Book Review / Remembering Key West and Von Cosel: Excerpt from my memoir Bootstrap Geologist

SHARE ON: Book Review / Remembering Key West and Von Cosel: Excerpt from my memoir Bootstrap Geologist By Eugene A. Shinn One memory is vivid—a loud boom!! It was around midnight, and the sound woke most of the city. I do remember that! Dr. Von Cosel, the same interesting doctor who took my father’s chest X-ray, had dynamited the crypt of his departed wife. He did this to make it appear he stole her body. The truth was that he had taken the body nine years earlier on the night she was buried. She had been ‘reconstructed’ and he was attempting to bring her back to life! How do I know all this? The only person who knew he had the body was the mother of his dead bride. She lived across the street from us. My father knew her! Von Cosel was 60 when he married Elena. She was 22! He was receiving a World War I pension from Germany when they married, but Elena soon died of “consumption” as they called TB in those days. All of this is a true story about which many books and news stories have been written. As the reader will soon […]

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