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3 Native American Boys Exhumed With Greatest Care

Remains of students at Carlisle Indian Industrial School to return to Wyoming

(Newser) - The headstone designated the resting place of Hayes Vanderbilt Friday—a name given to a Northern Arapaho child in what the Philadelphia Inquirer calls a "brutal, turn-of-the-century experiment in forced assimilation." The government-run Carlisle Indian Industrial School was established in 1879 as a place to scrub Native American... More »

Dali's Grave Will Be Opened Tonight

In attempt to get enough DNA to conduct a paternity test

(Newser) - Salvador Dali's eccentric history will take yet another bizarre turn Thursday with the attempted exhumation of his embalmed remains. The goal: find genetic samples that could settle whether one of the founding figures of surrealism fathered a girl decades ago. Pilar Abel, a 61-year-old tarot card reader, claims her... More »

Salvador Dali to Be Exhumed Over 'Clandestine Love'

Maria Pilar Abel Martinez says artist had affair with her mother, wants DNA test

(Newser) - Truth may be stranger than fiction, and for Salvador Dali, death is proving just as surreal as life. The famous Spanish painter, who has been in eternal repose since 1989, will be exhumed under a Madrid judge's orders so his DNA can be tested in a paternity suit, the... More »

Soccer Legend's Body Goes Missing in Brazil

'My father did not deserve this,' says Garrincha's daughter

(Newser) - What happened to Garrincha's body? That's what Brazilians are asking after the soccer great's remains went missing. The one-named, two-time World Cup champ's family revealed the odd disappearance on Tuesday, telling O Globo via the BBC that Garrincha's body may have been lost during an... More »

University Says Up to 7K Bodies Are Buried on Campus

University of Mississippi Medical Center trying to decide what to do with them

(Newser) - On some 20 acres of the 164-acre University of Mississippi Medical Center campus, there's something unexpected underfoot: bodies. The Clarion-Ledger reports there are as many as 7,000 bodies buried on the campus, and they likely belong to patients of the Mississippi State Lunatic Asylum, which in 1855 opened... More »

To Solve Mystery, 'Devil in White City' Will Be Exhumed

Some say serial killer Dr. HH Holmes managed to escape execution

(Newser) - For some who chose Dr. HH Holmes' hotel as their lodging during the 1893 Chicago World's Fair, it was a deadly mistake. The 19th-century serial killer, born Herman Webster Mudgett, had fashioned a 100-plus-room house of horrors well-equipped for making people disappear: a building of soundproof, windowless rooms; gas... More »

Famed Astronomer's Remains Have High Levels of ... Gold?

Famously wealthy, eccentric scientist appears to have been surrounded by gold

(Newser) - Tycho Brahe was an unusual man. The Danish astronomer from the late 1500s who laid the foundation for modern astronomy was extremely wealthy, had a pet moose, and according to a new analysis of his hair and bones, was also—literally—full of gold, reports the University of South Denmark... More »

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 »

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