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Here's the URL for free-viewing of this newest podcast about SHC that was done live on 5/29/24. 

Runs about 1 hr.

Bursting into Flames (Spontaneous Human Combustion) Can Ruin Your Day



May 29, 2024; noon-1PM EDT (9:00AM-10:00AM PDT)

We are excited to be the guest on this Wednesday's "Health Biz & Politics" program. Wonderfully titled by its hosts, the topic is "Bursting into Flames (Spontaneous Human Combustion) Can Ruin Your Day."

Wikipedia calls it pseudo-science. Yet, the NIH Library of Medicine’s PubMed says, “Spontaneous human combustion” refers to a situation when a human body is found with significant portions of the middle parts of the body reduced to ashes…and minimal damage to the direct surroundings of the body. Typically, no observable source of ignition is found in the vicinity of the victim and a bad-smelling oily substance is noted.

WTF? So, spontaneous Human Combustion - SHC- is (gasp) real. But as to why, well … that’s a Nobel Prize-winning riddle. We will explore some of the classic cases and offer some ideas as to the 'why'.

Having stopped by the Philadelphia Fire Department HQ again this Memorial Day weekend, what we will never do ever is what one of Philadelphia's fire inspectors there told us he would do if he found himself confronting one of these rare, amazing fires: "I'd go out, get drunk, and forget about it."

Whether you find the subject of SHC macabre (it is), fascinating (we would hope), or explained away by the debunkers' wick effect theory (sorry, doesn't work), it could well be an hour of your time not quickly forgotten.

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SHC interview with Larry Arnold.
Podcast on Spotify that was posted on February 3, 2024





Friday, December 1, 2023

     ScienceChannel is doing another marathon of its superb series “The Unexplained Files” (2013-2014) beginning today at 2:00PM EST and concluding on Saturday, December 2, at 6:00AM.
     One episode explores a medical mystery and modern-day scientific quandary: Spontaneous Human Combustion … aka Sudden Human Cremation.

     The episode about SHC broadcasts Friday at 9:00-10:00PM EST and two hours later on Saturday, at Midnight-1:00AM EST.

     It features our research into 100s of cases that meet the criteria for SHC and features both a classic SHC case that happened in 2013 in Oklahoma and a survivor, Frank Baker, of partial (and witnessed) SHC.


     History has defined classic SHC as the mysterious near-total incineration of a person in the absence of significant surrounding damage by fire and heat. Once a hotly debated topic among physicians and scientists, SHC since the mid-1800s has mostly been dismissed as myth; fable; superstition and mystery-mongering. The National Fire Investigator (1986) calls SHC “a stain on the science and professionalism of the fire analysis community.” One prominent American medical examiner adamantly declares that such alleged fire scenes must be a “Hoax!” because “Bodies don’t burn this way.”

     Know that one of the SHC nay-sayers in the episode is a proven liar when it comes to statements he has made about SHC. Know that Professor Ford told us his experimentation required a minimum 40% acetone to sustain combustion in flesh, something conveniently not mentioned by him in the program when expounding his “solution” for how a person might incinerate. If a person can live in 40% acetone, that's a medical anomaly in itself.
     Watch and decide for yourself. Maybe read our book, ABLAZE! too and learn about the 100s of similar cases that, in our view, are yet both puzzling and unsolved.



Friday, September 29, 2023

ScienceChannel is doing another marathon of its superb "The Unexplained Files" beginning this Friday, September 29 at 5:00PM, through Saturday, September 30. If you have an interest in the paranormal and things weirdly odd, you will find this opportunity worthwhile to watch.

Third in the marathon is the rebroadcast of our segment about SHC - Spontaneous Human Combustion aka Sudden Human Cremation (about as weirdly odd as one can get) - on Friday, September 29, 7:00-8:00PM EDT. It first debuted in 2013 with a new classic SHC-type fatality in Oklahoma and the testimony of a Vermont survivor's double-SHC.

Self-proclaimed 'experts' who admit to never personally being at scenes of this phenomenon and who make up 'facts' to debunk the subject dismiss SHC as pseudoscience, crack-pottery, and superstition. Unlike the first-responders and actual firefighters who find themselves confronting one of these rare events that belie common sense and what they expect to find at a fatal fire. Not all die by these baffling whole-body incinerations, however, not if one believes the several survivors who have told us about their self-smoking/burning bodies. Watch and decide for yourself if SHC is crack-pottery or a mystery in search of an explanation. Can also be viewed online at that time: 



September 15, 2023

SHC: Spontaneous Human Combustion aka Sudden Human Cremation. Dismissed as pseudoscience, crack-pottery and superstition ... unless one is a first-responder at one of these rare events that belie common sense and what firefighters expect to find a fire fatality. Not all die by these baffling whole-body immolations, however, not if one believes the several survivors who tell us about their self-smoking/burning bodies.

To that end, ScienceChannel is again(!) rebroadcasting our segment about SHC for "The Unexplained Files" - Friday, September 15, 4:00-5:00PM EDT. It documents a recent classic SHC-type fatality in Oklahoma and testimony of a Vermont survivor's double-SHC.

Watch and decide for yourself if SHC is crack-pottery or a mystery in search of explanation. Can also be viewed online at that time:

And to listen at your convenience to a 75-minute podcast encore interview about SHC that we did last evening (September 13, 2013) with Charlotte Kosa for CaliforniaHaunts, here's the link:

And to listen at your convenience for more discussion about SHC and yours truly with host James Creachbaum on Night Dreams Talk Radio Network that posted Sunday, September 10, 2023, click here:





On Sunday night, September 10, 2023, "The Unexplained w/ Howard Hughes" in the U.K. (11:29PM-midnight GMT) spoke again with us about SHC - Spontaneous Human Combustion aka Sudden Human Cremation. Technical issues with Zoom and Skype rendered it voice-only, sadly. Runs about 25 minutes with an emphasis on British cases and the Cartography of Combustion (alignments of anomalous fires) that we discovered there.




CoastToCoastAM - August 15, 2023, 1:00-3:00AM EDT. 

Larry Arnold will be the featured first-hours guest as George Noory explores the fascinating yet frightful (for many) subject of SHC. Once called Spontaneous Human Combustion and now sometimes more accurately Sudden Human Cremation, its mystery has been known to history for centuries and and its disbelievers frustrated and in denial for just as long. Larry has spent a lifetime traveling the world to document atypical fires and combustion conundrums; interviewing amazed first-responders at these baffling burn-ups; collecting astonishing photographic documentation for a phenomenon said to be "Impossible!"; challenging naysayers who choose to accept facile explanations or, worse, make up fake facts and perpetrate outright fraud.



Friday, July 28, 2023. 7:00-8:00PM EDT.

SHC will be explored - again for the third time in a fortnight - during another marathon run of The Science Channel's acclaimed two-year series “The Unexplained Files” (S1E4).


Combustion), here are some updates.

1) The horrific tanker truck explosion and fire of 8,000+ gallons of gasoline on June 10th that took down I-95 in Philadelphia … media says that temperatures peaked “around 750 degrees” – really?? steel doesn’t catastrophically fail at that temperature – and that “a body” (presumably the driver) was retrieved from the wreckage. A body? Awaiting a more complete account, but “body” implies more than a few amorphous fragments like those often found at SHC-defined fire fatalities. Then again, it could just be bad journalism.

2) Thursday, June 15, 7:0008:00AM EDT … Science Channel will again rerun “The Unexplained Files” program about SHC, which includes the 2013 case of a gentleman in Oklahoma whose localized incineration baffled the local fire chief and firefighters. Decide for yourself whether their befuddlement was warranted or if it’s just another case of “the wick effect” that SHC debunkers inevitably invoke to explain away any mystery of the ‘fire’ that consumed all the victim’s internal organs but his heart.

3) Available anytime … the two-part TerraSignals podcast and video interview we did with host Justin Bamforth a few months ago about SHC has just been posted. Lasting nearly two hours, this podcast is among the most detailed and lengthy discussions about SHC that we have done outside of Art Bell and CoastToCoastAM.

                Says Justin: “I decided to re-cut our interview into two shorter episodes so it's easier for people to digest (and to appeal to people's ever-growing short attention spans ). I think it turned out very well. I am very excited to get your story out there to a whole new audience and renew interest again in the subject. You are an amazing person and your research is just as equally important to the field. Especially now as our government begins to lift the taboos on these strange subjects little by little.”

                Justin’s website is https://terrasignals.com.

Here are the podcast/video links:

                Terra Signals Podcast Episode (part 1)


                Terra Signals Podcast Episode (part 2)


                Full Video Interview


June 13, 2023

Media Updates

For those who are interested in the research we do about SHC (Sudden Human Cremation aka Spontaneous Human



Science Channel. “The Unexplained Files: Spontaneous Human Combustion and Mexican Pilot UFO” (S1 E4)

Tuesday, May 9, 2023; 6:00-7:00AM ET

Another rebroadcast of this classic from 2013 when we meet with first-responders and a county sheriff with a 20-year background in fire investigation, who are willing to consider SHC when a puzzling localized human inferno happens in their jurisdiction. Can the human-wick hypothesis explain this fire fatality that the fire chief said “began, and ended, in the body”?





“The Unexplained Files: Spontaneous Human Combustion and Mexican Pilot UFO” (S1 E4)

Thursday, October 27, 2022; 4:00-5:00PM ET

Another rebroadcast of this classic from 2013 when we meet with the first-responders and a county sheriff with a 20-year background in fire investigation, who are willing to consider SHC when a puzzling localized human inferno happens in their jurisdiction. Can the wick hypothesis explain this fire fatality that “began, and ended, in the body”?

ScienceChannel.com/live-now … also via cable providers’ upper-tier packages.




Thursday, October 20, 2022; 7:00-8:00PM ET release date

Part 2 (60 minutes): a follow-up encore that delves into lesser known cases that have been witnessed and survived.







“Forbidden Knowledge News” podcasts with Christopher Mathieu

Thursday, September 8, 2022; 7:00-8:30PM ET release date

Part 1 (90 minutes): explores several well-known classic spon-com cases we discovered and document.






MEDIA ALERT: Tuesday, July 19, 2022, 11:00AM-Noon EST.


ScienceChannel will again re-telecast the episode (S1E4) of its superb series "The Unexplained Files" that examines the phenomenon of Spontaneous Human Combustion aka Sudden Human Cremation. Featured is the debut of a classic case - body nearly consumed by a fearsome and highly localized fire in a combustible environment that escapes the expected damage - that happened in Oklahoma in 2013 plus a survivor case - partial burns occurring without a known external ignition source - in Vermont. We appear as an advocate for SHC and attempt to demonstrate why the "the wick effect" promulgated by Orthodoxy is a laughable explain-away. Tune in and decide which side of the SHC debate - no it's all bulls**t or yes it happens and is a true mystery - makes sense to you.



ScienceChannel is again telecasting the program we did for "The Unexplained Files"  (S1E4) about SHC. Includes the most recent case we field-investigated: 2013 in Oklahoma.

Friday, March 11, 2022; 10:00-11:00PM EST

Saturday, March 12, 2022; 1:00-2:00AM EST



Also tonight (Mar 11): live interview with Gary Anderson on NightDreamsTalk Radio. Topic is SHC and wherever else Gary chooses to take the 90 minutes.

Friday, March 11, 2022; 10:00-11:30PM EST




Larry Arnold will be featured guest on NightDreamsTalkRadio with Gary Anderson this Friday, March 11, 2022, 10:00-11:30PM EST. Topic is SHC, of course. :)


Here' are current links:







MEDIA ALERT: program about SHC on The Science Channel - Friday, Oct. 8, 2021-


Friday, Oct 8, at 3:00-4:00PM EDT, Science Channel will again re-telecast "The Unexplained Files" episode that explores with Larry Arnold the conundrum of SHC - Spontaneous Human Combustion aka Sudden Human Cremation. This episode is among the most re-aired of all programs on The Science Channel since it debuted in 2013. Tune in if you haven't seen this before, or wanna see it again, as Larry interviews first-responders who found themselves mystified when called to a classic SHC-style fatality that occurred inside this otherwise intact house in Oklahoma. Believe it. Or not?


SEE PICTURE OF HOUSE HERE: http://parascience.com/images/SHC%20house.jpg



ScienceChannel has our "The Unexplained Files" episode slated again for next Tues. 8/17 4-5AM



ScienceChannel reran our "The Unexplained Files" episode June 23rd, 2021, 11AM-Noon EDT.                                                                        



Just discovered that "Science Channel" will today at 3:00-4:00PM EDT rebroadcast its S1E4 program of "The Unexplained Files" that explores Spontaneous Human Combustion and, of course, our advocacy of the phenomenon. Features a classic case that had just happened in Oklahoma, and this program is its national debut. Tune in and decide for yourself: can people incinerate more completely in their homes than in a retort, or are we making up the 'evidence' and making a flaming fool of ourself?





MEDIA ALERT: Pleased to announce that ScienceChannel is rebroadcasting "The Unexplained Files" episode w/ us about Sudden Human Cremation (SHC) and survival, too, this Saturday, Feb. 27, at 7:00-8:00AM EST.


Other episodes of this fine series precede and follow.


Professor Ford in the U.K. asserts SHC is solved by people becoming 100% saturated with acetone. Does that make sense to you? Tune in and see if your thinking is confirmed or refuted ...



For those interested in strange stuff or/and have been following our research into the definitely strange subject of Spontaneous Human Combustion (SHC), we will be discussing aspects of its high strangeness with CoastToCoastAM host George Noory on Thursday morning, February 18, between 3:00-5:00AM EST. His website is www.CoasToCoastAM.com and the program is available online via any iHeart.com radio station that carries C2C. Tune in and discover where George takes the conversation; might be full of surprises, as with SHC one never quite knows what will happen. 😲






On this weekend before Christmas, Science Channel’s gift is a marathon from 9AM-8PM today of its excellent series “The Unexplained Files.” As a gift to us, it includes the episode (S1E4) about Spontaneous Human Combustion, airing in the 5-6PM EST time slot.


Two new cases debuted in this program: the classic SHC of a man in Oklahoma in 2013 – the year this episode first aired – and a Purple Heart-awarded SHC veteran in Vermont, veteran in the sense that he says he twice survived not-so-typical SHC. Tune in and see if you agree, or can offer an alternative explanation.


A Meaningful Christmas and Happy Holidays to all.





ScienceChannel is rebroadcasting on 10/31, 11AM-Noon EDT - its episode of "The Unexplained Files" about SHC as part of its Halloween day programming. It discusses the OK case and a VT survivor/witnessed case. Can be viewed live, online at www.ScienceChannel.com  



October 31, 2020
Here's the URL for the 2-hr interview we did last evening, now posted, for Truth Defender Podcast out of TX.


Says Paul, the host: "I had a blast, I really appreciate you taking the time. I would like to think that my many years as an investigator in the NAVY played some part of asking those questions, but it was mostly my genuine curiosity on the topic. I have the episode up and ready to go on YouTube, will have the audio version up in a couple of hours. Thanks."







MEDIA ALERT: Science Channel, Friday, August 21, 2020, 6:00-7:00PM EDT.

We will again be appearing on TV to discuss a few of the many myths, marvels and mysteries of SHC - Spontaneous Human Combustion aka Sudden Human Cremation - as ScienceChannel reruns this Friday our program in its excellent series "The Unexplained Files." Tune in, watch exert first-responders and an arson investigator attest to the oddity of SHC and other experts attempt to explain it all away, decide whether a man who says his body twice burst into flame and the witness who says he saw it happen are credible, and boost the ratings! 




MEDIA ALERT: Friday, June 19, 2020, 7:00-8:00AM EDT


ScienceChannel will re-air the episode (S1E4) of its superb series "The Unexplained Files" that examines two recent examples of the phenomenon of Spontaneous Human Combustion -- aka Sudden Human Cremation: a classic case in Oklahoma in 2013 and the case in Vermont of a Purple Heart recipient who says he twice survived partial SHC. We appear as the advocate for SHC and demonstrate why the explain-away of "the wick effect" promulgated by spon-com debunkers does not work; a British researcher offers his theory that acetone is the solution (so to speak). Tune in and decide for yourself.





"Paranormal Caught on Camera" episode at 10-11PM ESTon May 17, 2020 - think this was the original airing of this episode - titled "Screams of Terror..." a segment about an Arkansas father/son walking in woodland, father filming son and then capturing roar-and-grunt sounds from something moving in the underbrush, ending w/ what appears (ever so briefly, because this program chop-cut edits much of the submitted footage) to be a humanoid dark creature behind a tree trunk. Footage appears quite genuine. Didn't catch the name of the gentleman. Contact the show for details(?) at submitparanormal@gmail.com




ScienceChannel is rerunning our most recent program for them. Thursday, 5/14/2020, 6-7AM EST (our segment is actually 6:30-7:00AM).

Can be accessed currently online if one has a Fios or Comcast account, here:




Spontaneous Human Combustion and Mexican Pilot UFO


Spontaneous Human Combustion: In Oklahoma, a man is reduced to a pile of ashes in his own home. Carlos de los Santos/UFO: Pilot Carlos de los Santos recounts his midair encounter with three UFO’s en route to Mexico City's airport.

41 min|TV-PG|Premiered 10/02/2013




Friday, February 28, 2020; 11:00AM-Noon EST.

ScienceChannel is doing another marathon of "The Unexplained Files" on this date. And again, telecasting the episode we did for this wonderful series that deals with multiple cases of - gasp! - Spontaneous Human Combustion. Finally, a civilized time slot for a rerun. Both fatal and survived cases are documented - not that the debunkers and naysayers will give any credence to the cases presented but for those with true critical thinking skills, you'll have much to ponder. (This episode was also telecast on Friday, February 21, 2020, in the same time slot.)


Can be viewed online live too, at ScienceChannel.com during the on-air broadcast.



"The Unexplained Files" examines the phenomenon of Spontaneous Human Combustion both fatal and, yes, survived with Larry E Arnold, director of ParaScience International, documenting for the first time on national TV the death of Danny Vanzandt in Oklahoma and the witnessed inflaming of survivor Frank Baker.


Science Channel

Friday, February 21, 2020; 11AM-Noon EST

Friday, February 28, 2020; 11AM-Noon EST




You can see Larry Arnold tomorrow on ScienceChannel - "The Unexplained Files" - Tuesday, 6-7PM.






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