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Dead Man Helps Revive Wife


On October 30, 1931, it was reported that 80-year-old (he was really 79) Llewellyn Hall slumped over in a rocking chair inside of his Cleveland, Ohio home. His wife Emma checked for a pulse but could find none. She contacted the police rescue squad who raced to the scene, but they were unable to revive Llewellyn.

On the way to the morgue, the crew stopped at the hospital so that they could obtain an official death certificate. Physicians there confirmed that there was no heartbeat but opted to try a stimulant to see if they could possibly revive Llewellyn. Suddenly, his eyelids began to blink. The doctors then proceeded to apply artificial respiration and Llewellyn sat up.

“I guess I must’ve been out for a while,” he told the doctors. The police were kind enough to drive Llewellyn back home. Upon arrival, he was surprised to find that mourners had already arrived to offer his wife their condolences. As soon as his wife Emma laid eyes on her husband, she fainted. Llewellyn, the supposedly dead man, had to help revive his wife.

Llewelyn Hall’s death certificate. He passed away at January 6, 1933 at 80 years of age. (Click to enlarge.)

Wrong Man Identified


On September 22, 1931, a 35-year-old painter in Chippendale, Australia named Charles Edmund Kneale slipped off of a ladder that he was working on and fell 30 feet (a little over 9 meters) to the pavement below.

A radio message was broadcast requesting that his wife report to the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital because her husband was dying.

Mrs. Winifred Kneale did just that.  Although she was unable to see his face, she was able to identify her husband and he soon slipped away.

Shortly after that, another woman named Mrs. Dorothy Kneale also identified the dead man as her husband, which he really was.

It was an honest mistake.  Both wives had the same last name and were married to unemployed painters, both of whom were living at Hammond’s Hotel, where the accident took place.  And, on top of that, both wives were living in Mosman with different women named Mrs. Brown.