It’s easy to see why this adorable little girl is called “Sleeping Beauty”. Within the catacombs of the Capuchin Monks in Sicily lies Rosalia, who died of pneumonia in 1920. Her father, a general, went to an embalmer, begging him to preserve her lifeless body. The embalmers used formalin, to kill bacteria, zinc salts to petrify the body and its organs, alcohol, salicylic acid and glycerin. A work of tragic art.
This explorer from Great Britain died while on an expedition to the Arctic Circle in 1846. At 22-years-old, it wasn’t the cold that got him, but lead poisoning. The freezing temperatures did preserve his body until he was discovered in the 1980s.
The wife of Argentinean President Juan Perón, Eva (or Evita) was arguably the most loved person in the country. Known for her work with the poor, she sadly died of cancer in 1952. A famous professor of anatomy performed the procedure to embalm her. His technique included replacing the blood and water weight with glycerin which preserved all internal organs, including the brain. The process took one year to complete. Her body was stolen and hidden in Italy. Later the body was sent to her widowed husband in Spain and eventually she was returned to Argentina and buried in 1976.