Spaghetti, the Carny Mummy

Posted: February 28, 2012 in Cemetery, Morgue, Unusual Findings, Weird
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In 1911 a carnival worked called Cancetto Farminca was killed in a fight. One of the reports states he was hit by a tent stake during a quarrel. His body was taken to McDougald Funeral Home in Laurinburg, North Carolina. His father came over to the place and paid ten dollars in order to have the body embalmed. He said to the funeral director that he would return with the rest of the money and burial instructions.

That was the last the funeral home ever heard of his father, instead Mr McDougald found himself with a body that kind of stuck around as he hoped he might come back. For a while it hunt from the wall in the embalming room, then it was stored upright in a box in his garage.

The locals were either unable to remember Cancetto’s name or perhaps they could not pronounce it, so instead the unfortunate gent was know as Spaghetti. He became a local tourist attraction and over the course of 60 years he was visited by people from all over the country.

New York Congressman, Biaggi, heard about him in 1972 and managed to raise enough of a fuss about it to get the funeral home to bury the body.  Now he lies in Hillside Cemetery under a marker donated by the funeral home. He is rumoured to be under two tons of concrete as they worried that he might well end up dug up at some point.

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  2. Yvonne Cooke says:

    I saw Spaghetti over 50 years ago in the McDougald Funeral Home garage. He was in a box that stood in the corner.

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