The Mummies of Venzone, Italy. A fungus grows in the Cathedral graves there that dehydrates a body in one year and makes the skin parchmentlike. Since the bodies were so recognizable, sometimes villagers would retrieve their loved ones for some quality time.
Took this pic of my sister last wknd in a cemetery. As she is walking way there is a face to her left above the tombstone. multiple pics taken from this angle and there was nothing else that could have been there to make a face.
While on his travels, English explorer Sir Walter Raleigh met the son of a local chief who claimed to have been taken captive by a race of headless people called the Ewaipanoma. According to Raleigh, these Ewaipanoma had eyes in their shoulders, mouths in their chests, and long hair growing from between their shoulder blades. They were heavily armed with bows and enormous clubs, and made formidable opponents for any rival tribes.
Facial expressions triggered by electric stimulation. From ”Mécanisme de la Physionomie Humaine” by Guillaume Duchenne, 1862.
About 7000 years ago in what is now Southwest Germany, was a city called ‘Herxheim’, a city that was mysteriously abandoned. A few years ago, Dr. Bruno Boulestin and his team were investigating the region, when they hit a grave containing the bones of 500 people. The marks on the bones show that the bodies were skinned and had their flesh removed using techniques almost identical to those for butchering animals. One researcher suggested that some of the victims could even have been spit-roasted.
In Russia, heroin addicts who can’t afford their next hit have found an easier and much more horrifying way to get a fix. A series of reactions with over the counter painkillers and easily available chemicals can create a drug called desomorphine that has similar effects to heroin. As you can probably guess, cooking up painkillers, lighter fluid, and cleaning oils in a kitchen doesn’t result in a pure product. A brown gunk called Krokodil is produced. The mixture was named for its tendency to turn the skin of users scaly and reptilian as the toxic by-products eat away at the flesh. Heavy use leaves flesh grey and dead, sometimes rotting away to the bone. The results are truly disturbing.
On the morning of Friday, 23 February 1968, the body of Patricia Docker was found in the doorway of a lock-up garage in Carmichael Place, Glasgow. Although there was no sign of a ligature, the police were sure that the victim had been strangled - possibly with a belt. Fixing the exact time of death was difficult owing to the heavy overnight frost interfering with rigor mortis, but again the police offered an informed guess that the woman had been killed late on the previous night; not long, it would be discovered, after she left the Barrowland Ballroom. Eighteen months on, and with no solution in sight to the first strangling, a second victim was found. On Sunday, 17 August 1969, the body of Jemima McDonald was found, strangled with her own tights, in a derelict building at 23 Mackeith Street. Jemima McDonald had also last been seen leaving the Barrowland Ballroom, the city’s largest dance hall, at around midnight. She had been seen during the evening with a man described as tall - around six feet to six feet two inches - slim, with reddish hair cut short, and aged between twenty-five and thirty-five. Although the Deputy Director of Glasgow Art School, Lennox Patterson, was called in to compose a sketch from the witness’ descriptions, and this likeness was published in the press and shown on television, no arrest, of a “red-headed” man or otherwise, was ever made. The police did not have long to wait for the third attack.
On 30 October 1969, twenty-nine-year-old Helen Puttock and her sister Jeannie Williams were picked up by two young men at the Barrowland Ballroom. Both men, so they said, were called John. Helen’s John was, considering the location, a noticeably police and considerate escort, well spoken, modestly dressed in a fashionable length at the time. He had mentioned his surname at one point, but when it became really, Jeannie Williams realised she hadn’t really taken it in - it might have been Templeton or Emerson. As the two couples left the Barrowland, Jeannie lost some money in a cigarette machine, and in trying to get a refund from the manager, Helen’s “John” became agitated - not aggressive, but “very forceful”. In the taxi home he expressed disapproval of married women going to the Ballroom (Helen was married, though he was not aware of it), and referred to them as “adulterous.” When he was asked how he spent Hogmanay, John said he did not drink, but preyed, and later made several references to Old Testament stories of Moses. So a combination of his strange conversation and his name gave Glasgow “Bible John.” When the taxi dropped Jeannie Williams off at Kelso Street (the other John had taken a bus), it put Helen and John down at Earl Street, Scotstoun; which is where Helen’s body was found early the next morning. Despite an impressively large and intense manhunt, “Bible John” disappeared into the obscurity from which he had emerged to kill three times.