Iconic (and mysterious) corpse, Rosalio Lombardo, AKA the jewel of the Palermo catacombs…



Via Curiosity.com,


This Mummified Two-Year-Old Appears to Blink Every Day
Written by Reuben Westmaas


“Down in the catacombs of Sicily, you can visit the incredibly well preserved body of a two-year-old who died in 1920. And that’s not the spooky part. The spooky part is the fact that if you stand there long enough, you’ll see her eyes open and close.


Meet “Sleeping Beauty”


Rosalia Lombardo led a short, strange life. The daughter of a city official from Palermo, Italy, she was only two years old when she died of pneumonia. Her father, Mario Lombardo, took it about as well as you’d expect. In his grief, he contacted the legendary embalmer Alfredo Salafia to preserve his little girl in perpetuity. And if you dispute the existence of legendary embalmers, ask yourself: how many other embalmers do you know of that have their own Wikipedia page?”…


Click here for the full story, and scroll down the page for a great video (this video is actually the highlight of this whole piece. It’s from the series, Ask a Mortician, here).