The man who married a corpse

15 Feb

There was no kiss for the bride. No honeymoon away. And no chance of a happy-ever-after. Just a woe-heavy wedding service that segued neatly into a funeral.

In Florida in 1881, a love-struck man by the name of Bradley married a corpse.

He was a salesman from Utah, who had met the woman of his dreams on his travels. Alas, she was dying of consumption.

Undeterred, he proposed and she accepted. Plans were made for a speedy union. But the poor bride-to-be died before the date they had set.

“Now comes the most remarkable, and what has been, with justice, termed the most unpleasant and discreditable part of the tale,” sniffed the Illustrated Police News.

Bradley had solemnly promised he wouldn’t let his sweetheart go to the grave unmarried.

And so her coffin was taken into the church – bridesmaids rubbing shoulders with pallbearers – where a clergyman pronounced them husband and wife, before burying the bride.

So even in 1881, Florida was known for being a place where weird stuff always happened


4 responses to “The man who married a corpse

  1. deLaune

    February 15, 2014 at 7:01 pm

    We Floridians aren’t weird. Everybody else is just boring.
    And did you notice where the groom was from? I’ll bet he had several dead wives back in Utah.

  2. Will S.

    February 15, 2014 at 7:13 pm

    LOL! 🙂

  3. Will S.

    February 15, 2014 at 10:53 pm

    And Mormons do believe marriage is for eternity – and in the Fundamentalist LDS sect, consent of the women isn’t always necessary, either; one hears about forced marriages to FLDS leaders.

    So yeah, it all makes sense now.

  4. Will S.

    July 19, 2014 at 11:31 am

    Reblogged this on Will S.' Random Weirdness Blog.


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