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Carl Tanzler

Carl Tanzler
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Tanzler in 1942
Born February 8, 1877
DresdenGerman Empire
Died July 3, 1952 (aged 75)
Pasco County, Florida, U.S.
Occupation radiology technician
Spouse(s) Doris Tanzler
Children Ayesha Tanzler, Clarista Tanzler
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Carl Tanzler, or sometimes Count Carl von Cosel (February 8, 1877 – July 3, 1952), was a German-born radiology technician at the Marine-Hospital Service in Key West, Florida. He developed an obsession for a young Cuban-American tuberculosis patient, Elena “Helen” Milagro de Hoyos (July 31, 1909 – October 25, 1931), that carried on well after the disease had caused her death.[1] In 1933, almost two years after her death, Tanzler removed Hoyos’ body from its tomb, and lived with the corpse at his home for seven years until its discovery by Hoyos’ relatives and authorities in 1940.[2]

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