Saturday, August 8, 2015
The Curious Case of Bog Bodies
As a crime fiction reader, I was excited to read this article on Nautilis, "The Curious Case of the Bog Bodies" by Kristen C. French. Ms French discusses a special breed of forensic analysis of the hundreds of human corpses, dating back to 8000 BC, found in European bogs. They are all exquisitely preserved, as they would be, from the peat. What's interesting is that so many of them have been violently killed and deliberately placed in bogs. "The bogs are curious tombs, likely harboring homicide victims, both honored and disgraced." Hangings, ritual murders, and just plain violent crime make up a goodly number of these bog bodies, and so it's of interest in what we, as students of crime, can learn. The photo above is of Tollund Man. There's a leather noose around his neck, and he most likely died by hanging. However, he was carefully placed in a fetal position, with eyes and mouth closed. Oh...the story behind this....
If you like mysteries, you'll find this article fascinating. Ms French elucidates 5 of the most noteworthy--and cringe-worthy-- cases.
Read it, HERE.