Countess Cornelia Bandi’s last day

Title page of book on the death of Cornelia Bandi.

The story of the death of Countess Cornelia Bandi is simple. She went to bed at about 5 o’clock in the morning of March 15, 1731, but six hours later her remains were found next to her bed and competely burnt from the legs up. The room and adjoining rooms were covered in greasy soot and showed evidence of exposure to considerable heat. Apparently she had got up from bed and died almost instantly, and the oil lamp which she had been holding set her night dress and then her body alight.

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Phyllis Newcombe and Fantasy

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The late Miss Phyllis Newcombe.
Photo: Spaldings, Chelmsford

The sad story of Phyllis Newcombe (22) is quickly told. Her dress caught fire after a dance, probably by a discarded match. More than two weeks later she died after her burns had become septic. This happened in 1938, but starting from 1942 the lurid fantasy of writers has made her death into a paranormal horror story.

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Phyllis Newcombe en Fantasie

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The late Miss Phyllis Newcombe.
Foto: Spaldings

De geschiedenis van Phyllis Newcombe is snel verteld. Ze bezocht ze een feestelijk bal ter gelegenheid van de eerste wedstrijd van het nieuwe seizoen van de voetbalclub van Chelmsford. Dat was zaterdag 27 augustus 1938. Het feest was klokke twaalf afgelopen, en ze liep, met haar verloofde Henry McAusland twee of drie passen voor haar, de balzaal uit, naar de trap die naar de begane grond leidde.

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