Spontaneous Human Combustion is, according to Wikipedia, “the death from a fire originating without an apparent external source of ignition; the fire is believed to start within the body of the victim.”. In other words, cases of SHC are often unexplained, and the victims often perish by randomly becoming engulfed in flames. Cases have been documented here and there throughout history, but few are as well documented as Mary Reeser. The elderly woman’s landlady discovered the horrific scene in 1951. Mrs. Reeser didn’t answer her calls, so she tried to open her door. She noted that the handle was unusually warm, as if it had been heated up. She could not open the door and grew suspicious, so she called the police.
When police finally kicked down the door, they found Reeser’s remains. They were shocked to discover her in a pile of ashes, apart from the bottom of her leg with her slipper still on, and her spine. A hole had been burnt through the floor, but apart from that, the room was remarkably spotless: There was no evidence that there had been a fire. Mary Reeser’s death remains unexplained, and the baffled head of police issued this final statement: “We urgently request any information or theories that could explain how a human body could be so destroyed and the fire confined to such a small area and so little damage done to the structure of the building and the furniture in the room not even scorched or damaged by smoke. Thank you all.“