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Editor: Gerry W. Beyer
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Emails From Beyond the Grave

UnknownJack Froese died of heart arrhythmia at the age of 32 in June 2011.  After his death, several of his friends have received posthumous emails that have mysteriously accurate details in them.

His best friend from childhood, Tim Hart was one who received an email about a conversation only he and Jack had in his attic. Jack’s cousin, Jimmy McGraw also got a posthumous email about an ankle injury that he received after Jack’s death. Hart is not concerned about where the emails are coming from because he takes them positively, and the emails give him some closure. Usually posthumous emails like this can be traced to spam accounts, but these emails both had personal touches and have not been traced back to any such account.

If you want to intentionally send emails after your death, you can use the website, Dead Man’s Switch, to draft emails that will be sent to some preselected recipients after your death.

See Eric Pfiffer, Emails From Dead Man’s Account Helping Family and Friends Find Closure, The Sideshow, Mar. 14, 2012. 

Special thanks to Adam Hirsch (William & Catherine VanDercreek Professor, Florida State University
College of Law) for bringing this article to my attention. 


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