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5 Amazing Things People Did Right After Death


Leslie Coffelt saved President Truman’s life after he was shot dead

We are seeing a renewed urge to make Puerto Rico a state, which is only fair considering that years are not represented and willful acts of Mel Gibson. There was also an alternate push for total independence in Puerto Ricano, a push that is now much weaker than the statehood movement. Puerto Rico is probably perfectly fine if a fair chunk of Americans forgets that the independence movement ever existed, considering that some of the spirits of beef were floating out there. Beefs like, oh, shoot at the National Guard Opening of the fire in the House of Representativesand, oh, try to assassinate the president.

That guy.
National Archives
That guy.

It was November 1950 and Harry Truman was staying at Blair House, a DC residence that is great for accommodating guests or staying in the White House renovation. Puerto Rican nationalists Griselio Torresola and Oscar Collazo approached the building and planned to kill the president to raise awareness on their cause. As with most awareness campaigns, they didn’t really think about how this would be done ahead their cause, and it quickly became clear to them that they most likely would not get out of this adventure alive.

Collazo’s half of the operation didn’t go so well. He pulled the trigger of an officer guarding the house before realizing he hadn’t loaded the gun properly. When he repaired the gun, the man knew what was going on and Collazo got him in his knee instead of his back as planned. Three different intelligence agents then shot him, which was presumably the end of Oscar Collazo. However, Torresola succeeded fatally shoot at his target. He shot Officer Leslie W. Coffelt four times and got him in the chest, which was believed to be the end of Leslie W. Coffelt.

Well it had to be right?
Department of the Treasury
Well it had to be right?

Torresola then made his way from the guardhouse to Blair’s entrance and defeated two other officers with non-fatal shots. But before he could get into the house, he was shot in the head. Do you know how we said Coffelt was fatally shot? We didn’t lie; His wounds would kill him, making him the only person to die protecting a U.S. president (and Coffelt wasn’t even on the intelligence service, just a White House cop). But first he crawled out of his guard cubicle and killed Torresola with one shot, then crawled back and turned black.

Truman was up during all of this and went on with his day and said, “A president must reckon with these things.” Although Collazo was shot a few times, he actually survived the adventure. A judge sentenced him to death, then Truman converted that to life, and President Carter later converted the sentence altogether and released the man to Puerto Rico. Truman claimed that the assassination actually caused him to reconsider the status of Puerto Rico. Then he pushed for a referendum in which Independence from Puerto Rico wasn’t even an optionWe suspect this was just a classic Truman trolling.


A teenager lost both arms and still managed to call for help

On the afternoon of January 11, 1992, high school graduate John Thompson was working on the farm. He lived on 1,600 acres in a North Dakota town of 100 people, and no one was around when he got to work that Saturday. Both parents were out of town visiting relatives. So it was up to him to shovel the barley himself. The grain moved thanks to a shaft powered by his tractor. This shaft rotated about 17 times per second. Everything went great until he slipped onto some ice and fell against that rotating shaft, ripping off both of his arms.

It's a shame that should happen to such an innocent child.  He was completely armless. 
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It’s a shame that should happen to such an innocent child. He was completely armless.

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