. Physicians who examined it, say it is in a perfect state of preservation, even to the hair on the head and the teeth. A stake, rotted, protruded from the chest of the body, which appeared mumified – September 7 , 1919
“BODY OF PREHISTORIC MAN, 12 FEET LONG IS FOUND IN MICHIGAN
Lansing, Mich., Sept. 6. What is thought to be the body of a prehistoric man, 12 feet in length, was found buried in the yard of a Jackson policeman while excavating work was being done there Friday.
The body, it is said by physicians who examined it, is in a perfect state of preservation, even to the hair on the head and the teeth, which show no signs of decay. The physicians gave it as their opinion that the body was genuine.
The spot where the body was found was occupied till a few years ago by a large mound of earth, it was said, and specimens of petrified animal and vegetable matter have been found there, supporting the prehistoric-man theory.
The legs of the body are six feet long; the arms. four. The head is round, with a face nearly flat, while the skin is lightly drawn and resembles brown leather. A stake, rotted, protruded from the chest of the body, which appeared mummified. ”
But know what happened after this was unearthed? An entire cover-up which includes a police officer and a common man who took up the art form of mummification! What?!?!
They reference a follow up article from October 1, 1919 that basically says a conman Jimmie Leathers developed a skill with crafting mummies and buried it in a policaman’s yard waiting to be discovered. So yeah it was a hoax
New Castle News (Newspaper) – October 1, 1919, New Castle, Pennsylvania Big Mummy Giant Hoax – Prehistoric Relic In Michigan Quickly Loses Interest.
TOWN POLICEMAN FOOLED FOR TIME JACKSON, Mich., Oct. A few days ago the country’s scientists were agog over the discovery of the mummified body of a giant pro-historic man—12 feet high—in the backyard of a policeman in this city. Just as the local hotels were expecting the arrival of trainloads of archaeological “bugs’’ from all parts of the scientific world, the giant was hit an uwful smash by Old Man Fact, and the hotels have had to cancel some of their larger orders to the butcher, the baker and the candlestick maker. Here is why: Jimmie Leathers had a peculiar €“’ant to his mind. I’sycopaths would ve said he probably suffered from mentia praecox, thus explaining, how he got into Jackson prison Bomo *0 or 25 years ago. Material He Csed. This diagnosis would have satisfied them with Jimmie’s misdeed, even if the state of Michigan re-iused to accept it. Due to his peculiar slant, Jimmie was almost frantically interested, one might say, in the mysteries of the human body. He loved to probe them and he used to reproduce the human form in more or loss divine imitations witn the aid of cow bones, canvas, wood, animal teeth and coarse black wool. In tho Cooley & Withington plant, then having a branch in the prison under the old labor contract system, Jimmie used to put in his spare time making dummies of the human form. Finally, Jimmie made his “piece de resistance”—12 feet high, with eyes of Oriental circularity. He did a good Job pasting the hair on, hut the teeth were the masterpiece. The hands were pretty fair and the feet, well, they’re somewhat off color-— suggesting even further departure ”rom arboreal habits than the present race. Jimmie got out of prison. He had a collection of dummies. He disappeared; so did most of the dummies.
Then Patrolman Oriel Merman found Jimmie’s greatest work Friday the 12-foot one—about two feet under the surface in his back nologists and some common fry just studying to be professors arrived here this afternoon by automobile. They were somewhat puzzled by th*‘ reports because of the well-known fact that Central Michigan’s surface structure and composition do notl permit of any finds more prehistoric than some cow that might have become mired when the land was still 125 an acre hereabouts. <rtant Wooden-litwulcxl. “The only chance for anything very prehistoric, as you might say,” said Prof. Bonner, “is that there is an old peat bed here, covered by glacial clay or gravel.” The U. of M. group tried to look hopeful and waited patiently for Patrolman Merman to come to the door the patrolman being busy for the moment with other matters. * One look at the “giant” and the group of sedate scientists lost its dignity, in fact, that look constituted the investigation.” i here II be no learned discussion as to whether the Jackson find represents an ancient dolicocephalic race, it’s too apparent that the giant is wooden-heuded. Patrolman Nierman does not appear to be decided as to what ho ought to do. He takes the matter seriously, however, and will no longer permit the proletariat to view the find. Only engraved cards backed by learned-looking initials after the name got the U. of M. scientists through the door. And he will permit no further photographs of the corpse.” I his is so kinda sudden, .you know; I don’t know just what to do about it,” he said, and his somewhat dazed air gave truth to the words They ve kept me awake ail day and all night,” he said referring to tho thousands of people who have tried to get a glimpse of the “prehistoric man.” Jackson generally appears to hate the idea of giving up its chances for fame alongside the Java man, tho Cro-Magnons and the Neanderthal gent. Word of the university verdict spread rapidly, but the general attitude was summed up by the taxi-driver: “Betcha that cop makes a lot of money showin’ it off. just the same ’’ he said.