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The Most Shocking And Strangest Deaths In History

Updated on January 16, 2014

Draco

Draco was an Athenian law maker ( 7th century BC ) who replaced the then accepted oral law code with a written code which could be enforced only by court, the laws as written by Draco were strict and uncompromising hence the word Draconian being used in the English Language meaning strict or even harsh. Traditional folklore has it that Draco while visiting the Aegintian theatre was so lorded by his followers that they threw in the traditional manner hats, cloaks and shirts on his head, unfortunately Draco suffocated under the weight of his followers gifts!

Qui Shi Huang

In 210 BC Qui Shi Huang the first emperor of China in a bid he believed would make him immortal swallowed several pills made of mercury, ironic!

Isadora Duncan

Known as " The Mother of Modern Dance " Isadora Duncan was sadly killed by her own scarf she loved to wear. Traveling in a motor car at full speed Duncans scarf trailing behind her caught and wrapped around one of the vehicles wheels, strangling her instantly.

Isadora Duncan
Isadora Duncan

Grigori Rasputin

Known as the " Mad Monk " Rasputin was a mystic and adviser to the Russian Imperial family the Romanovs. After surviving one assassination attempt a stabbing which would put him in hospital for ten weeks, Rasputin was finally killed by noblemen. It is claimed that Rasputin first survived being poisoned by cyanide laden cakes, he was then shot at least four times with a revolver, incredibly Rasputin was still found to be alive, at this point his attackers used clubs to beat him into submission, when Rasputin was finally beaten to within an inch of his life, his body was rolled up inside a carpet and then thrown into the icy Neva river!

The Mad Monk.
The Mad Monk.

A Good Way To Go?

In 1478 George Plantagenet the Duke of Clarence was put on trial for treason against his brother Edward 1V. He was privately executed in the Tower Of London on February 18th but a legend was created that he was drowned in a butt of Malmsey wine at his own request. When the Dukes body was later exhumed it was found not to be decapitated as was the usual death for a criminal of noble birth so there maybe some truth in the legend or conversely the story may have started as a joke purely in reference to the Dukes love of alcohol.

Temper Temper!

Famous whiskey distiller Jack Daniels after waking early one morning decided to go into work. After repeatedly trying to remember the code to open his safe, in temper, Daniels decides to give the safe a good kick but unfortunately badly stubs his toe, later the toe developed an infection which eventually killed him!

Thankfully he thought of this before stubbing his toe.
Thankfully he thought of this before stubbing his toe.

Death By Gluttony

We all like to have a good scoff every now and then but King Adolf Frederick of Sweden took things to the limit. Adolf died of digestive problems after greedily eating a meal that consisted of Lobster, Caviar, Saurkraut, Smoked Herring and Cabbage Soup washed down with champagne and finished off with only a measly fourteen servings of his favorite dessert Semla ( a bun filled with marzipan and milk.

Death By Robot

In 1979 unlucky Robert Williams became the first person to officially be killed by a robot. Williams an engineer at Fords Flat Rock casting plant climbed into a machine to retrieve a part the parts retrieval robot had missed, suddenly the robot reactivated and shot its retrieval arm out, the arm slamming into Williams head killed him instantly.

Death By Baseball

In 1920 Ray " Chappie " Chapman of the Cleveland Indians Baseball team was killed when a ball thrown by pitcher Carl Mays struck him in the temple. Chapman collapsed at the plate and died twelve hour later, to this day Chapman remains the only major league player to be killed by a pitched ball.

Ray Chapman.
Ray Chapman.

Death By Helicopter

During the filming of the movie The Twilight Zone, well known actor Vic Morrow was decapitated by the blades of a helicopter while on set, the helicopter had spun out of control during a special effects scene. As well as causing the death of Morrow two child actors were also killed during the event causing major changes to be made to US child labor laws and health and safety regulations on movie sets.

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      nuffsaidstan 4 years ago

      Hi Efeyas, i found myself laughing at some of them myself!

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      efeyas 4 years ago from Some Sunny Beach, USA

      Was it wrong that I laughed my way through this entire hub? (I know, what is wrong with this chick right?) Please take that as a compliment :)! LOL, voted up!

      (Except for that last one, that creeped me out!)

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      nuffsaidstan 4 years ago

      Hi thanks for the comments.

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      idigwebsites 4 years ago from United States

      Poor Rasputin... I could imagine the prolonged pain and suffering he went through. On the other hand, I was a bit shocked about Isadora Duncan's death. From her scarf.

      I wonder where Vic Morrow's head lay at the time of the accident.

      Great work here my friend. Gives me the chills!

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      nuffsaidstan 4 years ago

      Ha ha thanks Billrrr, i used to have a lecturer who used to say "fundamental" all the time, drove everyone insane!

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      Bill Russo 4 years ago from Cape Cod

      Hey nuff..stan, thanks for helping me to learn several new things today. I loved the origin of 'draconian'. My economics teacher back in the 1960s loved the word. Every third sentence would be about 'draconian' economic policies of somebody or other. Voted UP!!!!!!!

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      nuffsaidstan 4 years ago

      Thanks for the comments guys, i never knew about Jack Daniels either until i was researching this.

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      Matt Doran 4 years ago from Manchester, UK

      I really enjoyed reading this hub. It was unusual and fun to read. Nice work! Matt

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      Geekdom 4 years ago

      I have always found the attempts on Rasputen's life fascinating. I never knew about Jack Daniels.

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      nuffsaidstan 4 years ago

      Hi , thanks for the comment.

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      MysticMoonlight 4 years ago

      Interesting Hub. I knew about the Jack Daniels story as I've toured the JD distillery. The tour involves actually going to Jack's home, hearing the story and actually seeing the very safe that eventually led to his death. What a way to go!

      Some of these deaths are just tragic while others are incredibly odd indeed. Thanks for sharing these.