A Man Is Found Dead In A Bathtub After Claiming A Witch Cursed Him
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In April 1991, Seattle police burst into the apartment of Christopher Case after one of his friends said she was worried about him. It turned out her concerns were valid, as Case was found dead in his bathtub. The scene was unusual, because Case was fully clothed and the bathtub was empty. There were no signs of a break-in or foul play, so the coroner determined that Case's death was likely caused by acute myocarditis -- aka "His heart stopped, but fuck if we know why."
And Then It Got Weird:
Upon closer inspection, it turned out that Case's apartment was a quite creepy place. It was filled with crucifixes, candles, and even lines of salt poured along the walls and the front porch. But that was easy to explain. See, Case genuinely believed that a curse had been placed on him by a witch after he refused to date her.
"Begone from me, foul crone!"
When police questioned Case's friend, they learned that during a trip to San Francisco, Case met a woman claiming to be a witch who developed romantic feelings for him. But after resisting her advances, the man claimed that unseen forces started tormenting him by cutting his fingers while he slept, and he soon started feeling unsafe in his own home.
Of course, no evidence was ever found to support Case's wild stories, and if you're an Occam's razor type of person, you might assume the poor guy suffered some sort of mental breakdown. However, that doesn't change the fact that Case was, by all accounts, a very healthy 35-year-old man who didn't smoke, drink, or do drugs, and had no history of heart trouble. How do you explain a guy like that suddenly having a coronary?
A rubber mask, an asshole friend, and a prank gone wrong?