Some people really need to let go of that
dead person that’s still in the house. Let’s talk about that. ♪ (intro music) ♪ – Good mythical morning.
– You know, there’s only one thing that’s certain in this life and that’s you
shouldn’t wear birkenstocks with socks. – Oh and also you’re gonna die someday.
– Yes. And then you’ll be covered or scattered. – Not unlike hashbrowns at the Waffle House.
– Oh gosh. – Unless you have a loved one who loves you
so much to keep you around… indefinitely. Now today we’ve got two stories.
Two true stories of corpses hanging around that are very different but both equally
fascinating. You be the judge. – Alright, let’s get started with
Carl Tanzler, born in Germany in 1877 and by all accounts seemed like a
relatively normal dude. Other than the fact that he lied about
the fact that he had 9 university degrees. And also liked to call himself
Count Carl Von Cosel. Even though he wasn’t a Count.
But I don’t hold that against him because while vacationing I call myself
Count Rhett Von Desel. – (laughs) Not with me you don’t.
Ok I’ll forgive him because he looks cool. – Yeah he looks like a smart dude.
– His glasses are cool. Like a double monocle. – A couple of times in his life he-
– i.e. glasses. – Yes he wore glasses Link.
Carl claimed to have been visited by visions of a dead ancestor. A Countess
of course, who showed him images of his true love: an exotic dark-haired beauty.
Now that’s important, that’s an important detail. Hold on to that. Now Carl moves to the US
in 1926 and settles in Florida because as we all know there is a magnet in Florida
that attracts weird people. – Mm.
– He brings along his wife and two daughters. One year later Carl says: ‘You know what?
I’m tired of this wife and these two daughters. 1927 he goes down to Quay West
and becomes a radiologist. Sounds like a bad sitcom.
– (laughs) – Quay West radiologist. He works for
a few years, until one day he meets a beautiful young Cuban woman.
Maria Elena Milagro de Hoyos. Cue the Cuban music.
(Cuban music plays) – Oh literally! Okay.
– You remember the dark-haired exotic lady – I just talked about a second ago from Carl’s dreams?
– Yes. Here it is. – Even though he was 53 years old
and she was only 21 Carl was convinced – that she was the one.
– So he x-rayed her? – Yes he did actually. She came in for an
examination a lung x-ray where they discovered that Maria had Tuberculosis.
Very fatal at the time but he was totally in love with her so he was determined to save her.
So here’s what he did. He’s convinced that she’s the woman of his dreams.
So she goes back to basically die at her parents’ home. He goes over there,
administers all these homemade tonics, brings x-ray equipment from the hospital
and begins to x-ray her hoping that’s – going to do something.
– Can’t hurt. – He showers her with gifts, professes her love,
his love for her. Meanwhile she’s totally – not into this. She’s not into Carl at all.
– And dying. – She’s also- yeah she’s in the TB
and the TB eventually kills her. – Okay.
– Despite all Carl’s efforts she dies. – But his generosity does not end there
because he insists, he tells hers parents, ‘I’m gonna pay out of pocket for a
mausoleum. Very fancy mausoleum. Where you can keep her remains.’
-Nice. – ‘That only I have the key for.’
– The Quay West? – The key to Quay West mausoleum belongs
to Carl and so Carl takes her body. – He puts her in but then he takes her out. Okay.
– Things is about to get weird. So buckle up! – They were already a little weird. The Cuban music
– For the next two years- Oh you didn’t like that? – I loved it, it was just weird.
– For the next two years Carl visited her tomb. Almost every night and he said her spirit
would visit him when he played her favourite Spanish song, which incidentally
was that song I just played a second ago. – Oh. Is she here now?
– Did my accent to. – And during these visits, she would say:
‘Carl take me from the grave. You gotta move me from the grave.
Please take me from the grave.’ – So eventually after two years of this
– He did. – of course he did.
– He was like well let me check the x-rays first. – Yep, I should.
– He snatches up her corpse, puts it in a toy wagon, which helps to explain Radio Flyer’s slogan
from the 30’s. Tow the dead body in one, kids!
Then he takes- (everyone laughs)
– They’re kind of small. – I don’t know what that looked like
but I’m, sure that the whole body was – not contained in the toy wagon.
– That’s called niche marketing. – Yeah. He takes her to a lab he built
on the inside of an old airplane. Here’s a picture of it.
-Of course he did! – Is it weird that I’m starting to like this guy?
– Uh a little bit. – He’s got a lab in a – in a plane?
– You shouldn’t like this, Link. – With a dead woman?
– That says something about you. – I like anyone building labs in planes.
– But you might like him when I tell you that at this point inside this crazy plane
contraption Carl began to bring her back to life. He connected her bones with
coat hangers. He stuffed her abdomen and chest with rags to give the body
some shape. – Okay.
– He used a bunch of perfumes and disinfectants to deal with the odour.
He replaced her decomposing skin with silk soaked in wax and plaster.
– Perfumed. – And he even gave her glass eyes.
And I know you’re wondering but of course, yes, she looked beautiful.
-Oh goodness! – (Rhett laughs)
– She looks like Michael from Halloween or – a piñata!
– Oh come on! Don’t talk crap about her! – She’s beautiful Link!
– She’s- I mean, you hit her in the wrong place – candy comes out!
– (Rhett and crew laugh) – Or the right place.
– Don’t take her to a kid’s birthday party – in Southern California. So, she was so beautiful
– (Link laughs). What in the world? – that he kept her in his bed and
slept with her, reportedly in both senses – of the phrase.
– Oh! Okay okay. (crew groans)
(Rhett hits the table) – Isn’t that romantic? Cue the Cuban music!
No don’t don’t don’t cue the music. – Paper mache.
– This goes on for seven years. – He made her paper mache basically?
– Yeah. But all good things must come to an end. Link, would you believe me if I said
Carl came to his senses and reburied Elena? – Yes. Please yes.
– You would be wrong. Would you believe me if I told you a local boy spotted Carl
through his window dancing with what appeared to be a giant wax doll?
– Please no. – Because that’s what happened. Carl was finally
– (laughter) – confronted because of these rumours going
around town by Maria Elena’s sister in 1940. Which had to be a very awkward conversation.
‘Carl, are you still sleeping with my sister?’ (laughter)
– Because my sister’s been dead for a decade. – Good gosh.
– (laughs) – So authorities seized the doll, Carl’s
arrested for wantonly and maliciously destroying a grave and removing the body
without authorisation which you know what? Statute of limitations is up for that.
So he gets off and then he- – He Tanzlered his way out of that one.
– Yes. A public, a local funeral home puts her body on public display because
of course, it’s Florida. And then eventually – she’s reburied. Now would you believe me
– What? – if I told you Carl went on to live a normal life?
– Yes please. – You’d be wrong again Link. Would you
believe me if I told you Carl made another Elena doll using a mould of her face and
lived with it until he died in the arms of this doll in 1952?
– No. – Because that, my friend, is what happened.
You still like him? You still a fan? – I don’t- I’d like to go in the plane.
Ah, but not if he’s gonna be there. – Okay. Carl Tanzler everybody. Count!
– Can we go from creepy to heartwarming? – Ah, slash body freezing? Cause that’s where
– Sure. I’m going with this corpse. In Colorado
there’s a quaint little town called Nederland and it’s home to grandpa Bredo Morstoel
who moved there after he died. – (both laugh)
– So grandpa Bredo dies in Norway in 1989 and his family packs him in dry ice and
ships him to Oakland, California to Transtime Cryonics facility where you know,
cryonics. They freeze you forever – Yes. Like Walt Disney.
– in hopes that- That’s not true. – That’s an urban legend.
– Okay. Not like Walt Disney. – But they freeze you in hopes that when
technology and society advances later that they can revive you to live eternally.
– Yeah. That’s awesome. – He was placed in liquid nitrogen for
almost 4 years BUT his daughter and grandson wanted to open their own
cryotel. My words not theirs. They probably would have succeeded if
they’d used that term, but it’s mine – you can’t have it.
– You pronounce the h Cry-hotel? – Cryotel.
– That just sounds like a place you go to weep. – (laughs) It does, doesn’t it? Cryo-hotel.
– Cryohotel. Cryohotel? – How about that? Cryohotel.
– Okay alright. We’ll work on it. – Cryomotel. We’ll make it a motel.
Everyone can enter from the parking lot. – Ah! Nice! Cause you got big stuff
you gotta take in there. – Well you got stiff bodies.
– Bodies. – So in 1993 grandpa was moved to Nederland
Colorado to live with the daughter and grandson. And they stuck him in a garden shed
out back. The one on the left. The one on the right is like for the lawnmower.
And the one on the left is for the frozen grandpa. – Whoa. The one he’s in is bigger.
– Of course! – Eugh.
– Gotta have room man. Hang up the picture – of him above it so they don’t forget.
– Just to remember who it is that’s in the shed? – This is not the lawnmower. It’s grandpa.
– (laughs) Due to budget constraints grandpa – was kept on dry ice. Not liquid nitrogen.
– No no. – That is expensive.
– They made a homemade freezer box made from plywood and Styrofoam which encased
the metal sarcophagus that grandpa Bredo was in. So you can see in this picture like that’s
the sarcophagus in the middle of this thing. – Packed with dry ice all around it.
– And listen, that’s a lot of expense and a lot of work to keep this thing frozen.
They placed an ad in the local paper for a job of transporting dry ice
(muffled voice) for the body. – (normal voice) You know they left that part off.
– Small font. – So then Bo shows up , became known as the ice man
for the next 18 years. – No.
– 18 years Bo the ice man transported 1800 – pounds of dry ice to the shed and kept grandpa frozen.
– But what happens when like Bo goes on vacation? – I know.
– This isn’t like forgetting to feed a dog. – No this is not.
– This is like the whole thing could be undone. Because of course one day he’s gonna
wake up and be like ‘Hey’! 2015!’ – Or the half of him that didn’t thaw
– Right. – when Bo took his vacation.
– Hopefully it’s not the legs. – Yeah.
– Hopefully the upper part works. – If your legs come back to life you won’t know it.
– Well some people they just freeze the head. – That’s the part I’m doing.
– That’s cheaper. Could’ve just done that. – But listen he becomes a local attraction.
They let people come by and see him. There’s some kids looking at him right there.
Look kids, isn’t this nice? It inspired a festival. Rhett. A festival.
We can go to this festival. – We are going.
– Every March is called Frozen Dead Guy Days. – Events include coffin racing, polar plunging
– No. – frozen turkey bowling. I hope it’s a turkey.
And frozen t-shirt contest. – What else could it be?
– How would you have a- parts of uncle? – Uncle. I call him uncle now.
– Okay. Oh yeah. – He’s not my grandpa. He’s my uncle. Uncle Bredo.
– Okay. – Frozen t-shirt contest. We should have one of those.
– Yeah that sounds a little strange. – So of course one day they hope to
unthaw grandpa Bredo and have him participate – in the event. Isn’t that cool?
– I don’t want to go to the festival necessarily – but if they’re gonna unthaw him I want to be there.
I want to see that happen cause I want to shake that man’s perfectly un-
well preserved hand. I’m sure it won’t – look like a mummy or anything.
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