Bizarre Death & Possible Spontaneous Human Combustion Case Investigated In Oklahoma

Posted: March 12, 2013 by phaedrap1 in News, Occult
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MessageToEagle.comSpontaneous Human Combustion (SHC) is a well known but unexplained phenomenon when the human body bursts into flames without any external source of flammable ignition.

During the last 300 years, at least 200 cases of SHC have been registered around the world but there could be even more cases unheard of.

This curious phenomenon has been widely debated among scientists for some time now and opinions are still divided.

Earlier in February a suspicious death in Sequoyah County, Oklahoma took place indicating the victim could have died as a result of spontaneous human combustion. Relatives found 65-year-old Donald Vanzandt’s burned body Monday inside a home near Muldrow and according to Sequoyah County sheriff Ron Lockhart it is a bizarre death.


Photo of Vanzandt’s home, from CBS-affiliate KFSM, in Fort Smith.

“It’s a bizarre case I’ve never seen before,” Lockhart said. “I mean you’ve got a hole in the kitchen where the fire started and you’ve got a body and the body is so incinerated, the only thing you have left are his hands and feet and a head.”


Now, a researcher with ParaScience International has been asked to investigate the case.Autopsy results are not ready yet, but we should not dismiss spontaneous human combustion as cause of death, said Larry Arnold, director of ParaScience International.

“Just because it’s rare doesn’t mean it’s impossible,” he added.

“The nature of his burn injuries are something that has captivated our interest,” Arnold said.

According to investigators, the victim burned for about 10 hours, but the house did not suffer any damage.

“Preternatural human combustibility is the situation where the body becomes consumed almost completely to powder in an environment otherwise devoid of significant heat, flame damage,” Arnold said.

It may however be very difficult to determine whether this is a possible human combustion case, Arnold pointed out. .

“We cannot say that it is,” said Arnold. “We cannot say that it isn’t nor can any investigator because the only way that determination could be made at this point is if there was an eyewitness to the event. There is no eyewitness.”

Arnold hopes to get more information from Vanzandt’s family. “At this point we don’t have an answer,” he said. “All we have are theories and it’s an ongoing mystery.”

Arnold also plans to visit the medical examiner’s office if at all possible on the trip.

For now this case remains open…

  1. 1wanderingtruthseeker says:

    wonder if alcohol or smoking involved? that’s what they have blamed in the past.

    • phaedrap1 says:

      Its a strange occurrence and I wondered the same thing but the house outside of part of the kitchen wasn’t damaged and according to “experts” the body burned for 10 hours. Hopefully there will be a follow-up story.

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