Monday, 28 December 2015

DEATH of a Race Car Driver by Flying Fire Extinguisher - Tom Pryce, SOUTH AFRICA

Pryce is the only Welsh driver to have won a Formula One race and is also the only Welshman to lead a Formula One World Championship Grand Prix: two laps of the 1975 British Grand Prix.

Wales has never had the pleasure of a Grand Prix success story - unlike the other British nations. England can boast a record eight world champions, including the last two; Scotland has two in triple-champion Jackie Stewart and the brilliant Jim Clark; whilst Northern Ireland can lay claim to two championship runners-up in Eddie Irvine and John Watson. Wales has produced just three Formula One drivers, none of whom managed a race win. However one of them was a brilliantly talented racer, and would surely have gone on to great success had his life not been cut tragically short at the South African Grand Prix of 1977.

Tom Pryce
That man was Tom Pryce born on 11 June 1949 in Ruthin, Denbighshire, to Jack and Gwyneth Pryce.
Jack had served in the Royal Air Force as a tail-gunner on a Lancaster bomber before joining the local police force. Gwyneth was a district nurse. Pryce's older brother, David, died at the age of three leaving Tom an only child for much of the time he was growing up, although his parents did foster a young girl called Sandra for a while. Pryce, known to his friends as Mald, attended Nantglyn Catholic Primary School, Denbighshire. The family later moved to Towyn, Denbighire, due to Jack's job.

Pryce took an interest in cars while driving a baker's van at the age of 10, before informing his parents that he wanted to be a racing driver. During an interview with Alan Henry in 1975, he stated that he had wanted to become a pilot, but thought he was not intelligent enough. Like many future Formula One drivers, Pryce had a childhood racing hero. In his case it was Lotus's Scottish driver Jim Clark. Pryce's mother recalled that he was very upset when Clark died at the Hockenheimring in April 1968. His father noted that "he was very upset when Jochen Rindt was killed, too". After he left school at 16, in typical pragmatic Welsh fashion, Pryce's mother insisted that he take an apprenticeship as a tractor mechanic at Llandrillo Technical College, giving him "something to fall back on", as she put it, if his career as a racing driver was unsuccessful.

In 1975 Pryce married Fenella, more commonly known as Nella, whom he met at a disco in Otford, Kent in 1973. Following the death of her husband, Nella went on to run an antiques store in Fulham, London with Janet Brise, the widow of Tony Brise, who died in a plane crash in 1975 with fellow racing driver, Graham Hill and later moved to France.

Pryce leads Niki Lauda at Brands Hatch 1974

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

CAUGHT On Film: Man Murders Ex-wife’s Lover in High Speed Car Crash, and Continues to Assaults His Body

CCTV footage has emerged of a man driving into a couple outside a police station before emerging from the vehicle and proceeding to kick them as they lie injured on the ground.

According to Sina, the attack took place at around 10 a.m. on September 29 in city, Anhui province. The victims, a female surnamed Qin and male surnamed Min, had just got out of a taxi which had stopped in front of the police station when a black car drove into them at high speed.

The car was driven by a man surnamed Zhang, former husband to Qin. The attack is thought to be a crime of passion given recent disputes between the pair, although few details have been released as to the history of their relationship.

While Qin survived the attack, owing to the severity of his injures Min was pronounced dead shortly after emergency services arrived. Zhang is being held in custody by police while an investigation takes place.

Despite the attack taking place outside a police station, neither the security guard on duty or bystanders in the vicinity chose to intervene as Zhang assaulted his victims after the horrific collision.


Monday, 17 August 2015

A Brazilian Referee Was Lynched, Quartered and Beheaded By Spectators At a Match | PIN THAT!

On June 30, 2013, Otávio Jordão da Silva Cantanhede was refereeing an amateur football match at Pio XII, in Maranhão, Brazil. Otávio sent off player Josemir Santos Abreu, 31, who refused to leave the field and began a fight with the referee. Abreu threw a punch, which prompted Otávio to draw a knife from his pocket and repeatedly stab Abreu. Abreu died on the way to the hospital. When fans watching the game, including Santos’ friends and family, found out about the death of Santos, they invaded the pitch and stoned Cantanhede, before decapitating him, quartering him, and putting his head on a stake in the pitch. Police chief Valter Costa was quoted as saying “One crime will never justify another”.


In October 2013, former Brazilian soccer player João Rodrigo Silva Santos, 35, was beheaded and his head was dumped on his front doorstep. He had been abducted the night before by two men who forced him into a vehicle.

The double murder in Maranhão, Brazil and the second soccer related beheading in less than a year has led to questions regarding the safety of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, and indeed, the 2016 Summer Olympics. It should be taken into account, though, that the city of Pio XII has one of the country’s lowest HDI (0.541 = Low Human Development), being located in Brazil’s second poorest state (Maranhão). The situation is much better in the capital cities where the matches will be held, with HDI ranging from High to Very High (~ 0.800).


Friday, 31 July 2015

A Teenager Was Decapitated By a Roller Coaster He Wasn’t Even Riding On | PIN THAT!

Asia LeeShawn Ferguson
On June 28, 2008, 17-year-old Asia LeeShawn Ferguson, a South Carolina teenager, was decapitated after being struck by the Batman roller coaster at Six Flags Over Georgia.

While on a trip at the park with his church’s youth group, the teen along with a friend, scaled a pair of fences into a restricted area and walked into the ride’s path.

Witnesses stated he was trying to retrieve his hat.

The Ride:

Saturday, 18 July 2015

The Dive of DEATH to Save Dog From Hot Springs – David Allen Kirwan, USA

A sad but classic story of man being selfless in the face of danger – a powerful instinct embedded in our psyche which disallows us to sometimes think rationally and results more often than not, in our death.

Heedless of the danger, saving his dog was the only thing on this man’s mind before jumping into the hot springs…

The hot springs found in abundance throughout Yellowstone National Park’s thermal areas are bubbling cauldrons of steam and boiling water, most of them hotter than 150° F, and many of the in the 185° – 205°F range. (Due to the elevation, water boils at about 198° in Yellowstone.)

Thursday, 14 May 2015

EATEN ALIVE By Brown Bear and Cubs – Olga Moskalyova, RUSSIA

I remember reading about this story when it first came out back in 2011 and even now just doing this post, it still gives me the chills as I write about it. I cannot even begin to fathom what this poor child must have went through and even more shocking – what her mother had to listen to...

A DISTRAUGHT mother listened on a mobile phone as her teenage daughter was eaten alive by a brown bear and its three cubs.

Olga Moskalyova, 19, gave an horrific hour-long running commentary on her own death in three separate calls as the wild animals killed her. She screamed: “Mum, the bear is eating me! Mum, it’s such agony. Mum, help!’”

Her mother Tatiana said that at first thought she was joking. “But then I heard the real horror and pain in Olga’s voice, and the sounds of a bear growling and chewing.”

Sunday, 10 May 2015

DEATH of a Folk Singer By Coyotes – Taylor Mitchell, CANADA

Promotional photograph of Taylor Mitchell
by James Dean Photography. Cropped | Wikipedia
Taylor was a seasoned naturalist and well versed in wilderness camping. She loved the woods and had a deep affinity for their beauty and serenity…

Taylor Josephine Stephanie Luciow, known by her stage name Taylor Mitchell, (August 27, 1990 – October 28, 2009) was a Canadian folk singer. She is the only adult person, and second person overall known to be fatally attacked by coyotes.

Mitchell was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. She graduated from the Etobicoke School of the Arts with a major in musical theatre.

She started a tour of the Maritimes on October 23, 2009, and was to perform in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island. She was scheduled to perform in Sydney, Nova Scotia on the night of her death.

After her death, her album For Your Consideration was made available for download at the iTunes Store.

Thursday, 2 April 2015

DEATH By Flowing Scarf – Isadora Duncan, USA

“Affectations can be dangerous.” – Gertrude Stein

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Isadora Duncan (May 27, 1877 – September 14, 1927) was a dancer considered by many as a mother of modern dance who defied the current social and dance ideals. She favoured barefeet, flowing clothing, loose hair, and free form movements to the conventional ways. Her communist leanings and unconventional – some might say scandalous– love life made her a controversial figure as she was headlined in many a front pages.
She was bisexual, and alluded to her Communism during her last United States tour, in 1922–23; Duncan waved a red scarf and bared her breast on stage in Boston, proclaiming, “This is red! So am I!”

Born in the United States, she lived in Western Europe and the Soviet Union from the age of 22 until her death at age 50. She has since appeared in pop culture, including a 1968 film entitled Isadora, in which she was portrayed by Vanessa Redgrave.

She performed to acclaim throughout Europe. Duncan’s fondness for flowing scarves was the cause of her death in an automobile accident in Nice, France, on the night of September 14, 1927. The scarf was hand-painted silk from the Russian-born artist Roman Chatov. The accident gave rise to Gertrude Stein’s mordant remark that “affectations can be dangerous.”

Isadora Duncan dancing | Source

Sunday, 15 March 2015

Hypoxia and Eventual Plane Crash Led to DEATHS – Golf Pro Payne Stewart et al, USA

Learjet 35 N47BA Prior to crash | Source
This true story involves the deaths of six people who perished aboard a plane – two crew members and four passengers, including two-time U.S. Open golf champ Payne Stewart. Plane crashes are nothing new but the way these people died – lack of oxygen which eventually led to the crash of an ‘unmanned’ plane running out of fuel, and with Stewart being at probably the most satisfying time of his career, made this story all the more intriguing and touching…

It was on that last Monday of October when Stewart boarded the private plane — Registration No. N47BA — at Orlando International Airport along with his agents Robert Fraley, 46, and Van Ardan, 45, golf course designer Bruce Borland, 40, pilot Michael Kling, 42, and co-pilot Stephanie Bellegarrigue, 27, for a two-hour flight to Love Field in Dallas.

But 14 minutes after takeoff, approximately 37,000 feet above northwestern Florida, Jacksonville Air Traffic Control lost contact with N47BA, setting off a chain of events that included three separate military responses by F-16 fighter jets. The National Transportation Safety Board released a 31-page report on the crash Nov. 28, 2000 and investigators concluded that the probable cause was “incapacitation of the flight crewmembers as a result of their failure to receive supplemental oxygen following a loss of cabin pressurization, for undetermined reasons.”

Payne Stewart Jumps Payne Stewart at the 1989 Open
Championship at Royal Troon by Lawrence Levy
William Payne Stewart (January 30, 1957 – October 25, 1999) was an American professional golfer who won eleven PGA Tour events, including three major championships in his career, the last of which occurred only months before he died in an airplane accident at the age of 42.

Stewart was born in Springfield, Missouri, and attended Greenwood Laboratory School, a K-12 school, on the campus of Missouri State University. He graduated from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, where he was a member of Phi Gamma Delta. He was always popular with fans, especially for his distinctive clothing, and was reputed to have the biggest wardrobe of all professional golfers.

He was a favorite of photographers because of his flamboyant attire of ivy caps and patterned pants, which were a cross between plus fours (trousers that extend 4 inches (10 cm) below the knee (and thus four inches longer than traditional knickerbockers, hence the name)) and knickerbockers, a throwback to the once-commonplace golf “uniform.” Stewart was also admired for having one of the most gracefully fluid and stylish golf swings of the modern era.

Friday, 2 January 2015

Skydiver Saved Girl's Life By Acting As HUMAN SHIELD | PIN THAT!

The father of an Australian woman has described the final act of a heroic young skydiving instructor, who calmly told his daughter their plane would crash and embraced her to protect her from the impact.

The instructor and five other people died when their plane hit a power pole and nosedived into a tree soon after take-off from an airport near St Louis, in the US state of Missouri, on Saturday.

Investigators believe the plane had engine failure. A witness reported seeing its right engine in flames moments after take-off.

Two people, including Australian tourist Kimberley Dear, 21, were seriously injured and remain in a US hospital.

Kim Dear with her father William at her overseas send-off, and the wreck of the plane after it nosedived into a suburban backyard. Photo: Supplied/AP | Source

Her father, Bill, of Sydenham in Melbourne’s north-west, spoke to the media at the time and explained the final moments of the life of the brave skydiving instructor.

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