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14th Jan '18 8:24:50 AM MaxWest2
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* The [[http://unsolvedmysteries.wikia.com/wiki/San_Pedro_Mummy San Pedro Mountains Mummy]] was a mummified humanoid about six inches tall in a sitting position found in 1932 by some prospectors in a Wyoming cavern. Believers claim it is the remains of one of the "Little People", a race of two-feet tall humanoids recorded in stories of the Native American tribes. Even if they are just fictional, the thought of these small people with supernatural powers can be very unsettling. The mummy itself - whether it's real, an anencephalic infant (as commonly believed by skeptics) or a hoax done by taxidermy - definitely goes well into UncannyValley territory.

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* The [[http://unsolvedmysteries.wikia.com/wiki/San_Pedro_Mummy San Pedro Mountains Mummy]] was a mummified humanoid about six inches tall in a sitting position found in 1932 by some prospectors in a Wyoming cavern. Believers claim it is the remains of one of the "Little People", a race of two-feet tall humanoids recorded in stories of the Native American tribes. Even if they are just fictional, the thought of these small people with supernatural powers can be very unsettling. The mummy itself - whether it's real, an anencephalic infant (as commonly believed by skeptics) or a hoax done by taxidermy - definitely goes well into UncannyValley territory.territory.
* The case of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patricia_Stallings Patricia Stallings]]. Patricia lost a son to a rare genetic disease but was arrested, tried and convicted of first-degree murder, being sent to life imprisonment; the authorities genuinely believed Patricia murdered her own son. She gave birth to a second son which also got the same symptoms as her first son. During the night of the broadcast, physicians who had treated her son's disease phoned the telecenter and confirmed her account. Eventually, Patricia was exonerated. Even then, the whole case is freaky; it combines [[AdultFear losing children]] AND being wrongfully imprisoned.
13th Jan '18 6:13:19 PM MaxWest2
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* The case of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Danny_Casolaro Danny Casolaro and the Octopus]]. Either he was driven to suicide by being unable to bring to print one of the biggest stories any reporter could hope to break, or he found exactly what he was looking for.

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* The case of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Danny_Casolaro Danny Casolaro and the Octopus]]. Either he was driven to suicide by being unable to bring to print one of the biggest stories any reporter could hope to break, or he found exactly what he was looking for.for.
* The [[http://unsolvedmysteries.wikia.com/wiki/San_Pedro_Mummy San Pedro Mountains Mummy]] was a mummified humanoid about six inches tall in a sitting position found in 1932 by some prospectors in a Wyoming cavern. Believers claim it is the remains of one of the "Little People", a race of two-feet tall humanoids recorded in stories of the Native American tribes. Even if they are just fictional, the thought of these small people with supernatural powers can be very unsettling. The mummy itself - whether it's real, an anencephalic infant (as commonly believed by skeptics) or a hoax done by taxidermy - definitely goes well into UncannyValley territory.
26th Dec '17 10:22:55 PM CaptEquinox
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* The case dealing with the repeated exorcisms of "Kathie." Robert Stack's hollow baritone reminds us several times that what we are seeing and hearing is not a re-creation but rather the real deal, which is pretty easy to believe because, compared to the usual actor reenactments on the show, it sounds entirely too goddamn convincing.

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* The case dealing with [[http://unsolvedmysteries.wikia.com/wiki/HOPE the repeated exorcisms of "Kathie." "]] Robert Stack's hollow baritone reminds us several times that what we are seeing and hearing is not a re-creation but rather the real deal, which is pretty easy to believe because, compared to the usual actor reenactments on the show, it sounds entirely too goddamn convincing. convincing.
** Well, Kathie said the exorcisms helped and she was able to get back to a normal life after that. If there weren't any demons, she might have had somnambuliform possession, the condition [[Literature/TheExorcist Regan MacNeil]] was diagnosed with by the hospital psychiatric staff, where you believe you're possessed and exorcism is prescribed as therapy.
26th Dec '17 10:12:50 PM CaptEquinox
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* The case of Danny Casolaro and the Octopus. Either he was driven to suicide by being unable to bring to print one of the biggest stories any reporter could hope to break, or he found exactly what he was looking for.

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* The case of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Danny_Casolaro Danny Casolaro and the Octopus.Octopus]]. Either he was driven to suicide by being unable to bring to print one of the biggest stories any reporter could hope to break, or he found exactly what he was looking for.
26th Dec '17 10:05:32 PM CaptEquinox
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* The Tina Resch case where a teen girl was supposedly haunted by a Poltergeist, or suffering from psychokinesis. Tina herself would later go to prison for allegedly being responsible for the death of her three-year-old daughter.
* Keith Warren's death. It was so obviously ''not'' a suicide, that it makes you wonder what was being covered up.
** Same thing for Tommy Burkett. He was found in his parents' house, sitting upright on a couch with a bullet wound to the head and a revolver in his hand. But there was no blood spatter from the shot and the revolver's cylinder was open. A later autopsy revealed he had several broken bones. [[spoiler: The strongest theory was that he was an informant for the DEA, was killed by drug dealers, and the DEA convinced the local police to cover up their involvement and close the case.]]
* The Wacker case, where a seemingly innocent, nice elderly couple are harassed for years by someone who seems to know everything about them. Dorothy Wacker is physically assaulted twice in this segment, one time by someone that she didn't even see.

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* The Tina Resch case where a teen girl was supposedly haunted by a Poltergeist, either telekinetic or suffering from psychokinesis. attracting poltergeist activity. Tina herself would later go was proved to be creating the incidents herself. She is now serving a life term in prison for allegedly being responsible for the beating death of her three-year-old daughter.
* [[https://unsolved.com/gallery/keith-warren/ Keith Warren's death.death]]. It was so obviously ''not'' a suicide, that it makes you wonder what was being covered up.
** Same thing for [[http://unsolvedmysteries.wikia.com/wiki/Thomas_Burkett Tommy Burkett.Burkett]]. He was found in his parents' house, sitting upright on a couch with a bullet wound to the head and a revolver in his hand. But there was no blood spatter from the shot and the revolver's cylinder was open. A later autopsy revealed he had several broken bones. [[spoiler: The strongest theory was that he was an informant for the DEA, was killed by drug dealers, and the DEA convinced the local police to cover up their involvement and close the case.]]
* The [[http://unsolvedmysteries.wikia.com/wiki/Bill_and_Dorothy_Wacker Wacker case, case]], where a seemingly innocent, nice elderly couple are harassed for years by someone who seems to know everything about them. Dorothy Wacker is physically assaulted twice in this segment, one time by someone that she didn't even see.



** The 1989 Redwood City arson, in which a seriously deranged young man filmed -from a distance- the house fire he had set. The excited whispering and satanic praises of fire as we watch a house burn are unsettling in the extreme. The footage is available on the internet, and sweet dreams to anyone who finds it! (The house, BTW was under construction, so there were no injuries here)

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** The 1989 Redwood City arson, in which a seriously deranged young man filmed -from a distance- the house fire he had set. The excited whispering and satanic praises of fire as we watch a house burn are unsettling in the extreme. The footage is available on the internet, and sweet dreams to anyone who finds it! (The house, BTW was under construction, so there were no injuries here)here. Also, he was caught along with the friend for whom the video was made.)


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** That's [[http://unsolvedmysteries.wikia.com/wiki/Cindy_James Cindy James]]. She was in intensive psychoanalysis for much of that time. Her psychiatrist is in the segment flatly dismissing the "multiple personalities" idea. Too many details were left out of the segment to enumerate here, but the most likely suspect is Dr. James Tyhurst, a colleague of Cindy's ex-husband, who was convicted in 1991, two years after Cindy's death, of sexually enslaving and brutalizing four of his patients. The conviction was overturned on appeal and the women sued, with two other women coming forward. He was ordered to pay over $500,000 each. Tyhurst's "therapy" included massive amounts of drugs, tying them in similar postures and taking pictures. Cindy is consistently described as knowing more than she was telling about her assailant and his motives. Want some real nightmare fuel? Tyhurst never served any time for his crimes. He is still out there.
12th Nov '17 6:21:24 PM DrOO7
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* The Marlene Santana case is a textbook example for AdultFear and TearJerker. Imagine being a young ecstatic Mother exiting the Hospital with your Aunts and your beautiful baby girl; you had also been approached by a seemly nurse [[CutenessProximity who gushes over how your baby is the most beautiful one]] in the Maternity Ward. Later at night, when you exit the hospital with your Aunts and baby, [[BitchInSheepsClothing the same woman]] [[WouldHurtAChild threatens to blow your baby's head off]] if you three don't comply. She walks you 6 blocks away from the hospital, snatches your baby, and gets away in a car that has shown up to pick you up. You, your family, and the police keep looking and looking for your daughter to no avail. Indeed, as of June 2017, Marlene Santana has yet to be found.

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* The Marlene Santana case is a textbook example for AdultFear and TearJerker. Imagine being a young ecstatic Mother exiting the Hospital with your Aunts and your beautiful baby girl; you had also been approached by a seemly nurse [[CutenessProximity who gushes over how your baby is the most beautiful one]] in the Maternity Ward. Later at night, when you exit the hospital with your Aunts and baby, [[BitchInSheepsClothing the same woman]] [[WouldHurtAChild threatens to blow your baby's head off]] if you three don't comply. She walks you 6 blocks away from the hospital, snatches your baby, and gets away in a car that has shown up to pick you her up. You, your family, and the police keep looking and looking for your daughter to no avail. Indeed, as of June 2017, Marlene Santana has yet to be found.found.
** Even worse, the hospital in question was Brookdale Memorial Hospital, a well-known, frequently used hospital in Brooklyn, NY. Pleasant dreams, anyone living in that neighborhood.
27th Sep '17 3:57:49 PM 64SuperNintendo
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* The Jane Boroski story. Late in the evening of August 6, 1988, on her way home from a country fair, the then-22 year old seven months pregnant woman pulled into a rest stop to buy a soda. As she sat her in car drinking the beverage, she was viciously attacked by a man who dragged he from the vehicle, stabbed her multiple times, then left her for dead. She managed to crawl back to her car and drive away, looking for help--only to find herself ''right behind'' her assailant's car. As she pulled into the driveway of a friend's home, her attacker apparently drove on, only to ''turn back'' and slowly drive past the house, no doubt intending to finish her off. Fortunately, by this point, her friends had come out onto the porch to tend to her, deterring him. He disappeared into the night, never to be apprehended. What makes this story even more terrifying is that Jane's attack is believed to be the final attack of the never-captured/identified SerialKiller known as the Connecticut River Valley Killer, believed to have abducted and murdered roughly seven women in the region. The murders stopped after Jane's attack, likely because the killer knew that a potential victim could now identify him. Two decades later, Jane identified her attacker as Michael Nicholaou, who aside from possibly being the Valley Killer, had long been a suspect in the disappearance of his girlfriend. He escaped justice by killing himself after killing yet ''another'' girlfriend and her daughter.

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* The Jane Boroski story. Late in the evening of August 6, 1988, on her way home from a country fair, the then-22 year old old, seven months pregnant months-pregnant woman pulled into a rest stop to buy a soda. As she sat in her in car drinking the beverage, she was viciously attacked by a man who dragged he her from the vehicle, stabbed her multiple times, then left her for dead. She managed to crawl back to her car and drive away, looking for help--only to find herself ''right behind'' her assailant's car. As she pulled into the driveway of a friend's home, her attacker apparently drove on, only to ''turn back'' and slowly drive past the house, no doubt intending to finish her off. Fortunately, by this point, her friends had come out onto the porch to tend to her, deterring him. He disappeared into the night, never to be apprehended. What makes this story even more terrifying is that Jane's attack is believed to be the final attack of the never-captured/identified SerialKiller known as the Connecticut River Valley Killer, believed to have abducted and murdered roughly seven women in the region. The murders stopped after Jane's attack, likely because the killer knew that a potential victim could now identify him. Two decades later, Jane identified her attacker as Michael Nicholaou, who aside from possibly being the Valley Killer, had long been a suspect in the disappearance of his girlfriend. He escaped justice by killing himself after killing yet ''another'' girlfriend and her daughter.
3rd Sep '17 2:28:39 AM JadeEyes1
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* The case of Dave Bocks, and employee of a uranium processing plant whose remains were found in one of the plant's furnaces, heated to roughly ''1,300 degrees''. All that was left were a few chunks of bone and his eyeglass frames. His death was ruled a suicide, but it's possible that he was murdered to prevent him from blowing the whistle on wrongdoings at the plant. The culprit -- if there was one -- has never been found. Oh, and to add insult to injury, his remains were ''too radioactive'' to be released to the family or given a proper burial, and had to be stored at a toxic waste facility.
** Worse, it was determined that he wasn't just dumped into the furnace: he was strung upside-down[[note]]the metal cords were also found in the furnace[[/note]] and '''''lowered in, head first'''''. The investigators say they sincerely hope he was already dead or unconscious before it happened, because it would have been an unspeakably horrific way to die.

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* The case of Dave Bocks, and an employee of a uranium processing plant whose remains were found in one of the plant's furnaces, heated to roughly ''1,300 degrees''.furnaces. All that was left were a few chunks of bone and his eyeglass frames. His death was ruled a suicide, but it's possible that he was murdered to prevent him from blowing the whistle on wrongdoings at the plant. The culprit -- if there was one -- has never been found. Oh, and to add insult to injury, his remains were ''too radioactive'' to be released to the family or given a proper burial, and had to be stored at a toxic waste facility.
** Worse, it was determined that he wasn't just dumped into the furnace: he was strung upside-down[[note]]the upside-down[[note]](the metal cords were also found in the furnace[[/note]] furnace)[[/note]] and '''''lowered in, head first'''''. The investigators say they sincerely hope he was already dead or unconscious before it happened, because it would have been an unspeakably horrific way to die.



* The case in which every member of a small church choir is late for practice; as they begin arriving, the church explodes due to a gas leak.
* Some of the missing persons cases, in particular, that of Kari Lynn Nixon, who was a mere 700 yards from her home when she vanished into thin air. It took seven years to find out that she'd been forced into a car, driven to a remote site, then raped and murdered, all before her mother even realized she was missing. Or Jeremy Bright, who also vanished without a trace. After months of investigating, the police and his mother came to the very ominous realization that ''someone'' knew what had happened to him, but was keeping his mouth shut. Whether because he was involved, or too frightened of those who were is unclear.
* A lot of the cases have such a wrenching sense of "if only". If only Kathy Hobbs hadn't left her home late at night to go and buy a book. If only she'd turned back when she realized there was no one hanging out at the local pool to accompany her to the store. If only her mom hadn't gone to bed, assuming she was safe and not realized until the next morning that she never came home, thus giving her abductors--and killers--an 8 hour head start.

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* The case in which every member of a small church choir is late for practice; as they begin arriving, the church explodes due to a gas leak.
leak. Thankfully, they all survived, but it doesn't stop it from being a terrifying event that could easily have lead to tragedy.
* Some of the missing persons cases, in particular, that of Kari Lynn Nixon, who was a mere 700 yards from her home when she vanished into thin air. It took seven years to find out that she'd been forced into a car, driven to a remote site, then raped and murdered, all before her mother even realized she was missing.
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Or Jeremy Bright, who also vanished without a trace. After months of investigating, the police and his mother came to the very ominous realization that ''someone'' knew what had happened to him, but was keeping his mouth shut. Whether it's because he was involved, or too frightened of those who were ''were'' involved is unclear.
* A lot of the cases have such a wrenching sense of "if only". If only Kathy Hobbs hadn't left her home late at night to go and buy a book. If only she'd turned back when she realized there was no one hanging out at the local pool to accompany her to the store. If only her mom hadn't gone to bed, assuming she was safe and not realized until the next morning that she never came home, thus giving her abductors--and killers--an 8 hour abductors -- and killers -- an 8-hour head start.



* During a mid-90s episode, there was once a Sci-Med or The Unexplained story about ''spontaneous combustion.'' In the feature, it included a woman who survived it because she actually found it in time (to be specific, her back began to start smoking in a small but distinct circle without any provocation and while she could feel it, her obviously freaked-out husband saw it and was able to take off her sweater in time with only a small first-degree burn on her back as the only indication.) Another elderly man, however, wasn't as lucky. His son was interviewed and the re-enactment showed him coming across [[TearJerker a large, gaping, burned-out hole in his father's bed that was once his father. Perhaps even worse, the re-enactment even showed an actor playing the deceased father]] ''[[TearJerker suddenly catching on fire and being absolutely helpless to stop it.]]''

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* During a mid-90s episode, there was once a Sci-Med or The Unexplained story about ''spontaneous combustion.'' In the feature, it included a woman who survived it because she actually found caught it in time (to time. [[note]](to be specific, her back began to start smoking in a small but distinct circle without any provocation and while she could feel it, her obviously freaked-out husband saw it and was able to take off her sweater in time with only a small first-degree burn on her back as the only indication.) indication)[[/note]] Another elderly man, however, wasn't as lucky. His son was interviewed and the re-enactment showed him coming across [[TearJerker a large, gaping, burned-out hole in his father's bed that was once his father. Perhaps even worse, the re-enactment even showed an actor playing the deceased father]] ''[[TearJerker suddenly catching on fire and being absolutely helpless to stop it.]]''



* The Mary Morris case. Two women, a Mary Lou Morris and a Mary [=McGinnis=] Morris, were found brutally murdered within four days of each other in Texas. With no obvious reason as to why the first Mary would be killed, they looked at the second Mary and found she was having both problems with her husband and a coworker. Adding to that the fact that the two Marys were of similar age, build, hair style and color, had almost the same name and lived in the same area, it was believed that the Marys were a victim of a contract killing. They suspect the first Mary was killed ''by accident'' and the killer was simply correcting the error (this theory was helped by the fact that the first Mary's wedding ring was taken, which happens in contract killings as proof, and a call from the second Mary's husband to her cell phone near the time of her murder, believed to be him calling the killer for confirmation.) This was dismissed by police and the case is still unsolved, but the idea that you can be brutally murdered out of nowhere because of '''a mistake''' can be absolutely horrifying.

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* The Mary Morris case. Two women, a Mary Lou Morris and a Mary [=McGinnis=] Morris, were found brutally murdered within four days of each other in Texas. With no obvious reason as to why the first Mary would be killed, they looked at the second Mary and found she was having both problems with her husband and a coworker.co-worker. Adding to that the fact that the two Marys were of similar age, build, hair style and color, had almost the same name and lived in the same area, it was believed that the Marys were a victim of a contract killing. They suspect the first Mary was killed ''by accident'' and the killer was simply correcting the error (this theory was helped by the fact that the first Mary's wedding ring was taken, which happens in contract killings as proof, and a call from the second Mary's husband to her cell phone near the time of her murder, believed to be him calling the killer for confirmation.) confirmation). This was dismissed by police and the case is still unsolved, but the idea that you can be brutally murdered out of nowhere because of '''a mistake''' can be is absolutely horrifying.


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* The much-publicized disappearance of [[https://unsolved.com/gallery/amy-bradley/ Amy Bradley]]. Which remains unsolved to this day.
3rd Sep '17 2:11:53 AM JadeEyes1
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** Even [[UncannyValley the picture]] of [[http://unsolvedmysteries.wikia.com/wiki/Dennis_DePue Dupre and his wife]] is enough to give you the shivers.



* The case of Dave Bocks, who was probably murdered to prevent him from blowing the whistle on wrongdoings at a uranium processing plant. His remains were found ''in a furnace'', heated to roughly 1,300 degrees. All that was left were a few chunks of bone and his eyeglass frames. Whoever was responsible has never been found. Oh, and to add insult to injury, his remains were ''too radioactive'' to be released to the family or given a proper burial; they had to be stored at a toxic waste facility.
** Worse, they determined that he wasn't just dumped into the furnace: he was strung upside down and ''lowered in'', head first. The investigators say they sincerely hope he was already dead or unconscious before it happened, or it would have been an unspeakably horrific way to die.

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* The case of Dave Bocks, who was probably murdered to prevent him from blowing the whistle on wrongdoings at and employee of a uranium processing plant. His plant whose remains were found ''in a furnace'', in one of the plant's furnaces, heated to roughly 1,300 degrees.''1,300 degrees''. All that was left were a few chunks of bone and his eyeglass frames. Whoever His death was responsible ruled a suicide, but it's possible that he was murdered to prevent him from blowing the whistle on wrongdoings at the plant. The culprit -- if there was one -- has never been found. Oh, and to add insult to injury, his remains were ''too radioactive'' to be released to the family or given a proper burial; they burial, and had to be stored at a toxic waste facility.
facility.
** Worse, they it was determined that he wasn't just dumped into the furnace: he was strung upside down upside-down[[note]]the metal cords were also found in the furnace[[/note]] and ''lowered in'', '''''lowered in, head first. first'''''. The investigators say they sincerely hope he was already dead or unconscious before it happened, or because it would have been an unspeakably horrific way to die.
12th Aug '17 3:26:11 AM JadeEyes1
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* Dave Bocks. Probably murdered to prevent him from blowing the whistle on wrongdoings at a nuclear power plant. His body was ''dumped in a nuclear reactor,'' at roughly 1300 degrees. All that was left was a few chunks of bone and his eyeglass frames. As was said, hopefully he was dead or unconscious before he was dropped in, otherwise it would have been a horrific way to go. Whoever did it has never been found. Oh, and his remains are ''too radioactive'' to release to the family, they're stored at a toxic waste facility.

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* The case of Dave Bocks. Probably Bocks, who was probably murdered to prevent him from blowing the whistle on wrongdoings at a nuclear power uranium processing plant. His body was ''dumped in remains were found ''in a nuclear reactor,'' at furnace'', heated to roughly 1300 1,300 degrees. All that was left was were a few chunks of bone and his eyeglass frames. As was said, hopefully he was dead or unconscious before he was dropped in, otherwise it would have been a horrific way to go. Whoever did it was responsible has never been found. Oh, and to add insult to injury, his remains are were ''too radioactive'' to release be released to the family, they're family or given a proper burial; they had to be stored at a toxic waste facility.facility.
** Worse, they determined that he wasn't just dumped into the furnace: he was strung upside down and ''lowered in'', head first. The investigators say they sincerely hope he was already dead or unconscious before it happened, or it would have been an unspeakably horrific way to die.
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