Police Say Oklahoma Man’s Fiery Death May Have Been Spontaneous Combustion

Is this possible? Oklahoma police say it is. Local KFSM5 reports:

The Sequoyah County Sheriff’s Office ruled out homicide in the death of a Muldrow man, but has not ruled out spontaneous human combustion following the state medical examiner’s findings a day later. “It’s very unusual and it’s bizarre and I can’t explain it,” said Sheriff Ron Lockhart.

Preliminary autopsy results were released on the 65-year-old man the sheriff believes may have died from spontaneous human combustion. Lockhart said the victim may have burned for 10 hours.

Lockhart said the victim was an alcoholic and an avid smoker. “We weren’t saying the guy just busted into flames, there’s gotta have an ignition source and what we’re looking at is an ignition source such as lighting a cigarette and catches himself on fire, sucks the flames down his throat, and falls down,” Lockhart said.

2 Comments on "Police Say Oklahoma Man’s Fiery Death May Have Been Spontaneous Combustion"

  1. Reminds me of this story:

    Later, in 1961, Wallace again was implicated in another murder for Johnson. This time the victim was Henry Marshall, an official with the local Agriculture Department who had been investigating an illegal source of Johnson’s funding.

    In 1961, State Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation official Henry Marshall was investigating a broad series of fraudulent government subsidies — amounting to figures in the seven or eight digit range — allotted to Billie Sol Estes, a close personal friend of Senate Majority Leader then Vice-President Lyndon B. Johnson.

    Marshall had uncovered a paper trail that was leading him closer and closer to Johnson himself. It is reported that all the guilty parties held a meeting at which Johnson gave the order, “Get rid of him.”

    On June 3, 1961, Mac Wallace knocked Henry Marshall unconscious with a blunt object, fed the unconscious man carbon monoxide from a hose attached to Wallace’s pick-up truck, then shot him five times with a bolt-action .22 caliber rifle and dumped him in a remote corner of Marshall’s farm near Franklin, Texas.

    Justice of the Peace Lee Farmer pronounced the death a suicide and ordered Marshall buried without an autopsy — over the protests of Marshall’s widow. The local authorities, under the influence of the Johnson gang, also declared that he had committed suicide.


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