Spontaneous Human Combustion: John Irving Bentley was a doctor who burned to death in 1966. His cremated remains were found in his home in Coudersport, Pennsylvania. Only his lower right leg with a slipper on it was left intact. SHC is the burning of a human body with no obvious source of ignition. Over 300 yrs about 200 cases have been cited worldwide. The body is almost totally incinerated without evident points of origin, yet nearby items are intact.