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Fatal a-Traction  
2007 Darwin Award Winner
Unconfirmed by Darwin

(October 2007, UK) John, 71, used wood and rope to make a traction device to ease his wife's neck pain. But applying traction to the neck takes a delicate touch. His DIY (do-it-yourself) medical device turned out to be a gallows, as John found out when he tested it and hanged himself.

The Coroner's verdict: Death by Misadventure.

Darwin says, "Story is UNCONFIRMED: the lurid online source is not a bastion of responsible reporting. However, if it can be confirmed, it's an apt nominee."

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