The Most Shocking And Strangest Deaths In History
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.