Sleepwalking, one of the standbys of slapstick humorists, is actually no laughing matter. It is often a symptom of a serious neurosis. And, contrary to popular belief, sleepwalkers are not immune to harm: they are a danger to themselves and others. Instances:
¶ An English somnambulist once killed and carved up his wife while asleep.
¶ An eight-year-old Texas boy with a smoking shotgun in his hand was found fast asleep on the foot of the bed where his mother lay dead of a shotgun wound.
¶ One Matthew Lukaszewski, while asleep, jumped from...