The curse of Otzi the Iceman

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Otzi the Iceman, which is spelled Oetzi and known also as Frozen Fritz, is the modern nickname of a 5,300 year-old mummified man. Otzi was found by two German tourists on September 19, 1991. Seven people related to Ötzi's discovery or research have subsequently died. This leads to people's belief in a curse.


The curse started in 1992 with the death of Dr. Rainer Henn- the head of the forensic team who died because of his car in a head-on collision with another vehicle. Following the death of mountaineer Kurt Fritz in an avalanche at a mountain is Austrian journalist Rainer Hoelzl who exclusively covered the removal of the body. The fourth victim is the German tourist Helmut Simon, the founder of the body. Dieter Warnecke and archaeologist Konrad Spindler died of unknown causes. The seventh victim, Dr Tom Loy in close contact with the mummy died without finishing a book on Otzi.

Otzi the Iceman


Ötzi the Iceman, now housed at the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology in Bolzano, Italy

Otzi was found by two German tourists, Helmut and Erika Simon, on September 19, 1991

Early photograph of the body before its removal from the ice

Ötzi the Iceman while still frozen in the glacier

Parts of the mummy have been in a good shape for 5,300 years

The hand of iceman







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This article was published on 2010/02/03
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