01 Sep 2011

Ned Kelly’s Body Identified

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Mailbox in Bullio, Southern Highlands, Australia, in the form of Ned Kelly’s armor

After he was hanged in 1880, the body of famous Australian bushranger Ned Kelly was vivisected, his skull was used as a paperweight by police for years before being lost, and his bones were consigned to a unmarked grave along with those of 30-odd other executed criminals.

The legend of the plucky outlaw remains popular in Australia and archaeologists recently searched for Kelly’s bones and used DNA supplied by relatives to confirm that they found the right ones.

AFP story.

AFP’s video link is dead, but I located another.

Ned Kelly Wikipedia entry

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