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  1. Following the death of Nicole van den Hurk, her stepbrother falsely confessed to killing her to get her body exhumed for DNA testing, thus leading to the arrest and prosecution of her attacker.

  2. After Nicole van den Hurk's death, her stepbrother falsely confessed to the killing in order to get her body exhumed for DNA tests, leading to the arrest and prosecution of her real attacker

  3. In 1918 a man crashed, "died," was buried in a coffin, exhumed against family wishes 2 days later after an insurance debate, found ALIVE (due to being in a low-oxygen coma state), went on to become a French celebrity and invented a breathing tube apparatus/wine pack for coffins.

  4. In 1937, Angelo Hays was declared dead and buried 3 days later. 2 days after that, an insurance investigation exhumed him and found him in a coma. He made a complete recovery. He later invented a coffin complete with upholstery, a food locker, chemical toilet, library, and radio transmitter.

  5. After Rat-Packer Sammy Davis Jr died in 1990, his Widow soon discovered that he was nearly broke and owed back taxes. She then had his body exhumed to strip him of the $70,000 worth of jewelry he had been buried with.

  6. In 1846, John Torrington perished during an expedition to find the Northwest Passage. When his corpse was exhumed 138 years later, it was almost perfectly preserved -- eyes wide open, clothing intact, and limbs so flexible that moving him felt like moving someone unconscious rather than dead.

  7. Adolf Hitler's remains were exhumed in the 1970s and incinerated. The ashes were flushed into the city's sewage system

  8. When Salvador Dali was recently exhumed to determine whether a fortune teller is his biological daughter, his moustache was still perfectly intact.

  9. A Mongol ruler had "Who ever opens my tomb, shall unleash an invader more terrible than I" inscribed on his casket. On the day a Soviet anthropologist exhumed his body the largest military invasion in history was launched against the USSR.

  10. In 897 the Catholic Church exhumed a dead pope, dressed him in papal gear and put his corpse on trial.

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Oliver Cromwell was exhumed 3 years after his death so they could put him on trial for treason and execute his corpse.

The USA was feeding radioactive material to mentally disabled children, exposing U.S. soldiers and prisoners to high levels of radiation, irradiating the testicles of prisoners and exhuming bodies from graveyards to test them for radiation to understand the effects of radiation on the human body

After the defeat of Nazi Germany, German civilians were sometimes forced to tour concentration camps and in some cases to exhume mass graves of Nazi victims.

Thomas Blood had such a reputation for trickery that his body was exhumed after his death to make sure he had really died.

Florida Man Carl Tanzler, an X-ray tech, fell in love with a patient and exhumed her body when she died to sleep with her corpse for 7 years. Charges were dropped because the statue of limitations expired by the time anyone found out.

The bones of notorious Auschwitz doctor and SS officer Josef Mengele are used as a teaching aid in medical forensics classes at the University of São Paulo. They were originally exhumed in 1985 in order to confirm his death.

Nashville Zoo is located on property that was once a 300-acre slave holding farm. When construction for the zoo began in 1997, this graveyard was not disturbed. It was only in 2013 did the zoo petition to have the bodies exhumed, revealing 9 to 30 African-Americans buried there

Inside the conqueror Tamerlane's tomb in modern day Uzbekistan, it read "Whoever opens my tomb, shall unleash an invader more terrible than I." Two days after the exhumation of his tomb, the Nazis invaded the USSR.

Due to severe overcrowding and high real estate in Hong Kong, burials in public cemeteries are exhumed after 6 years. The remains are either collected privately for cremation or reburied in an urn. Unclaimed burials are exhumed and cremated by the government.

Pope Formosus’ body was exhumed and put on trial, where a deacon was appointed to answer for Formosus. The corpse was found guilty, stripped of its sacred vestments, deprived of three fingers, clad in the garb of a layman, and quickly buried; it was then re-exhumed and thrown in the Tiber.

There are multiple unknown soldiers for various wars near the famous Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington Cemetery. However, the unknown Vietnam soldier was later exhumed and identified through mitochondrial DNA. The crypt is still there, and will forever remain empty.

When David Koresh began to take control of the Branch Davidian cult, his rival exhumed the corpse of a former member and challenged him to a contest to raise the dead. Koresh called the police instead.

A conspiracy theory prompted Lee Harvey Oswald's body to be exhumed on October 4th, 1981, to ensure the body wasn't that of a look-alike Russian agent. Dental records confirmed the body was Oswald's.

A 54 year old German x-ray technician fell in love with a dying 20 year old Tuberculosis patient. After she died, he exhumed her body and began a romantic relationship with her corpse. He kept the corpse in his broken “airship” while he tried bringing her back from the dead.

About Radithor, radioactive water sold as medicine. It was owned and produced by a college dropout, who marketed it as "A Cure for the Living Dead" and "Perpetual Sunshine". It notably killed a man in 1932, who was buried in a lead coffin, and was still highly radioactive when exhumed in 1965.

A 9th-century pope was exhumed from his grave and put on trial for abuse of power. He lost the case.

The bodies were repeatedly buried and exhumed by the Soviets until they were disposed of in a tributary of the Elbe River.

Jones" remains were located and exhumed in 1905 and returned to the United States where he was ceremoniously reburied at the United States Naval Academy in 1906.

After the royalists regained power and restored the monarchy in 1661, Cromwell's body was exhumed, given a symbolic execution, and decapitated. His head was placed on a spike where it remained for more than twenty years before it was held by private individuals. Many believe that the head was still in circulation until the family in possession of it buried it in 1962.

Pope Formosus was tried Posthumously for Perjury and Violating Canon law.His nine-month-old corpse exhumed, propped up on a throne, and subjected to a mock trial.He was Found guilty, his election as pope was declared invalid, his acts were quashed, and his fingers of consecration were cut off.

The body of 14th century conqueror Tamerlane was exhumed June 19, 1941 by Soviet anthropologist Mikhail Gerasimov. It was inscribed with the words, "When I rise from the dead, the world shall tremble." Three days later Adolf Hitler launched the largest invasion of all time against the Soviets.

When Marie Curie's body was exhumed it was found that her radium levels were below the acceptable limit. She likely got cancer from her early work in the military, not from her pioneering research into radioactivity.

English Victorian artist and poet Dante Gabriel Rossetti was so heartbroken at the death of his wife he buried her with his unpublished poems. Seven years later his agent gently encouraged Rossetti to exhume her body and the poems - which he did.

Nessie Dunbar was buried alive. At her funeral her sister wanted her dug up to say one last goodbye. When the body was Exhumed she sat up and looked at her sister. People thought she was a ghost or a zombie that returned from the dead.

In Germany when people die instead of buying a burial plot, many choose to "lease" them instead for 20 to 30 years. After the lease is up, the body is exhumed and cremated to make room for a new deceased individual. They do this to combat overcrowding in cemeteries.