Thursday, September 10, 2015

A "Hair Raising Tale" For Thursday...!

I've posted on here before about some folks that were scalped, but here is another one.

The most interesting thing about these stories is that the people that were scalped survived. That was not very common. This man's story is unique enough to talk about, I think!

William Thompson's Scalp



On August 6, 1867, British immigrant William Thompson was working with a small group of men repairing telegraph lines in Cheyenne country. The lines had been cut by a group hoping to lure some of the settlers into an ambush. It wasn’t long until everyone was dead but Thompson. Later, he would tell how he was ridden down, shot in the arm, and clubbed with the butt of a rifle. As he lay there, he was stabbed in the neck and unable to respond as his attacker cut into his scalp and ripped it from his head.

Still conscious and motionless, Thompson watched as his attacker remounted and dropped the scalp. Once the group of Cheyenne left, Thompson got up, retrieved his scalp, and searched for help. Somehow, he found it. The first journalist to whom he told his story was Henry Morton Stanley, who recounted seeing the scalp in a pail of water. Stanley said it looked a bit like a drowned rat.

Thompson had kept the scalp in hopes that it could be reattached, but the surgery was beyond the capability of doctors at that time. They did try to reset the scalp, but they failed. As a grisly token, Thompson gave the scalp to one of the doctors who had attempted the operation. It was then passed on to the Omaha Public Library and finally to the Union Pacific Railroad Museum of Omaha.

Another journalist, Moses Sydenham, recorded Thompson’s testimony of what it felt like to be scalped for the Daily Sun: “The sensation was about the same as if someone had passed a red-hot iron over my head. After the air touched the wound, the pain was almost unendurable . . . I had to bite my tongue to keep from putting my hand on the wound. I wanted to see how much of the top of my head was left.”

I have to thank the site Listverse for posting this story. That's where I stole it from.

Coffee out on the patio this morning, OK?

9 comments:

Chickenmom said...

Good heavens! I didn't think anyone could have lived after having that been done. We might get some desperately needed rain today.

JO said...

grizzley things were done in those days, of course we have some grizzley things done these days still.

Hope it is nicer on your patio than it is here. Will it ever clear up?

linda m said...

That is a really gruesome story. Ewwwwwww!!! Raining here today.

Dizzy-Dick said...

Wow!! I bet that was really painful!! I guess back then it was an advantage to be naturally bald and the Indians would not bother scalping you. Trouble is, they would have still killed you (grin).

Louis said...

Glad to see a post from you--always check your blog periodically, and just figure if the blog is still here! I think your blog was one of the first I ever left a comment on, so I'm not going to let a little time between posts stop me from seeing if there's anything new... :) Take care, and thanks for posting!

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HermitJim said...

Hey Phyllis...
Seems like it would certainly take its toll on you, doesn't it?
Rain should be coming here soon, I hope. Thanks for stopping by today!


Hey Jo...
Pretty cruel for sure. Had to hurt a lot, I reckon.
Thanks, sweetie, for dropping by today!


Hey Linda...
I have to agree that it is. Hard to imagine!
Thanks for coming by today


Hey Dizzy...
Reckon there wasn't an easy and less painful way to scalp someone.
Thanks for stopping by today!


Hey Louis...
Posting here nearly every day. Something I seem addicted to, I guess.
Thanks for the visit today!

Judy said...

I still get the 'willies' when I think about a co-worker who was scalped by a . She had waist-length hair that she didn't tie back and up. They were able to reattach her scalp. Moral of story: keep your hair tied back-n-up around ANYTHING powered.

Judy said...

I still get the 'willies' when I think about a co-worker who was scalped by a...conveyor belt.

Wonder where those two words went!?!?!?!?

Sorry!

HermitJim said...

Hey Judy...
No matter what caused it, it must have hurt! Good advice to tie the hair up around equipment!
Thanks, girl, for the visit today!