Wednesday, April 30, 2014


Death by Zip Line

Sailendra Nath Roy suffered a heart attack after becoming entangled on a zip line. Suspended 600 feet in the air while hanging by his hair, he tried unsuccessfully to reach help when he succumbed to his failing heart. 

The 49-year-old stuntman already held the Guinness World Record for covering the longest distance on a zip-line while hanging by his hair – that of 271 feet. 

He was trying to break his own record.

The first ever-recorded zip line accident was in 1739.

And sadly a 12-year-old died tragically in a zip line accident.

An unregulated industry saw tragedy when one worker died while doing a test run and another was injured after a zip line tower collapsed. Many injures are sustained when people hit the platform too fast.

As I read each of these incidents – all I could think about is how easy it would be to rig an accident. Ever the murder mystery plotter, I just couldn't help myself. Whether the weapon is a zip line, a yacht, or even a vase there is much fodder for the creative mind when it comes to murder. 

So how about you – have you found your weapon or just the next plot for your mystery?

Happy end to the A to Z challenge!

If you missed out on the fun of Arlee Bird's 2014 blog hop
 it's not too late to start planning for 2015 or to read this year's submissions from the
A huge round of applause for the 2014 A to Z Challenge Team:

Arlee Bird: Tossing it Out
Alex J. Cavanaugh: Alex J. Cavanaugh
Stephen Tremp: Author Stephen Tremp
Tina Downey: Life is Good
Damyanti Biswas: Amlokiblogs
Jeremy Hawkins: [Being Retro]
Nicole Ayers: The Madlab Post
M. J. Joachim: M. J. Joachim's Writing Tips
Heather M. Gardner: The Waiting is the Hardest Part
AJ Lauer: Naturally Sweet
Pam Margolis: An Unconventional Librarian

The End! 


  1. You know, I am beginning to be glad I don't know you personally Yolanda. You have too many ideas for murder, could be quite frightening to have a neighbour like that LOL.

  2. Just catching up on all your posts. Awesome. And now I'm afraid to let my son go on the zip line again. Yikes! Congrats on making it through.

    Visiting on behalf of Untethered Realms for the A to Z Challenge.

  3. Just being on that platform looking down at the zip line would be enough to give me a heart attack. I am a total chicken.
    I've really enjoyed your theme, Yolanda! I'm a little afraid of what that says about me LOL.
    Take care!

  4. Haha! Last year, for our wedding anniversary, we went zip lining over the mountains. It was exhilarating! Obviously, I didn't think through the "accident" potential, considering hubby is still among us:) Cheers to a great theme & zippy finale!!

    Echoes of Olympus
    A to Z #TeamDamyanti

  5. A nicely summarised post Yolanda. I've enjoyed your posts throughout the month, and I'll be keeping you on my Blogroll as we leave the challenge behind us.
    This is one of a handful of blogs I've found not only entertaining, but useful too.
    In answer to the question about the next story. I've left it alone all month, but from tomorrow I'll be back to work on what should be the final draft.
    'Amsterdam Calling' is a thriller, set in ... Amsterdam of course. More blurb about on my blog and website.
    It's been great, and thank you for all your efforts, and the ability to maintain your topic so well.

  6. Congrats on reaching the end of this gruelling and "murderous" challenge! (he! he!)
    You did well with this theme!
    Writer In Transit

  7. Hi Yolanda,

    Thought I'd Zip over to your posting. And yes, your imaginative research brought some fascinating and rather macabre musings.

    Congrats on finishing the A to Z. I hope this is the last one, ever! :)

    Gary :)

  8. That was sad about the stunt man; makes you want to stay away from zip lines, but seems like a lot of kids' camps have them, hmmmmm

    WTG on finishing the challenge! A job well done. I did enjoy reading the posts I did and learned so many interesting ways people murdered others, very interesting them indeed!


  9. My goodness, hanging from a zip line by the hair. That's enough to induce a heart attack in a healthy hearted person. Still, you'd think there would be warnings advising against those with heart conditions from going down a zip line. :/ I'll make sure my hair is cut close if I ever need to take one.

  10. Congrats, Yolanda! That was a high note to end on! :)


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