Mourning Customs and History

Hung by a Corpse – Occupational Hazards for the Resurrectionist

Hung by a Corpse – Occupational Hazards for the Resurrectionist Life for the body-snatcher was nasty and brutish–and may have been gravely shortened by the job.

“They wrapp’d his corpse in the tarry-sheet:” Burials at Sea

“They wrapp’d his corpse in the tarry-sheet:” Burials at Sea In this excerpt from The Lost Story of the William & Mary: The Cowardice of Captain Stinson, guest author Gill Hoffs shares sad and evocative stories of burial at sea.

The Broom Corn Seed Funeral Swindle

The Broom Corn Seed Funeral Swindle Who among us has not fantasized wistfully about faking their own death and disappearing? Some amusing and instructive stories of vintage insurance fraud from my files.

Enough Rope: The Hangman’s Rope in the Press

Enough Rope: The Hangman’s Rope in the Press The hangman’s rope was a subject of absorbing interest to the 19th century reading public, judging by the loving details about material, quality, and pedigree of rope as reported in the papers.

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