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The preserved bodies of three crewman from the ill-fated Franklin Expedition were exhumed from the permafrost of Beechey Island in 1984 to determine cause of death. Autopsy and toxicology analysis of John Torrington, John Hartnell and William Braine showed evidence of lead poisoning, which is believed to have come from cans the food was stored in on board their ships. http://www.cultofweird.com #cannibalism

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World's Best Preserved Mummies

Humans are fascinated with the preservation of their dead. From Rosalia Lombardo to John Torrington and the Wet Mummies of China, here are the world's best preserved examples.

John Torrington, British seaman on the Franklin expedition, died in 1846. Here he is being exhumed after having been buried in the permafrost above the Arctic Circle. Not looking too worse for the wear for someone being dead for 167 years. Luckily he died before his mates started eating one another.

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Photo of 20 yr old John Torrington before leaving with the Franklin Expedition in 1845 with two fellow crewmen that perished with him and are also buried beside him. All remarkably well preserved.

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World's Best Preserved Mummies

Archeologists were giving quite a terrifying shock when they removed the blankets that covered John Torrington's face. John Torrington was literally staring back at them.

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John Torrington: The Frozen Mummy of the Franklin Expedition

The body of John Torrington stunned the archeologists who exhumed it in 1984 while searching for the cause of the legendary Franklin's failure. Perfectly preserved, it stared back at them, literally!

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John Torrington: The Frozen Mummy of the Franklin Expedition