Posts Tagged ‘Mummy’

Anatoly Moskvin hit the news in 2011, for a rather bizarre and disturbing set of criminal charges. He was arrested in connection with a series of grave desecration events in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia. Moskvin’s occupation was as a local historian and cemetery explorer. He is said to speak 13 languages and described as a ‘genius’ but it seems he had something odd in his home.

His house contained 29 life-sized dolls made from various female corpses in mummified states. The dolls were brightly dressed and their faces and limbs were covered in cloth. At the point the details were released it was not clear is each body/doll had actual remains in each one and I couldn’t see much in the way of a follow up, but the police and teams involved likely have a hard job of identifying all of them.

In the flat the investigators found the photographs and nameplate taken from headstones, instruction for making dolls and maps of cemeteries in the region. Shoes found in his home matched footprints found in the cemeteries and it is reported that he singled out Muslim Graves.

Lonely? Disturbed? Moskvin was caught out and no doubt this bizarre story will yield more details in the future but for now it is a curious psychological piece, what was he aiming at in the end if anything at all?

There we go a creepy tea break read!

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Rosalia Lombardo is a resident of the catacombs, she was Italian born in 1918 and died December 6th, 1920. General Lombardo was so upset upon her death he went to a noted embalmer, Alfredo Salafia, in order to preserve her. Her body was one of the last ones to have been admitted to the catacombs in Sicily.

His technique was good enough that her body could be x-rayed and the organs show up. Her body is kept in a small glass covered coffin and placed on a marble pedestal. Unfortunately a 2009 photograph by the National Geographic shows that she is beginning to show signs of decomposition, most noticeably is the colour. So to combat this she was moved to a drier location in the catacombs. Her original coffin has also been placed in a sealed one to try and prevent any further deterioration.

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In Dublin, Ireland, there is St Michan’s Church and underneath it lays the crypts. There are five long burial vaults with the mummified remains of 17-19th Century notable families.

Though there is no exact date of origin they may date from when the church was rebuilt in 1685, the dry atmosphere appears to have been a factor in the mummies and their preserved coffins. The limestone walls mean the area is dry and perfect for creating the natural conditions required for these mummies.

It is believed that Bram Stoker, creator of the novel Dracula, visited the vaults in the company of his family.

One of the vaults houses a man known as “Crusader” though his body is only around 650 years old (other sites say 400). Looking around at stories for him I have conflicting tales but one says his feet were taken off due to being so tall, for some reason they also removed his right hand.  Another site told me the man was over six feet tall, yet another claims it was over eight feet?

There are also the various bodies laid here of those that held the title Earl of Leitrim. Don’t pop by on a Sunday though just to visit the crypts as they are closed so that the residents can enjoy their normal services.

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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.