Skip to comments.Secret identity of 150-year-old body found in NYC revealed
Posted on 10/02/2018 2:51:20 PM PDT by Magnatron
On the afternoon of Oct. 4, 2011, a backhoe dug into an excavation pit in Elmhurst, Queens, and struck iron. Construction workers assumed they had hit a pipe. But when the claws of the backhoe emerged from the ground, it was dragging a body clothed in a white gown and knee-high socks.
Scott Warnasch, then a New York City Office of Chief Medical Examiner forensic archaeologist, initially viewed the finding as a recent homicide. It was recorded as a crime scene, Warnasch, 52, told The Post. A buried body on an abandoned lot sounds pretty straightforward.
It turned out to be anything but. The almost perfectly preserved body was actually that of a woman born decades before the Civil War. She had been buried in what was once the grounds of a church founded in 1830 by the first generation of free African-Americans. Now a new documentary, The Woman in the Iron Coffin, premiering Wednesday on PBS, provides the womans identity.
The Post can reveal that researchers believe her to be Martha Peterson, who worked for a local white man with abolitionist leanings.
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Where was Kavanaugh when this happened?
Keep digging. Maybe youll find Jimmy.
This was a really interesting article, particularly how they identified her and the details about the iron casket. I read it in the NY Post a couple of days ago.
Very cool post.
I was thinking the same thing.
They could have just asked Brian Williams who she was. He was at the funeral.
Figured some mean racist white conservative did her in. That, or it was Hoffa.
Thanks, will try to catch the PBS show.
Brian Williams attended the funeral.
Hope he's not up for a SCOTUS seat!
Judge Crater nearby?
If that coffin design works that good, it’s a wonder the company went under after just a few years. It was supposed to allow bodies to be shipped in a sanitary manner. The missing detail: were the bodies embalmed or put in the casket in their natural condition? I’m planning on cremation for myself, but for those who want traditional burial, looking like you died a week ago after 150 years is quite an advertisement. The patent is long since expired. A seemingly “sure thing” for some business person to pick up and run with.
>>>Where was Kavanaugh when this happened?<<<
I want to know where Brian Williams was . . .
Too bad the soviets didn’t have this technology when they did Lenin’s tomb!
We must bring the perpetrator to justice.
I think its a bit late for that.
I have read that arsenic was used as an embalming chemical back then. It preserves the body very well.
Napoleon was buried without embalming on St Helena, and when he was dug up years later, he was still in perfect condition leading many to believe he was slowly poisoned.
This happened in the North East, US. Yale is in the North East, US.
Kavanaugh might have been at that party.
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