Ep 77: Burn, Burn, Burn; The Ring of Fire

For years, decades, even centuries; the rumors of human beings bursting into flames of their own accord has been a rumor that no one can seem to put out.  The phenomenon known as Spontaneous Human Combustion, or SHC, as we in the biz call it, has been the subject of debate and gossip for quite some time, but what is it, exactly? Join us this week as we ask this question and attempt to answer it and others like: is it possible? If not, then how do you explain the mysterious (and well documented) cases thoughout history? And what’s up with the Wicked Witch of the East feet left behind?



How Spontaneous Human Combustion Works – How Stuff Works

spontaneous human combustion (SHC) – The Skeptics Dictionary

The big burn theory – New Scientist

Spontaneous Human Combustion: Reports in Chronological Order

New light on human torch mystery – BBC

A fire within – Doctors Review

An Extract, by Mr. Paul Rolli, F. R. S. of an Italian Treatise, Written by the Reverend Joseph Bianchini

The Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London,

VII. On the combustion of the human body, produced by the long and immoderate use of spirituous liquors Pierre-Aime Lair

Mary Reeser – FBI Files

The Burning Question – Mysterious Universe 1994

Mind-Matter Interaction: A Review of Historical Reports, Theory and Research By Pamela Rae Heath, M.D.

Ablaze by Larry Arnold

Neurocognitive and Somatic Components of Temperature Increases during g-Tummo Meditation: Legend and Reality

A Unusual Lightning Death in an Indoor Setting: A Case Report – Forensic Medicine and Pathology

The FBI Investigates a Case of “Spontaneous Human Combustion” by Jack El-Hai – Wonders & Marvels

Medical and Physical Journal or, Annals of Medicine, Natural History and Chemistry by William Shearman, M.D. – 1815

1468~1503: Knight’s Death by Fire Breathing – Anomaly Info

Myth Encyclopedia – Fire

A Fiery Death: Murder of ‘Spontaneous Combustion’? by Joe Nickell – Skeptical Briefs – 2012

Norman Morrison – Vietnam War Protests

A Brief History of Self-Immolation by Josh Sanburn – TIME – 2011

Terrible Acts of Reason: When Did Self-Immolation Become the Paramount Form of Protest? By James Verini – The New Yorker – 2012

Aflame by Jeffrey Bartholet – The New Yorker – 2013

Flames Of Protest: The History Of Self-Immolation – NPR

Spontaneous Human Combustion and Preternatural Combustibility by Lester Adelson – Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology – 1952

Firestarters – The X-Files Lexicon by Matt Allair

The Human Blowtorch – Forgotten Stories

Michigan Medical News – “A Singular Phenomenon” by Dr. L.C. Woodman – 1889

The Paw Paw Man Who Could Breathe Fire by John Mason – Kalamazoo Country

Kirby’s Wonderful and Eccentric Museum or Magazine of Remarkable Characters Including All the Curiosities of Nature and Art From the Remotest Period to the Present Time – R.S. Kirby – 1820

Tales of Superhuman Powers: 55 Traditional Stories from Around the World by Csenge Virag Zalka

1725: Spontaneous Human Combustion in France – Think About It

Mind-Matter Interaction: A Review of Historical Reports, Theory and Research by Pamela Rae Heath, M.D.

The PK Zone: A Cross-Cultural Review of Psychokinesis by Pamela Rae Heath, M.D., Psy.D.

Self-immolation protests | Free Tibet

Top 15 Evidences to Prove the Spontaneous Human Combustion is Real – Mysterious Monsters

FBI Files – Mary Reeser

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