On a Monday afternoon in 1937, France, a 19-year-old man named Angelo Hayes left his house to visit friends. He mounted his motorbike, refused his mother's request to wear his helmet, and drove away. A short while later, Angelo hit a wall head on. An ambulance was called and Angelo was declared dead at the scene.
Given the fact that Angelo had died as a result of a motorcycle accident, no autopsy was performed and his funeral was held on the Wednesday morning. The casket was closed as recommended by the mortician given Angelo's head injuries.
Early the next morning, detectives were contacted by an insurance company. They said that Angelo's father had just made a claim for Angelo's life insurance. Not only was the claim a large one, 200,000 francs, but the policy was only two weeks old.
What were the chances of someone dying accidentally just two weeks after a life insurance policy was purchased?
Suspicious, the detectives visited the site of Angelo's accident. They could find no reason why Angelo, a good driver, would have fatally crashed in that spot.
Convinced that Angelo had been murdered by his father for the life insurance, the detectives ordered Angelo Hayes' body be exhumed and autopsied.
Angelo was dug up Friday morning.
Just seconds into the autopsy, the coroner noticed something that had been missed by doctors, police and morticians.
Angelo Hayes was still alive.
He hadn't died in that wreck, he'd slipped into a deep coma.
Five days later, Angelo awoke with no memory of being buried alive for two days. Doctors told him that had he woke inside his coffin, he would surely have suffocated. When in a coma, the body needs less oxygen, and that is how Angelo was able to survive two days buried six feet under.
Angelo's harrowing story earned him minor celebrity status, and he even invented a special coffin that held a radio transmitter. He lived a long life and died in his mid-eighties.
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A cell phone company suspended this number for good after three people in a 10-year period died shortly after being issued with it.
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