The last thing you expect to hear from your wife when you dig up a skull in your backyard is ‘don’t worry – it’s my first husband’. The 60-year-old Russian woman had allegedly bumped him off 20 years ago with an axe. She then told her new hubby just to rebury the remains and forget about it. Luckily hubby thought better of it and contacted police. They found bones all through the veggie patch. She later said she killed him with an axe and chopped him into pieces after he came home drunk.
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Sometimes digging around your backyard can reveal the darnedest things. Take for instance Sir David Attenborough. Workmen on his property discovered a skull belonging to Julia Martha Thomas. Who is she you may well ask? Hmm, well in 1879 her maid pushed her down the stairs and strangled her before boiling up the body and giving the dripping to local kids to eat. A thoughtful and resourceful maid. Anywho, Kate Webster, was eventually sent to the gallows for the murder but poor Mrs Thomas’s head was never found…until now.
Good grief, “Mad Dog” Deon from England decided one day he wanted to tattoo his face. This is what he returned home looking like.
OMG, a skull believed to be that of Ned Kelly may really be….wait for it…the skull of Jack the Ripper. Yes, that’s right folks, Jack the friggin Ripper. For many years it was believed the wife and child killing British bigamist conman Frederick Bailey Deeming was in fact the infamous Whitechapel murderer. He was hanged in the Melbourne jail in 1892 but before his execution he boasted to fellow prisoners he was the notorious Jack the Ripper.Witnesses say they saw a man fitting Deeming’s description in London’s East End in 1888 buying knives. Anywho, at some stage a skull believed to be that of Ned Kelly was stolen from a glass display cabinet in the prison . A West Australian farmer Tom Baxter handed it in last year and since then experts have been trying to verify who the hell the skull belongs to, Kelly or Deeming? They are currently asking any female relis of the hanged English killer to come forward to give DNA. It is believed that his brothers and sisters were so horrified by his crimes they changed their names to Bailey.
I’m not really sure if I care, but scientists are hoping to exhume the body of Leonardo Da Vinci so they can reconstruct his face and prove one way or another if the Mona Lisa is a self portrait. Now all they have to do is find his skull. Here’s the thing people, Leo was originally buried in a church that was destroyed during the French Revolution in 1789 and his remains were carted over to the smaller chapel of Saint Hubert at Amboise Castle and reburied. DNA testing will have to be done to confirm the identity of the remains as the inscription on the tomb says “presumed” to be the master’s. It could be friggin anyone’s!
Psst Still no cure for cancer.