When you think about the worst ways to die, being buried alive probably doesn’t cross your mind. However, not long ago, this was one of society’s biggest fears. Phones were even installed inside coffins in case buried people spontaneously came back to life.
Fortunately, modern technology has paved the way for advancements in confirming if a ‘dead’ person is really dead. However, no matter how far we advance, we can’t stop people from killing each other. So, whether it was genocide, murder, or just a mistake, these are 25 Chilling Stories Of Being Buried Alive.
The Killing Fields
Millions of Cambodians were killed by the Khmer Rouge and buried in the Cambodian Killing Fields. Horrifically, many of them were buried alive.
After her baby died in 1891, Octavia came down with a strange disease and passed away as well. Other residents in the small Kentucky town started coming down with the disease too, but then they woke up from their “comas” after a while. Octavia’s husband panicked and had her dug up. It was too late though. She was dead, but it was obvious that she had woken up underground (scratch marks on her coffin). Her husband was devastated and erected a full-scale statue of her. It still stands today.
Crushed by Fear
An Unnamed Baby
Sipho William Mdletshe
In 1851 Virginia was living with her dad in New York when she became ill, died, and was buried in Brooklyn. Following the burial, however, her mother told people that she didn’t think her daughter was dead. Apparently, she was convincing enough that they dug up Virginia’s body. The investigators found that she had in fact been buried alive, and there were scratch marks evident on the inside of her coffin.
Mina El Houari
While living in France, 25-year-old Mina met a Moroccan man online and traveled to meet him in the Moroccan city of Fez. During their first date, she passed out (she was diabetic). Thinking she had died, her date buried her in his backyard. He was later arrested for involuntary manslaughter when police found her body.
In 2015, Latori was walking home in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. He was drunk and fell into a construction pit by the side of the road. Workers didn’t notice him asleep at the bottom of the pit and paved right over him. He wasn’t found until the next day when locals noticed his arm protruding from the ground.
He was the mayor of Bath, England when he died of a fever. While he was being buried, the Undertaker stopped for a few minutes to chat with friends. The group suddenly heard moans coming from Mr. Cornish’s coffin, but when they recovered him, he was already dead. Apparently, Mr. Cornish’s sister was so scarred by the ordeal, that she asked to be beheaded before her burial.
Good luck burial
Unfortunately, this good luck burial wasn’t so lucky. But how on Earth is a burial lucky in the first place? Well, apparently in Russia, people have been burying themselves lately claiming that it brings good fortune. One man in the eastern city of Blagoveshchensk had his friend bury him in a coffin with a straw that he could breathe through. The next day, however, his friend came back to find him dead. Apparently, it had rained the night before and the man had drowned.
Also known as Simon the Sorcerer, he is recorded as having met Peter in the Acts of the Apostles. There are some later accounts of his life that describe how he wanted to be buried alive (possibly to rise again as Christ did). Unfortunately, Simon wasn’t the Christ, and his body remained in the ground.
A Lucky Unlucky Girl
In fact, creating emergency coffins (with telephones) was a booming business at one point. It stands to reason that thousands (if not millions) of people throughout history have been buried alive and the living were none the wiser.
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