Angelo Hays

Angelo Hays: The Man Who Was Buried Alive

This is the bizarre, yet true story of Angelo Hays. Hays was a Frenchman who was born in 1918. At the age of just 18, he decided to take a ride on his motorcycle. Little did he know that he was about to take the scariest ride of his life. This particular ride had caused an accident that would change his life forever. Hays was about to soon become not only an inventor, but also a French celebrity.

The Unbelievable Story

motorcycle accidentBefore Hays went to take a ride on his motorcycle, his mom gave him a lecture he probably should have taken more seriously. Of course, like any good mother, she was concerned about him riding his motorcycle without wearing a helmet. Her advice to him went in one ear and out the other.

Not long after taking off on his bike for a joy ride, Hays was in an accident. He was thrown from is motorcycle headfirst into a brick wall. The impact messed his face up so bad, his own parents were not even aloud to view his body. Talk about a devastating experience. When doctors examined Hays, they could not find a pulse. He was declared dead and was laid to rest just 3 days later.

Hays Never Died

Due to an insurance policy (worth 200,000) that was taken out on Hays just days before the accident, insurance investigators requested his body to be exhumed. Of course, police first looked at his parents as possible murder suspects. When they were told Hays’ body was going to be exhumed, they requested him to just stay buried. Of course, this made investigators even more suspicious. However, the parents didn’t know that the suspicions are what made their life go from sadness, to immediate happiness. Just a couple of days after the accident, Hays was exhumed.

Once forensic examiners saw Hays, they were in shock when they realized that despite being buried in a coffin for two days, his body was still warm. Why was he still warm? Examiners later determined that Hays was never dead, but instead was in a coma caused by his head injury.

Although Hays had to endure several operations, he made a full recovery. His unexpected survival was the best gift his parents could have ever asked for. Surprisingly, Angelo Hays went on to live a full and prosperous life. Now this is a story with an ending you would have never expected.

How Did Hays Survive Being Buried Alive For Two Days?

It is hard to believe that one could survive being buried alive for an entire 2 days. So how did Hays do it? Due to his serious head injury that put him in a coma, his body no longer needed the normal amount of oxygen necessary for survival. Therefore, he was required very little oxygen to survive.

Hays Invented A Security Coffin

safety coffin

Above is the 19th century Taberger’s Safety Coffin. A bell was a signalling device just in case one was buried alive.

The accident that caused Hays’ injury, had also caused him to become a celebrity in France. Since he survived a premature burial for two days, people would travel many miles just to speak to him. A few decades after his accident, Hays invented a security coffin. It was created for other people who might be mistakenly buried alive. His invention was equipped with a food locker, oxygen supply, chemical toilet, radio transmitter, alarm bells, and even a library (for whatever reason).


If Hays would have just listened to his mother, this story probably would have turned out a lot different. However, you can look at it in a different way. Despite his unimaginable experience, it is the accident that made Angelo Hays a famous man that people will be talking about for centuries.

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Joseph Caltabiano is a blogger, oddities lover and a former surgical technologist. He left the field of surgical technology to pursue a career in blogging and internet marketing. As clearly shown in his posts, Joseph is very passionate about unusual topics. His two most favorite topics are medical and weird science.