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The Case of the Do-it-Yourself Home Electrocution

By taking a home improvement project into his own hands, a homeowner set the stage for his pregnant wife's death.

When a Virginia man realized his pregnant wife was spending more than her usual amount of time in the shower one September 2003 evening, he decided to see what was taking so long. His concern rose to panic when he entered the bathroom to look in on her. As the water continued to run and fill the shower pan, his wife sat unconscious and slumped over in the corner of the shower stall. She was unresponsive, and the husband's attempts to revive her were ultimately unsuccessful.

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