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Poland to Dig Up Every Victim of 2010 Plane Crash

Officials fear crash was an assassination

(Newser) - Six years after a plane crash in Russia killed 96 people , including Polish president Lech Kaczynski, the body of every available—that is, uncremated—victim is to be dug up, reports Reuters . The ruling Law and Justice party launched a new investigation into the crash after accusing Russia of withholding... More »

Woman's Fingers Returned to Her 80 Years After Death

New Zealand is repatriating the remains of 37 individuals

(Newser) - When New Zealand educator Jessie Marguerite Fendell was found in a dry creek bed at the bottom of a cliff near the school where she worked in 1933, her family didn't believe that her death was an accident. So investigators exhumed her body three months later, sent her fingers... More »

Searching IDs, US Exhumes 'Unknowns' of Pearl Harbor

USS Oklahoma project aims to disinter 61 caskets

(Newser) - More unidentified USS Oklahoma crew members killed in the 1941 Pearl Harbor bombing were exhumed yesterday, as the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency disinterred five coffins from four gravesites at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu, where they've rested for decades. Flags were draped over the coffins,... More »

What Proteins in Pablo Neruda's Remains Suggest

Reuters views forensic experts' initial report, still no sign he was poisoned

(Newser) - It's another strike against the claim of Pablo Neruda's chauffeur, who contends that agents of Augusto Pinochet poisoned the acclaimed Chilean poet by injecting something into his stomach while he was being treated for cancer. Neruda died in 1973 and was exhumed 40 years later; in late 2013,... More »

Teams Start Exhuming Tikrit's Many Mass Graves

ISIS claimed to have killed as many as 1,700 soldiers there in June

(Newser) - In June, ISIS did the barbaric: slaughtered scores of soldiers at a base on the outskirts of Tikrit. With the city newly liberated, Iraqi forensic teams have now begun the grim process of excavating suspected mass graves thought to contain some of the 1,700 soldiers ISIS claims to have... More »

Archaeologists Exhume Thousands of Nazi Victims

Soldiers' remains will be given proper burial in Poland

(Newser) - Over the course of six weeks, archaeologists have exhumed the remains of an estimated 3,000 men from eight mass graves in southeastern Poland—bones belonging to nearly-impossible-to-identify soldiers who were victims of the Nazis. The Soviet and Italian troops were interned in a German stalag near the city of... More »

Inside the Secret Exhumation of Chopin's Heart

It happened in April in the wee hours of the night

(Newser) - As Frederic Chopin gasped for air on his deathbed in Paris in 1849, he whispered a request: "Remove my heart after I die and entomb it in Poland," the native land he pined for from his self-imposed exile in France. Ever since, the composer's body has rested... More »

Scientists Zero In on Lost Grave of Don Quixote Author

5 possible locations of Miguel de Cervantes' remains pinpointed

(Newser) - Don Quixote author Miguel de Cervantes is widely considered the most important writer of Spain's Golden Age—but he died poor, and over the centuries since his death on April 22, 1616, the exact location of his grave has been forgotten. Forensic scientists have been looking for it since... More »

55 Bodies Exhumed From Notorious Reform School

And final number could be higher, say researchers

(Newser) - The remains of 55 bodies have been retrieved from unmarked graves at a notorious Florida reform school —almost twice the number that a 2009 inquiry determined were buried there, and five more than researchers were expecting, the Wall Street Journal reports. The now-shuttered Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys,... More »

Jovan Belcher's Body Exhumed in Search of Brain Injury

Expert convinced Chiefs' linebacker had CTE when he killed girlfriend, self

(Newser) - Former Kansas City Chiefs' linebacker Jovan Belcher's body has been exhumed more than a year after he killed his girlfriend and himself so that his brain can be examined for signs of a degenerative condition linked to repeated concussions. An examination of Belcher's brain could determine whether he... More »

New Trend in Latin America: Exhuming the Dead

Often, investigators want to see if political leaders were murdered

(Newser) - Lately, Latin America is really into ... exhuming political and intellectual leaders. As the New York Times explains it, the region has always been more inclined toward exhumation than the rest of the world, a custom that could date back to the early days of Christianity, when saints' body parts were... More »

Body of Teen in Gym Mat Filled With Newspaper, Not Organs

Autopsy thickens plot in suspicious death

(Newser) - The plot has again thickened in the mysterious death of Georgia teen Kendrick Johnson: A second autopsy on the 17-year-old's exhumed body has found that before burial almost all of his organs were replaced with newspaper. Kendrick was found dead in a rolled-up wrestling mat at his school in... More »

Pablo Neruda to Be Exhumed

Judge orders autopsy to see if he was poisoned

(Newser) - Pablo Neruda is about to get the Yasser Arafat treatment . Neruda chauffeur Manuel Araya has been claiming for years that agents of Augusto Pinochet poisoned the acclaimed poet while he was being treated for cancer. Next month, authorities will dig up his corpse to see if that's true. Judge... More »

Autopsy's Goal: How Did Lotto Winner Ingest Poison?

Authorities looking for more evidence on Urooj Khan's death

(Newser) - The body of a Chicago man poisoned with cyanide after winning the lottery will be exhumed as authorities try to figure out exactly how he died. The Cook County medical examiner plans to exhume the body of Urooj Khan this morning from a Chicago cemetery. Authorities hope a forensic autopsy... More »

Next Step in Mona Lisa Quest: DNA Testing

Reconstruction of Lisa Gheradini's face may give clues about famed painting

(Newser) - Art history fans have a good reason to crack a smile: We're getting closer to determining whether Lisa Gherardini did indeed serve as the model for Leonardo da Vinci's famous Mona Lisa, reports CNN . Researchers in Italy have been sorting through a set of exhumed bones —currently... More »

Arafat's Remains to Be Exhumed Tuesday

Authorities will test his body for poisoning

(Newser) - Years of speculation about Yasser Arafat's death may be answered soon—his body will be exhumed from his West Bank tomb on Tuesday, reports the BBC . The Palestinian leader died in 2004 at age 75, and an al-Jazeera documentary in July revealed that some of his personal effects had... More »

Family: DNA Proves Gacy Victim Was Misidentified

Mother finally gets an answer, though police haven't confirmed

(Newser) - For years, Sherry Marino has doubted that John Wayne Gacy actually killed her son, believing that some stranger was buried in the grave with Michael Marino's name on it. Now, after an exhumation , she says she's got DNA tests to back her up, reports AP . "We don'... More »

Arafat Will Be Exhumed, Autopsied

'We are on the way,' says aide

(Newser) - Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas has given his permission for the exhumation of the remains of his predecessor, Yasser Arafat, a top aide said days after a Swiss institute reported finding elevated traces of a radioactive substance on the late leader's belongings. The findings were inconclusive, but revived speculation that... More »

John Wayne Gacy Victim to Be Exhumed

Mother says body in grave may not be her son

(Newser) - Decades later, a longstanding John Wayne Gacy mystery may be a step closer to resolution. Doubts surrounding the identity of one of John Wayne Gacy's victims have prompted an exhumation of the body, the Chicago Tribune reports. Sherry Marino, whose son Michael disappeared in 1976, has never been certain... More »

Girl's Body Exhumed 54 Years After Murder

Investigators hope new DNA techniques will help nail prime suspect

(Newser) - A little girl's body has been exhumed 54 years after her murder, by cops who now think they can nail the killer using new forensics techniques. Prime suspect Jack McCullough, a former neighbor of the 7-year-old girl, has already been extradited from Washington to Illinois to face charges. "... More »

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