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For 23, WWI U-Boat May Have Become a Coffin

Sunken sub found off the coast of Belgium

(Newser) - Eleven German submarines from World War I have been found sunk in Belgian waters. The latest to be discovered, however, is the "best preserved" of all, officials say. The U-boat, 88 feet long by 20 feet wide, has been found in an undisclosed location off the Belgian coast near... More »

Glacier Yields 3 Roped-Together Bodies

Climbers vanished on Mont Blanc 22 years ago

(Newser) - Western Europe's highest mountain is giving up more of its dead as the Mont Blanc glacier shifts and retreats. In the latest grim find, a French climber on the Italian side of the peak spotted the bodies of three roped-together climbers believed to have died in 1995, AFP reports.... More »

NYC Transit Workers Describe 'Leaking' Corpses on the Job

MTA union reps: Bodies from train accidents are stored in worker break areas, bathrooms

(Newser) - Ever wonder where the bodies of people hit by subway trains are brought to immediately after an accident? "Whatever room happens to be nearest" in New York City's subways, even if that room is an employee lunchroom, bathroom, or other break area, a transit union source tells the... More »

The Land Where the Dead Never Die

Torajan families don't bury loved ones until they're ready—and even then it's not over

(Newser) - In most parts of the world, wakes and funerals are the main form of ceremonial closure people have when a loved one passes away. Things are a little different in Indonesia's Toraja region in Sulawesi, where Sahar Zand headed for the BBC to reveal a ritual most may find... More »

In Medieval England, Villagers Chopped Up Their Dead

Scientists think they feared a sort of zombie uprising

(Newser) - We humans can be a superstitious lot, and scientists are revealing yet another example of the extremes we'll go to in the fight to keep evil and danger at bay. In this case, experts report in the Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports that human bones excavated in 1963 and... More »

Pokemon Players Fall Off Cliff, Others Find More Bodies

And 2 more were banned from their local zoo

(Newser) - The unraveling of society is continuing apace following the release of Pokemon Go . The Los Angeles Times reports two men playing the insanely popular augmented reality game fell off a bluff Wednesday in Encinitas, California. One fell 50 feet and was knocked unconscious; the other fell between 75 and 100... More »

Woman Hunting Pokémon Finds Dead Body Instead

The new Pokémon Go game has also caused numerous minor injuries

(Newser) - Nineteen-year-old Wyoming resident Shayla Wiggins was hunting monsters; she found a dead body instead. County 10 reports Wiggins was playing Pokémon Go, a cellphone game released this week that is already wildly popular, Friday morning near her home. Pokémon Go “tasks players with visiting real-world locations to... More »

Employee Found Dead at Apple HQ

Body was found in a conference room, possibly with a gun

(Newser) - An employee was found dead in a conference room at Apple headquarters in Cupertino, California, on Wednesday morning, the San Jose Mercury News reports. According to KGO-TV , authorities found a gun near the employee's body. But the Mercury News reports police aren't confirming the presence of a weapon.... More »

Cops: 5 Dead Americans Stolen for Arcane Religion

Amador Medina was apparently practicing Santeria

(Newser) - Have skeletal remains lying around at home? Yeah, that's a bit of a problem—as Amador Medina learned when police accused him of keeping five disinterred bodies at his Hartford, Conn., apartment. Medina, 32, allegedly paid someone to dig up the three adults and two children for use in... More »

Inside the Incredible Job of Wrapping Up a Dead Man's Life

Inside the death, and life, of George Bell

(Newser) - It wouldn't take a huge leap to assume that the man who had been dead for days in a trash-filled Queens apartment was George Bell. The apartment was his, and the 72-year-old lived with no one. Except his body was "decomposed and unrecognizable," writes N.R. Kleinfeld... More »

We Still Have No Idea Who 30 Katrina Victims Are

Money allocated by FEMA to help identify bodies has dried up

(Newser) - Cleaning up after a massive hurricane is a difficult affair, but a decade after Hurricane Katrina ravaged New Orleans and claimed what Live Science reports is an estimated 1,833 lives, 30 bodies have yet to be identified. WWL-TV arrived at that number after making a public records request to... More »

102 Bodies, Many Children's, Found Floating Near Ganges

Officials believe the dead were given water burials

(Newser) - Authorities are today investigating how more than 100 bodies, many of them children, ended up floating in an offshoot of the Ganges River in northern India. Officials do not suspect a crime: Instead, they believe the dead were given water burials. The 102 bodies found floating near the village of... More »

NY Woman May Have Lived Above Dead Mom for Year

Hope Ruller's badly decomposed body found in apartment below daughter's

(Newser) - That a 94-year-old was found dead would not typically make national headlines, but the case of Hope Ruller is a bizarre one: The New York woman's decomposing body may have sat in her apartment for as long as 14 months—as her daughter, Mary Kirsteen, and Kirsteen's adult... More »

Thousands of Bodies Pile Up in New Delhi Every Year

Mortuaries, police overwhelmed by number of unidentified, unclaimed dead

(Newser) - Mortuaries are, by nature, a somewhat gruesome venue, but perhaps nowhere more so than in New Delhi, India, where thousands of unclaimed, unknown bodies rack up every year. A New York Times article documents the horrors of the Sabzi Mandi mortuary, where bodies pile "on every available surface, including... More »

Man Finds Body Inside Foreclosed Home He Bought

Neighbors suspected former owner had died inside Cape Coral, Fla., house long ago

(Newser) - Overgrown grass, trash, and an interior that probably needs some TLC are things you'd expect to deal with when purchasing a foreclosed home; a dead body is not. But William Wilson stumbled upon all of these things when he entered his new Cape Coral, Fla., residence on Wednesday after... More »

11 Arrested After 'Corpse Bride' Is Dug Up

Chinese woman's body used for ancient 'ghost marriage' ritual

(Newser) - It sounds like a Tim Burton film, but the reality is much creepier: Chinese police have arrested 11 people in the country's east who are accused of playing a role in a "ghost marriage." In the ancient custom, a man who dies single is laid to rest... More »

Mom Hid Kids, Living and Dead, From Boyfriend: Cops

3 dead infants found in Erika Murray's squalid Mass. home

(Newser) - Erika Murray may or may not be the mother, but an investigation into the squalid conditions of her vermin-infested home in Massachusetts last week has unearthed a tragic discovery: the bodies of three deceased infants. That discovery comes on the heels of one made in late August, when state welfare... More »

4 Dead Men Found in Water Off Florida Coast

Offcials say men had been in water a long time

(Newser) - Officials are still trying to determine the identities of four men whose bodies were found floating off the South Florida coastline. The bodies were discovered yesterday off Hollywood Beach. The Miami Herald reports the remains were taken to the Broward County medical examiner's office and the Broward Sheriff's... More »

Man Finds Dead Body, Thinks It's Fake, Dumps It

'Mannequin' was actually 96-year-old woman

(Newser) - How exactly is it possible to mistake a dead body for a mannequin? Well, first of all, this story happened early on the morning after April Fools' Day. Ronald Benjamin, a desk clerk at a Florida seniors' apartment building, noticed the shape of a body on the patio while on... More »

How to ID an Old Corpse? With This 'Secret' Fluid

In crime-infested Mexico, it comes in handy

(Newser) - A forensic expert in one Mexico's most violent cities has found a way to cull secrets from corpses that have gone dry, AFP reports. Alejandro Hernandez, who handles waves of dead bodies in Ciudad Juarez, lowers them into a homemade solution that makes their murder wounds and facial features... More »

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