MAY 27, 1970. THE SHOPPERS'
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
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
Viewer were invited to inspect the body to convince
themselves that the girl was once alive, that here is a real
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
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
The new exhibition building was filled with both exhibitions
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......