Midnight Menswear © wood engraving (ed. 40) image: 7 x 5 in. $100.00 (go to "Hi There" for purchase information)
A convict who was shot escaping from a Utah prison in 1861 was buried at public expense. Shortly after the burial, his brother showed up to claim and remove the body. But when they opened the casket the body, which had been buried clothed, was naked! There didn't seem to be an explanation until police officers went looking for the last person to see the body... the grave digger, Jean Baptiste. Jean's house contained many boxes of clothing and after some questioning Jean admitted to taking the clothing of hundreds of bodies over the years, before filling in the graves. The authorities had no idea what to do with Jean or what to charge him with, so they decided eventually to take him to Fremont island in the middle of the Great Salt Lake. They left him there to fend for himself until they could figure out what to do with him. Ranchers who kept livestock on the island checked on him a few weeks later and found him relatively healthy, considering his living conditions. But when they checked a second time there was no sign of Jean Baptiste anywhere on the island. His fate remains a mystery.

(Thanks to LoAnn Perry for telling me about this bit of history.)

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