Fascination with the dead stems from all cultures and walks of life. Some past cultures revered and honored their dead with elaborate burials or grand ceremonies. Modern cultures have adapted to much more somber rites of passing.
The most common form of ceremony for the dead is a burial, one that has been done since the dawn of human history, to keep the deceased’s bodies out of sight and away from the harmful elements while returning them to the Earth where new life can begin.
But there are always stranger practices involving the dead. Some far more profane than even anything in history could conceive of.
One such man, for reasons undetermined, was reported to have stolen human remains from a burial site and made a broth with them to drink.
Out of the many disturbing rituals to commend the dead to nature, this one was unique and reviled.
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Lucas Dawe found an open mausoleum entrance in an old cemetery one night and decided to peek inside. There he found a skull.
He was witnessed retrieving the skull and other bones from the burial site and took them to his home. He even claimed as much to one of his friends who corroborated the story when an investigation was underway.
Some of the bones he took wound up falling from his hands, which began the investigation into the missing skeleton’s plot.
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When Dawe was caught, the reports suggested he put the bones in boiling water and drank the resulting soup.
When pressed, he gave no answer, and the evidence presented in court was inconclusive and labeled as hearsay.
No toxicology report was conducted to prove whether or not the incident occurred or what the after-effects could have been.
What was certain, and admitted by Dawe under a guilty plea, was that he did take the skull as an item of simple curiosity.