Richard III

Feb. 04, 2013 | 1:25 p.m.

Richard III horror story: Axed in head, stabbed in rear, bones dug up

Richard III's skeleton was found under a parking lot in the town of Leicester. (University of Leicester)
This post has been updated. Please see note at the bottom for details. King Richard III has not been treated well in popular culture, and as the recent discovery of his skeleton shows, he was not treated well in death either. The skeleton of the  medieval monarch  who was demonized by William Shakespeare, and who also popped up in the 1939 and ’62 horror films “Tower of London,” is missing its feet, and its wrist bones were found close together, suggesting that the hands were tied together when he was buried. There were 10 wounds discovered on the skeleton, including two deadly blows to the back of the head, one of which sliced part of the skull off. And archaeologists from the University of Leicester, who found the royal skeleton,  say the  corpse was also subjected to “humiliation injuries” including a sword […]
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