From the Grave
In medieval times, the latin phrase Memento mori was used to describe the practice of reflecting on one's own mortality, a reminder that in the end...we all must die. But what are we doing here? Where did we come from, and what will become of us? The answers to humanity's most enduring mysteries are encoded in the earthly remains of our ancestors and entombed beneath our feet.
Cult of Weird explores the cryptic realm of the dead, from mummification and funerary practices in the ancient world to the lurid history of body snatchers, premature burials, and bone churches, and on into the modern movement toward green burial methods like Capsula Mundi and the Mushroom Death Suit. What secrets does the grave hold?
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American Ripper ends over a century of rumors that H.H. Holmes escaped his death...
- Posted August 31, 2017
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- Posted August 25, 2017
- Salvador Dali’s Mustache Found Intact in Grave
When his remains were exhumed Thursday night, his mustache was found miraculously intact.
- Posted July 21, 2017
- H.H. Holmes Skeleton Found in Concrete with Brain Intact
What was found inside the grave of H.H. Holmes? Researcher Jeff Mudgett reveals the...
- Posted July 18, 2017
- Dead Sled Unveils New Collection of Funeral-Inspired Incense
A new collection of incense inspired by the funerary arts, with scents like Ashes...
- Posted July 7, 2017
- Legendary Aztec Tower of Human Skulls Found in Mexico City
A tower made from human skulls unearthed in Mexico City challenges what we known...
- Posted July 6, 2017
- Judge Orders Body of Salvador Dali to be Exhumed
A woman claiming to be Salvador Dali's daughter from a 1955 affair has been...
- Posted June 26, 2017
- Forensic Dogs Will Be Used to Find the Remains of Amelia Earhart
An expedition is heading to the island of Nikumaroro with bone-sniffing forensic dogs to...
- Posted June 22, 2017
- Teens Lost in Paris Catacombs for Three Days
Search teams used rescue dogs to find teens who were lost underground in the...
- Posted June 15, 2017
- Identity of Young Victorian Girl Found Beneath San Francisco Home Revealed
After a year of research, the true identity of "Miranda Eve," a 19th-century burial...
- Posted May 10, 2017
- The Body of America’s First Serial Killer Is Being Exhumed
The body of H.H. Holmes is being exhumed for DNA analysis to settle an...
- Posted May 2, 2017
- The Lost Chapel of Bones in Malta
Somewhere beneath the ruins of the Nibbia Chapel in Malta is an ossuary decorated...
- Posted April 25, 2017
- What Happened to Titanic’s Dead?
Of the 1,500 people who lost their lives when the Titanic sank, only 333...
- Posted April 15, 2017
- The Beatnik Exorcism of Senator Joe McCarthy’s Grave in 1968
In 1968, beatnik poet Allen Ginsberg and avant-rock group The Fugs gathered at the...
- Posted April 12, 2017
- Let’s Play a Little Game About Death
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- Posted March 27, 2017
- Death and Burial in Venice: What Does the Floating City do with Its Dead?
In Venice the dead are ferried through the canals on ornate funeral gondolas to...
- Posted March 13, 2017
- Frozen Dead Guy Days: Colorado Festival Celebrates a Frozen Corpse in a Shed
Frozen Dead Guy Days celebrates Nederland, Colorado's most famous resident who has been dead...
- Posted March 6, 2017
- Syphilis and the Grave of Al Capone
The latest episode of Under the Knife explores Al Capone's case of advanced syphilis...
- Posted January 22, 2017
- Photos of Indiana’s Revamped Grave in the Middle of the Road
The final resting place of Nancy Kerlin Barnett in the middle of Indiana's County...
- Posted January 16, 2017
- Santa the Turkish Necromancer
The latest episode of Ask a Mortician sets out to ruin Santa with a...
- Posted December 21, 2016
- The London Necropolis Railway Funeral Train Carried the Dead Out of the City for 87 Years
For almost a century the London Necropolis Railway transported corpses out of the city...
- Posted November 21, 2016
- The Sweet Hereafter: Honey from Brooklyn’s Green-Wood Cemetery
Historic cemetery is jarring and selling honey produced by its own colony of graveyard-dwelling...
- Posted November 16, 2016
- Slovakian Brothers Win Title in Central Europe Grave Digging Championship
Grave diggers gathered in Slovakia to compete for the title of fastest grave digger...
- Posted November 15, 2016
- DIY DEATHstination: Win Great Stuff by Digging up Stories from Your Local Cemetery
What fascinating stories are laying buried 6 feet under? Share a story for your...
- Posted October 29, 2016
- DEATHstination: Interview with ‘Morose Mortician’ and Grave Tripper Laura Hardin
Meet Laura Hardin, the 'morose mortician' behind the popular graveyard-wandering Instagram account.
- Posted October 24, 2016
- Dig into the Edible Body Farm this Halloween at Barts Pathology Museum
Dig into the delicious world of decomposition and bakery with this 2-day event filled...
- Posted October 12, 2016
- 2,000-Year-Old Human Remains Found on Antikythera Wreck
Ancient skeletal remains have been uncovered at the site of the Antikythera shipwreck in...
- Posted September 20, 2016
- Morbid Curiosity: A Card Game About Death
This new card game promises to turn death into a delightful group discussion about...
- Posted September 7, 2016
- A Practical Pair of Women’s Pink Velvet Burial Shoes
The Practical Burial Footwear Company provided a variety of fashionable shoes to fit the...
- Posted July 25, 2016
- The Legend of Chief Udre Udre, Fiji’s Most Prolific Cannibal
The notorious Fijian chief consumed between 872 and 999 people in his lifetime.
- Posted July 19, 2016
- The People of Tasmania Want the Skull of their Cannibal Killer Back
Tasmania would like the skull of their notorious cannibal killer returned home.
- Posted June 22, 2016
- Historical Grave of Pioneer Woman Contains Remains of at Least 7
Exhumation of the grave in the middle of the road revealed the remains of...
- Posted June 15, 2016
- Girl Found in 145-Year-Old Grave Beneath San Francisco Home Gets 2nd Burial
The cemetery was moved in the beginning of the 20th century, but this young...
- Posted June 6, 2016
- Grave Diggers Compete in the First Ever National Grave Digging Championship in Hungary
Grave diggers came from around around the country to demonstrate their skills in Hungary's...
- Posted June 5, 2016
- Mysterious Aztec Skull Masks Were Made From Slain Warriors
Masks discovered in the ruins of an Aztec temple were made from the skulls...
- Posted May 26, 2016
- Coffin of Young Girl Found Beneath San Francisco Home
The grave was left behind when the cemetery was moved in the 1930s.
- Posted May 25, 2016
- Sandra West Was Buried In a Lace Nightgown Inside Her 1964 Ferrari
The Beverly Hills socialite insisted on being buried in the driver's seat of her...
- Posted May 23, 2016
- What is the meaning behind Key West Cemetery’s Bound Woman statue?
No one knows why this statue of a nude woman in historic Key West...
- Posted April 11, 2016
- What Happened to Shakespeare’s Skull?
A recent investigation of Shakespeare's grave using ground-penetrating radar seems to confirm an old...
- Posted March 24, 2016
- Mummified Captain Found Drifting at Sea
The mummified remains of a man missing for seven years have been found adrift...
- Posted February 29, 2016
- Colma, California’s Town of the Dead
The town of Colma, California, is a vast cemetery where 1.5 million of San...
- Posted February 1, 2016
- Mushroom Death Suit: Funerals Go Fungal
The Infinity Burial Suit is the latest in green burial, using mushrooms to consume...
- Posted January 29, 2016
- Chapel of Skulls Made of Human Bones in Poland
The Chapel of Skulls in Poland is adorned with the bones of 3,000 people...
- Posted January 25, 2016
- Edmund Fitzgerald: The Shipwreck that Never Gave Up Its Dead
It has been 40 years since the Edmund Fitzgerald sank into the depths of...
- Posted November 10, 2015
- Spend Halloween Night in the Catacombs of Paris
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- Posted October 8, 2015
- Nosferatu Director’s Skull Stolen From Grave
The skull of Nosferatu director FW Murnau has been reported stolen from his grave...
- Posted July 15, 2015
- Victorian Cast Iron Grave Monument in Alabama
Victorian cast iron grave monument in Greenville, Alabama's Magnolia Cemetery.
- Posted June 25, 2015
- Mummified Remains of Bishop Peder Winstrup Present New Mystery
The well-preserved remains of bishop Peder Winstrup prove to be a unique time capsule...
- Posted June 17, 2015
- Artifacts Unveiled from the Doomed Franklin Expedition
Artifacts recovered from the HMS Erebus help solve the 160-year mystery of the doomed...
- Posted June 4, 2015
- Fractured Skull Shows Evidence of Earliest Known Murder
430,000-year-old skull from the Pit of Bones cavern in Spain reveals earliest evidence of...
- Posted May 27, 2015
- Used Casket Left on Street in Brooklyn
Someone dumped this old coffin on a street in Brooklyn with human remains inside...
- Posted May 7, 2015
- Showmen’s Rest: Chicago’s Clown Graveyard
Showmen's Rest is the site of a mass burial of clowns and other circus...
- Posted April 24, 2015
- Altamura Man: Skeleton Stuck in Stone Yields Oldest Neanderthal DNA
Tests reveal the fossilized remains of the Altamura Man are around 150,000 years old...
- Posted April 8, 2015
- Chinchorro Mummies Turning Into ‘Black Ooze’
Climate change is putting the Chinchorro mummies of ancient Chile at risk of rapid...
- Posted March 13, 2015
- What is a Giant Marble Crucifix Doing at the Bottom of Lake Michigan?
Crowds gather annually to catch a glimpse through the ice of the giant marble...
- Posted March 5, 2015
- Capsula Mundi: Organic Burial Pods Replace Tombstones with Trees
Capsula Mundi would replace traditional coffins and gravestones with organic, biodegradable burial pods and...
- Posted March 3, 2015
- Scan Reveals Mummified Monk Inside 1,000-Year-Old Buddha Statue
CT scan reveals the mummified remains of a monk preserved inside a 1,000-year-old statue...
- Posted February 23, 2015
- Lee Harvey Oswald Coffin Must Be Returned to Family
A Texas judge ruled in favor of the family of Lee Harvey Oswald, reversing...
- Posted February 11, 2015
- Otranto Cathedral Houses Bones of 15th Century Martyrs
The Otranto cathedral in Italy is a macabre reliquary displaying the bones of 800...
- Posted February 11, 2015
- Declining Vulture Population Threatens Mumbai’s Towers of Silence
3,000-year-old Zoroastrian tradition of disposing of dead bodies by exposing them to scavenger birds...
- Posted January 26, 2015
- Tutankhamun’s Burial Mask Damaged Irreversibly
The burial mask of pharaoh Tutankhamun has been irreversibly damaged during a cleaning in...
- Posted January 22, 2015
- The Skull of Mary Magdalene
This bizarre reliquary in the St. Maximin basilica in France is believed to contain...
- Posted January 22, 2015
- Shelves for Life: DIY Shelf Converts to Coffin
Build your own bookshelf that converts into a coffin.
- Posted January 12, 2015
- Court Battle Over the Coffin of Lee Harvey Oswald
A battle rages in a Texas court over the sale of the coffin that...
- Posted December 11, 2014
- Giant Skeletons of Mound Builders in Wisconsin
Strange remains of giant skeletons and other bizarre remnants of the mound builders have...
- Posted November 16, 2014
- Giant Skeleton Unearthed By Wisconsin Farmers in 1912
1912 account details the discovery of a giant human skeleton by local farmers at...
- Posted November 16, 2014
- Grave of the Torryburn Witch Found in Scotland
The grave of the Torryburn witch has recently been uncovered on the shore of...
- Posted October 28, 2014
- Video: Cremation of a Human Body
Graphic video shows the cremation of a human body from beginning to end.
- Posted October 10, 2014
- Mummified Fetus Discovered in Italy
An article recently published in the Journal of Osteoarcheology details the discovery and examination...
- Posted October 3, 2014
- Jane: Jamestown Cannibalism Victim
Jane is the skull of a 14-year-old girl was unearthed at the site of...
- Posted July 31, 2014
- Rosalia Lombardo: Blinking Mummy of the Capuchin Catacombs
Rosalia Lombardo died at two years old of pneumonia in 1920. She was preserved...
- Posted July 30, 2014
- The Mummified Ancestors of Papua New Guinea’s Anga Tribe
For hundreds of years, the Anga tribe in the remote, mountainous region of Papua...
- Posted June 27, 2014
- Capuchin Catacomb Mummies of Palermo, Italy
Mummies in the Capuchin catacombs of Palermo, Italy. The monks began mummifying their brothers...
- Posted June 10, 2014
- Ancient Remains May Solve Mystery of First Americans
Ancient skeletal remains of an adolescent girl discovered in an underwater cave in Mexico...
- Posted May 19, 2014
- The Screw-In Coffin
Donald Scruggs' Easy Inter Burial Container screws into the ground for easy interment and...
- Posted May 18, 2014
- Las Momias de Guanajuato
Guanajuato, Mexico is home to El Museo De Las Momias, a unique museum where...
- Posted February 11, 2014
- Bog Bodies: The Mysterious Weerdinge Men
The Weerdinge Men were uncovered by a farmer in 1904 in a peat bog...
- Posted January 4, 2014
- The Bones of St. Nicholas
Sorry folks, St. Nick is dead. And apparently his bones leak some kind of...
- Posted December 3, 2013
- Elongated Skull Unearthed in France
7,000 years of history has been unearthed in Obernai, in the French province of...
- Posted November 6, 2013
- Dollhouse Graves
These grave markers are as sad as they are sweet. Dollhouses built by grieving...
- Posted October 24, 2013
- Lilly Gray: Victim of the Beast
In the Salt Lake City Cemetery there is a peculiar old gravestone that has...
- Posted October 23, 2013
- Mummified Body Found in Chicago
This information that comes with this photo states the mummified body pictured was unearthed...
- Posted September 16, 2013
- Death on Display at the Paris Morgue
Death became a popular pastime at the Paris Morgue in the late 19th century,...
- Posted July 22, 2013
- The Legend of Margorie McCall
The legend of the "Lady with the Ring," a woman who was accidentally buried...
- Posted May 6, 2013
- The Morthouse
This circular stone building, called a morthouse, houses a revolving wheel upon which a...
- Posted April 24, 2013
- The Grave with a Window: The Burial Place of Timothy Clark Smith in New Haven, Vermont
A grave with a window in New Haven, Vermont is the final resting place...
- Posted April 24, 2013
- The Human Skin Shoes of Big Nose George Parrott
Big Nose George Parrott is the only man in American history to become a...
- Posted December 7, 2012