A man who was found buried alive in a Brazilian cemetery has been freed after a passer-by reportedly saw the earth moving and heard calls for help. Brazil's Record TV said the discovery was made by a woman visiting a relative's grave in the Ferraz de Vasconcelos area of Sao Paulo. Video footage shows emergency services scraping dirt from the man's body, who was was still buried up to the chest, before hauling him out of the grave. Record TV said he has suffered from psychiatric problems, according to his nephew. How the man ended up buried is unclear, but one theory is that he may have been attacked and dumped in the grave.
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The worst way to die? The New Straits Times reports:
A Sri Lankan man, identified by police as Maxi Castro, a local exorcist, died Thursday after a bizarre and botched ritual to drive out what he thought were evil spirits from a house outside the capital, police said.
The man sacrificed a cat and was then buried in a shallow grave after instructing onlookers to dig him out once he gave a signal of pushing a sword he was carrying through the ground, police said.
“Even after three hours, there was no sign of the sword coming up from the grave…That is when the onlookers decided to pull him out anyway, but he was unconscious,” said a local police official.
Castro was taken to hospital early Thursday morning but he had already died, the unnamed official said.
From the nightmare files…
A Russian woman died from a heart attack brought on by the shock of waking up at her own funeral.
Fagilyu Mukhametzyanov, 49, was mistakenly declared deceased by doctors, the Daily Mail reported Friday.
But she later woke up – in a coffin surrounded by sobbing relatives. She started screaming after realizing she was about to be buried alive.