Miss Havisham Syndrome

Deirdre Fox died of asphyxia caused by nightdress strangulation, in some kind of peculiar half-hommage to Charles Dickens’ character Miss Havisham.

Fox, who was 59, died as a result of misadventure, according to a recently concluded inquest in Dublin.

The inquest heard that she had bought a new bed with four glass knobs on it, that her nightdress had become tangled on one of the knobs, and tied up around her neck.

The coroner said: “She was intoxicated to the point that she was not able to manage to get herself out of that position…Unfortunately she got hooked in this position.”