ELECTROCUTING CRIMINAL CADAVERS
In 1803, Galvani’s nephew, Giovanni Aldini, progressed his uncle’s line of investigation. Before an audience of doctors and curious onlookers, Aldini applied conducting rods to the face of a recently executed criminal and a bolt of applied electricity. The result? The cadaver’s jaw quivered and his left eye popped open. Onlookers feared the murderer might be brought back to life. Aldini then placed the probe into the body’s rectum, which reportedly caused the dead man to clench his fist and raise his arm as if punching the air, to kick his legs and to arch his back.