Sunday, May 29, 2011

Carl Tanzler (1877-1952)

Carl Tanzler (February 8, 1877 – July 23, 1952) or sometimes Count Carl von Cosel, was a German-born radiologist at the United States Marine Hospital in Key West, Florida who developed a morbid obsession for a young Cuban-American tuberculosis patient, Elena Milagro "Helen" de Hoyos (July 31, 1909 - October 25, 1931), that carried on well after the disease had caused her death. In 1933, almost two years after her death, Tanzler removed Hoyos's body from its tomb, and lived with the corpse at his home for seven years until its discovery by a Hoyos's relative and authorities in 1940.

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