Tuesday, June 30, 2015

A Shocking Story For Tuesday...!

I think I've talked about this lady before, but she seems to be worth another look.

This story falls into the realm of unsolved mysteries we talked about yesterday. It's fun for all of us to study, but probably not so for the people involved.

Jacqueline Priestman
The Electrifying Lady

The Stockport, Manchester (England) mother’s ordeal began in 1980. Following an argument with her first husband, Ron, Jacqueline shouted, “I hope you break your neck!” Unfortunately, that’s exactly what happened. After Ron sped away from the house on his scooter, he was involved in an accident resulting in spine and neck fractures. After a month in the hospital, he died, leaving Jacqueline devastated by guilt.

Not long afterward, a lightbulb in Jacqueline’s bathroom exploded. Her arm was cut by flying glass. She put the cause down to a faulty bulb. When her vacuum cleaner kept burning out—a repairman could find no cause—and another lightbulb exploded, she became convinced her home was haunted by the ghost of her dead husband.

Moving house didn’t help. Electrical appliances continued to go haywire in her presence. The stove and vacuum cleaners she bought kept burning out. The television changed channels on its own or the picture distorted. The radio switched channels without being touched too. She also received and delivered severe electrical shocks. Some grocery stores and appliance shops attempted to ban her. After she married her second husband, an electrician, the strange and frightening phenomena continued to occur.

The depressed woman, who suffered headaches and fainting spells, contemplated suicide. Psychic mediums and investigators failed to find a cause. Once, a visiting reporter accused Jacqueline of fraud, making her so angry, the vacuum cleaner burst into flames.

At last, a visiting professor provided the key to Jacqueline’s dilemma: both he and her second husband, Paul, believed she suffered from an extreme build-up of static electricity—more than 10 times the normal amount—in her body. By sticking to a special diet and daily program which included walking around the house holding onions to discharge the surplus electricity, Jacqueline’s problem gradually diminished. However, in 1985, her fourth child (a daughter) was born and immediately began exhibiting signs of taking after her mother by giving the midwife a static shock.

What was the cause of Jacqueline’s condition, sometimes called High Voltage Syndrome? Why did her symptoms begin after the death of her first husband? The answers to these questions will probably never be known for sure.

I can't help but feel sad for the woman and her family. How terrible having something like that hanging over your head.

Coffee out on the patio this morning, OK?


Wade Herod said...

One of my sister-in-laws, at least according to her, couldn't wear a watch. Mechanical or digital. In her case she, now deceased, would bottle up anger at things she couldn't control. And this suppressed anger would stop the watch.

So I believe your story. My deceased wife, while not stopping watches, seemed to know things about places, people or situations she should not have been able to know. So it ran in the family.

There is more in heaven and earth than one knows. :)

I don't drink caffien anymore but I'll take de-caff if you have it and I'll bring fresh strawberries and cream.

Wade in NW Florida

Chickenmom said...

Scary - read about people just imploding. Some things I guess we will never understand.
Getting ready for two more days of rain.

Dizzy-Dick said...

One would think twice about giving that lady a kiss (grin). It would make your hair stand up!!

JO said...

Yes strange things seem to plague some people. She should have put an onion in the babies blanet and walk it around the house right away.

Chilly mornings up her on the mountain but loving it. but must have coffee on the patio with friends

Hermit's Baby Sis said...

Onions to deflect the static electricity? That's almost as weird as the whole story itself! I've heard of home remedies, even practice some myself. But onions? C'mon ~
Thanks, Bubba, and Big Hugs

linda m said...

That is really creepy. However, onions to discharge static electricity is just plain weird. Cloudy, cool and maybe rain today.

Mamahen said...

I've seen an heard some weird things ...that Wade was talkng about with the watch my first husband could only wear one if it was on abig leather band which kept the metal from touching his skin or they would only run a few days and wouldn't keep proper time.

HermitJim said...

Hey Wade...
I've known several people that could not wear watches because they stopped a lot. Another one of nature's mysteries, I reckon.

Thanks for the strawberries and for coming by today!

Hey Phyllis...
Plenty of mysteries out there to study, if you know where to look! Of course, you can usually find a couple at the Hermit's house!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Hey Dizzy...
Imagine what it would deo to your beard! What a shocking sight!

Thanks for coming over today!

Hey Jo...
Some folks just have way too many strange things going on around them.

Thanks, sweetie, for stopping by today.

Hey Sis...
Strange, right? I never heard of the onion thing myself. Still...stranger things have been known to work.

Thanks for the visit today!

Hey Linda...
Does seem weird, doesn't it? I wonder if it really works?

Thanks for coming by today!

Hey Mamahen...
I wonder what causes that? really makes you wonder, doesn't it?

Thanks for coming by today!