Deadly Inventions

A number of “inventors” that were killed by their own “inventions“.

NOTE: We completely disagree with most of these being “inventions”….but it is what it is.


Jiménez was killed in 2006 at age 65 in his studio in Hondo, New Mexico, when one of the sculpture’s three sections came loose from a hoist, pinning him against a steel support beam and severing an artery in his leg. He bled to death on his studio floor before being declared dead on arrival at the nearest hospital. –

Blucifer – by Luis Jiménez

Flying Tailor

Franz Reichelt died in 1912, when jumping off of the Eiffel Tower, when his parachute suit failed to deploy and he plummeted 187 feet. –

Franz Reichelt wearing his parachute suit

Space Taxi

On 16 August 2009, a just-completed prototype Jetpod crashed, killing the founder of Avcen, Michael Robert Dacre, who was the sole occupant. Dacre had attempted to take off three times and on the fourth successfully lifted off before stalling and crashing. According to Taiping deputy police chief Syed A. Wahab Syed A. Majid, the company had not obtained permission from the Royal Malaysian Air Force to conduct the flight tests. –

Horrible Video Quality – But, you get the idea

Ruby Ridge

Ruby Ridge was the site of an eleven day gun battle and standoff, between Randy Weaver (and family and friend) and a multitude of law enforcement agencies, which resulted in the death of Weaver’s wife and son.

The is an aerial view of the cabin of Randy Weaver and his family on Ruby Ridge in North Idaho. Photo was taken March, 1992. Spokesman-Review photo/Shawn Jacobson
Hundreds of federal agents converge on Ruby Ridge during the standoff in August 1992. (The Spokesman-Review)
Protestors at Ruby Ridge (Renegade Tribune)
Randy Weaver at Kerrville 2003

Ed Gein

American Killer and Body Snatcher. This twisted individual exhumed corpses and made keepsakes from their skin and bones.

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Mother’s Room
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Auction of Ed Gein’s belongings following his arrest.
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