All those of you who have keen interest in the history and keep reading the books that are endowed with immense knowledge of historical events, characters that ruled the world and much more, here is an interesting write up you would love reading.
Scroll down for checking out what we have in store for you all today. Did you all know that the body parts of some real life characters went missing for one or the other reason? Undeniably their bodies were buried but for different reasons of some notorious people, it was not let to rest down beneath the ground instead some of their body parts were persevered and some were sent from one place to another.
During the Middle Ages, the body parts of many saints, and others attracted people from all around the world so much so that these persuaded some people to steal for miscellaneous reasons of their own.
Some of the body parts that went missing some hundred years were found at different places while some still are missing.
If you wish to read about the stolen body parts of famous people or I must say famous stolen body parts then wait no long just let your fingers do the job of scrolling the mouse till the end. Hit a jump to know more!
1. The Head of King Badu Bonsu II
Badu Bonsu II was the leader of the Ahanta tribe and a Ghanaian king who was executed in 1838 by the Dutch. He was hanged after he was sentenced for the murder of two Dutch emissaries. Following the execution his body was desecrated, the Dutch surgeon removed his head. The head was taken to the Netherlands, where it would soon be lost for over a century. The Leiden University Medical Center in The Netherlands was found to be in possession of his head in 2005. It was stored in formaldehyde at the Leiden University Medical Center. In March 2009, the government officials announced that it would be returned to its homeland for proper burial. On July 23, 2009, the Dutch officially returned the king’s head to Ghana in a ceremony held in The Hague.
2. Benito Mussolini’s Brain
In 1966, twenty-one years after Benito Mussolini was executed, America gave part of the former Italian dictator’s brain back to his widow. Mussolini was an MI5 agent who was in news some two years back as it was said that his brain has appeared on Ebay for 15,000 Euros. His remains apparently contained in three glass vials and had apparently been stolen from a hospital in Milan, where an autopsy was conducted on his body, following his execution by partisans at the end of the Second World War.
3. The Purloined African
In the year 1830, a pair of French taxidermists started trading the exhuming the body of a deceased African man from the Kalahari desert. They had the corpse that was embalmed and stuffed for show in Europe. The body went on display in a small museum in the northern Spanish town of Banyoles but the body was eventually returned to Botswana in 2000 and given a full burial in front of hundreds of local dignitaries and foreign diplomats.
4. St. Francis Xavier’s Toe
St. Francis Xavier was born in Spain at the Xavier castle on 8th April 1506. He was affectionately called JASSU . In 1552, he went to Kochi and Goa. He fell ill and on December 3, 1552 he breathed his last on a small island (Changchuen). The Saint died at the age of 46 years, seven months and twenty six days, of which he had spent 10 years and 7 months minus 4 days in Asia. His body was given a lowly burial of the poor, on the beach of Sancian off the coast of China. A few months later, a group of Christians disinterred his body and were left stunned to see it in a perfect state of preservation. But it didn’t remain the same for long. In its first public exhibition of corpse in Goa, India in fit of reverence, a Portuguese woman bit off his big toe. Allegedly, the toe gushed blood. Today, St. Francis Xavier’s toe is on display in a silver reliquary in a cathedral in Goa. Also, the visitors can see the diamond-encrusted fingernail on display in a different village in Goa although the part of an arm was sent to Rome.
5. Santa Claus’ Bones
During the Middle Ages, the body parts of saints attracted pilgrims from all over Christendom because it they were supposed to have the abilities to perform miracles. But then the stealing of these relics was also prevalent. It is believed that the St. Nicholas’ (model for Santa Claus) remains were exuded in myrrh which made them pretty valuable bones. In 1087, the Italian town of Bari hired men to steal St. Nicholas from Myra, a town in present-day Turkey. Till date the theft of Santa Nicholas’ bones is celebrated in Bari with an annual parade and fireworks.
6. Anne Boleyn’s Heart
The word goes as Henry VIII ripped England away from Catholicism to divorce his first wife and marry the witty and sophisticated Anne Boleyn. Henry who was desperate for a male heir cursed Anne who produced only a daughter and multiple miscarriages. The king accused her of having affairs with commoners and even her own brother. Anne Boleyn was arrested and beheaded at the Tower of London in 1536 and her heart was torn out. Allegedly, Henry secretly kept it in a heart-shaped casket in a church alcove in Suffolk, until it was rediscovered in 1836 and reburied underneath the church’s organ.
7. Maori Heads
In traditional Maori practice, the heads of forefathers, often tattooed to the bone of the skull, were kept as totems to honor their spirits. Some hundred years back, over 500 Maori heads languished in the cellars of European museums went missing. William Tucker (was a British convict, a sealer, a trader in human heads, an Otago settler and New Zealand’s first art dealer who is said to be the man who stole a preserved Maori heads and started the retail trade in them. In May 2010, France’s National Assembly voted to return the mummified heads of 16 Maoris from various museums back to their homeland in New Zealand.
8. Napoleon’s Penis
Napoleon’s penis is said to have been taken from him by the Abbe who delivered last rites. Since then it has been sold, inherited and auctioned many times. The present whereabouts of Napoleon’s penis is still a matter of dispute, though it is said to be in the possession of an American urologist named John Kingsley Lattimer who paid $38,000 for it at a 1969 auction. Lattimer is famous for supervising the health of German war criminals during the Nuremberg trials and writing several investigative pieces about the assassinations of John F. Kennedy and Abraham Lincoln.
9. Geronimo’s Skull
Geronimo (June 16, 1829 – February 17, 1909) was a prominent Native American leader of the Chiricahua Apache who fought against Mexico and the United States for their expansion into Apache tribal lands for several decades during the Apache Wars. The Apache warlord Geronimo was not allowed to lie in peace after his death in U.S. captivity in 1909. Six members of Yale’s Skull and Bones secret society, including Prescott Bush, grandfather of 43rd President George W. Bush, allegedly dug up Geronimo’s grave.
10. Remains of Thomas Paine
Thomas Paine died in 1809. He was buried on his farm but didn’t even get the simple low stone wall around his grave that he specified in his will. Ten years later, William Cobbett who was the former rival had attacked Paine but later revered him, dug up his body without permission and took it to London.