10 Morbid Facts We Learned This Month That Chilled Us To The Bone

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Every month, Graveyard Shift takes to the internet to learn new things that will keep us up at night so we can share these scary facts with our readers. This month, read about dark history, cursed objects, and morbid movie stars - and don't forget to vote up the facts that creep you out the most.


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    The Body Was There All Along

    The Body Was There All Along
    Photo: Dev Arudiya / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 4.0

    In 2019, workers at an Iowa supermarket were removing a cooler when they discovered a body behind it. Little did they know that it was the cadaver of a former employee who had gone missing nearly 10 years prior. 

    Eventually the body was identified as Larry Ely Murillo-Moncada, who had apparently become upset and ran out of his home on November 28, 2009. His parents told police "he was acting irrationally, possibly because of medication he was taking." From here, he likely went to the supermarket, climbed atop the cooler, and fell into the narrow gap between the appliance and the wall, where he became trapped. 

    CNN reports that "noise from the coolers’ compressors may have concealed any attempts to call for help," and so he perished there, decomposing over the next decade just out of reach of the employees working nearby. He was only 25 years old.

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    Power Corrupts

    In 1974, artist Marina Abramović put on "Rhythm 0," a piece of performance art where she stayed still for six hours and allowed the audience to do whatever they wanted to her. She also placed 72 items on a table for them to interact with, including things like a rose, a feather, a whip, and even a loaded gun. 

    The guest were gentle at first, some offering her a rose or a kiss. But in just a couple hours, things broke down. One person even cut her neck and drank her blood. As Abramović remembers, “What I learned was that... if you leave it up to the audience, they can kill you... I felt really violated: They cut up my clothes, stuck rose thorns in my stomach, one person aimed the gun at my head, and another took it away. It created an aggressive atmosphere. After exactly six hours, as planned, I stood up and started walking toward the audience. Everyone ran away, to escape an actual confrontation.”

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    Mercy

    Before scaffolding was introduced to hangings (elevating the executed out of reach and leading to more instantaneous death through neck snapping), victims often swung close enough to the ground that their family members could pull on their legs to try to hasten their passing.

    Otherwise, the weight of the body on the rope would not be enough to bring a quick end - instead, they would be doomed to slow suffocation.

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    The Taste Of Doom

    Willie Francis was set to be executed by electric chair in May of 1946, but he managed to survive due to the chair malfunctioning. The 17-year-old described the experience as having the taste of cold peanut butter, continuing, "[There were] little blue and pink and green speckles, like shines in a rooster's tail... I tried to say goodbye, but my tongue got stuck in the peanut butter, and I felt a burnin' in my head."

    He did not survive his second encounter with the chair the very next year.

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    The World's Deepest Cave Is Also A Tomb

    The World's Deepest Cave Is Also A Tomb
    Photo: Petr Lyubimov / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 4.0

    In November 2020, Sochi resident Sergei Kozeev went missing in the depths of Veryovkina cave, the deepest known cave on earth. It wasn't until August of the following year that Russian cavers discovered his body, dangling alone on a rope more than 3,600 feet into the cave.

    He likely got stuck due to a lack of skill and equipment, then perished from hypothermia.

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    Dark Moments From The French Revolution

    Dark Moments From The French Revolution
    Photo: Unknown / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 4.0

    The Drownings at Nantes were a series of mass executions that took place during the French Revolution and claimed the lives of as many as 4,600 people. During this event, civilians even suspected of not supporting the revolution or of being a royalist were thrown into the river Loire.

    The targets included many clergy members, women, and children, and cadavers washed up on the shores of the river for a long period afterwards.

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