Graveyard Shift

Scary Stories of People Who Were Buried Alive 

Jacob Shelton
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Many people's biggest fear (after giant spiders) is being buried alive. Not only is the thought of slowly running out of breath as you try in vain to scratch your way out of a wooden box absolutely horrifying, but realizing that your friends and family didn’t care enough to make sure you were actually dead before throwing you in the ground is an existential nightmare unto itself. You might think these are all historical tales of terror, but not all of the men and women on this list died before the modern era. There’s an unfortunate (and frankly, kind of scary) number of people who died after being buried alive in the 21st century as well. This list is full of some good ol’ fashioned nightmare fuel, so if you’re taphophobic (the fear of being buried alive), you might want to steer clear. Or better yet, face your fears and be healed by this list of people who were buried alive!

Below you’ll find a few happy endings, but more often than not, premature burial ends exactly how you think it will. If the thought of being trapped in a box and gasping for every breath is totally freaking you out right now (as it should!), then after reading this list get to work on your “I’m not dead!” cards and work out a secret code so your friends will know you’re alive even when though you've been sleeping for 48 hours. Have fun trying to get to sleep after reading about people being buried alive. We’re almost certain it won’t happen to you!
Jessica Lunsford
Jessica Lunsford is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Scary Stories of People Who Were Buried Alive
Photo:  Matthew Hester/Flickr/CC BY 2.0
In 2005, Jessica Lunsford was abducted from her home in Homosassa, FL and taken to an empty trailer where she was held captive and raped by a convicted sex offender before he buried her in a hole approximately 2.5' deep and 2' circular, covered with leaves. Her body had undergone "moderate" to "severe" decomposition and, according to the publicly released autopsy reports, was skeletonized on two fingers that Lunsford had poked through the bags before suffocating to death.
Brazilian Man Crawls Out Of His Own Grave
Brazilian Man Crawls Out... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Scary Stories of People Who Were Buried Alive
Photo:  Antoine Wiertz/Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain
For a brief moment, a woman visiting a family tomb in Brazil thought she was witnessing patient zero in a real life version of Night of the Living Dead when she witnessed a body emerging from a grave, waving its arms. After finally convincing the authorities to come to the cemetery to either rescue the man or start making headshots, police rescued the man who they believe to be a former city hall worker, who was involved in a fight in another part of the city, where he was badly beaten by attackers until he passed out and was taken to the cemetery to be buried alive.
Neysi Perez

In 2015, a 16-year-old Honduran girl named Neysi Perez was mistakenly buried alive. Her family reportedly heard screaming coming from inside her coffin, though when they opened it, she was dead.

According to relatives, her body was still warm and she had bruises on her fingertips. As well, the glass viewing pane on her coffin had been smashed. Doctors believe she had suffered a severe panic attack, which temporarily stopped her heart, resulting in the initial pronouncement of her death.

Source: The Telegraph
Gale Benson
Gale Benson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Scary Stories of People Who Were Buried Alive
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Benson was a London socialite and daughter of conservative MP Leonard Plugge who became mixed up with up with Racial Adjustment Action Society and its leader, Michael XOn the morning of January 2, 1972 a group of men, including Michael X, took Benson out for a walk outside their commune where they pushed her into a hole and attacked her with a cutlass. Her autopsy later found inhaled dirt in her lungs. It was alleged that Michael X had ordered her death because she was causing "mental strain" to her husband.