A Donegal Coroner has described spontaneous human combustion as “probably an urban myth” at the inquest into the death of a 50-year-old woman in Carndonagh on 31 December, 2010.
Coroner Dr John Madden said when he saw the remains of Elizabeth McLaughlin, of 42 Close Padraig, Carndonagh …
“There was talk of spontaneous human combustion at the time. I did a little research and that probably is an urban myth, but when I did see the remains, it did come to mind.”
“There was little damage to the surrounding area. I believe the clothes acted like a wick on a candle – there was the complete destruction of the body but the fire did not spread,” the Coroner said.
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The inquest findings dispute the claim from the Galway coroner who judged that McLaughlin was indeed a victim of SHC. But, as we see here, a few more clues explain that a natural, but unusual, situation caused the horrible scene of her death.