Maine Man Becomes a Mummy The Life and Death of Elmer McCurdy

Sometimes you can’t catch any breaks.

Sometimes you might have the worst train robbery in history with the smallest take ever.

And sometimes you die and become an amusement park dummy.

It sounds like an episode of Supernatural or the X-Files, but it’s actually true. Join us at Dude, No as we hear about the Maine outlaw who saw more of the world dead than he ever did alive. This is the story of Elmer McCurdy, a train robber whose death turned into a horror story about how people’s quest for entertainment can sometimes outweigh their respect for the dead.

Join us as we explore the sad life and horrifying death and even more horrifying afterlife of a Maine man who had some troubles with nitro: Elmer McCurdy


Elmer Mccurdy: The Life And Afterlife Of An American Outlaw by Mark Svenvold


Sideshow Outlaw: Elmer McCurdy, Terry’s Place

Elmer, The Mumified Desperado, Valley Tribune,

Arrested in Jersey City, Muskogee Times-Democrat,

Elmer J. McCurdy alleged Katy train robber shot by State Officer Fenton, Tulsa Daily Democrat

Outlaw killed, The Blackwell Weekly Sun

Step right up folks where you can see and hear, The Pomona Progress

It’s old Elmer, all right, The Hanford Sentinel

Mummy was old outlaw, Oakland Tribune

Outlaw hits comeback trail by Kevin Donovan, Daily Oklahoman

Mummy identified as bandit slain in 1911 by Jerry Cohen, Los Angeles Times,

Mummy identified as train robber, Santa Cruz Sentinel,

A wait for family of old train robber, San Francisco Examiner,

Lookin’ for kin to claim Elmer, Hanford Sentinel,

The true story of Elmer McCurdy? Pawhuska Journal-Capital,

Outlaw’s mummy? Ruling due, The Fresno Bee,

15 Of The Creepiest Circus Acts In History, The Richest

No final rest yet for mummified badman by Robert Gore, Press-Telegram

Elmer McCurdy T-shirts, Desert Dispatch,

Elmer McCurdy may finally be allowed to rest in peace, Santa Cruz Sentinel,

Mummy faces new hurdle in identity crisis, Los Angeles Times,

Elmer McCurdy is going back home, Desert Sun,

Corpse of Oklahoma badman nearing end of odd odyssey by Steve Harvey, Los Angeles Times,

Julia Pastrana: The ‘circus freak’ on show even in death. News Au.,

Badman finally gets burial in Boot Hill, Redlands Daily Facts,

Outlaw McCurdy laid to rest, The Californian,

Elmer McCurdy remains an attraction in Long Beach by Michael O’Rourke, Los Angeles Times,

Guthrie Official Resigns Over Federal Conviction, Daily Oklahoman,

Guthrie cemetery tours stir claims of devil worship by Ellie Sutter, Daily Oklahoman,

Cemetery spat aired in Guthrie by Ellie Sutter, Daily Oklahoman,

Guthrie hotelier thickens plots on murder mystery tours by Ellie Sutter, Daily Oklahoman,

Guthrie judge to rule today on inn’s compliance with code by Ellie Sutter, Daily Oklahoman,

Ghost tales pique interest in historic inn Owner says she moved out due to otherworldly visitors, Daily Oklahoman

About the Author
I am the NYT and internationally-bestselling author of children's books, which include the NEED series, FLYING series, TIME STOPPERS series, DEAR BULLY and other books. I like hedgehogs and puppies and warm places. I have none of these things in my life.

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