Skip to comments.Why were 10 dead bodies found in Benjamin Franklinís basement? (Ambassador's London residence)
Posted on 04/14/2012 11:25:49 AM PDT by DogByte6RER
Why were 10 dead bodies found in Benjamin Franklins basement?
In 1998, a group called the Friends of Benjamin Franklin House began renovations on Franklin's London residence, No. 36 Craven Street, and discovered a nasty surprise: 1,200 pieces of bone from 10 bodies, six of which were children. And the bodies were buried in the basement around the time Franklin was living in the house.
No, Franklin didn't engage in a murder spree in between penning Poor Richard's Almanack and flying kites in lightning storms. In fact, it's unlikely that the bodies were murder victims at all. The bones were sawed through and bore scalpel marks, suggesting the bodies were used for an anatomical study. And it just so happens that Franklin's dear friend William Hewson, whose mother-in-law owned Franklin's home, was a student of the famed anatomist William Hunter. Historical speculation holds that Hewson, after digging up these bodies or paying a "resurrection man" for the remains, set up a lab in Franklin's basement for his own anatomical studies.
The question remains, however: did Franklin know about the bodies? It's possible that he participated in, or at least witnessed Hewson's studies, but Hewson could have used the basement and then buried the bodies when Franklin wasn't around. Without further historical evidence, we can't know if the bodies in the basement would have been as much of a surprise to Franklin as they were to the renovation team.
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From 1757 to 1775, Ben Franklin lived in an elegant four-story Georgian house at No. 36 Craven Street in London during his time as an ambassador for the American colonies. In late 1998, a group calling itself Friends of Benjamin Franklin House began to convert the dilapidated building into a museum to honor Franklin, whose other home in Philadelphia had been razed in 1812 to make way for new construction (a ghost house frame now sits on the site).
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By tomorrow, all 10 bodies will be named “Trayvon.”
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I’m almost starting to believe headlines mislead me on purpose.
As we speak, Tim Burton and Johnny Depp are working on the script... (joking)
And the msm will declare Franklin was a cannibal and/or satanist.
Heh ... yeah, probably something like “Benjamin Franklin Zombie Slayer”
Spot on funny.
It wasn’t his house. He was a lodger there.
They were there because he missed the day the dead cart came by.
I, for one, am more concerned about any bodies that have been secreted as a result of forming Obama’s fake life history.
Or a politician for that matter.
There's always a few skeletons in the basement.
Not always literally, though.
The scenario they paint is plausible...but I wonder if they can date the bones precisely to the period when Franklin was living there.
Did they find any traces of elderberry wine?
“By tomorrow, all 10 bodies will be named Trayvon.
ROFLMAO!!! You are quick!
Headline writers are told to write headline to get people to stop and read the article. So yes to some extent their job is to hype the story and mislead us slightly.
I saw this story covered on the History channel (or perhaps Discovery) several months ago.
When Franklin was there, he had befriended a young Englishman who was studying anatomy and medicine. Franklin permitted him to use the basement, I think, as a sort of lab. The bones are from cadavers.
At least that’s the way I recall the story.
Ben Franklin is said to have been a member of the Hellfire Club while he was in England. I’m a bit surprised not to see any reference to that.
i read somewhere once that htey were cadavers for study purposes-
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