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Aug. 18, 2022

Episode 97 - Exploding Casket Syndrome & Other Kooky Cemetery Facts

Episode 97 - Exploding Casket Syndrome & Other Kooky Cemetery Facts

In this episode Jennie and Dianne learn about some of the craziest phenomenons that happen in cemeteries, such as exploding casket syndrome and what happens when a body is too big for a casket. They also discuss how the American civil war transformed traditional coffins to the more ornate caskets we see today and they delve into the fear of being buried alive. This fear of being buried alive led one man to design an ordinary extraordinary grave in Evergreen Cemetery in New Haven, Vermont and was often a subject of macabre author Edgar Allan Poe.  "To be buried while alive is, beyond question, the most terrific of these extremes which has ever fallen to the lot of mere mortality."


Resources used to research this episode include:
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