The Outlaw Mummy Elmer McCurdy's short life as an obscure outlaw was brought to a quick end when he was killed by a posse in 1911. But his mummified corpse had a long career in show business, in carnivals and B movies, until his burial in 1976. McCurdy's death and star status as a corpse is the subject of the book, Elmer McCurdy, The Misadventures in Life and Afterlife of an American Outlaw (Basic). Host Liane Hansen talks to its author, Mark Svenvold.
NPR logo

The Outlaw Mummy

Only Available in Archive Formats.
The Outlaw Mummy

The Outlaw Mummy

The Outlaw Mummy

Only Available in Archive Formats.

Elmer McCurdy's short life as an obscure outlaw was brought to a quick end when he was killed by a posse in 1911. But his mummified corpse had a long career in show business, in carnivals and B movies, until his burial in 1976. McCurdy's death and star status as a corpse is the subject of the book, Elmer McCurdy, The Misadventures in Life and Afterlife of an American Outlaw (Basic). Host Liane Hansen talks to its author, Mark Svenvold.