Friday, February 17, 2017

The Missing Skull For Freaky Friday...!

This isn't a case of just anyone's skull going missing, but someone you may be familiar with. This is a truly creepy story, but one I can easily believe.

Shakespeare’s Skull

Photo via Wikimedia

William Shakespeare’s remains haven’t always been treated with respect. Being one of the most revered writers in existence seems to have turned him into a target for fans craving bits of Shakespeare as mementos. In 1879, such a desecration was reported in the UK’s Argosy magazine. The story claimed that the Bard’s head had been removed by trophy hunters during the previous century.

To find out if this was true, the Stratford-upon-Avon church where Shakespeare was buried gave permission for the 400-year-old grave to be scanned in 2016. Using ground-penetrating radar, it soon became obvious that not all was peachy. Buried beneath the church floor, next to his wife, Shakespeare’s nameless tomb wasn’t uniform when the results came back. The head area looked different, almost interfered with, while the rest of his body had no such signatures.

Shakespeare’s grave isn’t allowed to be opened, but researchers believe the radar images back up the story that his skull was stolen.

I can't imagine what in the world someone would want to steal his skull for. What possible use would it be to anyone other than a morbid collector? Strange !

Coffee in the kitchen again this morning. However, I do have freshly baked peanut butter cookies!


linda m said...

Grave robbing is so morbid. And to do it for a trophy is just plain unconscionable. Have a great weekend. Supposed to be near 60 degrees here tomorrow.

JO said...

Even the dead can't rest in peace. Some fool maybe thought he could use the brain for some experiment.

Weather claims it's 46 this morning but it feels colder. Kitchen and more fresh baked goodies always is a temptation for me.

HermitJim said...

Hey Linda...
Not exactly a hobby I would want or participate in. You are correct about the morbid factor of the whole thing.
Thanks for stopping by today!

Hey Jo...
What ever the reason, it is disturbing.
Thanks, sweetie, for dropping by today!

Dizzy-Dick said...

Grave robbing was a very common crime in the past when valuables were buried with the deceased. I am trying to spend everything I have. No sense taking the chance of getting robbed after I pass.

HermitJim said...

Hey Dizzy...
Boy, would they ever be disappointed if they went after my skull. I'm afraid they wold find it mostly empty!
Thanks for the visit today, my friend!