There's something sad and gripping about bodies found in unexpected places. Even though the stories are usually horrific, one tends to be curious about the random discovery of bodies. Some bodies are left out in the open for anyone to come across and find. In fact, some highways and forests have become synonymous with body dumping grounds.
The following list includes some of the strangest places bodies have been found. Some were discovered in everyday places like church or a Walmart, while others were found in public, like in a shopping cart on the street. Whatever the case may be, the person who made the discovery will not forget about it anytime soon.
His Corpse Was Discovered On The Set Of 'The Six-Million Dollar Man'
Elmer McCurdy was an everyday outlaw who didn't become infamous until long after his death. In 1911, McCurdy died in a shootout with police after robbing a train of $46 and two jugs of whiskey. At the funeral home, no one claimed McCurdy's body and the undertaker decided to preserve his body with arsenic and charge visitors to see it.
This display went on for a few years until one day, a man arrived at the funeral home claiming to be a relative of McCurdy was his brother. The mortician took the stranger at his word and allowed the man to take McCurdy. It turned out that the man was not McCurdy's kin, he was just a carnival worker. The man put McCurdy's corpse on display as the "Oklahoma Outlaw" in his traveling show. Years would go by, and as McCurdy was sold to other carnivals, the story of who he was became lost. Eventually, people assumed he was just a prop and treated him as such. McCurdy's corpse eventually made it's way to The Pike, an amusement park in Long Beach, CA.
In 1976, 65 years after his death, a production crew for The Six Million Dollar Man were filming an episode of the show at The Pike. One of the film crew moved McCurdy's corpse out of the way thinking it was just a mannequin. The arm broke off, and the film crew was stunned to see bone and tissue where the arm once was. The police were called, and officers were able to identify the man as Elmer McCurdy. They sent him back home to Oklahoma, and on April 22, 1977, a funeral service was held for McCurdy as he was buried in Guthrie, OK.
An Employee Was Found Dead Inside Disneyland Paris's Haunted House
The Phantom Manor is Disneyland Paris's version of the popular Haunted Mansion attraction. The fictional narrative told inside the ride tells the story of a previous inhabitant who was visited by a phantom and died. She is said to now haunt the house. It's a scary tale for kids visiting Disney's European outpost, but the haunted house got even creepier in April of 2016. An actual dead body was discovered in the Phantom Manor by employees. The corpse belonged to a fellow employee who had worked at Disneyland Paris for 14 years. The 45-year-old was fixing a faulty piece of lighting behind the scenes when he was electrocuted and died.
Ghost Hunters Found A Woman's Body In An Abandoned Hospital
In June of 2015, some ghost hunters paid a visit to the Kuhn Memorial State Hospital in Vicksburg, MS. The abandoned hospital was reportedly haunted, so the ghost hunters wanted to check it out for ghost sightings. What the ghost hunters discovered was much more chilling than a specter. They found the corpse of a woman outside of the hospital with a bloody trail leading to the hospital entrance. The body was 69-year-old Sharon Wilson, a woman who was recently reported missing. Two suspects were later arrested for the crime when they were discovered driving Wilson's car.
A Man's Body Was Found Dead In A Homemade Coffin Alongside His Mother's Remains
In May 2017, neighbors in Laredo, TX, became concerned about Gabriel Martinez after not seeing the 74-year-old man out and about for a while. The man lived with his mother, who no one had seen in years. The lights remained on at all times, and the grass was getting high around his property. Concerned citizens called the police for a welfare check, and the police made an unsettling discovery. Martinez's body was found inside the home in a makeshift wooden coffin. What's more, there were remains of another body in the coffin that police believed to be Martinez's mother.