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about Marie O'Day from Captain Harvey Boswell

 

Submitted by Mark Frierson

 

MAY 27,  1970. THE SHOPPERS' WEEKLY JOURNAL

 

O'Day' Exhibit 'Set for Today

The real body of Marie O'Day, murdered "night club" entertainer whose body reportedly was bound beneath the pavilion on the shores of the Great Salt Lake 12 years  after  she had disappeared, and still in a perfect state of mummified  preservation, will be exhibited today at Big Springs Shopping Center.  The general public is invited to view the unusual exhibit. The (entertainer's body in its preserved state was attributed to the 26 per cent of salt chemical content present in the water of the Great Salt Lake.   

Miss O'Day's story is said never to have been duplicated.
 
According to the exhibitor, a well preserved body resembles leather and the red hair of the corpse stands out even after mummification.
Viewer were invited to inspect the body to convince themselves that the girl was once alive, that here is a real human body.

The exhibitor said that Marie O'Day's "lover" a common-law husband was captured and convicted for the brutal crime.
She reportedly was stabbed in the back, her throat cut before she was thrown in the lake where the body was washed
ashore and was covered with salt, silt and sand for 12 years. The body has been viewed by many thousands in 38 states and Canada.

The body can be viewed in a special van which will be parked in the shopping center.

Admission will be 50 cents.

 



Note from Captain Harvey Boswell: IN ANOTHER OLD NEWSPAPER  IN MY  COLLECTION.  THIS  SHOWS THE LATE  "DOC" TOOMBS,  WHO  OPERATED MARIE  EXHIBIT FOR HOOT BLACK SEVERAL  SEASONS.   HOOT WAS  OUT  AS  ADVANCE MAN  WITH A  CIRCUS AT THE TIME,   AND ALSO BOOKING MARIE ON STREET LOCATIONS  THRU OUT THE COUNTRY EXTRA MONEY FOR HIM.  A HURRICANE FINALLY TORE UP THE PALACE CAR WHILE  DOWN IN MISSISSIPPI,  AND HOOT ME THAT HIM AND CHARLIE  HAD A HARD TIME  GETTING MARIE THRU A WINDOW  ON THE TRAILER.

 


THE PALACE CAR  IS  NOW  SPENDING  IT'S  LAST  DAYS IN  A JUNK YARD IN KNOXVILLE, TN.  

 

A VERY POOR ENDING FOR SUCH A GLORIOUS CAREER IN OUTDOOR  SHOW  BIZ.

 


 

Morgan County Newsweek, Wednesday, September 4, 1974

Rain and mud failed to present enough, of an obstacle to dampen the spirits of the largest Monday night crowd at Morgan County Fair in recent years. The Midway is much larger and has many new attractions - in fact the size off the Midway is responsible for creating a parking problem.

The gate receipts Monday night were considerably higher than last year despite the rain.

The horse show - restricted to Morgan County exhibitors - was a success and riders performed before at least 300 spectators.

The new exhibition building was filled with both exhibitions and spectators.

Long after the horse show and the rain which forced the fans from the stands, many people were wading the mud on the midway enjoying the rides and concessions.    

Included in attractions on the midway is a mummified body of a woman who was murdered and thrown in the Great Salt Lake in Utah. The body because of the salt and sand resembles leather and the red hair of the corpse stands out even after mummification.
 



Note from Captain Harvey Boswell:  SHOWING MARIE FROM AN OLD NEWSPAPER THAT I HAVE IN MY FILES. I NEVER EXHIBITED HER NUDE AS SHOWN HERE, ALWAYS COVERED. I BOUGHT HER FROM THE LATE COL. "HOOT" BLACK, HE BOUGHT HER FROM THE LATE CHARLIE CAMPBELL, INCLUDING THE ENTIRE PALACE CAR, WITH MANY ODDITIES, CHARLIE BOUGHT HER FROM THE LATE ANDY OSAK, LATE OWNER OF SHOWTOWN U.S.A., SO ON.

WHAT STORIES YOU COULD HEAR IF SHE COULD ONLY TALK.

 

 

This is the BODY of Marie O'Day MURDERED by her LOVER 49 YEARS AGO.  He threw her BODY into the GREAT SALT LAKE Where it floated ashore and the waves covered it with SALT And SAND for 12 YEARS before it was discovered In 1937.

 

Not the RED HAIR up on her head the well PRESERVED TEETH, FINGER NAILS, TOE NAILS.

 

After Discovery of the BODY her LOVER CONFESSED And Is Now PAYING For his CRIME with 99 YEARS OF LIFE In A UTAH PENITENTIARY......

 


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