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Authorities Identify Mummified Remains of Woman in Detroit Suburb

Today's blog article is about another long-forgotten person found mummified in their dwelling as America's plague of apathy and uncaring continues.  

Authorities Identify Mummified Remains of Woman in Detroit Suburb

(Reporting by David Bailey; Editing by Eric Beech)

Original Article: http://news.yahoo.com/authorities-identify-mummified-remains-woman-detroit-suburb-200350089.html

(Reuters) - A woman whose mummified remains were found in her garage in a Detroit suburb up to five years after her death has been identified through DNA tests, an official said on Friday.

Pia Farrenkopf had set up her bills to be paid automatically through a bank account, a neighbor cut her grass and her mail was sent to a nearby post office while her body sat for years in the back seat of a vehicle in her Pontiac, Michigan, garage.

Her body was finally found in March when someone was sent to check on the house, which had fallen into foreclosure after the account ran down and mortgage payments stopped.

Robert Gerds, administrator for the Oakland County medical examiner's office, said Farrenkopf's family was notified Tuesday of the positive identification and her body has been released.

A cause of death has not been determined, nor when she died, though investigators were able to confirm that she was seen alive as recently as early 2009, Gerds said.

"This has brought some closure for our family, knowing we may finally lay Pia to rest," a posting on a Facebook page dedicated to her by a niece said Tuesday.

Farrenkopf stopped working in 2008 and the last withdrawal from the account was in March 2013, Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard said in March. He said her mail went to a post office, a neighbor cut her lawn, and she had no nearby family.

For a look into other long forgotten places don't forget to check out our photo galleries  http://tmbroadw.startlogic.com/lostandfoundohio/Gallery/album05

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Grand Opening of The Morbid Anatomy Museum

Over the years i have blogged about several museums either wholly-dedicated to death/dying, the funeral industry or other macabre topics so it should not come as a surprise that i have found another such collection/museum. Actually there are more such odd/macabre places than most people would believe you just have to do a little digging around.

New NYC museum explores death, all things morbid

AP June 27th 2014

http://news.yahoo.com/nyc-museum-explores-death-things-morbid-154527397.html

NEW YORK (AP) — A new museum opening in New York City this weekend promises a fascinating journey into the dark side.

The Morbid Anatomy Museum opens Saturday in Gowanus, Brooklyn.

The ribbon-cutting will include a "spirit photo booth" and traditional mourning food from a cookbook titled "Death Warmed Over."

But creative director Joanna Ebenstein tells The New York Times the museum's mission is serious. It grew out of Ebenstein's private collection of over 2,000 books on death rituals, the human body and esoterica.

The three-story museum is in a former nightclub. Highlights at the opening exhibition, "The Art of Mourning," include a brooch made from human teeth. There's also a 1850s shadowbox containing a Madonna surrounded by a memorial wreath made of locks of a deceased loved one.

Here is a great link with pics of the collection...

http://morbidanatomy.blogspot.com/


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Old Licking County jail to Host 'Ghost Adventures' Showing The Evening of July 12

Old Licking County Jail - Ghost Adventures ShowingCome on out and enjoy a unique night with me and the united Paranormal Project as the Ghost Adventures team reveals just what they found during thier investigation of the Old Licking County Jail.

Old Licking County jail to host 'Ghost Adventures' showing the evening of July 12

Newark Advocate
June 26th, 2014

http://www.newarkadvocate.com/article/20140626/NEWS01/306260031?nclick_check=1

NEWARK — The Licking County Preservation Society will host a free showing of the Travel Channel’s “Ghost Adventures,” which will showcase the hauntings and history of the old Licking County Jail.

The free outdoor screening will start at 9 p.m. July 12 in the south parking lot of the jail, 46 S. Third St. Viewers should bring blankets or lawn chairs. If it rains, the showing will move to the Newark Main Library, 101 W. Main St., according to Pam Jones, deputy clerk for the Licking County commissioners.

The preservation society will conduct jail tours from 5 to 8 p.m. that night for $10 for adults. Children younger than age 12 will get in free. Representatives from the United Paranormal Project will host a question-and-answer session at 8 p.m.

Money collected from the event will go toward preserving and restoring the jail, Jones said.

Footage for the show was taped at the jail during May. It will air at 9 p.m. July 12 on the Travel Channel, Jones said.


Afterwords, the United Paranormal Project will have a public ghost hunt of the old jail from 10:30 to 4:00 AM  all the details and tickets available at http://www.parajail.com/


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Mummified Man in Manhole Electrocuted Around Two Years Ago

Today in the blog an unusual story about the mummified remains of a copper thief found years after frying himself in a manhole. Personally I have to wonder why it took them so long to find him/the problem/cut wires?

The Mummified body of a man found in manhole was likely electrocuted

http://news.yahoo.com/mummified-man-manhole-likely-electrocuted-210033272.html

TUCSON, Arizona. (AP) 6/25/2014

An autopsy shows that a man whose mummified remains were found in a Tucson, Arizona, manhole likely died of electrocution.

Tuesday's report from the Pima County medical examiner's office says the dead man was holding a pair of bolt cutters in an underground high-voltage utility vault, and there were cut copper wires near his remains.

The medical examiner says the man died between one and two years before his remains were found May 19.

Tucson Electric Power crews found the body when they opened the manhole to investigate a power fluctuation. The manhole was last opened in 2009.

An identification card for a 51-year-old man was found with the remains, but the medical examiner's office is awaiting DNA test results to verify the dead man's identity.

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Mummified Corpse Found Hanging in Closet of Abandoned Ohio Home

Here we have a sad case of being forgotten about entirely. Its sad how little neighbors friends and family can mean in todays unraveling society. People become over looked, neglected and forgotten as in this case. If you are a fan of Lost and Found Ohio and have looked thru our galleries you know In the past I have done what this boy was doing many times, exploring old abandoned places that have been forgotten about. I have seen/found many odd and unusual things left abandoned and forgotten but this tops them all. I feel bad for this man who had no one and I feel bad for the kid who found him. Hopefully the man will get a decent burial at this point and a headstone/grave to rest in. Maybe someone will actually stop by, I know he will be in my thoughts and I may look him up one day during my cemetery photography trips.

Mummified corpse found hanging in abandoned Ohio home

AP  
By Laila Kearney

A curious Ohio boy who sneaked into an abandoned house over the weekend discovered a mummified corpse hanging inside a closet, unnoticed for nearly five years, officials said on Tuesday.

The body of Edward Brunton, 53, had a belt around his neck, and he likely died by suicide in his rundown home in the city of Dayton, said Ken Betz, director for the coroner's office in Montgomery County in southwestern Ohio.

"I've been around a long time, but this is the first time we've had (a mummified body) indoors for that many years," Betz said.

Authorities used personal identification documents, a physical description from Brunton's brother and other records to identify the body, Betz said.

Family members and neighbors said that after years of being homeless Brunton inherited some money from his mother in 2009 and bought the tiny house for $10,000 cash, Betz said. He likely killed himself shortly after, Betz said.

Because he died in the winter and inside a dark closet, Brunton's body tissue dried out and was preserved. No one went looking for Brunton, who was estranged from his family, Betz said, adding that Brunton did not know his neighbors and had no known work obligations.

"This is kind of like the perfect storm in the sense that neighbors were unaware, he just purchased the home, he was a street guy," Betz said.

He would not confirm press reports that said the adventurous 12-year-old boy thought the body he found was a dummy and told his mother, who alerted authorities.

(Reporting by Laila Kearney in New York; Editing by Susan Heavey)

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4th Arrested For Vandalizing Grave of New Hampshire Businessman

In the news today a woman digs up fathers grave to search for his will

4th arrest in vandalized grave of NH businessman

Associated Press 6/17/2014 

Original Article: http://news.yahoo.com/4th-arrest-vandalized-grave-nh-businessman-141648116.html

COLEBROOK, N.H. (AP) — A fourth person has been accused of taking part in ransacking the grave of a New Hampshire businessman who died in 2004.

The cement vault of Eddie Nash was found last month cracked, the casket opened and the remains searched. The body was left intact at the Colebrook Village Cemetery.

The Caledonian Record reports (http://bit.ly/UI4tcG) 53-year-old David Grey, who recently moved to Colebrook from Rhode Island, turned himself in to police on Friday and was charged with interference with a cemetery.

"I think this will probably do it," Colebrook Police Lt. Paul Rella said of the arrests.

Grey was released on personal recognizance bail; it wasn't immediately known if he had a lawyer.

Last week, Nash's daughter, Melanie Lynch, was arrested on similar charges, as was Michael Day. A friend of Lynch's, Ginette Dowse, is accused of conspiracy.

Police believe the casket was pulled out after Lynch commented about her father being buried with "the real will." A police affidavit said Lynch didn't find a will, only a pack of cigarettes in her father's hand.

Nash, who died of a heart attack at 68, started an equipment business in 1979 still run by his family. He's since been reburied.

An engraving on his tombstone reads "King of the Used Equipment World."

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Bodies of 800 Babies, Long-Dead, Found in Septic Tank

Today we have a sad and grisly discovery of a mass grave that needs to be remembered for its lessons to us all.  

Bodies of 800 babies, long-dead, found in septic tank at former Irish home for unwed mothers

By Terrence McCoy
June 3rd 2014
The Washington post

Original Article: http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2014/06/03/bodies-of-800-babies-long-dead-found-in-septic-tank-at-former-irish-home-for-unwed-mothers/

In a town in western Ireland, where castle ruins pepper green landscapes, there’s a six-foot stone wall that once surrounded a place called the Home. Between 1925 and 1961, thousands of “fallen women” and their “illegitimate” children passed through the Home, run by the Bon Secours nuns in Tuam.

Many of the women, after paying a penance of indentured servitude for their out-of-wedlock pregnancy, left the Home for work and lives in other parts of Ireland and beyond. Some of their children were not so fortunate.

More than five decades after the Home was closed and destroyed — where a housing development and children’s playground now stands — what happened to nearly 800 of those abandoned children has now emerged: Their bodies were piled into a massive septic tank sitting in the back of the structure and forgotten, with neither gravestones nor coffins.

“The bones are still there,” local historian Catherine Corless, who uncovered the origins of the mass grave in a batch of never-before-released documents, told The Washington Post in a phone interview. “The children who died in the Home, this was them.”

The grim findings, which are being investigated by police, provide a glimpse into a particularly dark time for unmarried pregnant women in Ireland, where societal and religious mores stigmatized them. Without means to support themselves, women by the hundreds wound up at the Home. “When daughters became pregnant, they were ostracized completely,” Corless said. “Families would be afraid of neighbors finding out, because to get pregnant out of marriage was the worst thing on Earth. It was the worst crime a woman could commit, even though a lot of the time it had been because of a rape.”

According to documents Corless provided the Irish Mail on Sunday, malnutrition and neglect killed many of the children, while others died of measles, convulsions, TB, gastroenteritis and pneumonia. Infant mortality at the Home was staggeringly high.

“If you look at the records, babies were dying two a week, but I’m still trying to figure out how they could [put the bodies in a septic tank],” Corless said. “Couldn’t they have afforded baby coffins?”

Special kinds of neglect and abuse were reserved for the Home Babies, as locals call them. Many in surrounding communities remember them. They remember how they were segregated to the fringes of classrooms, and how the local nuns accentuated the differences between them and the others. They remember how, as one local told the Irish Central, they were “usually gone by school age — either adopted or dead.”

According to Irish Central, a 1944 local health board report described the children living at the Home as “emaciated,” “pot-bellied,” “fragile” and with “flesh hanging loosely on limbs.”

Corless has a vivid recollection of the Home Babies. “If you acted up in class, some nuns would threaten to seat you next to the Home Babies,” she said. She said she recalled one instance in which an older schoolgirl wrapped a tiny stone in a bright candy wrapper and gave it to a Home Baby as a gift.

“When the child opened it, she saw she’d been fooled,” Corless told Irish Central. “Of course, I copied her later and I tried to play the joke on another little Home girl. I thought it was funny at the time…. Years after, I asked myself what did I do to that poor little girl that never saw a sweet? That has stuck with me all my life. A part of me wants to make up to them.”

She said she first started investigating the Home, which most locals wanted to “forget,” when she started working on a local annual historical journal. She heard there was a little graveyard near what had been the Home, and that piqued her curiosity. How many children were there?

So she requested the records through the local registration house to find out. The attendant “came back a couple of weeks later and said the number was staggering, just hundreds and hundreds, that it was nearly 800 dead children,” Corless said.

Once, in 1995, Corless said in the phone interview, several boys had stumbled across the mass grave, which lay beneath a cracked piece of concrete: “The boys told me it had been filled to the brim with human skulls and bones. They said even to this day they still have nightmares of finding the bodies.”

Locals suspect that the number of bodies in the mass grave, which will likely soon be excavated, may be even higher than 800. “God knows who else is in the grave,” one anonymous source 'Bodies of 800 babies' found at site of Irish home for unmarried mums. “It’s been lying there for years, and no one knows the full extent of the total of bodies down there.”

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Psychic Medium Pat Bussard Two Nights of Mediumship and Paranormal Investigation at the Old Licking Jail and the Twin City Opera House

Two Great Nights at Two Great Locations

The United Paranormal Project and Lost and Found Ohio welcome renowned Psychic Medium Pat Bussard.  Night one will be at the Twin City Opera House and Night two will take place at the Ol' Haunted Licking County Jail in Downtown Newark, Ohio.  These are two of my absolute favorite haunted locations and a great opportunity to meet and interact with a good friend of mine Pat Bussard  http://www.patbussard.com/#!

The Groups and the VIP Ghost Hunt will be First Come, First Served... so get your spots NOW to assure you won't miss out on this event. Please only sign up for 1 Seance per person.

 

Friday May 16th, 2014

Twin City Opera House McConnelsville, Ohio

15 W.Main Street

McConnelsville, Ohio 43756

www.twincityoperahouse.com

10:00PM - Gallery Group Reading by Renowned Psychic Medium Pat Bussard (Cost $10.00)

11:00PM - VIP Ghost Hunt with Pat Bussard and the U.P P. (Cost $30.00) (40 Person Maximum)

Both as a Package Deal: Only $35.00 

Tickets will also be available at the Door:  Gallery Reading $15.00 / VIP Ghost Hunt $35.00 / Both $45.00

http://www.twincityoperahouse.com/special-event-may-16-and-17-psychic-pat-bussard.php

 

Saturday May 17th, 2014

Ol' Licking County Jail

46 South 3rd Street

Newark, Ohio 43055

http://www.parajail.com/

Group #1 5:00PM (Cost: $20.00) (12 person maximum) SOLD OUT!

Group #2 6:30PM (Cost: $20.00) (12 person maximum) SOLD OUT!

VIP Ghost Hunt 9:00PM (Cost: $30.00) (Limited to 25 people) A FEW SPOTS REMAINING!

http://www.parajail.com/special-event-may-16-and-17-psychic-pat-bussard.php


 You may purchase just one thing or you can purchase packages. You may also purchase a TOTAL WEEKEND PASS which includes the following:

1. Friday Night (May 16th) Psychic Gallery Group Reading at the Twin City Opera House in McConnelsville, Ohio 10:00PM (500 Person Maximum)

2. VIP Ghost Hunt the Haunted Twin City Opera House with Pat Bussard and the U.P.P. (40 person maximum) after the Gallery Group Reading Friday May 16th, 2014). 11:00PM

3. For 1 Seance at the Ol' Licking County Jail in Newark, Ohio. Saturday May 17th, 2014) 5PM & 6:30PM. First Seance 5:00PM and second Seance at 6:30PM. Limit 12 per Seance!!!

4. VIP Ghost Hunt at the Ol' Licking County Jail with Pat Bussard and the U.P.P. (25 people maximum). Saturday May 17th, 2014) 9:00PM

5. Total Weekend VIP Pass will include the Friday Night Gallery Reading and VIP Ghost Hunt at the Twin City Opera House and 1 Seance and the VIP Public Ghost Hunt at the Ol' Licking County Jail.

Once you have Purchased your spots, your name will be placed on a list. Upon your arrival just give us your name.

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updates on May 3rd Asoociation for Gravestone studies meeting

 Update on Spring Meeting for the Association of Gravestone Studies


Hello, AGS Ohio Chapter members:


  Krista Horrocks, our spring meeting host and coordinator, has finalized the schedule for our May 3 event.  It's going to be a great time, and I really hope you can make it!

When: May 3, 2014 - Registration begins at 9:00 a.m.

Where: The Fredericktown Administration Building (the old high school), 117 Columbus Road, Fredericktown, 43019

Schedule of Events:

 9:30 - 10:15 – Registration/Meet & Greet/Breakfast

10:15 - 10:30 – Introductions and Welcome

10:30 – 12:00 – Presentations:

Voices of the Dead: Reconstructing the Population History of an Appalachian Coal Town
Dr. Nancy Tatarek and Dr. Paul Patton, Ohio University

Boyd Cemetery, the Oldest Cemetery in Fredericktown
Jim Wagner, President of the Fredericktown Historical Society

Touring the Tombstones: The Beard-Green Cemetery Tour at Dawes Arboretum on May 31, 2014
Krista Horrocks, AGS Member

A Different Type of Gravesite: The Prehistoric Mounds of Fredericktown
Jim Wagner, President of the Fredericktown Historical Society

A Media Tour of the Cemetery Walking Tour!
Krista Horrocks, AGS Member

12:00 – 1:00 – Lunch, Clean-up (You can bring your own lunch or order sandwiches - I'll post the menu asap)

1:00 – 4:00 – Cemetery Walking Tours:

Old Fredericktown Cemetery
Forest Cemetery
Wayne Baptist Cemetery


A facebook event is also set up for this meeting: http://www.facebook.com/events/667422473294555/ .  Please RSVP via facebook or e-mail if you're planning to attend. This will help us plan the amount of meeting materials to prepare.

Since the chapter meetings are a means to increase awareness of and membership in AGS, if you have any friends who might be interested in the organization who are not yet members, please encourage them to attend! Please feel free to contact me via e-mail, facebook, or phone if you have any questions about the meeting.

Hope to see you on May 3!

Beth Santore
Ohio Chapter Chair
Cell: 614-949-6027
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11 Ancient Burial Boxes Recovered in Israel

11 Ancient Burial Boxes Recovered in Israel

By JON GERBERG
AP
March 31st, 2014

Original Article: 11 ancient burial boxes recovered in Israel

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli authorities on Monday unveiled 11 ancient burial boxes dating to around the time of Jesus, recovered by police during a midnight raid on antiquities dealers suspected of stealing the artifacts.

The boxes include a pair of ossuaries believed to contain the remains of two noblemen who lived in Jerusalem some 2,000 years ago.

Some are engraved with designs and even names, giving clues to their origin and contents. The boxes contain bone fragments and remnants of what experts say is pottery buried with the deceased.

Israel's Antiquities Authority said the boxes were recovered last Friday, shortly after midnight, when police observed two cars parked suspiciously at a military checkpoint on the outskirts of Jerusalem. When they investigated, they found four people involved in an exchange of the boxes. Once police recovered the items, they alerted the authority.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said the boxes were "stolen from a cave" near Jerusalem with the intent of being sold to collectors. He said authorities had been tracking the suspects for some time but would not elaborate. The exchange involved an Israeli and a Palestinian seller attempting to make the sale to an Israeli customer, he said.

According to Israeli antiquities law, all antiquities that are discovered are considered property of the state.

Two of the suspects remained in custody on Monday, and the others were under house arrest, according to the authority.

The boxes, known as ossuaries, are believed to date back to the Second Temple Period, a time stretching from roughly 515 B.C. to 70 A.D. that included the reign of King Herod, who built some of the most famous sites in Jerusalem and the Holy Land, and the time of Jesus.

Not unlike today, the Jerusalem of the time was a place of strong religious divisions, multiple languages and a diverse economy. Visitors made pilgrimages from far and wide, bringing with them commerce and traffic on religious holidays.

According to common Jewish burial practices of the time, the deceased were not buried but laid out in a cave for one year. Afterward, the bones were gathered and stored in the special boxes.

"It's kind of like where the deceased go to retire," said Stephen Pfann, president of the University of the Holy Land. Pfann noted that the use of these burial boxes developed at the time partly to condense the space needed once the corpse had turned to bones and partly because of the difficulty of finding space for a tomb in Jerusalem's hard bedrock.

Some of the newly recovered boxes feature elaborate engravings, indicating wealth and a high social status of the deceased.

"It was an expense to cut a tomb at all," said Pfann. "It definitely took a certain amount of wealth."

The boxes are not especially rare. The Antiquities Authority already has in its possession over 1,000 of these ancient boxes. But the authority's deputy director, Eitan Klein, said that each box was significant.

"We can learn from each ossuary about a different aspect of language, art and burial practice," he said. "And we can learn about the soul of the person."

Two were inscribed in Hebrew with names — "Yoezer" and "Ralphine." Klein said that he hoped to learn more about the identity of the deceased through future research.

According to Klein, the boxes held the remains primarily of rabbis, businessmen and aristocrats of the time. The use of ossuaries became popular during the 2nd century B.C., influenced by the individualism of Greek and Roman societies. They fell out of fashion, Klein said, after Roman domination of Jerusalem in 70 A.D.

Klein estimated the value of the boxes to be in the thousands of dollars.

In the past, allegations of forgery have been made over certain ossuaries and their inscriptions.

In one of the most famous cases, doubts still linger over a 10-year forgery investigation into the origins of an ossuary claimed to be inscribed with a reference to Jesus Christ. The case was closed in 2012 with no one convicted of forgery.

Klein said he had no questions about the authenticity of the latest discovery, given their engravings and contents.

"These ossuaries are authentic," he said. "Everything here smells authentic."

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