Let me out of my coffin, I’m still alive: New book reveals spine-chilling true stories of premature burial (MailOnline)

MailOnline article published March 6, 2013  —

  • Horrifying fate not unusual in Victorian times
  • Methods of determining death were far from reliable
  • Even modern doctors have been known to make mistakes

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Mary Best was 17 years old when she contracted cholera in India. All alone since her adoptive mother left the country some months earlier, Mary suffered hours of agonising stomach cramps and sickness, her pulse becoming weaker and weaker until, at last, the doctor pronounced her dead.

She was buried in the vault of her adoptive family a few hours later, in the French cemetery in Calcutta. The year was 1871, and cholera victims were generally buried very soon after death to prevent the germs spreading. In India’s tropical heat, a rapid burial was all the more necessary. Nobody questioned Mary’s hasty interment.

But ten years later, when the vault was opened to admit the body of Mary’s newly deceased uncle by adoption, the undertaker and his assistant were greeted by a horrifying sight.

The lid of Mary’s coffin, which had been nailed down, was on the floor. The girl’s skeleton was half in, half out of the coffin, and the right side of her skull bore a large, ugly fracture. The fingers of her right hand were bent as if clutching at something, perhaps her throat, and her clothes were torn.

Mary, it seemed, had not been dead when she was nailed into a coffin, but merely unconscious.
Cholera victims frequently fell into a coma, and it was in this state that Mary had been buried. Some hours or days later she awoke with no idea where she was.

Before the 20th century, methods of determining death were far from reliable and cases of premature burial was not uncommon

Before the 20th century, methods of determining death were far from reliable and cases of premature burial was not uncommon

The utter terror she endured, her futile screams for help, can barely be imagined. Then, realising she was not being heard, she tried desperately to push the coffin lid off. Straining every muscle, she eventually burst it open.

Perhaps the effort was so great that she fell forward, through exhaustion or fainting, and struck her head on the stone shelf, dying instantly.

More likely, however, finding herself in the pitch darkness of the vault, Mary went mad with terror, tore at her clothes, tried to throttle herself, then banged her head and died.

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Woman ‘killed boyfriend’s two-year-old daughter by force feeding her chilli powder as a punishment’

  • Apple Valley woman accused of killing her boyfriends daughter toddler Sunday Jan. 6
  • Sorensen, 21, arrested on suspicion of child abuse resulting in death
  • Main chilli ingredient Capsaicin can be fatal in large doses

PUBLISHED: 08:21 EST, 8 January 2013 | UPDATED: 12:47 EST, 8 January 2013

A woman from southern California has been arrested after her boyfriend’s two-year-old daughter suffered a seizure and died after eating chilli powder.

Amanda Sorensen, 21, of Apple Valley, was taken into custody on Monday for allegedly feeding the chilli to the child as punishment.

Authorities confirmed Sorenson had been arrested on suspicion of child abuse resulting in death.

Amanda Sorensen
Arrest: Amanda Sorenson, pictured above and below, has been arrested after her boyfriend’s two-year-old daughter suffered a seizure after the woman allegedly gave her chilli powder
Amanda Sorensen

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Bizarre Love Triangle With A Surprising Ending

Brian Barrett

Pictured: Brian Barrett a.k.a “beefcake”

On Friday, September 15, 2006, just outside Buffalo, N.Y., Brian Barrett’s shift at the Dynabrade power tool plant ended at 10 p.m. He climbed into his truck to head home, but before he could slip his key into the ignition, someone shot him at close range with a .30-caliber rifle. Three bullets passed through his driver’s side window, hitting him in the arm and neck.

He died almost instantly, but it would be two days before a coworker would notice his body still in the truck in the parking lot on Monday morning.

Erie County Sheriff’s deputies dispatched to the scene at 8989 Sheridan Drive in the Buffalo suburb of Clarence talked to locals. They reported hearing gunshots and seeing a man wearing camouflage and a ski mask. Near Barrett’s truck officers found a peach pit and a leather cartridge case covered with what was later determined to be dog hair.

Once the investigators talked to a few coworkers at the factory where Barrett had been working part-time for the last four years, the outline of a likely scenario quickly came into focus. The 22-year-old seemed to have become the victim of a bizarre love triangle: He was likely killed by a man pretending to be someone he was not, obsessed with a woman pretending to be someone she was not.

And almost all of it, until the bloody final act, had happened online.

Map of New York State with Buffalo locator

Daniel Barrett still does not understand how his son ended up a victim. The death of young Brian Barrett certainly shocked his family and friends.

Barrett had been a good kid and a star athlete. He had been on the football team too, but baseball was his game. The former third baseman still holds his high school’s record for the longest home run. His old coach, Starpoint High School Athletic Director Tom Sarkovics, says he never heard anyone say a negative word about the guy.

After high school, Barrett played ball in the Midget League and was voted Most Valuable Player. But by then it was just a game for him: He went to work at a machine shop as soon as he graduated in June 2002. He saved up enough money to buy his Ford Ranger, but then in December he was laid off.

That disappointment prompted him to reconsider college. He enrolled at Erie Community College, and found a job at Dynabrade at the same time. Once he got his two-year associate degree, he transferred to Buffalo State College, where he was studying to become an industrial arts teacher at the time of his murder.

Erie Community College
Pictured: Erie Community College

His life was just starting. Barrett still lived with his parents, Dan and Deb Barrett, on Minnick Road in nearby Lockport, in the childhood room decorated with his sports trophies, posters and photos of him with his younger brothers, Daniel and Richard.

His grandfather, Harry Barrett called him Lurch. Barrett was tall and strong, but shy, just finding his footing in the world. He’d started camping and traveling, seeing a little of the world outside the Buffalo area. Earlier in 2006, he’d gone to North Carolina on a camping trip. While there, he tried sky diving for the first time, he told his parents about this only after the jump, afraid that they’d worry about him if they knew.

But it turned out that the mortal danger would come from one of Barrett’s coworkers, Thomas Montgomery.

Thomas Montgomery

Pictured: Police Mugshot of Thomas Montgomery also known as “MarineSniper”

Map showing West Virginia and New York State
Map showing West Virginia and New York State

“Tommy” Montgomery was an 18-year-old Marine about to be deployed to Iraq. He described himself online as 6’2, 180 pounds. He said he had a black belt in karate and that he already sported an array of battle scars.

He met a 17-year-old girl from West Virginia, Jessi, on the game site Pogo.com in the spring of 2005. He told her his mom had died of cancer when he was twelve. She sympathized, and he opened up. He had raped a cheerleader in high school, he said, but then had turned himself around and followed his dad, Tommy Sr., into the Marines.

Pictured: “Jessi” a.k.a “Tallhotblond”

Tommy and Jessi spent more and more time chatting online on Pogo, MySpace and Yahoo. They even scheduled 10-minute phone conversations each day, before and after Tommy’s military duties. When Tommy was in Iraq, his father passed messages and photos between the two, through his Marine contacts.

MySpace Logo
Pictured: MySpace Logo

Tommy got jealous when he started suspecting that Jessi was sending her photos to other men online too. To make it up to him, she sent him one of her thongs and a silver chain. Tommy calmed down and forgave herbut Tommy Sr. stepped in and sternly warned her not to hurt his sensitive, inexperienced son.

 Still, he kept relaying their messages. When Tommy considered suicide in Iraq, Jessi kept him going. He said she was the best thing that ever happened to him. She sent him some custom-made dogtags. He tattooed her name on his arm.

And on Christmas Day, 2005, Tommy asked Jessi to marry him. She said yes. They’d never even met.

If they had, Jessi and Tommy would both have realized that nearly everything that they had told each other was a lie.

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Text Box: We have created this site in memory of our son Brian who was taken from us way too soon!  We are hoping to raise awareness about the dangers of the internet, and hope to see new laws made so that  predators will be held accountable for their actions online.

To visit the families site, click → Brian Barrett Memorial

Man Strangles Fiancee’s Daughter, 24, After Fantasizing About Having Sex With Her DEAD Body Then Helped Her Son, 3, Get Ready For Halloween

11/02/12 MICHIGAN — A pastor accused of beating and strangling a neighbor to fulfill a sexual fantasy was engaged to the victim’s mother and had asked church members to pray for the young woman before police found her body, a friend said on Friday.

Ex-convict John D. White, from Michigan, told investigators that after killing 24-year-old Rebekah Gay in her trailer in rural Isabella County early on Wednesday, he hid her body in nearby woods then returned to the trailer to dress her three-year-old son in a Halloween costume, ready for the boy’s father to pick him up.

White told investigators he repeatedly struck Gay’s head with a mallet then strangled her with a zip tie, according to the Isabella County sheriff’s office. 

 
Twisted: Pastor John White told investigators he repeatedly struck his fiancee's daughter Rebekah Gay's head with a mallet then strangled her with a zip tie at her Mount Pleasant trailer

Twisted: Pastor John White told investigators he repeatedly struck his fiancee’s daughter Rebekah Gay’s head with a mallet then strangled her with a zip tie at her Mount Pleasant trailer

Victim: Rebekah Gay's three-year-old son was home when his mother was attacked

Victim: Rebekah Gay’s three-year-old son was home when his mother was attacked

He said he stripped her but does not remember if he carried out his fantasy of having sex with Gay’s dead body.

‘We are all absolutely floored,’ said Donna Houghton, 76, who had a role in hiring White to be pastor at the 14-member Christ Community Fellowship three years ago. 

She said she protested his innocence until she heard he had confessed.

‘Then he had no leg to stand on,’ she told The Associated Press.

White led investigators to Gay’s body in a wooded area a half-mile away from the trailer park and later Wednesday was charged with first-degree murder. He remained jailed without bond on Friday.

Gay and White lived in the same trailer park in Broomfield Township, 85 miles northwest of Lansing, and White was engaged to Gay’s mother who was a regular at his Sunday sermons, Houghton said. She said the pastor often watched Gay’s son while she was at work.

White ‘really liked this young man,’ Sheriff Leo Mioduszewski said.

Houghton said that before White was arrested he had called her to ask that she contact other church members and start a prayer chain for Gay, who was still missing at the time.

‘He was pretty shook up. He said the police were giving him a hard time,’ Houghton said.

She said the tiny congregation was aware of White’s criminal past when he joined the church.

He was released from prison in 2007 after serving nearly 12 years for manslaughter in the death of a 26-year-old woman in Kalamazoo County, according to the state Corrections Department.

 
Confession: Wearing a 'suicide prevention suit', White confessed to hiding Gay's naked body after beating her to death but says he cannot remember whether he acted out his fantasy of having sex with her body

Confession: Wearing a ‘suicide prevention suit’, White confessed to hiding Gay’s naked body after beating her to death but says he cannot remember whether he acted out his fantasy of having sex with her body

White also was sentenced to probation for choking and stabbing a 17-year-old Battle Creek girl in 1981.

‘He was absolutely contrite,’ Houghton said. ‘All kinds of people turn around and meet the Lord and they are a different person. 

‘He was doing a lot of good in the community… He was doing a lot of good and Satan did not want him doing good, and Satan got to him.’

 
Police cordoned off an area close to the crime scene near the Broomfield Valley Mobile Home Park in Michigan

Police cordoned off an area close to the crime scene near the Broomfield Valley Mobile Home Park in Michigan

Source: Dailymail.co.uk 

Massive loss of life becomes clear with least 59 confirmed dead after Sandy flooded homes, felled trees and downed power lines

Massive loss of life becomes clear with least 59 confirmed dead after Sandy flooded homes, felled trees and downed power lines

 

Tragic: Jacob Vogelman (left) and Jessie Streich-Kest were crushed by a falling tree as they walked their dog in Brooklyn in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy

Tragic: Jacob Vogelman ( above left) and Jessie Streich-Kest were crushed by a falling tree as they walked their dog in Brooklyn in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy

 
Jessie Streich-Kest
Friends: Mr Vogelman (above) and Ms Streich-Kest (below) were not found until early on Tuesday morning
Jessie Streich-Kest
 
Dog lover and political activist: Jessie Streich-Kest was killed by a falling tree when our walking her dog, Max

Dog lover and political activist: Jessie Streich-Kest was killed by a falling tree when our walking her dog, Max

 
Shockwaves: Scene of the tree fall in Ditmas Park that killed dog walkers Ms Streich-Kest and Mr Vogelman

Shockwaves: Scene of the tree fall in Ditmas Park that killed dog walkers Ms Streich-Kest and Mr Vogelman

Buried: Emergency services remove the two bodies from beneath the tree in Ditmas Park, Brooklyn

Buried: Emergency services remove the two bodies from beneath the tree in Ditmas Park, Brooklyn

Dangerous: Ms Abraham was electrocuted when a length of power line brought down by the storm in Richmond Hill, Queens, started sparking

Dangerous: A woman was electrocuted when a length of power line brought down by the storm in Richmond Hill, Queens, started sparking.

Tragedy: A large tree is felled in Tottenville - the area was in one of the state's mandatory evacuation zones

Tragedy: A large tree is felled in Tottenville – the area was in one of the state’s mandatory evacuation zones.

 

  • Off-duty NYPD officer Artur Kasprzak drowned saving seven family members, including 15-month-old son 
  • Two friends in Brooklyn, Jessie Streich-Kest, 24, and Jacob Vogelman, 23, struck by tree while walking their dog – but bodies were not discovered until next day
  • Two-year-old and four-year-old feared dead after mother’s SUV flipped, while at least three children killed by falling trees
  • Elderly residents also succumbed to storm’s strength including Herminia St John, 75, who died when her respirator stopped during power cut
  • Lauren Abraham, 23, was electrocuted by a downed power cable having gone out to take photographs
  • Tony Laino, 29, was killed in his bed when a tree crashed through his house
  • Richard Everett, 54, and his wife Elizabeth killed in their car by falling tree in Mendham, New Jersey as their children looked on

 

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Mother Who Tortured And Killed Daughter, Nine, Sentenced 15 Years To Life In Prison

A year and a half ago Elizabeth Holloway, moved in with her mother, her mother’s boyfriend and half sister and brother.  A year and a half ago, Elizabeth began being abused by her mother.  A year and a half ago, Elizabeth was 7 and ½ years old and had no idea that by 9-years-old she’d be telling her younger sister she was dying…. and would.

Pictured; Elizabeth Holloway, Nine.

Imagine you are 7 and ½ years old and you are moving in with your mother and siblings, exciting right?  It’s a new start that includes a sister and a brother, what could be bad about that?  I’ll tell you what could be bad about that… a mother that reportedly begins to beat you as soon as you move in.

According to police reports Elizabeth lived with her father until 17 months ago when she moved in with her mother Crystal Cardenas (25).  At which time it appears she became her mother’s personal punching bag enduring numerous incidents of abuse.  In the 17 months she lived with her mother she was reportedly choked, punched, kicked, burned and thrown to the ground.  Poor thing, I just want to hug her so bad!  A few days before her death on January 17th, Crystal reportedly punched and kicked Elizabeth, causing a bruised pancreas and transection of her intestines. These injuries would have resulted in Elizabeth dying “a very slow and painful death,” according to prosecutors.  Elizabeth experienced vomiting and loss of feeling in her lower extremities.  She told her 7-year-old half sister she felt like she was going to die.  Now that statement right there just does it for me, I can not imagine the fear she must have felt at 9-years-old and literally thinking she was going to die and having NO ONE to go to.  This little girl knew she was dying… it breaks my heart!

 Pictured; Crystal Cardenas, 25, setenced to 15 month’s to life in prison.

On January 17th San Diego Police were called at approximately 10:00 pm with a report of a child not breathing.  Paramedics arrived and took Elizabeth to the trauma center; she died at 11:56 pm.  The SDPD child abuse unit was originally handling her case, but the autopsy showed she died from blunt force trauma and the case was handed over to homicide.

After a thorough investigation, that included interviewing the family, extended family, neighbors, former neighbors and people at the school Elizabeth attended, the DA’s office and SDPD concluded that Elizabeth’s mother Crystal was the one who inflicted the abuse and caused the death of her daughter.

Cardenas’ other two children are under the care of CPS.

Cardenas faces 25 years to life, if convicted of murder.  The preliminary hearing is set for February 16th.

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Love Triangle Killers Won’t Face Death Penalty For Burying Former Flame ALIVE

Love Triangle Killers Won't Face Death Penalty For Burying Former Flame Alive

Brandy Stevans-Rosine (Inset Top: Ashley Barber, Bottom: Jade Olmstead. )

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Article Published August 29th, 2012

→ Ashley Marie Barber, 18, and Nicole “Jade” Olmstead, 20, were arraigned in Crawford County on August 24, 2012, for the murder of Brandy Stevens-Rosine, a student at Youngstown State University, and Olmstead’s former flame. The couple confessed to the murder at a preliminary hearing in July, revealed the gruesome details of the brutal murder to the court.

On May 17, 2012, Stevens-Rosine went to visit her ex, Olmstead, at the home she shared with her new partner, Ashley Marie Barber, 20, in Wayne Township. The couple lured her into the woods, kicked and beat her, strangled her — but not to death. Barber then head butted her, Olmstead beat her on the head with a shovel until her brains spilled out, and they repeatedly smashed her head against a stump. When they realized that Stevens-Rosine was still breathing the women bashed her face in with a large rock and poured water into her mouth and nose to drown her. Ultimately they buried her alive in the shallow grave prepared beforehand. The coroner’s report concludes that Stevens-Rosine died from asphyxia caused by dirt in her airway consistent with having been buried alive. Reports thus far have not mentioned how long the attack lasted, or how long Stevens-Rosine’s suffering would have lasted. The motive for the murder is also not clear. Both women are charged with one count of criminal homicide, conspiracy to commit criminal homicide and tampering with physical evidence. If convicted they will face life in prison without the possibility of parole — but not the death penalty.

District Attorney Francis Schultz decided, “after careful consideration of the law and the facts that have been uncovered in the investigation of this case,” not to ask for the death penalty in this case, he added that though the murder was “brutal,” the allegations did not meet Pennsylvania’s criteria for the requesting the death penalty: Murder in the first degree with at least one of 18 possible aggravating factors. Schultz stated that a first-degree murder case might qualify for the death penalty if the “offense was committed by means of torture.”

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