Nightmare Files: “Dead” Man Digs His Way Out of Grave

handSeveral of us are talking about nightmares in the comments (move, spidermonk!), so I thought I’d add something to fuel more nightmares and therefore more awesome stories. And I do love a story when a dead guy comes to life, not in a supernatural way, but because he was only mostly dead.

You know how when you go to the cemetery to pay your respects to a loved one who has passed, and you’re standing there pondering your loss and the meaning of the universe and the point of existence, and then you hear some muffled murmuring sounds, and the earth in a nearby grave starts to move? And suddenly the purpose of life becomes irrelevant because some guy’s hands start to claw their way through the dirt and begin waving around and stuff? And your psyche shifts into a mode that says, “screw the meaning of life, dealing with the zombie apocalypse has just become the top priority here?”

I hate when that happens, and so does this Brazilian woman. While visiting a family tomb in Sao Paolo, she experienced what can only be described as a heart attack-inducing moment when a “dead” man tried to claw his way out a the dirt under which he was buried.

“He had his head and hands out and was moving his arms around, trying to get out.”

Being a normal person, she first wanted to run away as fast as possible, but being a responsible person, she called emergency services. Who laughed at her.

“They kept questioning me, asking, Are you serious? This is a joke, isn’t it?”

It wasn’t until she found the administrators of the cemetery to validate her story that the ambulance was dispatched. They dug him out (exhumed?) and took him to the hospital, where he is recovering. He had been beaten, quickly buried under dirt, and left for dead.

Happy dreaming!

Sources include HuffPost, LiveLeaks, 9news, and Xonei for the story in Portuguese. Everyone loves a dead-man-rising story. Video (seriously) at LiveLeaks.

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31 Responses to Nightmare Files: “Dead” Man Digs His Way Out of Grave

  1. facetaco says:

    This reminds me of a story I heard on the news years ago. A dude was having a barbecue in his back yard, and his septic tank collapsed and created a sinkhole. He fell in and literally drowned in poop in front of all of his friends. I cannot think of a worse way to go.

  2. catweazle says:

    Off topic guys but I am at the lunch portion of my wine tour and I’m done eating but kind of drunk and everybody else came here with somebody and I have 30 minutes before we go to our next stop and it is too awkward please help!

  3. This lady is far braver than I am. If this happened to me, I’m pretty sure I’d die of fear on the spot, thus becoming a ghost and being of no help to anyone.

  4. hotspur says:

    Actually, hiding a dead body in a cemetery might be the perfect crime.

    • Sota says:

      Thats what I was thinking! No one is going to be even slightly perturbed by a freshly dug grave at a cemetary.

    • nastyemu says:

      Brazil has some of the most courteous murderers around. Not so good with the actual killing part though.

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