1959, December: Billy Peterson’s Fiery Death

The Legend:

In December 1959, Billy Peterson, an autoworker, was found dead in the front seat of his car in Pontiac, Michigan. The exhaust pipe had been bent to lead into the car's front seat in what appeared to be a suicide, but Peterson's body displayed third-degree burns on the back legs and arms; and while his flesh was burned, neither his clothing nor the front seat of the car were damaged in any way. In fact, hairs on the charred portions of the body were not even singed. The official cause of death was listed as carbon monoxide poisoning; the burns were ignored.

Under investigation

        This is just the first mention of this case in Anomalies, and will definitely need to be further investigated. It has appeared in many, many books and articles as an example of Spontaneous Human Combustion, a proposed condition in which a human body somehow ignites itself from somewhere within the body itself. However, initial searching for more information have turned up more than a few questions... hopefully, I will be updating this article soon.