Wife Kills Self, Husband with 2.5m Deep Beach Pitfall Trap


A young woman who accidentally killed herself and her husband by digging a 2.5m deep pitfall trap in the sand is currently the subject of tragic ridicule throughout Japan.

The incident transpired on an Ishikawa prefecture beach, when a 23-year-old woman resolved to “surprise” her 23-year-old husband with a pitfall trap.

Together with “four or five” male friends, she spent the afternoon digging out a 2.5m deep and 2.4m wide hole in the sand using shovels, which she then covered with a sheet, which was further disguised with more sand.

She then waited until nightfall and invited her husband out onto the beach, accompanying him to the site of trap.

As planned, both fell into the trap, but it promptly fell in around them and proved impossible to escape.

Nearby friends heard their screams and called in the fire brigade, but by the time they had rescued them from the hole several hours had elapsed and both showed no signs of life.

The couple were taken to hospital, only to be pronounced dead on arrival. They are thought to have suffocated in the sand.

According to other beach-goers, the group digging the huge hole were warned that they should fill in the hole and go home as it was dangerous, but they only acknowledged the warning and continued their undertaking anyway.

Police are considering pressing charges of involuntary manslaughter against the surviving group.

Such is the awesome stupidity of their deaths that there is even some speculation that there may have been more sinister motives afoot, although there are also those who merely see them as strong Darwin award contenders (2010 was nearly won by the Korean wheelchair vs elevator man).

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    Comment by Anonymous
    17:53 28/08/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    This man's biggest mistake in life was marrying this woman.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:47 28/08/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    They were actually just setting up a trap for the next pokemon episode...

    RIP Jesse and James -__-

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:27 28/08/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    I feel sorry for Meowth, I mean what will he do now?

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:24 29/08/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Maybe he should use this opportunity to go ahead and evolve into a Persian.

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    Comment by Satonaka
    05:33 29/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Butch... Cassidy... XD

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    Comment by Ota-Kool
    02:22 29/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Or band another team... Team Meowth since he's the master inventor of the past group.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:42 30/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Back Team Rocket HQ or back to Hollywood or whatever the hell they called it.

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    Comment by Skoll
    17:16 30/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)


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    23:43 28/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Meowth can go back to Las Vegas and learn another language there..

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:14 28/08/2011 # ! Drivel (-0.8)

    I like commenting under the first post so that everyone can marvel at my witty comment.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:10 29/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Oh romeo, oh romeo.

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    Comment by Hayate
    03:04 29/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Nearby friends heard their screams and called in the fire brigade, but by the time they had rescued them from the hole several hours had elapsed and both showed no signs of life.

    im thinking that the friends just need 5 minutes to dig the SAND on their own, so why fire brigade...?

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    Comment by HouseLife
    03:59 29/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    At 2.5 m deep, it would be dangerous for them, but you gotta wonder if any of them had ever seen the Princess Bride they would have tried to get a rope.

    I'm just going to assume that the article doesn't talk about what they tried to do to help, or that the friends who did the digging had already left and the sand became too dangerous to work with.

    As much as people should have tried to get them out, if they fell in horizontally and the sand poured in with any decent speed before the screams were responded to, there wasn't much anyone could do.

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    Comment by Lexi
    22:37 29/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Even if they were mostly upright, the pressure of the sand on their torsos could have been enough to asphyxiate them.

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    Comment by Gitami
    04:23 29/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Possibly they can't do so with the shovel without risking hitting them. However hand digging wouldn't require that long.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:37 28/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    This man's biggest mistake in life was marrying a CHARLIE!

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:18 28/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Too moe to handle...

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    Comment by Megidola
    22:49 28/08/2011 # ! Quality (+0.9)

    Goes to show that the airhead moe girl isn't so great in the 3D world...

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    Comment by Uncommon0taku
    21:40 28/08/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    This is what happens when you watch too many episodes of Nichijou ~ stupid becomes second nature.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:18 28/08/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Now, tactical facepalm everyone.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:50 28/08/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    For what reason would she want to surprise her husband by falling in to 2.5 m deep pitfall that she spent a whole day digging?

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:39 29/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    This is not the first that I have heard of this sort of trap. Does it even need to be asked what that type of trap what meant to do? It did exactly what it was meant to do. Yes, it was most likely murder. The question then is whether or not the woman had indeed set the trap and if she had intended to go down with her husband. It is also possible that they were both murdered by her friends.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:14 29/08/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Or more likely, she just thought it would be funny/romantic, and didn't realize that beach sand caves in quite easily, and is difficult to escape from. If it was meant as murder, her and her friends wouldn't have dug the hole throughout the day in direct view of lots of other people.

    People dig holes like this at the beach all the time. There was a teenager in California who was digging a tunnel in the sand and had it cave in on him just a few weeks back. In that incident, a lot of other beach-goers immediately pitched in to help, and managed to get to him in about half an hour...

    This has happened to others as well, many of which haven't been as fortunate. Needless to say, digging a deep hole in beach sand isn't a good idea.

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    Comment by Yoshii-kun
    21:23 28/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    To prove the bitch can save her man in a hole.
    Unfortuntely, no one came to save them both

    Comment by Anonymous

    So, is this an EPIC AN HERO???

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    Comment by cats2
    03:12 29/08/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    "Nearby friends heard their screams and called in the fire brigade, but by the time they had rescued them from the hole several hours had elapsed and both showed no signs of life."

    What? Nobody thought to DIG THEM OUT? Fucking christ, "Somebody is drowning?! I better go call the police and stand there!"

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:08 29/08/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    You guys who think they could have gotten them out fast go to the beach and try to dig a 2 meter deep hole as fast as you can. See you in a few hours.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:10 29/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Unless they where completly covered by the sand, if someone has a little bit of brain, the first thing to do is to get a rope (not that hard on a beach), or at least make one with your clothes tieing up your shirt and jacket to your pants and you get like a 3 meters rope...and also a legal and moral excuse for public nudity (but if you get an erection you are fucked up).

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    Comment by kumesana
    17:05 29/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Worse. With the drowning case, it's possible you can't swim, and have trouble finding a boat or something.

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    Comment by DoubleX31
    17:47 28/08/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    "...strong Darwin award contenders"

    Plural? Unless you mean the man should receive a darwin award for marrying such a dumb bitch.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:26 28/08/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Actually I think that there is rule that disqualifies her due to taking somebody else with her.

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    Comment by Artefact

    The 2010 winners were a pair who decided to have sex in a car in the middle of a foggy highway, so I'm not sure how consistently any such rule is applied.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:17 29/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    The highway quickie couple in 2010 qualified because it was consensual sex, meaning they both knew exactly what they were doing.

    With this pitfall case, I'm pretty sure she would be disqualified as she took someone "innocent" with her. Her husband had no clue of the pitfall since it was supposed to be a prank. For the wife she died because of her stupidity whereas for the husband it was a complete accident.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:45 29/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Now, for the obligatory sexist joke:

    He must have known she's dumb. After all, her rightful place is only the kitchen. He's only dumb for taking her outside that kitchen, lol.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:48 29/11/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    that didn't even make sense?

    Comment by Anonymous

    You are a little shit.

    It's not an "obligatory sexist joke", it's a pathetic little loser's obligatory trolling. You fail at life, kiddie.

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    Comment by TC-man
    23:11 28/08/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    And one thing: how did they know it's the woman's own idea to dig a hole to surprise her husband? She's dead and you can't ask her for comment. Or she's blamed for all this, and suddenly her "friends" have amnesia? And why didn't her socalled male friends try to dig them up with their hands or get help e.g. use the same shovels they used for digging the hole and start digging, well, at least the article didn't mention what these "friends" has tried to save the couple, they just call the fire brigade.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:33 29/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Because thrusting shovels in the sand where there may be people inside would kill them if the sand already didn't. They tried to dig them out, but too late.

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    Comment by kazaza2
    23:42 28/08/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    This woman obviously watched too many "Roadrunner" cartoons as a kid. Hole was dug with Acme excavation kit.

    The Japanese press: "Demands the banning of "foreign" cartoons as they are a detriment to Japan"!

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:48 29/08/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Or maybe she was an adamant Team Rocket/Dorombo Gang fangirl.

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    Comment by yuriphoria
    00:53 30/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wow that's sounds like a wonderfully geeky wife, too bad she didn't follow the example of the Myth Busters and used a test-dummy first before going in herself.

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    Comment by kakul
    11:38 29/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    This whole incident stinks of murder. What do you mean friends heard their screams and called in help?? Did they not do anything and somehow the couple suddenly died? There is just too much doubts inbetween their friends arriving and calling in the brigade and to their death.

    18:25 28/08/2011 # ! Quality (+0.9)

    She dug her own grave and her husband.

    Comment by John Hayabusa
    00:15 29/08/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    The guy probably wished that he should have died with a dakimakura by his side instead.

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    Comment by Ota-Kool
    01:52 29/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Reminds me of an episode of Mythbuster the Killer Quicksand here is the video


    Comment by Anonymous
    01:34 29/08/2011 # ! Good (+0.7)

    He should have killed her and used her bones as a ladder.

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    Comment by Yoshii-kun
    21:21 28/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    With self-bury feature. She saved so much on burial services.

    Comment by Anonymous

    If the people who attend that funeral can keep from laughing, they have my respect.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:50 29/08/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    "I'm the kind of guy who laughs in a funeral. Can't understand what I mean? You soon will."

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:03 28/08/2011 # ! Good (+0.9)

    Where I live, it's customary for undertakers to dig the hole for the grave at least 7 feet deep. I know because funeral management was part of my extra curricular activities in college(don't ask why I joined such club...).

    That woman dug 2.5 meters, which is roughly 8.3 feet.

    She literally dug her own grave(and her husband's).

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:57 28/08/2011 # ! Good (+0.8)

    Well, she managed to kill her husband but I don't think she expected him to grasp her wrist at the moment of the fall and take her down with him.

    That is how I imagine it most likely happened.

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    Comment by Gradius
    09:35 29/08/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Yes, stupidity can kill, this is another perfect example.

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