17 November 2010

late romantic

Carl Tanzler was a German-born radiologist who developed a morbid obsession for a young Cuban-American tuberculosis patient, Elena Milagro "Helen" de Hoyos, that carried on well after Hoyos succumbed to the disease. In 1933, almost two years after her death, Tanzler removed Hoyos's body from its tomb, and lived with the corpse at his home for seven years until its discovery by Hoyos's relatives and authorities in 1940.
The public mood was generally sympathetic to Tanzler, whom many viewed as an eccentric "romantic".

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