Ever looked inside an engine? That right there is a perfect example of spontaneous combustion. Of course, the thing is designed to do that, unlike, say, a human exploding in the middle of a busy street.
That’s right, people have exploded for no reason before. And we’re not talking metaphorical exploding in rage. We’re talking literal guts on the sidewalk stuff.
5. The First and Best (1663)
A woman goes to sleep in Paris. She’s sleeping on a bed. So far, so normal. (Admittedly the mattress is made of straw but hey, beggars can’t be choosers.) Except that she suddenly “went up in ashes and smoke” and burned the house down. No-one can explain why. But this unnamed woman has a unique distinction: she’s the first recorded spontaneous combuster.
4. Mary Hardy Reeser (1951)
This case is sick. Absolutely sick. Mary Hardy Reeser is a St. Petersburg, FL native who is 67-years old. She’s a snowbird, essentially.
People don’t hear from her for a few days. When the cops go to check on her, they get no answer. The door gets broken down. Inside, they see the cremated remains of Reeser: her skull, a part of her backbone, and a smidgen of her left foot. Everything is burnt. Weird, huh?