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Boy Finds Mummified Corpse Hanging in Abandoned House

Boy finds mummified corpse hanging in abandoned house in Dayton, Ohio

News is sweeping the internet about a twelve-year-old boy who discovered a mummified corpse hanging in the closet while he was exploring an abandoned house in Dayton, Ohio. Authorities say the corpse belonged to a suicide victim who went unnoticed for five years. The closet kept the body sheltered from sunlight, humidity and insects, allowing it to mummify naturally so an unsuspecting child would one day stumble upon it.

The boy’s mother told reporters she believes he may be scarred for life. However, for many of us cursed with a morbid sense of curiosity, this sounds like the best day ever.

Sharing the daily weird news with the Cult is my favorite part of every day, as the comments section tends to provide an endless source of entertainment. Some are sympathetic, some are completely appalled, some just think any unusual sounds like a great time. This comment, in response to some of the more negative posts, makes me proud:

Facebook comments on the mummified body found in abandoned Dayton home

Yes, we sure do like mummified corpses around here, don’t we? Thank you, Bob!

See the rest of the great comments right here.

Capuchin Catacomb Mummies of Palermo, Italy

Mummies of the Capuchin catacombs in Palermo, Italy

Mummies in the Capuchin catacombs of Palermo, Italy.

The monks began mummifying their brothers in 1599, entombing them in the catacombs below with their clothes and religious items. Soon locals began requesting burial in the catacombs, as well. One of the last to buried there before it closed in 1920 was Rosalia Lombardo, the child whose body has remained remarkably intact due to a process only recently discovered.

Museum of mummified cholera victims in Guanajuato, Mexico

Museum of Mummified Cholera Victims in Mexico

A museum in Guanajuato, Mexico displays the mummified remains of 1833 cholera epidemic victims.

Bog Bodies: The Mysterious Weerdinge Men

Weerdinge men bog bodies discovered in 1904

The Weerdinge Men were uncovered by a farmer in 1904 in a peat bog in the Netherlands. They have been radiocarbon-dated to between 160 BC and 220 AD. One of the bodies has a hole in the chest through which the intestines spilled out. The cause of death for the other is unknown. It is suspected that the Weerdinge Men may have been victims of cruel punishment or ritual killing.

The lack of oxygen and unusual chemistry of the bog water kept the bodies preserved for roughly 1,980 years. After their discovery, the bodies were rolled up, wrung out, and stuffed in a box to be transported to the morgue.

Mummified Body Found in Chicago

Mummified body found in Chicago 1903

This information that comes with this photo states the mummified body pictured was unearthed in Chicago on Oct. 29th, 1903. It goes on to say the body was dug up in a gravel pit at 56th St and South Park Ave wrapped in carpet inside a long box. Murder was suspected, but the body was never identified.

I haven’t been able to dig up any more details to support the story.