Way to Die #317
Name of the death is a pun on "SPF" (sun protective formula)
Date April 26, 2004
Location Las Vegas, Nevada
Episode this death
was featured in
"Dead Before They Know It"

"SP-Effed", Way to Die #317, is the first death featured in "Dead Before They Know It", which aired on March 23, 2011.


A young woman named Shelly is always borrowing her room mates' belongings without asking: clothes, food and beauty products. When one of her room mates buys a tanning bed (which no one is allowed to use), she decides to use it, but before going in, she mistakes psoriasis cream for moisturiser. The psoralen in the cream, activated by the tanning bed's ultraviolet radiation, gives her massive second degree burns all over her body and she collapses on her horrified room mate and dies of heart failure, hypovolemic & cardiogenic shock and severe dehydration.

"Shelly was a deadbeat who borrowed, used and ate her friends out of house and home. It's fitting to see that the roommate from hell wound up burnt to a crisp!"

Cast and Interviewees

  • Guerin Piercy - Shelly (lead: intended victim)
  • Mele Ihara - Psoriasis Roommate
  • Dr. Marc Kern (clinical psychologist)
  • Dr. Vyshali Rao (cardiologist)