What happens to our bodies after we die? We all know we start to decompose, and most of us will wind up at Ye Olde Funeral Home for viewings before being buried six feet under in a beautiful cemetery with a gorgeous headstone. But that’s not always the case, especially if you happen to be a person of wealth and fame. The remains of the famous and infamous have met with some weird, unsettling ends: from mass graves to dismembered genitalia, trips around the world to booby-trapped tombs.
Bess Lovejoy is an editor at mental_floss, and the author of Rest in Pieces: The Curious Fates of Famous Corpses, among many other achievements. We have talked to her before about death and the death-positive community, but we did not discuss her book; which is a shame, because it is fantastic.