I wonder if his Blood Alcohol Content had anything to do with it.

  • DeepCough

    I wonder if his Blood Alcohol Content had anything to do with it.

    • Redacted

      We’re talking Irish here, so its how much blood was in his Alcohol system.

      • Nunzio X

        As a partial Mick myself, I can verify.

    • Liam_McGonagle

      Well, that’s rather a racist intepretation there, don’t you think now?

      I’m sure it’s all them cheap, take-out curries.  Damn foreign food.

  • Anonymous

    We’re talking Irish here, so its how much blood was in his Alcohol system.

  • Wanooski

    Also, was he a great big fat guy?

  • Anarchy Pony

    Also, was he a great big fat guy?

  • Haystack

    “Michael Faherty’s death had been a mystery because coroners and police couldn’t explain how the fire that killed him only seemed to have burned the man and his immediate surroundings.”

    Well then they’re not very good, are they? 

  • Haystack

    “Michael Faherty’s death had been a mystery because coroners and police couldn’t explain how the fire that killed him only seemed to have burned the man and his immediate surroundings.”

    Well then they’re not very good, are they? 

  • http://buzzcoastin.posterous.com BuzzCoastin

    that dangerfield circling butcherswood
    where fireworker oh flaherty
    engaged a nutter of castlemallards
    Finnegans Wake: Page 80

  • BuzzCoastin

    hearz a clue his name be Michael Faherty
    Fire atee went up in flames
    a spontaneous commotion
    where’s there’s smoke there’s fire too
    with Michael Faherty combustion

    that dangerfield circling butcherswood
    where fireworker oh flaherty
    engaged a nutter of castlemallards
    Finnegans Wake: Page 80

  • Malk

    I’ve seen pictures from a study on SHC before… crazy as hell weird!!!

  • Malk

    I’ve seen pictures from a study on SHC before… crazy as hell weird!!!

  • Wi

    They first of course ruled out witchcraft, and then settled on this debunked pseudoscience theory. Good work boys.

  • Wi

    They first of course ruled out witchcraft, and then settled on this debunked pseudoscience theory. Good work boys.

  • Nunzio X

    As a partial Mick myself, I can verify.

  • Anonymous

    Well, that’s rather a racist intepretation there, don’t you think now?

    I’m sure it’s all them cheap, take-out curries.  Damn foreign food.

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