Big Nose George Parrot
Now here’s an outlaw whose end simply begs to be made into a Takashi Miike movie: Big Nose George Parrot. Jailed for killing a Wyoming deputy sheriff and a Union Pacific detective, Parrot was sentenced to death. Not content with waiting for the authorities to do the job, a lynch mob numbering around 200 people snatched Parrot from jail and he was promptly hung from a telegraph pole. In a series of increasingly suspect medical studies, Parrot’s body suffered the following indignities:
- The top of his skull was sawn off.
- The piece of skull was presented to medical assistant Lilian Heath, then 15 years old.
- Heath used the cap as an ashtray, pen holder and doorstop.
- Skin from Parrot’s thighs and chest was removed.
- Together with his nipples, the skin was tanned and made into a pair of shoes and a medical bag.
- The dismembered body was stored in a whiskey barrel for about a year.
- Parrot was finally buried in the yard behind the office of one of the doctors who mutilated him.
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