Wayzata, Minnesota

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Alphabe-Thursday - Mystery, Murder? The Whodunit Twist

Calling all Bone Detectives, or rather, Anthropologists to Hastings, Minnesota.

and the letter M.



Whatever the case, it's right up my alley on interesting subjects.  After all, it happened nearly in my own backyard, so to speak.  But for Boston, Massachusetts to run our (mysterious little skeleton) story really peaks my interest.

In all probability the land where the body was buried looked much like this.  Maybe.  Until they determine a closer date of burial we won't know for sure.

The photo below indicates a typical Minnesota structure around the late 1800's.  However, it's more likely it occurred in the early part of 1800.

Photo credit Landmarks History Group Hastings

Last Wednesday's edition of Whodunit quickly becomes, who buried it and Who is it?

After a call from the local authorities, the Bone Detectives arrived quickly.  Solving crimes and uncovering the mysteries of the dead is their business.

The photo below only appears like a construction job in disarray, while in reality it's an active crime scene.  Although, authorities have already determined the body was buried with care, and that this isn't a criminal case.  As of yet.

This is the updated version announced in the media.

Photo credit KDWA Local news 1460 am
view story here.
Click here for 21 second audio.

What an interesting field to be involved in right?

What we know.  The skeletal remains date back to the early 1800's.  Early indications determined it's a middle aged woman, most likely of European descent and not Native American.
The number of tacks and nails found in the area around the remains lead them to believe she was buried sometime in the early 1800's, in a coffin.  They believe the coffin's wood would disintegrate over the last two hundred years, leaving behind only the tacks, nails and bones.

Unless of course, some clever chap buried the remains of a victim and tossed about the tacks and nails from earlier days to throw authorities off, if the remains were ever discovered.

Without a doubt the anthropologists will be able to uncover more impertinent information, which they promise to deliver by next week.


TexWisGirl said...

awww. makes me think someone loved her.

The Silver Fox said...

Wow, that's pretty fascinating!

Leovi said...

It is a great mystery! I also feel attracted me!

DeniseinVA said...

Being so close to the civil war battlefields here, every time there are roads or construction building, sometimes remains have been found. Each one is investigated pretty thoroughly. I wonder if this lady was in a long ago forgotten grave.

carol l mckenna said...

Fascinating post for M ~ love a good mystery ~ sad about this one, though ~ but unique post ~

artmusedog and carol (A Creative Harbor)

Pam Beers. said...

oo-oo-oo...creepy, scary, interesting all rolled into one. Could make a great novel.

kaykuala said...

Very interesting Karen! May have beginnings of a mystery novel. Thanks for sharing!


Anonymous said...

I enjoy watching crime stories on tv. Thanks for sharing this interesting case.

Rocky Mountain Woman said...

Wow! A mystery is always intriguing....

Jenny Woolf said...

It always amazes me how anyone can find out anything useful from archaeological remains - do you agree?

Karen S. said...

It is very amazing! I watch C.S.I. Las Vegas a lot as well as the show Bones and they really explain how it works! Even with bugs arriving on a crime scene in a natural order making it possible to determine time lines! Totally interesting stuff!

Grantham Lynn said...

Wow. How fascinating! Very cool post! I linked too some nostalgic pictures. Not a mysterious though.
Have a good Friday.

fredamans said...

Meh on the mystery... but I think that's a magnificent river shot for your header!

orchid Miyako said...

Oh! Love the mystery; thank you very much for the great writing along the fences.

Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

Lmkazmierczak said...

Forensics has come a long way....fascinating how they can put together what happened from the remains. Thanks for sharing an interesting post♪

Jenny said...

What a mesmerizing story.

This is really a fascinating glimpse into maybe!

Thanks for linking to the letter M.


Sandra Black said...

You made something that I normally would not be reading about, interesting.