Spontaneous Human Combustion

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The startling details of the first in-depth research for many years into the baffling mystery of spontaneous human combustion are revealed in this book. Determined to avoid the hackneyed 'solutions' of the past, the authors, both experienced researchers in the field of paranormal happenings, have explored the entire subject rationally from within - interviewing everyone from fire officers to victims who have survived this horrific experience. They assess the evidence in an objective manner and pose searching ...

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Overview

The startling details of the first in-depth research for many years into the baffling mystery of spontaneous human combustion are revealed in this book. Determined to avoid the hackneyed 'solutions' of the past, the authors, both experienced researchers in the field of paranormal happenings, have explored the entire subject rationally from within - interviewing everyone from fire officers to victims who have survived this horrific experience. They assess the evidence in an objective manner and pose searching questions that were never asked before. In the process they uncover a disturbing pattern of fear, hidden evidence and attempted suppression of scientific mystery.

The authors first became concerned by these problems in 1985 when invited to an inquest by local police. They were able to conduct a detailed investigation of eyewitnesses and evidence to compare with officialdom's attempts to face the issues involved. Seeking neither to prove nor to disprove the reality of SHC, they chose to start from first principles, collating all the available evidence and dealing with the several questions which arose during an enquiry laden with obstacles.

Does the phenomenon of spontaneous human combustion represent a natural energy force unleashed within our modern world? Can it unexpectedly relate to nuclear fusion, pollution, ecology or even enigmas such as crop circles? The answers are as amazing as they are shocking.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781566191739
  • Publisher: Sterling Publishing
  • Publication date: 7/12/1993
  • Edition description: Only from B&N
  • Pages: 224

Meet the Author

Jenny Randles has been a prolific investigator into the unexplained for three decades. Her previous titles include Beyond Explanation?, Abduction, Sixth Sense, Phantoms of the Soap Operas, Crop Circles: A Mystery Solved, The Paranormal Year, Aliens: The Real Story, Star Children, Something in the Air, Supernatural Pennines and Supernatural Isle of Man. Peter Hough has investigated many real-life mysteries and is the author of Supernatural Lancashire, and together with Jenny Randles he has written six previous books on a range of unusual phenomena.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations 7

Prologue 9

Introduction 11

Part 1 The Evidence

1 A History of Incineration 17

2 The Burnings at Sowerby Bridge 29

3 Heated Exchanges 31

4 Q.E.D. 37

5 The Truth About Mary Reeser 52

6 A Fireman's Story 64

7 A Blazing Row 69

8 A Rather Unusual Death 76

9 A Fireman's Investigation 84

10 Who Flamed Roberta Rabbit? 92

11 The Survivors 98

Part 2 The Theories

12 Chemical Reactions 113

13 A Shocking Suggestion 120

14 Bolts From the Blue 130

15 Balls of Fire 139

16 May the Force be Within You? 157

17 The Kundalini Fire 172

Conclusions

18 Fire Patterns 179

References

Case Abstracts: An SHC Database 187

Sources 212

Figs 216

Acknowledgements 218

Index 220

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