SHC: A Brief History (sources)

  1. A Cabinet of Medical Curiosities, by Jan Bondeson, 1997 Cornell University, 1999 W.W. Norton & Company, New York, NY, USA. ISBN: 0-393-31892-3. Pgs. 1-25
  2. Ablaze!, by Larry E. Arnold, 1995 M. Evans and Company, Inc., New York, USA. ISBN: 0871317893, 9780871317896
  3. “Alfred Watkins,” article in the Wikipedia website, 2010. Online at:
  4. “An Extract, by Mr. Paul Rolli, F.R.S. of an Italian Treatise, written by the Reverend Joseph Bianchini, a Prebend in the City of Verona; upon the Death of the Countess Cornelia Zangari & Bandi, of Cesena. To which are subjoined Accounts of the Death of Jo. Hitchell, who was burned to Death by Lightning; and of Grace Pett at Ipswich, whose Body was consumed to a Coal,” article in the Philosophical Transactions, No. 476, April, May, June, and July 1745, London, England. Pgs. 447-465. Online at:
  5. Bleak House, by Charles Dickens, 1858 London, England. Pgs. 267-268. Online:
  6. “Body Destroys Itself,” article from the Associated Press (AP), article in the Lawrence Journal-World, Thursday, August 9, 1951, newspaper of Lawrence, KS, USA. Pg. 7. Online:,3510651&hl=en
  7. “Case of so-called ‘Spontaneous Combustion’,” by J. Mackenzie Booth, article in the British Medical Journal, April 21, 1888, London, England. Pgs. 841-842. Online:
  8. “Case of the Countess of Goerlitz,” part one of a two-part article in the London Medical Gazette, vol. XLVI (46), No. 1199, November 22, 1850 London, England. Pgs. 899-903. Online [you'll have to scroll to page 899]:
  9. “Case of the Countess of Goerlitz,” part two of a two-part article in the London Medical Gazette, vol. XLVI (46), No. 1200, November 29, 1850 London, England. Pgs. 944-949. Online:
  10. “Cause of Fire Killing Woman Still Mystery,” article in the St. Petersburg Times, Wednesday, July 4, 1951, newspaper of St. Petersburg, FL, USA. Section 2, Pg. 13. Online at:,1265930&hl=en
  11. “Combustion of animal fat and its implications for the consumption of human bodies in fires,” by John DeHaan, S.J. Campbell, and Said Nurbakhsh, article in Science & Justice, Vol. 39, No. 1, 1999. Pgs. 27-38. Online [abstract & first page preview]:
  12. The Complete Books of Charles Fort, by Charles Fort, 1974 Dover Publications, Inc., Toronto, Ontario, Canada. ISBN: 0-486-23094-5. This volume reprints the following four books in their original state: The Book of the Damned [1919], New Lands [1923], Lo! [1931], Wild Talents [1932]. Online:
  13. “Cremation,” article in the Wikipedia website, 2010,
  14. “Cremation Case Put Up To FBI,” article from Associated Press (AP), article in the Miami Daily News, Friday Evening, July 6, 1951, newspaper of Miami, FL, USA. Section B
  15. “Cremation Death Baffles Expert,” article from the Associated Press (AP), article in the Reading Eagle, No. 182, Saturday, July 28, 1951, newspaper of Reading, PA, USA. Pg. 12. Online at:,3203600&hl=en
  16. “Cremation Society of Great Britain,” article in the Wikipedia website, 2010, online at:
  17. “Dickens and Lewes on Spontaneous Combustion,” by Gordon S. Haight, article in Nineteeth-Century Fiction, Vol. 10, No. 1, June 1955 University of California Press, USA. Pgs. 53-63.
  18. Fire From Heaven, by Michael Harrison, 1990 Skoob Books Publishing LTD., London, England. [Original print date: 1976, Sidgwick & Jackson.] ISBN: 1-871438-65-9.
  19. “Foreign Department: On Human Spontaneous Combustion,” article in The Lancet, Vol. II, No. 257, Saturday, August 2, 1828. Pgs. 552-554. Online:
  20. “Frederick Marryat,” article in, 2010.
  21. Jacob Faithful, by Captain Frederick Marryat, 1834 Richard edward King, London, England. Available online at the Internet Archive:
  22. “Ley lines,” article in the Wikipedia website, 2010,
  23. Modern Cremation: Its History and Practice, Second Edition, by Sir H. Thompson, 1891 Kegan Paul, Trench, Trübner & Co., Ltd., London, England. Pgs. 20-21. Online:
  24. Mysterious Fires and Lights, by Vincent H. Gaddis, August 1968 Dell Publishing Co., Inc, New York, NY, USA. Online [snippet]:
  25. “Observation: Sur un effet singular de la combustion; par M. Muraire, maitre en chirurgie a Aix en Provence,“ article in Journal de Medecine, Chirurgie, Pharmacie, etc., Vol. 59, May 1783, Paris, France. Pgs. 440-443. Online:'histoire%20de%20la%20combustion%22&f=false
  26. “On the Combustion of the Human Body, produced by the long and immoderate Use of Spirituous Liquors,” by Pierre-Aime Lair, article in The Philosophical Magazine, Vol. VI, March 1800, London, England. Pgs. 132-146. Online:,+produced+by+the+long+and+immoderate+Use+of+Spirituous+Liquors%22&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwibzZaF-6bbAhXTNn0KHfb2D8QQ6AEILTAB#v=onepage&q=%22On%20the%20Combustion%20of%20the%20Human%20Body%2C%20produced%20by%20the%20long%20and%20immoderate%20Use%20of%20Spirituous%20Liquors%22&f=false
  27. “Phlogiston Theory,” article in, 2010.
  28. The Principles and Practices of Medical Jurisprudence, Vol. I, by Alfred Swaine Taylor, edited and revised by Fred. J. Smith, 1905 J. & A. Churchill, London, England. Pgs. 623-632
  29. The Principles and Practice of Medical Jurisprudence, Second Edition, Vol. 1, by Alfred Swaine Taylor, 1873 J. & A. Churchill, London, England. Pgs. 699.
  30. “Reeser Death Stumps Anthropologist,“ article in the St. Petersburg Times, Saturday, July 28, 1951, newspaper of St. Petersburg, FL, USA. Section 2, Pg. 9. Online at:,4035936&hl=en
  31. Secrets of the Supernatural, Joe Nickell (with John F. Fischer), 1988 Prometheus Books. ISBN: 0879756853, 9780879756857
  32. “So-Called Spontaneous Combustion,” by B. H. Hartwell, article in the Boston Medical and Surgical Journal, Vol. CXXVI, January-June 1892, Boston, MA, USA. Pgs. 135-137.
  33. “Spontaneous Combustion, No. 1,” article in The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction, Vol. XXXII, No. 908, Saturday, August 18, 1838 London, England. pgs. 115.
  34. “Spontaneous Human Combustion,” episode of the TV series QED, 1999 BBC Television, 30 minutes.
  35. “Spontaneous Human Combustion: Requiem for Phyllis,” by Jan Willem Nienhuys, article in the Stichting Skepsis (Dutch Foundation of Skeptics)  website, reprint of article from Skeptical Inquirer, March/April 2001, pg. 28-34, with additional newspaper source information, 2010. Online at:
  36. Strange Stories, Amazing Facts, 1976 Reader’s Digest Association, Inc (Third Printing, May 1978), USA. ISBN: 0-89577-028-8
  37. Stranger Than Science, by Frank Edwards, 1978 Bantam Books (reprint of 1959 Lyle Stuart, Inc.), New York, NY, USA. Pgs. 53-55
  38. “The Treatment of the Body after Death,” by Sir Henry Thompson, article in the Contemporary Review, January 1874, London, England. Pgs. 319-328
  39. "Two Letters to Charles Dickens on Spontaneous Combustion, by G.H. Lewes, Leader Newspaper, Feb. 5th and 12th, 1853,” article in the Medical Times & Gazette, Saturday, February 19, 1853 John Churchill, London, England. Pgs. 195-196
  40. “Woman Dies In St. Pete Fire,” article from Associated Press (AP), article in the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, Tuesday, July 3, 1951, newspaper of Sarasota, FL, USA.  Pg. 6. Online:,421404&hl=en
  41. “Woman Cremated In Mystery Fire,” article from the Associated Press (AP), article in The Gettysburg Times, Vol. 49, No. 159, Thursday, July 5, 1951, newspaper of Gettysburg, PA, USA. Pg. 3. Online:,3080572&hl=en