Human bones found under fallen tree
NEW HAVEN – Talk about an eerie Halloween
story. Hurricane turned Superstorm Sandy toppled a majestic old oak on
the Upper Green and intertwined in the dirt and roots was a human skeleton.
Police were called, as was the state medical examiner.
But there was no horror story to be told.
very old bones likely are centuries old dating back to when the Green
was used as a cemetery during colonial times until the Grove Street
cemetery was chartered in 1797. There remain an estimated 5,000 people
buried under the Green.
The tree toppled sometime during the
evening on Monday during high winds from the hurricane. On Tuesday, a
passerby noticed something unusual. It looked like human bones. She
By Tuesday afternoon, police were there in number and had contacted the medical examiner.
Finding human bones isn’t that uncommon in the city but it often does draw a crowd.
“Now the freaks are on television, the freaks are in the movies. And it’s no longer the sideshow, it’s the whole show. The colorful circus and the clowns and the elephants, for all intents and purposes, are gone, and we’re dealing only with the freaks.” - Jonathan Winters