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Death is generally an unpleasant experience and for most of us out of sight out of mind really applies here. Until you stumble upon a body part or a full on body while cleaning out a storage unit or swimming in a nearby lake. I’m always reminded of the Tobe Hooper’s Poltergeist when I hear about bodies popping up out of nowhere.
The Curious Case of Elisa Lam
Poor Elisa Lam was but a tourist of Canada when she died mysteriously and ended up inside of a water cistern atop her hotel, she was found 19 days later. Not only is this incredible say considering Miss Lam was only 21 when she died but it’s also creepily mysterious. Thanks to technology the last video of Lam was taken by an elevator camera that showed her acting strangely and talking to some unknown person in the hotel. No one knows who she was talking to or what was said but she then took the elevator up to the roof and never came back down.
But the story gets worse. For 19 days Elisa Lam floated dead inside of a water cistern on the hotel. The reason she was found? Guests at the hotel began complaining of the weird smell and taste of the water. WEIRD. SMELL. AND. TASTE. They were drinking and bathing in dead human water!
The Salish Sea Human Foot Discoveries
Since August 2007 eleven detached human feet have washed up to shore still wearing shoes. The first shoe was found August 20th, 2007 and the most recent in May, 2014. A variety of explanations surround this weird recurring event such as victims of a tsunami or plan crash. But nothing has been completely ruled.
The creepiest thing about this is that there are an odd number of feet found. Of course there is probably logical explanation for that but it still makes my skin crawl.
The Custody Battle of The Leg In The Grill
In September 2007 a man bought a BBQ grill from a storage unit auction. When he got home he discovered an amputated leg was shoved inside of it. So the man did what he thought was right and charged his friends and neighbors to look at it!
Apparently, said leg belonged to the former owner of the storage unit who had lost his home. He wanted to be buried with the leg when he died so the hospital gave it to him. The two men met in person and, thankfully, the leg was returned to its rightful owner.
The Mummified Wall Baby
There are a hundred movies where new tenants discover bodies hidden within the walls of their new home. Most of the time they are followed by some terrible story involving a vengeful ghost who can only be saved by reuniting it with the grave. Or sometimes, a mummified baby comes tumbling out of the wall of your Parisian apartment.
In 1850 a couple living in their new apartment discovered a mummified infant within their walls. They were immediately arrested but swiftly cleared of all charges. This was among the first cases where science could be used to determine the time of death. It was also the first time this could be used as evidence during the trial.
Six-Million-Dollar Man vs. Elmer McCurdy
I made sure to do my digging on this one because it seemed just like all the other on-set hoaxes I’ve read about. Turns out though, in 1976, a dead body really was found as a haunted house decoration. Poor Elmer McCurdy was born to an unwed mother in 1880 and was destined for a tragic life. Raised by his uncle and aunt, McCurdy showed signs of rebelling. After his uncle died Elmer McCurdy and two others decided a life of crime would be best fitting for them. Unfortunately, Elmer and his band of thieves weren’t so great at being robbers. After two failed robberies, McCurdy was killed in a shootout at the age of 31.
The body was taken to a funeral home in Oklahoma where no one came to claim it. In hopes of making a few bucks the undertaker preserved McCurdy’s body and charged a nickel for people to come see it. Five years later a man came and claimed to be McCurdy’s long lost brother and took the body. As it turned out the man was actually the owner of a traveling carnival and wanted the body as an attraction. Elmer’s body traveled with various side show attractions until a crew member of The Six-Million-Dollar Man was moving what he thought to be a mannequin from gallows. Some reports say Elmer McCurdy’s arm broke off, others say his finger, and that’s when the body was discovered to be real. He was finally buried in April 1977 back in Oklahoma.