Shakespeare’s Skull and Other Famous Stolen Body Parts
Someone really wanted Shakespeare’s head—ditto the bones, brain, and penis of these other famous people.
This week, archaeologists revealed that William Shakespeare’s skull is probably missing from his grave at Holy Trinity church in Stratford-on-Avon. Researchers made the discovery by performing the first radar scans of the playwright’s tomb for an upcoming documentary.
The news, which comes a month before the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, lends credence to a legend that grave robbers stole the skull in 1794. It also gives him something in common with other famous leaders, artists, and writers: People can’t keep their hands off him, even after death.
Several years ago, the granddaughter of Benito Mussolini told the police that someone was selling parts of the fascist Italian dictator’s brain on Ebay. The auction site promptly removed the listing, as