Mouse Kills Man and Other Weird Victorian Deaths
Townsfolk kill 'zombie,' alarm clock brings cruel fate in BBC list
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Dec 28, 2013 1:23 PM CST
According to a 19th-century news report, a mouse killed a man from the inside.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Need a break from the holiday cheer? At the BBC, Jeremy Clay offers a list of weird and horrifying 19th-century deaths, which from the vantage point of centuries later are also darkly amusing. Among them:

  • After causing a stir in a London factory in 1875, a mouse literally killed a guy. The man caught a mouse running through a factory, but it managed to scurry up his sleeve. He opened his mouth in surprise—and the mouse dove in. On its way down his throat, it "began to tear and bite inside the man's throat and chest, and the result was that the unfortunate fellow died after a little time in horrible agony," a newspaper said at the time.

  • In New York in the 1880s, street lamplighter Sam Wardell needed to make sure he woke up on time. So he rigged up a contraption that connected his alarm clock to a 10-pound rock on a shelf. When the alarm rang, the rock dropped to the floor. One night, however, he took the furniture out of his room for a party; when he put it back, he unthinkingly put the bed right under the stone. When the alarm clock went off, the rock dropped on Wardell's head.
  • During a funeral in a Russian village, a coffin opened, and out walked the corpse. In fact, the "deceased" had simply woken from a coma. But the priest didn't realize this as everyone fled, believing they were being pursued by a zombie—which they proceeded to kill with guns and stakes before the priest figured out the truth.
Head to the BBC for Clay's full piece.

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Dec 29, 2013 8:57 PM CST
No matter how hard he tried Lemmiwinks just couldn't get his cousin to understand where the proper entrance was to the human body.
Dec 29, 2013 10:18 AM CST
STUPID video! Death is not something to be joked about.
Dec 29, 2013 12:40 AM CST
If they'd have had video back then, these would've made great entries in "Faces of Death".