ELECTROCUTING CRIM­I­NAL CADAVERS

History Revealed - - MARY SHELLEY FRANKENSTEIN’S MOTHER -

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.

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