Sister Wilhelmina Lancaster, the incorrupt nun of Missouri, showed little sign of decomposition when she was exhumed from her grave 4 years after her death.
Two-year-old Rosalia Lombardo died in 1920, but her remarkably well preserved remains are on display in a glass coffin in the Capuchin Catacombs of Palermo, Italy. In time lapse video footage from the crypt, the young mummified girl appears to be blinking.
Rosalia Lombardo died at two years old of pneumonia in 1920. She was preserved by a skilled embalmer using methods only recently understood, and entombed in Italy’s Capuchin Catacombs.
Recently, a bizarre phenomenon has stirred controversy and sparked new interest in Palermo’s Sleeping Beauty. The eyes of the mummified child, who rests in a glass coffin, have been observed opening.
In the video below, time lapse shows her eyes open slightly and then close again over a period of two hours.
While there is much speculation about the cause (restless spirits?), it is generally accepted that it most likely occurs due to temperature changes in the catacombs.