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Posted Mon Dec 31, 2012 12:39 AM
Posted Mon Dec 31, 2012 10:22 AM
According to the sources I found, Jeff Dailey was 19, not 18. Peter Burkowski was 18.
- He was 18 years old.
Edited by SeaGtGruff, Mon Dec 31, 2012 11:05 AM.
Posted Thu Jan 3, 2013 6:43 PM
Edited by jhd, Thu Jan 3, 2013 6:54 PM.
Posted Sun Jan 6, 2013 7:54 PM
Posted Sun Jan 6, 2013 8:17 PM
This article says
The contemporary newspaper articles I found about the 1982 incident all spell the name "Bukowski" not "Burkowski" (all are from April, 1982).
The First Person To Die Playing A Video Game
Galactic warrior Peter Bukowski had a heart attack on April 3, 1982, in Calumet City, Illinois -- at the Friar Tuck game room, River Oaks Shopping Center. The game he was playing was Berzerk.
Posted Sun Jan 6, 2013 8:44 PM
This article says
Since the legends claim that Jeffrey Dailey died before Peter Bukowski, this article implies that the legends about Jeffrey Dailey are just stories with no truth to them. It does seem interesting that Peter Bukowski's death seems to be fairly well substantiated, yet no such reports can be found about Jeffrey Dailey's death.
Posted Fri Sep 13, 2013 10:14 PM
I really hope I'm not breaking any rules by posting again directly after my own post, but anyone who is interested in finding answers to this should read this article I found on Twin Galaxies' website. Since it's on their site, I would say it's safe to put stock in the account. It gives a pretty detailed account of Peter Bukowski (that's the spelling they go with), and it further asserts that Jeff Dailey is just a rumor started 6 months after Peter's death, and that the name comes from the Jeffrey Allen Dailey who died in Virginia in May 1981. The article even says that according to the story, which apparently appeared in a short lived magazine called Video Ace, Jeff Dailey died in Virginia on January 12, 1981 (so there is the answer to the question this thread asked). As for the obesity bit, the article on Twin Galaxies' website suggests that it was said about Peter Bukowski due to the fact that his heart was surrounded by a layer of fat thanks to the rare heart condition he had. He was not obese of course. In fact, a coroner's report said that Peter Bukowski was 5'10" tall and weighed 172 lbs when he died. It's very interesting that they had all this information that I never heard prior. I would be pretty skeptical about it if it wasn't for the fact that it's at Twin Galaxies' site. Here's where it gets really freaky - this article goes on to tell about a third Berzerk related death that happened on March 21, 1988, once again in Calumet City, IL, and once again at Friar Tuck's! And once again, the same Berzerk machine that Peter played while he was dying is involved in this incident! Edward Clark Jr., age 17, went to Friar Tuck's on March 21, 1988, and was murdered by Pedro Roberts, age 16, over a quarter that Edward used to play Berzerk that Pedro claimed was his. Pedro was kicked out first, and 10 minutes later Edward and his friends were allowed to leave and advised to go a different way, but they didn't listen. Pedro waited for Edward in an alley around the corner from Friar Tuck's and stabbed him when he came near. You can read the whole article that addresses all 3 deaths here.
I looked into the Edward Clark/Pedro Roberts story, and there is an article in the Chicago Tribune dated March 22, 1988 that mentions the killing, so the Twin Galaxies article's claim that it is a true story has some backing. The Chicago Tribune article even gives the addresses where the two boys lived. Here is a link to that article.
Posted Thu Mar 17, 2016 10:13 PM
I hate to dig up this ol' fossil but I was watching the latest Venture Bros and they mentioned this. I had never heard of it and thought maybe it was just part of the shows story. I was blow away to hear this. STRANGE BUT TRUE.
I saw that and forgot to follow up. Hillarious how 21 used that excuse to justify that a found corpse could have died from extreme happiness! Needles to say, Venture Brothers is epic.
Posted Fri Mar 18, 2016 12:49 AM
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