Episode 23: The Perverse & Preserved: Mummies in Unexpected Places

Remember how you begged to go in the haunted house at the Halloween carnival when you were a kid? You know, right before you promptly freaked out and realized you were not as tough and grown up as you’d hoped and began begging your mom, dad, uncle who thought it was hilarious, etc. to leave? What did they all say to calm you down? ‘Don’t worry it’s all pretend?’ Right? Well, what if they were wrong? Once upon a time, not so long ago, they were. The body of Elmer McCurdy was discovered in a California fun house over fifty years after his death. We’ll tell his incredible story in this episode before examining other preserved bodies found throughout the world. From bog people to incorrupt saints we explore the world of mortal remains that remain long after their owners have made their exits, and how they effect the living. Join us this week as we analyze the urban legend of the funhouse mummy and other unsettling finds.

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Ask A Mortician – How to Tell if Your Saint is Incorrupt

Mummy in the Dark – Sideshow World

THE WANDERING DEAD – The Human Marvels

How a Real Corpse Ended Up in a California Fun Park Spookhouse – Slate

THE (NOT REALLY SO VERY) INCORRUPT CORPSES – The Order of the Good Death

ALL THE SAINTS YOU SHOULD KNOW – Bodies, Bones, Relics, Lore and Oddities from the Catholic Church

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