5 Total Nobodies Whose Corpses Became Famous

    January 8, 2013 at 4:30 am

    These total nobodies whose corpses became famous will never get to enjoy their fame. Or maybe they are, maybe that’s worse: To sit there in the afterlife and watch your corpse slowly rot and become famous. So, if you are about to die in a few minutes, and you’re feeling bad that you never got your 15 minutes, you’ll love reading about these 5 total nobodies whose corpses became famous:

    Green Boots

    Green Boots Dead Corpse

    Green Boots has gone by his nickname for over the past fifteen years, but was Tsewand Paljor before he died climbing a cave in Mount Everest with two other people in 1996. The limestone cave in which he died has since been named ‘Green Boots’, since everyone taking that particular route has to pass his corpse, which lies curled up in a ball at 27,890 feet, still wearing a pair of green Koflach boots.

    At the time of his death, Green Boots was hiking up Everest with five other people when an unexpected blizzard descended upon his team. Three turned back, while Green Boots and two of his comrades continued the trek up the mountain After radioing that they had arrived at the top (which they actually hadn’t — they were almost 500 feet shy but most likely confused by poor visibility), they were never heard from again. Green Boots was discovered lying on his side, the surrounding area peppered with used oxygen containers, his corpse slowly growing more famous.


    The Boy in the Box

    Boy in the Box Poster

    “The Boy in the Box” was a young murder victim who was found inside a cardboard box in the woods of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1957. His body lied in a JC Penny bassinet box for days; the first person to discover him was a weary hunter who was checking his traps and, not wanting them to be confiscated, failed to report the corpse to police. The second person to discover the boy was a guy who was trying to steal meat from the first guy’s traps after seeing a rabbit run into the surrounding woods. He also failed to report the body, but only for a day — the whole “dead little kid in the woods” thing weighed upon his conscience and he called the police.

    The anonymous child seemed to have been neglected in life just as he was in death, suffering bruises all throughout his body and serious head wounds which were noted as the cause of death. The aforementioned “creepy fliers” featuring a picture of his battered, distorted face across the top in three different angles was distributed all over the state in hopes that someone would come forward with a lead. It didn’t work, so police delved even deeper into the Twilight Zone by dressing the corpse in ‘typical children’s clothing,’ posing him in an upright position, and snapping more photographs which were released to the public in hopes of making him ‘more recognizable.’ That’s how a corpse becomes famous Over 400,000 flyers were sent out to police stations, courthouses, and post offices. Leads developed and disappeared everywhere from California to Maine. Over 50 years later, the boy’s identity remains unknown, the discovery often called “one of America’s greatest unsolved crimes.”


    Mummy Juanita

    Mummy Juanita Sacrifice

    Sometime between 1450 and 1480, a girl between the ages of 12-14 was slaughtered as an Incan sacrifice — capa cocha, or child sacrifice. Children were often sacrificed during milestones in Incan history, such as after an emperor died or a famine swept over the land. Juanita (the name given to her by scientists) was brought to a summit on Mt. Ampato and struck in the head with a blunt object that caused her skull to fill with blood, push her brain to one side and launch her into fame kill her.

    Juanita’s remains instantly froze, preserving her body and almost everything in it, including a meal of vegetables that she had consumed only hours before her death. In 1995, two anthropologists discovered her mummified form surrounded by other various offerings to the gods. Because her freezing preserved everything so well — from her red macaw hat to the infection in her lungs — scientists were given an almost unprecedented look into ancient Incan culture. Turn out, Incans love making corpses famous.


    George Forster

    George Forster Dead Body

    George Forster made somewhat of a name for himself in life, but infamously so as a murderer. In 1802, Forster was found guilty of drowning his wife and daughter in a London canal. After a swift trial he was sentenced to death by hanging in January of 1803.

    The judge didn’t want his body to go to waste or for his corpse to ‘rise on Judgment day’, so he was ordered to be dissected after his execution. However, scientists Giovanni Aldini and Luigi Galvani decided to have a little fun with him first. They prepared an “experiment” to demonstrate that electrical currents could be used to stimulate muscles in a human body, and shoved a metal rod up his ass to electrocute him. He raised his arm, jiggled his legs, and even opened an eye when they shocked him in the face. A lot of people began freaking out because they thought he was coming back to life, including one man who died soon after the creepshow. That’s the best way to make a corpse famous-n a good show with good promotions.


    Tollund Man

    Tollund Man Dead Body

    Tollund Man was a bog body, or a corpse very perfectly preserved by the peat moss in which he was buried. Tollund Man was discovered in Denmark in 1950, when two brothers were cutting up their peat bog when they discovered the rock-hard body of a man who would make all the other mummies jealous with his ravishing features and recently-dead appearance. The police, however, knew that the bog was mummy central and called an archaeologist.

    Archaeologist P. V. Glob noticed that Tollund Man had a rope around his neck, which strangled him to death before he was buried in the bog. He was dated to be from the year 350 BC, approximately 40 years old, and a little over five feet tall. Scientists found weedy vegetable gruel in his stomach, which they tried to recreate only to discover that it tasted just like the name sounds. It’s believed that Tollund Man was sacrificed to the gods because of his careful burial and its location in a somewhat sacred place.

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