Owner of the Segway Company Dies in a Segway Accident
Jimi Heselden was the owner of the Segway company and an avid user of the two-wheeled motorized scooters the company produces. A multi-millionaire, he owned an estate in the countryside of England, and there would ride the rugged country version of the Segway. That particular contraption contained such luxuries as a mudguard and extra wide tires with deep treads for going off the road, 'cause there's nothing like off-roading on a scooter.
But one day, while going "off-roading" on the rugged Segway, he literally went off the road and drove off a 80 foot cliff down to his death.
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Green Party Candidate is Killed by an SUV
Natasha Pettigrew was set to be the Green party's candidate for the U.S. Senate. A successful, well-rounded politician, she also aspired to be an accomplished tri-athlete and she would train tirelessly in the early hours of the morning. Like any eco-friendly Green party candidate she rode her bike whenever she could.
While riding her bike one day she was hit and killed by a driver in an SUV. To add insult to injury, the driver thought she was a deer and just left her on the side of the road to die. She rode all the way home with a bike under her car. That's right, she was driving an SUV big enough for her not to "notice" that she had an ENTIRE BICYCLE under her car. This is when cars get too big.
The police found the bicycle embedded in the undercarriage of the car and the Green party found its political hopes destroyed in one stroke, and one completely unnecessarily long, loud car ride. She was killed in front of her father and half-brother, who survived the ordeal.
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Man Acquitted from Electric Chair Dies in Accidental Electrocution on Metal Toilet
In 1989, convicted murderer Michael Anderson Godwin was awaiting the electric chair for the charges bestowed on him.
The universe decided, then, that the U.S. Criminal Justice system was being a little too slow for its liking, so as the man was on his metal toilet (a fate horrible enough in and of itself) he tried to fix his television. And to prove exactly how great a decision-maker he was, he decided to bite down on a wire of his television while sitting on this metal toilet. This electrocuted him, using the wet metal toilet as a conductor, and the voltage killed him.
Honorable mention to Laurence Baker, also a convicted murderer, who (while serving a life sentence in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) was electrocuted by his home made headphones ("No, I swear these are legit") while watching TV and sitting on a metal toilet.
Word to the wise, next time you're at a metal toilet either in prison or in a beach bathroom, do NOT watch television and do NOT touch ANY wires. Ever.
Man Drowns in Pool During a Life Guard Association Party
In 1985, the New Orleans lifeguards threw a big party to celebrate the fact that no one had drowned in any pool during the summer season (no, really). A clean, no-drowning record! A GREAT reason to celebrate!
"Hey Mark, guess what?"
"You're never gonna - okay. Get this. No blood on our hands this summer."
"What? Are you kidding me? We NEED to have a party"
But when all the excessive celebrations were over, Jerome Moody was found drowned at the deep end of the department pool. Mr. Moody was not a lifeguard, but he was at a party where 4 lifeguards were on duty and another 200 off-duty lifeguards were in attendance, celebrating that an entire summer with no deaths...
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Psycho Body Double Killed In Shower
Myra Davis, whose professional acting name was Myra Jones, was involved in the production of Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho. She served as a stand-in for Janet Leigh, the woman who (spoiler alert for anyone who was born less than five years ago) was killed in the famous shower scene to the horrific, screechy strings.
In 1988, she was raped and killed by a man who was so obsessed with Psycho’s famous shower scene that he wanted to re-enact it upon Janet Leigh’s body double. Unfortunately for Myra Davis, the producers of the film had kept such a tight lip on how they shot the scene and which actresses they used that the information the killer gleaned over the years was skewed.
Davis never appeared in the shower scene. It was another actress, Marli Renfro, who served as Leigh’s body double and subsequently the body that audiences and the killer saw stab over and over again on the big screen. Not only was she killed in the same way someone was in the movie she was most famous for, but she wasn't even IN the scene the killer was trying to recreate.
Mel Ignatow was tried and convicted for the murder of Brenda Sue Schafer in 1988 based on evidential photos that showed the woman being brutalized by an unidentified male. The moles on Ignatow's body provided a match to the man in the picture and became concrete evidence that he killed this woman.
He brutally beat her to death while he bound her to a GLASS coffee table, bludgeoning her body until it was lifeless on that glass coffee table. However, Ignatow got away with only ten years because of perjury and double jeopardy, whereas he would have served a life sentence otherwise.
Several years later, in a freak accident, he tripped and fell in his apartment... onto a glass coffee table. The coffee table's glass cut and maimed him so bad, that he lost too much blood for authorities to do anything about his situation. As he succumbed to the fatal cuts on his head and arms, his final thoughts must have been dominated by the fact that what killed him also killed his victim. The irony is, most likely, what killed him.
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