True Stories of People Being Buried Alive


Essie Dunbar

Essie Dunbar was declared dead in 1915 at the age of 30. Essie’s funeral was delayed by a day so her sister could attend. Her sister was late, and saw the coffin being buried. Her sister demanded to see the body, one more time. Essie was dug up, and she climbed out of the coffin, completely alive. She lived another 47 years before actually dying.


Mina El Houari

During May of 2014, a 25 year old woman named Mina El Houari had a date planned. During the middle of the date, Mina collapsed to the ground, supposedly dead. However, her date decided to bury her instead of calling the police or getting an ambulance. Mina died, but her family and the police discovered her buried in the man’s backyard. They determined that she had only entered a diabetic coma.


Voluntarily Buried Alive

A Russian man dug a hole in a garden, and he persuaded his friend to bury him. The man buried himself with air holes in the coffin, water bottles, and a cell phone for emergencies. He was killed because heavy rain leaked into his coffin, blocking his air holes. Investigators believe that the man buried himself because he thought it would grant him good luck.


Angelo Hays

In 1937, Angelo Hays was 19 years old. He was riding on his motorcycle when he crashed into the curb, and he was thrown into a brick wall. Angelo was buried, but a life insurance company became suspicious. Angelo’s father purchased life insurance for Angelo only a few months before the accident.

The insurance company demanded that the body was dug up so that the cause of Angelo’s death could be verified. Yet surprisingly, the doctor discovered Angelo was still alive in the coffin. He was rushed to the hospital, and he made a full recovery.


Sipho William Mdletshe

In 1993, a man named Sipho William Mdletshe was in a car accident. His passenger, who was also his fiance, survived. Doctors believed Sipho was dead. He was brought to a cemetery to be buried, and he was placed in a metal coffin. He was unconscious for two days in the coffin, until he awoke and he began to scream, and shake the coffin. Workers at the cemetery dug him up, and he luckily survived.


One thought on “True Stories of People Being Buried Alive

  1. in my country however people bury the wrong people. i do not know the mess that happens in mortuary but after crying, burying them months later they have to redo the whole process again and bury their real loved one

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