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They Didn't Rest in Peace
Death Becomes Them
"When we're dead and buried, most of us expect to rest undisturbed. But that's not always what happens, as this quiz will show."
15 Points Per Correct Answer - No time limit
In 525 BC the Persians, under the leadership of Cambyses II, conquered Egypt. Not content with defeating and imprisoning Pharaoh Psamtik III, Cambyses ordered the previous pharaoh's mummy dragged from its tomb and burned in his presence. What was name of the Egyptian ruler who suffered this misfortune?
Alexander the Great died in Babylon in 323 BC, but he wasn't buried there. After a bit of travelling, his corpse ended up in Alexandria, Egypt. Which Roman emperor is charged with robbing his tomb and stealing his armor?
It wasn't only kings and pharaohs who had to worry about being mistreated after death. Which pope was disinterred, put on trial, found guilty, and finally had his corpse mutilated and thrown into the Tiber River?
The great German poet Friedrich Schiller's remains were exhumed and buried next to his friend Johann Wolfgang von Goethe following his death.
Which Victorian poet had his wife exhumed so he could retrieve a manuscript of love poems he had placed in her coffin?
Dante Gabriel Rossetti
John Paul Jones, the great naval hero of the American Revolution, died penniless in Paris on July 18, 1792. In 1905, it was decided to return his remains to the United States. Unfortunately, Jones was buried in an unmarked grave. How were his remains identified?
An inscription on his coffin
His face was still identifiable
He was wrapped in an American flag
When this American president died suddenly after a short time in office, there were rumors that he had been poisoned with arsenic by his political enemies. In 1991, his remains were exhumed and tests were done to prove or disprove this. Who was this man?
William Henry Harrison
Another President had the misfortune of discovering that his father's body had been stolen by grave robbers and sold to a medical school for dissection. Which President was it?
James Knox Polk
Rutherford B. Hayes
We have all heard of "the day the music died." On February 3, 1959, a plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa claimed the lives of some of the country's most popular young musicians. Which victim was exhumed and autopsied 48 years later?
Roger Peterson, the pilot
J. P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson
In 1978 what famous movie star's body was stolen and held for ransom by two auto mechanics?
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