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Part 2: ...Alarming, this made them realize they had been burying people alive. So, they then started a tradition of tying a string on the wrist of the corpse. This string was then thread through the coffin and up through the ground, where it was then tied to a bell. This was great, but also required someone to sit out in the graveyard all night (the “graveyard shift”) to listen for the bell. Thus, someone could be “saved by the bell” or was considered a “dead ringer.”