Skip to comments.Mummy show generates suits, not profits
Posted on 10/06/2010 8:27:28 AM PDT by JoeProBono
DETROIT, - A Florida lawyer is involved on both sides of a lawsuit over a show of Mexican mummies that failed to draw visitors to the Detroit Science Center.
Marcus Corwin owns Eternal Preservation Associates, which arranged with the Mexican owner of the mummies to exhibit them, The Detroit News reported Tuesday. He also has a 50 percent stake in Accidental Mummies Touring Co. LLC.
"The Accidental Mummies of Guanajuato," a display of the corpses of 36 Mexicans who died between 1850 and 1950 and then were accidentally mummified in concrete crypts, opened last year in Detroit. The exhibit closed seven months later in May after losing money for most of the run. Plans for a three-year tour were canceled.
Eternal Preservation sued Accidental Mummies in federal court in Detroit, claiming it was owed almost $1 million in fees. Accidental Mummies has filed a counterclaim.
"I don't know what his motivation might be to do something like this," said Kaveh Kashef, a defense lawyer. "I can't really say."
In the meantime, the science center is paying to store the mummies. Corwin also launched a far more successful show now in Los Angeles with mummies from Egypt, Europe, Asia and South America.
Did anyone tell him that nobody lives in Detroit, much less goes there to see dead mexicans?
Mexican mummies doing what American mummies refuse to do.
Trial lawyers. Is there any stunt they won't pull?
Is it true that Mexican mummies are call "madres"?
The schools should show all of the Aztec Mummy films.
That said, Guanajuato is a very cool place to visit. It's a college town, an old colonial silver mining town and the birthplace of the Mexican revolution of 1810. It's truly one of the more remarkable cities I've visited and I'm eager to return.
I saw the mummies in Guanajuato. I agree that Guanajuato is a wonderful place to visit. Or at least it was in the 1980s, when I was there.
I visited Guanajuato three times and loved the place. My last visit was over 10 years ago. We stayed at a hotel in the center of town that was the former Guanajuato state assay office and regional mint. We visited the mummies museum one morning and went to lunch afterward, although for some reason I was not as hungry as usual.
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