The theme of the week has apparently become buried alive. Here is another for you but this one has a less happy ending that the dancing corpse of yesterday’s tale.
If this story is true it is a dreadful way to go. Usually the ‘not quite dead’ stories I find are more along the lines of “and then there came an unexpected knocking from the inside of the coffin”. Even yesterdays almost-victim was an anomaly with his newly returned vigour.
This report from 1901 details a terrible way to spend the last few hours of your life, shut away in a sealed vault after escaping your own coffin and with no hope of help coming.
The bodies interred in the Devonshire Street cemetery, Sydney, were removed in 1901 and sent to another cemetery.
Some workers opened a vault only to find one of the coffins turned on its side and a skeleton kneeling in the corner with one arm across its eyes. The assumption being that the person had only been in a trance and not awakened until the vault had been sealed.
This was clearly reported while the cemetery move was current news. I wonder if it was fact or fiction? I had a look on the internets and couldn’t find anything about this poor unfortunate. It does sound like the kind of tall story told in the pub after a hard week of digging up decaying bodies in the mud, doesn’t it?
“…and then we opened the vault…”
Crowd leans closer,
“…and we saw…”
“Geez, I’m dry.” Enthralled crowd rushes to immediately lubricate the storyteller. 🙂
I am hoping that one day someone will read this who has researched the history of this cemetery. If that person is you, please tell us if the tale of this terrible discovery is true or not!
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