The absurdity of life can sometimes only be matched by the absurdity of death. Here are 13 odd exits from the land of the living.
2001: The Windshield
Who died and where: Gregory Biggs, age 37, Fort Worth, TX
Chante Jawan Mallard, addled by drugs and alcohol, was driving on a county road near Fort Worth, TX when she struck homeless man Gregory Biggs, lodging him in her windshield. Apparently unfazed, Mallard made her way home, driving down a six-lane highway and through town with Biggs’ body stuck in her windshield, his legs wrapped over and onto the car’s roof.
Mallard was kind enough to return to the garage throughout the night, apologizing repeatedly to Mr Biggs. Sometime in the night, Mallard stopped visiting Biggs, during which time he died. Two friends helped dispose of Biggs in a park the next day, where his body was found.
Medical officials ruled that Biggs’ injuries would likely not have killed him, had he been brought to a hospital.
Mallard was convicted and sentenced to 50 years in prison for murder, plus another 10 for tampering with evidence. Her accomplices, who helped dispose of poor Mr Biggs’ body, received 9 and 10 years each for tampering with evidence. The incident inspired a fictionalized film, “Stuck,” though some major details were altered, as well as a few American television shows, such as CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, and Law and Order.
2002: Treehug of Death
Who died and where: Richard Sumner, age 47, Clocaenog Forest, Denbighshire, Wales
Richard Sumner was a talented 47-year-old artist who had suffered from schizophrenia since his mid-twenties. He went missing in 2002, and was not discovered until 2005, when a hiker discovered his skeleton handcuffed to a tree. Medical investigators determined that Sumner handcuffed one arm to a branch and tossed the key away. Experts also believe he may have changed his mind after committing himself to the suicide, but they could only speculate as to his state of mind both before and during the incident. Presumably, Sumner expired from stress, dehydration and any other number of complications. Read full article