Friday, 20 January 2017

Cemetery


Thursday, 19 January 2017

The possession of Eleonore Zugun and the devils coins

12 year old Eleonore Zugun was delighted when she discovered coins in the street near her home in Bukovina.

As most children would, she picked them up and purchased some candy at the local store, eating it on her way home.

When she cheerfully told her grandmother about her good fortune, an atmosphere fell over the room. The old woman grimaced and scolded the child, “Those were the devils coins” she said “Now the devil is in you”.

It was at that moment that little Elanore’s life changed forever.

Violent paranormal activity plagued her life, windows smashed when she entered a room, objects shifted around by some unseen force, chairs and tables levitated, scratches and claw marks appeared on her face, arms and back.


The activity was not dampened by her stay in a covenant.
 Not even an exorcism by the local church could yield results.
Eventually she was turned over to an asylum for the mentally ill, where she resided until an upper class paranormal enthusiast (Countess Wassilko ) managed to sign her out under her care. Elaonore performed many acts of mediumship before circles of paranormal enthusiasts, including automatic writing even though she claimed to be illiterate.


She gained international media attention, and as with most paranormal cases throughout the 1920’s, caught the interest of paranormal investigator Harry price, who deducted that the raven haired Romanian girl was producing the activity herself- although not due to any psychokinetic powers or demonic possession. Price discovered that the scratches were more like welts and rashes resembling hives that would appear whenever the girl was upset or agitated. Others who investigated her claimed to see her scratch herself secretly.

He considered the case debunked, and eventually the devil, or “Dracu” as Eleonore called him, took a backseat.

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

How to make a shrunken head - The Shuar head hunters


Tucked away in the tropical forests of the Peruvian Amazon lives a sub-tribe of the Jivaro people known as the Shuar. They are mostly known for their practice of head shrinking- a method used on the severed heads of those who are captured during annual head hunting raids in nearby villages.

The heads, which are known as “tsantsa”, were believed to bring good fortune to a warrior; not only because they had succeeded in winning a battle, but also because they had avenged their passed ancestors, who would in return would bless them with fertile land, luck and protection.  
There was also a pressure to attain the heads of rival tribe members, as the neglect to take the head of an enemy would reflect the neglect of a warrior’s deceased relatives, who in anger, would inspire misfortune in the lives of those who finished any raid empty-handed.

So how exactly are shrunken heads made?
-First of all, the skull would be extracted from a large incision made at the back of the head.  It would then be boiled for an hour to shrink it in size and then left out in the sun to dry out.

-When it was dry, it would be reversed and scraped clean.

-Heated rocks and sand would be poured inside, filling the head as if it was a small bag.

-The head would be then emptied, manipulated back into shape, and boiled again over several days until the desired size was achieved.

 -The eyes and mouth would be sewn shut as the Shuar believed that the soul (or “muisak”) of their enemy would be trapped inside the head, so it was imperative that their rival’s life essence could not escape.

(Various shrunken heads, including a sloth. 
Images found at head-hunter.com)

If the soul of a slain enemy was not contained within the trophy it would be free to pass on over to the other side and battle with the ancestors of the warrior who neglected to trap it.

I found this national geographic video “How to shrink a human head” here [X] if you’re interested. It features a reconstruction of the process.  

In this video a man explains the head shrinking process performed on a sloth.
According to this website “Head-hunter” which you can visit here [X] (And I urge you to, it was invaluable to my understanding of the topic) a sloths head was sometimes used when the enemies head was unattainable after killing. (For example if a warrior killed his enemy but the head could not be retrieved for whatever reason)

I found this print of a Jivaran shrunken head in a book called “The devil and all his works” by Dennis Wheatly. I also stumbled upon this picture of a mummified woman discovered in ancient Peru that you may find of interest.  Maybe I should find out more about her and she could be a post of her own? 


In closing.
I’m not sure what became of the heads after the rituals. Although if you remember this post Imade about the European explorer who collected such items, shrunken heads became something of a valuable oddity to European explorers who began to pay and trade for them, leading to an increase of head hunting and of course fake shrunken heads crafted for profit.




Other posts you may be interested in:
In the 1800's British philosopher and auto icon, Jeremy Bentham [x], who passed away at the ripe old age of 84, was as per his instructions, dissected and preserved for public display. His skeletal remains were posed and clad in his usual attire, padded out with straw and displayed in a wooden cabinet with his name engraved above in gold. The technologies to preserve the head of the cadaver, using methods attributed to that of the indigenous people of New Zealand, didn’t achieve the desired ‘lively’ look his friends were hoping for; and so the shriveled and varnished looking dried head was exchanged for a wax model that resembled the living Bentham more closely. The process of preparing a Maori involved removing the brain and eyes and then padding it out with a fiber crop, and either boiling or steaming the head. It would then be left to dry out in the sun for a week and then shark liver oil would be applied. (READ MORE)

If you’ve ever driven along interstate 10 between El Pasa and Tucson, you might have seen a series of yellow signs with black and red text reading “The thing, what is it?” The only way to know is to shell out 2 dollars and go see for yourself. Despite the remote location of the secretive attraction, many people have been curious enough to take a peak. What they’ll find there is three corrugated sheds with a faux cave aesthetic, each filled with items of curiosity and amongst them a car apparently used by Hitler and a mummified mother and child crafted by Tate himself. Although there were a lot of roadside oddities ran by local people out to make a dime from travelling Americans looking to make a pit stop during a long journey, Tate was well known in the sideshow circuit for his creations- so much so that he even had a mail order catalogue of creations for purchase. (READ MORE)


Monday, 16 January 2017

Psychic dogs - Chris the wonder dog

I was taking care of a friend of a friends dog recently, and it inspired me to make a dog related post. 
I remembered reading about a dog named Chris a while back,so I thought I'd share it with you guys. No warnings for this post, it's pretty fluffy. 


Dogs are truly impressive in many ways and their amazing ability to sense natural disaster, illness in their owners and even impending seizures makes them invaluable to their human companions- but could they be in any way psychic?

 When dogs and other animals are tested for ESP and correctly answer questions they could never know (or sense danger to their masters when they are not even present) is this anything other than chance or natural ability?

In a way, our canine friends are sort of psychic. They know of storms and earth quakes before we do, often fleeing or hiding in reaction (even attempting to warn us) but this not a result of mystical powers or ESP, they simply feel or hear it.

Dogs may know it’s walk time before we pick up the leash because they recall the order in which we usually prepare to go out, purely due to the scent of the coat we may pick up to put on while in the other room. Although impressive, these predictions are explainable, but are there seemingly psychic predictions made by animals that simply can’t be explained?

There have been many allegedly psychic animals and wonder dogs throughout the decades, but not many have been as impressive as a dog named Chris.

 Chris, who was a Beagle mix from the USA in the fifties, communicated through a tapping technique that he had apparently displayed of his own accord since being adopted by his owner. Since dogs can remember and identify hundreds of items, and be taught to fetch an individual item by name, it was not a difficult task for Chris to remember five cards by the symbols printed on them. He would then use his paw to tap out the number that corresponded to that symbol, in order to choose the card when asked.

But the fact that he was challenged to identify the symbol on a card while it was sealed within an envelope, and chose correctly each time, was the shocking part.

According to the results of the test, Chris the dog scored so highly that even the possibility of him scoring correctly simply by chance was minute.

He could also solve simple maths problems and tapped letters of the alphabet to spell out words in order to answer questions- skills that looked like mere tricks compared to his previous feat. It's most likely that Chris' owner taught him these tricks, but not for fame or fortune as all the profit from the dogs media appearances was donated to an animal charity.

Chris' final prediction was that of the date of his death.
He was only one day out.

So what do you think? Was Chris the dog a psychic animal? Or was he just impossibly lucky? 

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

The ant hill kids cult and Roch Thériault

Hello everyone, and happy new year!
Welcome to 2017.

The first post on RLIH for the year is about a cult called "The ant hill kids".
Reader discretion is advised for this one, as the cult leader, Roch Thériault was a real piece of work.


Roch Thériault (aka. “Moses”, “Mosie” and “Papi”) was the leader of a cult called “The anthill kids” which was active in Ontario, Canada in the late 80’s.
He started early, switching his high school text books for a copy of the Old Testament and fervently studied the religious text.

(image source: La presse)

Thériault was naturally skilled in the art of manipulation and control, and his knowledge of the bible was the perfect foundation on which to begin building his own religion. After all, Catholicism had never sat well with him, nor did his stint in Mormonism- so believing that he was a God himself, he began to craft his own set of practices, ethics and rules, a whole new religion that he would preside over. He would be worshiped, powerful and in total control, he would finally be a God.

At first he embodied a sort of new-age spiritual persona, championing a clean lifestyle, as well as freedom, equality and a spirit of unity. But as time went by, as with most cult leaders, he began to tighten the leash on his followers.
The detox sessions and motivational talks that had initially attracted his followers (many of whom were seeking help for addiction or help with self-confidence) were dropped from the agenda and Thériault’s mask began to slip. The friendly community spirit that he had once encouraged was replaced by a grim silence as the ant hill kids members were only permitted to talk with one another when Thériault was present. He relinquished total control of their personal lives- a task made even easier as each member had quit their jobs in the outside world to be with him at all times.
The community generated funds by baking and selling goods they made on the property.
Those under his control lost their freedom and independence and were removed far from their friends and family. It wasn’t unusual for the ant hill kids to be whipped and beaten for general breaking of the rules, no matter how minor their mishaps.

(Image source: Skepticink)

Attempts to escape would result in members having to smash their own knee caps, or being shot by another follower.
All sexual contact between followers was banned  unless permitted by him, and by the late eighties he was believed to have fathered around 26 kids-almost every child in the cult (one child died of exposure after being left outside the compound as a “punishment”)

In classic cult leader style, Theriault moved the group to a more isolated location, breaking off any possibility of contact between members and their family, friends or general outsiders. This is a classic technique used by many cult leaders to ensure total control over their followers; it ensures long term / indefinite control without the chance of members being liberated by relatives or the local authorities.

Just like the speedo wearing, narcissistic, Buddhafiled cult leader Michael Rostand, Thériault sat back and watched as the ant hill kids built an entire town around him on a mountain side in Quebec. They believed that they would see out their final days there in the face of an imminent apocalypse that their leader had predicted to happen in ’79- yet another doomsday cult trope.
The coming of the end of days is often used throughout the control process as the fear of final judgement (and the desperation of the followers to be fully "cleansed of all sin") gives any cult leader the room to amp up the abuse and exploitation. Sadly “the end” never comes, the deadline is reset, and cycle continues.

Although he was generally considered a charismatic, likeable and humorous man by all, Thériault often displayed two very separate sides to those who were trapped in his company- one of a gentle, friendly man and one of a true devil- a vile, sadistic beast of a man who abused his own children and performed drunken surgeries that resulted in agonizing deaths.

(Image source: La fin du monde)

He performed his operations in a grim, cluttered room with dirty kitchen knives on dusty counter tops and tables. He used forced followers as makeshift medical assistants, breathing down their necks with whiskey breath as they sewed up incisions’ under his command.   
It is unclear from reading the reports if Thériault was delusional or not, but testimonies from ex-members describe him actually believing in his healing abilities despite the disastrous outcomes of his botched, DIY surgeries.

Unfortunately, hard labour, isolation and complete control were only the tip of the iceberg when it came to Theriaults exploitation and abuse of the adults and children in his control.
He would torture them in the most brutal ways he could come up with and referred to them as “punishments” or “cleansings” to “remove sin”.

He pulled out teeth, had followers amputate each other’s fingers and toes in what he said were displays of loyalty. He ripped out fistfuls of hair, or plucked them out one by one, he amputated otherwise healthy limbs, burned and branded skin, used his followers as his personal toilet, sexually abused both the children and adults as well as performing enemas on them and gruesome surgeries- once ripping out the intestines of a conscious follower who only complained of a stomach ache. Children were even reportedly nailed to trees and pummeled with rocks by other kids.

Theriault was reported to the authorities when a mutilated member escaped and alerted the police. It was a miracle that she had even survived the torture inflicted on her, and she left the ant hill kids with eight less teeth, only one arm, mutilated genitals and breasts and a fractured skull. 


Roch Theriault was sentenced to life in prison and was shanked in the neck by his cell mate at the age of 63 in 2011. His killer admitted to the crime immediately afterwards, calling Theriault “A piece of shit”.

The cult never had more than 40 followers, and during its final days the followers consisted mostly of his children and wives.

Sunday, 11 December 2016

Troll cat in scandinavian folklore

I recently found out about "The Troll cat" a folklore from Scandinavia about witches familiars. It was actually interesting to read so I thought I'd write up this post and share it with you. 
(Obviously I'm not encouraging you to do this of course) 
Do you ever get tired of going to the store to buy milk? Life is so much easier when you have others to run your errands isn’t?
If only such a luxury could be afforded. Well, you know, there is a way. .. and the only things you need are readily available to you.. You know strands of your hair, your nail clippings, some straw, your own blood, just inexpensive, convenient ingredients.


You’re going to make yourself a troll cat- your own little servant who will suckle at the udders of cows and regurgitate the milk into a pail that you will leave outside of your home. 
Your own personal troll cat will, like most felines, be a master thief able to steal cream from the houses of others and bring it right to you. It may materialize in the form of a rolling ball of fur or the in the shape of an ordinary cat.

Here's how to make it. 
 Take your straw, hair and nails and roll them into a ball, then prick your finger with a needle and squeeze out three drops onto your creation. 
One. 
Two. 
Three. 

Now, recite this incantation:
I give you blood, Satan gives you power.
You shall run for me on earth, I shall burn for you in hell.
You shall travel through forests and fields,
 gathering milk and cream

Of course there is a price. But it’s just eternal damnation, no biggie. 
You don’t have the power to animate your creation, so of course you’ll have to call on the abilities of our dark father.

And that’s all there is to it! Remember to take good care of your troll cat, any damage to it is damage to you, and if you’re feeling a little ill, keep him near you, as you must be buried with him or you’ll have to dig yourself out of a fresh grave to retrieve the little milk thief.


Good luck!


The Jólakötturinn yule cat of Iceland


If you’re not sporting a new outfit on Christmas Eve, you might just receive an extremely unwanted visit from the Yule cat, or as he’s known in Iceland, the Jólakötturinn.
Although he sounds adorable, the Jólakötturinn is actually a giant, demonic feline that prowls around the snowy rural areas of Iceland where he sniffs out, hunts down and eats those (or the food of those) unfortunate enough to have not received a new outfit for the holidays. 

Apparently this old folktale has a moral behind it and encourages children to donate to the needy, it may also have ties with production and the harvesting of wool before the winter period arrives, promoting a responsible work ethic.

Either way, it’s always best to err on the side of caution in the face of potential death, and pray for that ugly sweater from your grandma to be nestled safely under the tree this year.  Jólakötturinn knows exactly what gifts you have, because he’s been watching you of course!


Friday, 9 December 2016

Christmas horror movies


I truly messed up Halloween over here at RLIH, so since its horror all year 'round for us, I’m going to make up for it with a bloody Christmas. Starting off with a selection of Christmas themed horror flicks.



Black Christmas (1974)
 I really enjoyed the original “Black Christmas” and although it’s been a while since I’ve seen it, it was the first Christmas themed horror film that came to mind. It’s about a bunch of sorority girls who start receiving harassing anonymous phone calls around Christmas time. The threatening behavior of the killer inevitably escalates, and the girls begin to get picked off one by one.
You can watch it in full on YouTube [X]

Rare exports (2010)
A Finnish horror / fantasy / thriller. A reindeer butcher in Lapland is losing his animals to what he believes may be a wolf. He sets a trap to catch the animal, but instead captures Santa- a very different Santa to the jolly, fat bellied man we all know and love.
Watch here [X]


Kazuo Umezu's Horror Theater - 'The Present'
Jolly old Santa rewards the good and punishes the bad; and tragically for the drunken party goers in this film, they receive more than just a piece of coal for their years’ worth of bad behavior. This lesser known Japanese short turns Santa Claus into Slasher Claus and doesn’t fail to deliver on the blood and gore.
Again, watch it in full on YouTube here [X]

Gremlins (1984)
If your kid brother or sister asked for a hatchimal this Christmas, make sure it’s not a mogwai purchased from a cloudy eyed old man in Chinatown - and if it is, remember not to let it get wet and don’t, under any circumstances, let it eat after midnight.
Seriously though, Gremlins is a classic, it’s got to be on this list.
Watch it [X]

Krampus (2015)
Just in case you missed this one last year, now would be a good time to check it out.
A little boy having a bad Christmas accidentally calls upon the anti-Santa- a goat legged demon who punishes wrong doers at Christmas.
Watch [X]

Treevenge (2008)
Throwing this one in as a bonus, because it’s fucking awesome. Christmas tree’s revolt from their lives of oppression and humiliation to take revenge on those who cut down, decorate and display them in their homes.
See it here [X]

Thursday, 8 December 2016

mrhandcuffs and the suitcase bodies


In June of 2014, highway workers in the town of Geneva, Illinois found two suitcases that had been purposely dumped at the side of the road.
Inside were the decomposed remains of two contorted dead women who had been stuffed inside. 
One of the women was naked, bound and gagged and the other was bound at the wrists with her hands behind her back.

An ex-cop, a man in his early fifties named Steven M. Zelich, was charged with the murder of the two women. He confessed and during the investigation revealed the details of the crime stating that he met both women online, possibly on a fetish or BDSM website, he couldn’t recall. 
Some reports state the site was called “collarme”, and that he went by the user handle “mrhandcuffs”- the site does not seem to be currently active.

(Steven Zelich. Image source gazetteextra)

The first victim was identified by her dentals and tattoos as Laura Jean Simonson, who was 37 years old at the time. 
She had been reported missing more than six months previously by her family and was described as petite and vulnerable. The pair had checked into a hotel together in November, but analysis of the security footage from the establishment shows that only Zelich appeared to leave.

(Laura Simonson. Image source gazetteextra)

The second victim was identified as 19 year old Jenny Gamez. 
Gamez was a foster kid and had given birth to her first child young. She was a perfect student with a lot of hope for the future and a big heart for people. 
Apparently she chatted online with Steven M. Zelich for a long time before flying out to meet him, never to be seen alive again.

(Jenny Gamez. Image source unidentified.wikia)

Although Zelich remained cold in the courtroom during his sentencing, he did have positive words for Gamez, describing her as a “wonderful young lady”. 
Strangely, he claimed that he could not recall the young girl’s name.

It turned out that the ex-officer had been concealing the bodies of the two women for some time, keeping them in his freezer and in the trunk of his car and moving them around until the stench of decay became so unbearable that he was forced to dispose of them on the rural highway.

Zelich claimed the he had unintentionally murdered the women, saying that they had died during a sex game that involved choking.  
He told the court that it was just a sex game gone wrong.

(Poster released to identify Gamez)

Gamez had been choked to death and was kept in Zelich’ freezer while he actively searched for another woman and found Simonson. Even after disposing of the two bodies he was actively searching for a new victim that very night. According to some reports the ex-cop had previously used his position of authority and the databases available to him to track down women, stalk them, threaten them and allegedly attempt to trap them in his home against their will.
He was not charged for his crimes but was fired from the force.

He had been actively looking for a submissive partner online, in his advertisement on a web board he described his ideal partner wearing handcuffs and leashes and being caged, gagged and bound- indefinitely.

He was sentenced and is currently incarcerated for his crimes.

Friday, 2 December 2016

Si-Oui, the siriraj medical museum and Chulalongkorn university museum of bodies exhibit

A while back I visited the Chulalongkorn university medical museum in Bangkok, Thailand.
As you can see in my photos below they had a lot of skeletons and wet specimens of both humans and animals.


That was a while back, and I haven't been since, but after googling "medical museums" in the hope of finding another interesting place to spend a day I saw that they had a new exhibit of amazing plastinated human bodies on display.

 I found these images on the official website for the university and also on another bloggers page (He has a really informative post regarding the history and process which I urge you to check out if you want to know more



I also visited a few similar places including the Siriraj medical museum. 
The Siriraj Medical Museum is often treated as a macabre stop for tourists bored with temples and shopping malls, and is a gruesomely fascinating formaldehyde pickled nightmare world for the curious.  
It includes a gallery of suicide (photos of death and a description of the cause), an exhibit of Siamese twins in jars, forensic evidence from crimes, cadavers cut in half and heads in jars. 
Although extremely valuable and educational for students in the medical field, it is not for the faint of heart. 

The hospital is also home to the preserved body of Chinese immigrant and serial child killer cannibal “Si-oui” (or Si Ouey) who stands tanned and varnished in a big glass display box, staring out at visitors with his sunken hollow eyes. 

(Pic: trip adviser)

Si-oui (often spelled Si Ouey) is probably Thailand’s most infamous serial killer, responsible for the deaths of half a dozen young boys. He suffocated them and ate their hearts and livers as he believed the consumption of the organs gave him special powers.

If you want to visit the museum for yourself you can find it here:
2 Wanglung Road Khwaeng Siriraj, 
Khet Bangkok Noi, 
Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10700,
 Thailand

Check if it's open or not before you go, because I went there once and it wasn't. Boo.


Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Execution by elephant

Learned something brutal the other day, thought I'd share it here.



Apparently for centuries in South east Asia (particularly India) Asian elephants were trained in the art of torture and execution. 
Death by elephant was used as a form of capital punishment. 
The animals were trained to torture and crush their victims, often stomping on them or sitting on them to crush them. They could be taught to inflict a slow or quick death on command.
What a way to go, jeez.

(above left: listmaze, above sickchirpse)


Corpsewood manor murders


Corpsewood Manor is an allegedly haunted abandoned mansion located in the woods of northern Georgia. 
Those who visit the remains of the property in search of a scare claim to feel a sense of despair, see phantom dogs and human shaped shadows and hear faint harp music. But the real story behind the haunted rubble is much more terrifying and tragic than the movement of a shadow from the corner of your eye...

(image: weekinweird.com)

Although a sight of beautiful decay and a treat for urban explorers and paranormal researchers alike, the manor has a tragic story dating back to the early eighties involving the murder of a couple- a retired university professor Charles Scudder and his partner Joseph Odom. 

The pair moved to the rural area in search of a peaceful and quiet existence, sadly they got the opposite. 

Things were going well at first, amazingly Scudder and Odom built the property by hand- it was a simple structure of course, but they were self-sufficient and could grow their own produce and even make wine on the property. 
The interior of their hand built home was the opposite. It was fixed with the rare and antique items that Scudder loved to collect. He had a taste for the finer things when it came to art and music, often playing his golden harp into the night.



The couple was murdered by a young man they had befriended in the local area named Kenneth Brock who used to regularly visit and partake in the couple’s homemade wine. 

Some say he may have been sexually involved with the pair and struggled with his feelings about it.

 His partner in crime was a friend named Samuel West whom later remorselessly referred to the slain couple as “queer devil worshippers” during the trial. (Charles Scudder had once joined the church of Satan out of curiosity like many, but was not active in the church and had no real religious affiliations) 
They had arrived at corpsewood manor in a group of four under the false presense of having a small party. Both Brock and West had both been sniffing glue before their arrival and continued to do so throughout the night. 

Brock mercilessly shot Odom and the couples passive pet dogs to death with his hunting rifle before he shot Scudder in the face several times. 

(image weekinweird)

“I asked for this” were the final words of Charles Scudder. Nobody is really sure about what this meant.

Although the motive for the killing was money, the pair escaped with barely anything. 
They were caught and sentenced and remain in jail to this day.

Sylvester the mummy, Elmer McCurdy and Julia Pastrana

I always wondered how sideshows attained their mummies, so after a bit of quick research decided to share with you the stories of 3 mummies in particular. 


1.
Sylvester the mummy, who now resides at the “ye olde curiosity shop” in Seattle, was said to be discovered in the Arizona desert in the 1800′s. 
It was determined that he had been shot in the stomach and had mummified naturally in the sand and hot climate. He toured the sideshow circuit before settling into his home at the store in the mid fifties.

(Left image sideshowworld, right image wikipedia)

If you want to visit Sylvester, just stop by the store at
1001 Alaskan Way, 
Seattle, 
WA 98104
+1 206-682-5844

2.
Elmer McCurdy, also known as “The Bandit who wouldn’t give up” was displayed as a sideshow oddity, after being shot and killed by the police in the 1920’s. 
When the traveling show that displayed his preserved remains disbanded, he found a new home in a Californian carnival park as a prop, scaring the visitors who believed that he was merely a dummy. His remains resided there until they were accidentally discovered in the mid seventies, when a member of a film crew attempted to move what he assumed to be a fun house prop, only for the brittle arm bone to break off as he pulled on it. 

(image Wikipedia

You can pay your respects to Elmer and visit his grave at
Summit View Cemetery 
Guthrie Logan County 
Oklahoma,
 USA

3.
The mummified body of Julia Pastrana, known throughout her sideshow career under many aliases, including “the ape woman”, “the non-descript” and “the bearded lady” due to the black hair that grew all over her body as a result of hypertrichosis. 
She was a talented woman who could sing, dance and speak several languages. She brought in a lot of revenue to the sideshow, so much so that even after her death her husband (who was also her manager) refused to retire her. 
Her body was embalmed, preserved and displayed, along with the remains of a child she had lost.

(images sideshowworld.com) 

Julie was buried in Sinaloa de Leyva in Mexico where she grew up.