CURSE OF THE ICEMAN KILLS ALL WHO TOUCHED HIM, AND MORE
Do you remember the iceman Otzi whose mummified body was found, very well preserved, that ended up being a years-long legal battle between Austria and Italy? The find was amazing, both in terms of the spectacular physical evidence as well as the unknown story that led to his death. Otzi died over three thousand years before the birth of Christ, left to die bleeding out from an arrow wound. But things have been even more mysterious in the years since. Otzi’s story seems to be following the narrative of the Curse of the Pharaohs. Almost everyone who had contact with Otzi after he was discovered has suffered some kind of mysterious disaster, killing them off one by one.
CURSE OR COINCIDENCE? DEATHS CONTINUE REGARDLESS
The story will stay alive, even as Otzi remains dead, but because of all the deaths since. Narratives are spinning a weave of how Otzi still wants revenge for his ancient murder, his spirit now making all others who disturbed his rest pay with their lives as well. Is this coincidence? Or does the evidence lend credence that the curse can be called real? Since curses are impossible to prove, belief’s conflict with skepticism will keep this dialogue going. The problem for empiricists is that despite any way to prove the curse, lots of people have died. Like, lots.
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FALLS, FLOODS, HEART ATTACKS KILL FOR ICEMAN OTZI
Rainer Henn was the man who transferred Otzi’s remains onsite into a body bag. In 1992 Henn was killed in a car crash on his way to a conference. Next was Kurt Fritz, a leading researcher of Otzi’s remains. Fritz, an experienced guide and field leader, was the only victim of a flood while with a group on an expedition. Then came Helmut Simon, the man who, along with his wife, found Otzi while hiking. Simon fell to his death in the Alps, some 800 feet, lying undiscovered for eight days. And then there was Dieter Warnecke. While not directly involved in the Iceman project, he was part of the research team that searched for and found Simon’s body. The 45-year-old died of a heart attack just hours after Simon’s funeral.
MS, CANCER AND BLOOD DISEASE ALSO WORK THE CURSE
The next on the list was a man named Konrad Spindler, who made a joke of the curse to the media. Recognized as the world’s leading expert on Otzi, the man with multiple sclerosis died from his disease, but only after his joke included this quote: “The next thing you will be saying I will be next.” He was, indeed, the next to die. Next up was Rainer Holz, the person who exclusively was allowed to record the Iceman’s recovery and who also made a documentary of the footage. Shortly after completing the documentary, Holz died of a brain tumor. And now, at last rounding up this remarkably long list of Otzi related deaths is Tom Loy, who was the first to make important discoveries of important evidence on the Iceman’s clothing of distinct and different blood types. This enabled everyone to establish that Ozti died from a vicious fight. Loy was diagnosed with a blood disease shortly after he began analysis of Otzi’s remains. That disease killed him.
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So perhaps consider reconsidering having anything to do with anyone still left alive who had anything even remotely to do with Otzi’s disturbed rest, or of the analysis of his remains. It seems too possible your name could easily be added to this list, if only by association.