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Colin Dickey

Colin Dickey is the author of Ghostland: An American History in Haunted Places, Afterlives of the Saints: Stories from the Ends of Faith, and Cranioklepty: Grave Robbing and the Search for Genius.

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Human Trophies

By Colin Dickey

The collection of Japanese war trophies—which included various body parts, including skulls—was, by all accounts, endemic and uncontrollable. When Charles Lindbergh returned to the States after a tour in the Pacific theater, he was asked by customs officers if he was carrying any “human bones” in his luggage. More

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