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Sandy uncovers skeleton below oak tree

Posted on Thursday, 1 November, 2012 | Comment icon 36 comments | News tip by: OverSword

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The monster storm uprooted a tree in Connecticut with something unexpected buried underneath.

New Haven experienced 40 to 70 mile per hour winds during the storm resulting in downed power cables, flooding and the uprooting of trees. One downed oak tree in particular soon become the subject of attention after 200-year-old skeletal remains were found buried underneath it. It is thought that the bones belonged to a victim of either smallpox or yellow fever and would been buried on the town green between 1799 and 1821.

When word got out about the discovery a significant number of locals gathered on the green to catch a glimpse of the remains. "It was a great deal of fun, with no disrespect intended to the dead of course," said police spokesman David Hartman. "It was good Halloween stuff."

"Headstones for those buried below the green were moved to a local cemetery in 1821, but the bodies of potentially thousands of residents were never relocated, he said."

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Comment icon #27 Posted by Eldorado on 2 November, 2012, 16:10
I was thinking murder too!. Either that or a very romantic/meaningful burial?
Comment icon #28 Posted by Lava_Lady on 3 November, 2012, 10:33
Aye.. sounds kinda suspicious to me too. A murder? *Columbo smiley* Hehe... I loved that show
Comment icon #29 Posted by Lava_Lady on 3 November, 2012, 10:46
It reminds me of that movie Foxes, with Jodie Foster. Her character reminisces about Annie her friend that died, " Annie wanted to be buried under a pear tree, "not in a box or anything, so that each year her friends could come by, have a pear and say, "Annie's tastin' good this year, huh?" I'd like to be buried under a mango tree.
Comment icon #30 Posted by lightly on 3 November, 2012, 12:21
Since the skeleton came up IN the roots... i would guess that it was there before the tree was. (ever try to dig through roots?) It needn't be a murder... the story said "centuries old skeleton" . Could be a lot of explanations .
Comment icon #31 Posted by HawkLord on 3 November, 2012, 13:19
It reminds me of that movie Foxes, with Jodie Foster. Her character reminisces about Annie her friend that died, " Annie wanted to be buried under a pear tree, "not in a box or anything, so that each year her friends could come by, have a pear and say, "Annie's tastin' good this year, huh?" I'd like to be buried under a mango tree. Is there such a thing as a jellybean tree??
Comment icon #32 Posted by Lava_Lady on 4 November, 2012, 1:21
Is there such a thing as a jellybean tree?? Hehe... Yes!
Comment icon #33 Posted by Tommy13 on 7 November, 2012, 0:30
You can never bury the truth.
Comment icon #34 Posted by Topperharvey on 18 November, 2012, 17:39
cHeck out Donnie Decker on net
Comment icon #35 Posted by freetoroam on 18 November, 2012, 17:50
Well thats what you get when you build on an old burial ground, good job the house didn`t get uprooted too, she could have found the rest of village folk.
Comment icon #36 Posted by King Fluffs on 24 December, 2012, 19:31

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