DIG, MUST WE?

THE CONSPIRACY THEORISTS ARE GOING UNDERGROUND

Among the stranger pursuits of science these days is the effort to exhume dead celebrities. Meriwether Lewis, of the pair of famous Northwest explorers, is the latest to be marked for elevation. He joins a lengthening list that includes President Zachary Taylor, the parents of Lizzie Borden, John Wilkes Booth, Jesse James, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Marilyn Monroe and the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer lion.

The reason offered for unearthing these notables is to determine how they died, or if they were as dead as they were originally said to be. Forensic experts wanted to exhume President Taylor to discover...

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