Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

Daily Creepout: Dr. Carl Tanzler’s Dead Girlfriend

In 1931, Maria Elena Milagro de Hoyos, a beautiful young Cuban immigrant, died of tuberculosis. Dr. Tanzler, one of the doctors that cared for her, had become infatuated with her. More than two years after her death, Tanzler removed Hoyos’ body from its tomb and brought it home, where in an effort to preserve her beauty, he covered her in a coat of wax and plaster and inserted glass eyes into her decomposed face.

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