I would like to show contrast between being buried alive and being raised from the dead in short documentaries.
- The Tales Of The Living And The Dead, Or Both
- Buried Alive: Rosa Spadoni
- The Living Dead: Felicia Felix-Mentor
The Tales Of The Living And The Dead, Or Both
Dear Edgar Allan Poe,
I really missed your stories since my school days.
How are doing in the after life? Still writing bizarre and horror stories through
someone else still living? I wish you could dictate stories of your genre to me
through automatic writing, or through seance.
Like Chopin, Beethoven, Lizt, Mendelssohn, Rachmaninov, et al had done
through the famed Rosemary Brown.
I bet you got scared, too, when you were still with the living,
when a ghost tried to pull your leg when darkness fell...
Buried Alive: Rosa Spadoni
At Camerino University, Italy, in September 1950, Dr. Giuseppi Stoppolini, a genial professor of psychology, held at one of his classes a seance and introduced to his students a purported medium Maria Bocca. Needless to say, it seems unusual for the professor that the occult should be part of the lecture on that day.
As narrated by Roger Boar and Nigel Blundell in The World's Greatest Ghosts, Maria Bocca "went into a trance and astounded them all."
In the trance, "Maria spoke in the recognizable voices of dead men and women known to those present. But near the end of the seance, came an unfamiliar voice begging them to have mercy and listen."
It said, ' I was born Rosa Manichelli. When I died, I was Rosa Spadoni, but my husband has died since then, too. We are both in the cemetery at Castel-Raimondo. I'm asking only that you help others, because the same thing can happen to them. Two days after the death certificate was signed, I was taken to the cemetery in a deep coma and buried alive!'" (Italics mine)
While the students sat and watched in horror, Maria fainted and collapsed to the floor.
Stupefied then becoming curious, Dr. Stoppolini, the following day, verified the identity of Rosa Spadoni and to his surprise, she really had existed and died in the Civil Hospital in Camerino on September 4, 1939... and was buried two days later at Castel-Raimondo!
Finding no surviving relatives to protest against the exhuming of her body, Dr. Stoppolini and a small group gathered at Rosa's grave on September 15, 1950. Apart from them, he also had as witnesses pathologists from the Camerino board of health, three officials from the Italian government and a photographer.
Digging followed and after an hour the coffin was revealed. Stoppolini himself raised the coffin lid. Authors Boar and Blundell describe in the book what they all saw:
"The skeleton within lay on its back, skull turned to the left. The left arm bent upward, with the finger bones thrust into the mouth and throat cavity. The knees were bent as if in an effort to force open the lid....Worse, there were parallel scratches where Rosa had tried to claw her way out of the casket."
This reminded me of Edgar Allan Poe's classic story Cask of Amontillado!
The Living Dead: Felicia Felix-Mentor
Can the dead, the truly dead, rise again from the grave?
In his book: Man: A Record of Anthropological Science (Vol. XLV, no. 22. pp. 38-40.
March-April, 1945), Louis P. Mars, M.D. says: "The island of Haiti located in the Caribbean Sea attracts tourists for many reasons. Perhaps the beliefs and cultural institutions of the Haitian people are of greater interest to visitors than the charm of the physical aspects of the country. Tourists believe that they will be able to see Zombis roaming through the villages and watch the people perform superhuman feats during what are called the vodu dances.
Haiti has often been called the vodu or mysterious island. Many people believe that there are to' be found some unusual facts which modern science has not yet been able to explain: -for example, the phenomenon of magic and the existence of Zombis."
Felicia Felix-Mentor was a Haitian woman believed to have been made into a zombie in the early part of the 20th century, according to Wikipedia.
It continues: "Felicia Felix-Mentor reportedly died in 1907, after a sudden illness of the type that Haitian belief finds to be characteristic of a person marked to be made into a zombie. In 1936 a woman (either nude or in ragged clothing depending on the source) was found wandering the streets, and made her way to a farm which she claimed belonged to her father. The owners identified the woman as Felicia Felix-Mentor, long thought dead, and Felix-Mentor's husband also confirmed this..."
Her name alone send shivers down my spine. It turned out she was not alone. There were other "zombies" recorded in Haiti and one in particular was Clairvius Narcisse.
A Harvard scientist, Dr. E. Wade Davis who had announced Zombie-ism actually exists, was recruited to study the phenomenon by Dr. Lamarque Douyon, the Canadian-trained of the Port au Prince Psychiatric Center.
According to Gerry Brown (no relation to our moderator Mark Gordon Brown) author of The World's Greatest Mysteries, "The two doctors carried out physical and mental examinations of the 'recovered zombie' Clairvius Narcisse, who was declared dead at the Albert Schweizer Hospital in Port au Prince in 1962 but who reappeared alive in his home village two years later.
Narcisse was able to point to the scar on his cheek made by one of the nails driven into his coffin, and had astonished villagers by leading them to his own grave and digging it up to show them the empty coffin."
Why, what do you know? The seminal 1968 horror film Night of the Living Dead conceived by George A. Romero and John A. Russo had basis, after all.
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