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Elephant Man: Joseph Merrick's grave found

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The unmarked grave of Joseph Merrick - who is better known as the Elephant Man - has been traced after nearly 130 years, it has been claimed.

Merrick had a skeletal and soft tissue deformity which saw him as a freak show attraction, then a medical curiosity.

His skeleton has been preserved at the Royal London Hospital since his death.

But author Jo Vigor-Mungovin says she has now discovered Merrick's soft tissue was buried in the City of London Cemetery after he died in 1890.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leicestershire-48149855

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Piney
28 minutes ago, acute said:

The right thing to do would be to reunite his skeleton and other remains, then bury him in Leicester.

Absolutely! 

When Micheal Jackson was trying to buy his skeleton. It turned my stomach. 

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acute
1 hour ago, Piney said:

When Micheal Jackson was trying to buy his skeleton. It turned my stomach.

Sicko Wacko Jacko.

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Kismit

I find it hard to refer to Joseph Merrick as the Elephant man, because my own son suffers from a condition which has been connected to Joseph Merrick. Neurofibromatosis, I can't use the term elephant man and not be able to picture how my own son might feel if he were labelled that way.

However it appears that the unmarked grave of Joseph Merrick has been found, 130 years after his death. I think the sad part is that it was not actually that hard to find, but it took this long for someone to look.

 

 

Joseph Merrick's grave found

Source: telegraph.co.uk

 

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Piney

Uh Oh! Mod fight!!!! :lol:

 

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Kismit

Sorry @Still Waters

I should have run a check first.

merging.

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Kismit
14 minutes ago, Piney said:

Uh Oh! Mod fight!!!! :lol:

 

Tempted to sell tickets, Mod wrestling, sounds entertaining. @Still Waters

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Piney
2 minutes ago, Kismit said:

Tempted to sell tickets, Mod wrestling, sounds entertaining. @Still Waters

I'll pass. Everytime I got near my sisters or 2 best friends when they were mashing up, I got the worst end of it. :huh:

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Myles

What a miserable life he must have had.      

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oldrover
On 05/05/2019 at 2:49 PM, Piney said:

Absolutely! 

When Micheal Jackson was trying to buy his skeleton. It turned my stomach. 

 He was trying to buy John Merrick's skeleton? 

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Piney
1 hour ago, oldrover said:

 He was trying to buy John Merrick's skeleton? 

Yup! Tell me he wasn't a ignorant turd.  One of the reason I would never listen to his music.  :mellow:

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oldrover
10 hours ago, Piney said:

Yup! Tell me he wasn't a ignorant turd.  One of the reason I would never listen to his music.  :mellow:

Not my thing at all either. But that is just weird isn't it. 

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Piney
4 minutes ago, oldrover said:

Not my thing at all either. But that is just weird isn't it. 

To display human remains like a knickknack is so wrong no matter what your belief is. 

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Myles
1 hour ago, Piney said:

To display human remains like a knickknack is so wrong no matter what your belief is. 

I agree, but am curious to how you feel.    How old do the remains have to be till it is OK?   

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Piney
3 minutes ago, Myles said:

I agree, but am curious to how you feel.    How old do the remains have to be till it is OK?   

I'm the guy that made sure Native remains were treated right during study and reburied properly. Some tribes don't even allow studies.

 But I think they should be studied and reburied or stored respectfully for restudy and with the current technologies we can scan them and even make 3D copies. We should learn from them but like I said they are not a "knick knack". 

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Still Waters

Related:

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Elephant Man: Leicester council backs statue plan

Officials have said they are open to the idea of a statue to commemorate the Elephant Man in his home town.

A city council spokesperson said: "Joseph Merrick's story is a significant part of Leicester's history, and his story addresses important issues about society's changing attitudes towards disability.

"The city council is not responsible for erecting statues, but if other groups or organisations want to raise the money, we are happy to help facilitate the process."

Author Jo Vigor-Mungovin, who traced a grave where some of Merrick's remains were buried, said he deserved a "fitting memorial".

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leicestershire-48232500

 

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