This one really got me angry. Author and others pushing story that girl may have died from spontaneous combustion. Mother annoyed. As she should be.
Please read this entire story:
A Widnes mother whose daughter died after suffering horrific burns at Halton College has begged paranormal investigators to stop speculating about whether spontaneous human combustion was to blame.
Jean Fitzsimon, 77, spoke out after the latest work to feature a probe into the death of her child Jackie was published.
She was adamant that her 17-year-old daughter died from complications due to the burns that she suffered at Halton College in January 1985.
Mrs Fitzsimon told the Weekly News that Paranormal Merseyside by Widnes author Steven Tucker is among a string of publications and newspaper articles that have offered spontaneous combustion as a possible explanation for Jackie’s tragic death.
Since this tragic accident, where the girl died after catching on fire in a cooking class, the story has been featured on a TV documentary and in this book.
In the book, Tucker says spontaneous combustion may be a viable theories, but includes the lit oven. Therefore, making it sound possibly more mysterious than it really is. This happens a lot with SHC cases. The actual or plausible cause is downplayed for a more dramatic one. Once you mention SHC, THAT is what people remember. The reenactment of the case on TV was disturbing to the mother and a national magazine doctored a picture of her engulfed in flames.
What are people thinking?!
Many times, I’ve seen paranormal authors and investigators cross the line by exploiting a tragedy for their own means. It’s sickening. It hurts the family and it’s also made up. I want this story to go far and wide because were this my child and someone did this, I would probably go farther. There is ZERO excuse to exploit such a tragedy for your own ends. It’s unethical and sickening.
Tucker has apparently apologized to the family but the damage is done. These are people first, an interesting story for your media nothwithstanding. Have some scruples.
Hear me talk about the problem with SHC on the Skeptical Connections podcast.