Clown to Soap

31: The Why Behind the Weird

Oct 23 2023 • 26 mins

William Bernard's strange death - and the equally strange fate of his body - tells us a lot about the chaos of goldrush-era San Francisco. ..........................................
Sources:
Daily Alta California 11 January 1854 — California Digital Newspaper Collection (ucr.edu)
1854: William Snyder killed in most bizarre and terrifying way ever - Flashbak
Sacramento Daily Union 13 January 1854 — California Digital Newspaper Collection (ucr.edu)
SF Genealogy (Archived Page)
Smithsonian Mag | Doctor's Riots
18 Oct 1875, 2 - The Daily News at Newspapers.com
The creepy clown emerged from the crass and bawdy circuses of the 19th century (theconversation.com)
Hoodline | Remembering Yerba Buena Cemetery
http://www.sanfranciscocemeteries.com/yrbamap.html
https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/medicine-and-dentistry/adipocere
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adipocere
11 Mar 1859, 3 - Daily National Democrat at Newspapers.com
Daily Alta California 7 December 1858 — California Digital Newspaper Collection (ucr.edu)
Daily Alta California 1 July 1859 — California Digital Newspaper Collection (ucr.edu)
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/157660637/manuel-reys
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5882215/#:~:text=The%20mortality%20rate%20of%20pulmonary,in%20anticoagulated%20patients%20%5B2%5D.
Circuses 1850-1869 (circushistory.org)
https://www.thedeadhistory.com/blog/killed-by-a-circus-clown
The Transnational History of the Early American Circus - Bard Graduate Center

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