For most individuals, there may be nothing extra terrifying than the prospect of being buried alive. Fortunately, because of advances in medical expertise, it’s very troublesome for it to by chance occur anymore. Nevertheless that wasn’t at all times the case, simply take a look at the story of Octavia Smith Hatcher.
In the course of the late 1800s, within the metropolis of Pikeville, Kentucky, there was an outbreak of a lethal, unknown illness. It ravaged the whole neighborhood, particularly the inhabitants of youthful youngsters.
Amongst these victims of the illness had been Jacob Hatcher, the toddler son of Octavia Smith Hatcher. Jacob turned ailing and died in January 1881.
Octavia was devastated by her loss, and have become deeply depressed. Over time she turned ailing, and slipped right into a coma. In Might of that very same yr, Octavia’s involved husband referred to as the native physician. When the physician arrived, he pronounced her useless of unknown causes.
As a result of embalming was not a standard follow on the time, and it was already a very scorching summer season, Octiva was buried shortly. A few week after she was buried, extra townsfolk started coming down the identical illness that had killed her. Nevertheless, the opposite folks awoke from their comas after a time.
Realizing what he could have simply finished, Octavia’s husband had her physique dug up. What he found once they opened the buried coffin was a sight of pure horror. It seems that Octavia was certainly nonetheless alive when she was buried. The within of the coffin was scratched and torn to items. She was clearly terrified earlier than she lastly handed on. The tragedy was overwhelming.
After making his horrific discovery, Octavia’s husband had her reburied in the identical grave. To honor her reminiscence, and her harrowing final moments of life, he had this lifelike monument erected on her grave which nonetheless stands immediately.
(by way of Imgur)
That is completely bone chilling. Some imagine the thriller sickness that Octavia and the others caught was attributable to an African tsetse fly. Simply think about how Hatcher’s husband should have felt after realizing what he had by chance finished to his beloved spouse. Such a tragedy.