The corpses of the greats that have disappeared
When death comes violently, the people talk about corpses that have never been found, rumors about unsolved disappearances creep in, which science can never clear up. In our human civilization, there is a custom of honoring people who have given much to all subsequent generations. We remember the burial places of brilliant people and we visit them, well ... maybe not on purpose, but when we are nearby. But many of the deaths of writers, filmmakers and artists are indeed surrounded by mystery.
Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
The mystery of his burial disturbed scientists in 2010, and it all began with the project “Cervantes”, which sought to “save” the author’s remains. Until now, it was known that he rests in the monastery of San Ildefonso, and the church proudly carries a memorial plaque that says: daughter Lope de Vega ".
But what they found on the crypt floor was a box of scrambled human remains. Faced with this, the scientists said that perhaps there are only “fragments” of the writer among them. But there is no certainty about it. However, the government ordered a commemorative plaque and created a place where the world can read it.
Federico Garcia Lorca
The poet was one of the victims of the Spanish Civil War, shot in the early morning of August 18, 1936, near an olive tree on the road between Visnar and Alfacar on the outskirts of Granada. Alfacar road curve, olive tree, dry stream and memorable monolith. The mysterious slope on which the grave-digger Federico Garcia Lorca marked X on the crime map remains unchanged.
Margarita Tisenar in 1960 wrote: "We can not imagine a more beautiful funeral for the poet."
But it turns out that the poet was not there. It didn’t happen where Andalusia was looking for Lorca in 2009.
In the socio-political context of closed graves littered with stones, the history of bigotry and silence, Lorca was another loss, leaving him many questions about the real reason for his murder.
However, his family commented that they never turned to the search for the remains, asserting that Garcia Lorca remained alive, well ..., in a collective memory.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery
“I said to myself: man, if you don’t coil, I’ll shoot you.” I made a dive in his direction and shot, he crashed into the sea. Nobody jumped out. A few days later I learned that it was Saint-Exupery, I was waiting, and I still hope that it was not him. ”- Horst Rippert, German pilot of Lutwafe during the Second World War.
The brilliant author of The Little Prince met Rippert on a reconnaissance flight south of Marseille on July 31, 1944. Where the fighter had fallen was unknown until a group of French underwater archaeologists confirmed the location, following the instructions of the fisherman who found a bracelet in 1998 with the name of the writer, the name of his wife Consuelo and the address of their publishers in New York. Currently, the remains of Lightning P-38 are in the Museum of Air and Space in the French city of Le Bourget.
But it’s not a fact that the real burial site is indicated, because some people say that several days after the disappearance of Saint-Exupery, not far from the coast of Marseille, a body appeared on the beach, thrown out by the waves. The body was in French form. He was buried in a mass grave in the city of Carcheiran.