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How A Dog’s Unfortunate Fall Led to Death of 3

An unusual chain of events that started with a dog.

Nicole Henley
2 min readFeb 25, 2020

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“Life imitates art far more than art imitates life.” — Oscar Wilde

Indeed, much of art can be ripped from the pages of history, and shown on the silver screen. Sometimes it is life imitating the art or the other way around to a lesser extent. However, at a glance, not every instance from history will be believed. Reality has always been stranger than fiction, after all.

The Chain of Events

Like something out of a Final Destination movie, a chain of events took place which ultimately ended in several deaths, and it all started with a falling dog.

According to The Canberra Times — in late October of 1988 (precisely three days earlier), a poodle owned by one Montoya family by the name of Cachi fell from a balcony on the 13th floor of a building in Central Buenos Aires. The fall resulted in Cachi colliding with a 75-year-old woman named Marta Espina, the impact killing both woman and dog on the spot.

As tragic as that was in and of itself, one would expect the story to end there. It didn’t. Shortly after this accident occurred, a bus struck and killed 46-year-old Edith Sola, while she stood in the middle of the street at the edge of a crowd of onlookers. Then, after her death, an unidentified man, a witness to both incidents, suffered a heart attack, and subsequently died in an ambulance en route to the hospital.

After this final death, questions were raised as to how the dog — whose fatal plunge started this chain of events — even fell in the first place. As stated by the same article, a few papers in the Argentinan capital reported that recent repairs had been made, at the time, to the very balcony from which the dog fell. And that appears to be where the story ends.

Thank you for reading!

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Nicole Henley

Writer of true crime, unsolved mysteries, and marvels of history. Lover of movies, books, cats, and anime.