The Bizarre True Story of Carl Tanzler: Strange Cases Unfolded Episode 2

The Strange Case of Carl Tanzler

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Necrophilia can be described as a mental illness when a person finds sexual arousal towards dead bodies. The symptoms can vary from person to person. It’s also one of the more well known subjects of psychology due to its morbidity. Today, we will take a blast from the past and retell the foundations of necrophilia. And that story will be the strange case of Karl Tanzler, the man who longed for his patient’s decaying corpse. 

Karl Tanzler was born on February 8, 1877 in Dresden, Germany. Besides being involved in World War I, not many strange accounts or behaviors were reported about Tanzler’s upbringing. There is, however, one particular moment in his early days that can be described as odd or fascinating. 

At a specific moment in his childhood, Tanzler claimed to have been visited by visions of a dead ancestor. Her name was Countess Anna. Tanzler claimed that during the visit, his dead relative disclosed who would eventually be his one and true love. The woman of his dreams was to be described as dark haired and exotic. From here on, Tanzler has made it a point to remember every information provided for the next years to come.

This vision laid the foundation to what would be one of the most bizarre cases in psychology history.

Fast forward to his later years as an adult, Tanzler left Germany in 1926 after his involvement in World War I.  Unexpectedly, Tanzler decided to leave his wife and children and began a new life in Key West. Once he arrived in Florida, Tanzler took the job title as a count and claimed to be a former submarine captain. He also presented himself as an inventor. The following year, he became a radiologist for the United States Marine Hospital.

Tanzler was usually a quiet man and he kept to himself often. However, this all changed when he met a patient by the name of Elena de Hoyos. By the moment Tanzler met Elena, he broke out of his shell. As mentioned earlier, Tanzler had always dreamed of a beautiful lady who had dark hair. Along with a Carribean background, Hoyos perfectly fit the exotic description in the eyes of Tanzler. Therefore, it was a dream come true for him. He was immediately infatuated with the young lady. Her frequent visits to the radiologist enabled Tanzler to lavish Hoyos with gifts and attention as she grew more ill with each passing time.

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When Elena De Hoyos visited Tanzler’s office for medical aid, it was revealed that she was diagnosed with tuberculosis. Since this was the late 1920s, the medical field had little to no knowledge of how to cure such a disease at the time. Therefore, death was definitely an impending sentence for Hoyos. This didn’t stop Tanzler from pursuing Hoyos’ love though. Despite all of the hospital protocols, Tanzler used outside methods in an attempt to cure Hoyos from her illness. These methods included the usage of natural remedies, elixirs, and even x-ray equipment that he borrowed from the office and brought to Hoyos’ home. 

While all of these procedures occurred, Tanzler still made efforts to display his love and affection for Elena de Hoyos. Through her dying breath, he expressed his undying love endlessly. Tanzler’s love was obvious, but historians could not determine if Hoyos reciprocated his romantic feelings. There was not any document to dispute or proves her views towards Tanzler.

During this time, keep in mind that Carl Tanzler was a lot older than Hoyos. She was only 22 at the time of her illness, and Tanzler was already at least 45.

Despite all of the efforts to cure Hoyos from tuberculosis, she had no chance in surviving an uphill battle. Hoyos passed away due to complications from the disease on October 25, 1931. To pay respect from the death of his supposed true love, Tanzler decided to pay for the funeral expenses with his own money. Tanzler also paid for her confinement to be placed in a stone mausoleum. If this wasn’t strange enough to the Hoyos family, only Tanzler had access to the building. He obtained the one and only key to the mausoleum. Therefore, Tanzler took advantage of the situation and visited her grave site nearly every evening for the next two years.

After two years have elapsed since Hoyo’s death, Tanzler broke his regular habit and fell into darkness. First off, Tanzler lost his job as a radiologist. He then ended his nightly visits to Hoyo’s mausoleum as well. It was so odd and abrupt that even the Hoyos family took notice of the situation. The family was well aware of Tanzler’s love and devotion for Elena de Hoyos. However, it was not enough for them to begin investigating Tanzler’s daily routine. This choice would be a grave mistake for the Hoyos family with what’s to come next in this story.

Tanzler managed to find a way to spend more time with Elena de Hoyos. On one particular night, Tanzler made the decision to load up Elena’s decaying corpse and carried her body out of the graveyard with a toy wagon. He then took her decaying corpse to a makeshift lab and mummified Elena de Hoyos with wires, wax, plaster, and glass eyes. After hours of work perfecting the mummy, Tanzler finally felt that she was ready to move to his home. The nightmare continues.

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Sources from the scary case can be found through the links below:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carl_Ta…

https://web.archive.org/web/200608270…

TRUE UNSOLVED PHONE STALKER MYSTERY: Strange Cases Unfolded Episode 1

The KuyKendall Phone Stalking Case:

As we are in the process of building our platform, we will be providing short web series through both Youtube and on this website until then. We are providing an extension of our podcast called “Strange Cases: Unfolded”, which offers a traditional campfire style story telling for the next couple of weeks. Stay tune as our official podcast will launch in early 2021!

For this week, we will cover the story of the Kuykendall phone stalker case. The case focuses on a group of people whom are struck with threatening phone calls that will continue to persist for the next four months. Listen to this bone chilling true story as detectives still aim to determine who is the culprit behind this madness.

During the howling winter months of 2007 in Fircrest, Washington, a series of strange phone calls began to terrorize the Kuykendall family. Each of the family members kept receiving terrifying phone calls from a source unknown to them. To this day, the case is still unsolved and not one person can be pinned as a definite suspect. Will they ever be able to solve the mystery behind the other line? Let’s date back to the very beginning of this case and see for ourselves. 

The incident randomly began with a sixteen year old girl named Courtney Kuykendall. It all happened when her cell phone sent the most random messages to her close friends. At first, they appeared to be no more than just a mere immature prank. Courtney’s friends collectively received one word texts with derogatory terms. After getting such a message, the friends then approached Courtney and questioned her intentions of doing it. But, this baffled Courtney. Not because of how immature the prank seemed to be, but it was the fact that she didn’t send any of those texts. Unfortunately though, the texts served no purpose in solving any of the future mysteries.

Right after the suspicious prank, Kuykendall’s family also started to receive alarming phone calls themselves. The calls came on a daily basis. However, no identity ever came to surface when figuring out who this caller was. So eventually, the family referred to the caller as “Restricted” since this was the only information that they could gather from the caller ID. The conversations carried throughout time grew more and more threatening. Each moment when a person answered their phone, “Restricted” would threaten to kill or rape a family member, including the grandparents. The ominous scratchy voice dives further into detail by describing how he’ll slit their throats one by one. The caller would also go as far as threatening to attack the schools that the kids attended and even swore to murder their pets. Whether it was through cellular or landline, the messages never took a moment to stop. 

Heather Kuykendall once claimed in an interview that the stalkers would say this to them repeatedly. “They say you’re going to die, we hate you, we’re going to murder you.”

The family got desperate in attempting to stop the insanity. The family at one point changed their phone numbers, turned it off, and even signed up for a new account twice. Sadly though, the efforts made failed to slow down their stalker. If anything, the circumstances grew stranger for Courtney.

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Sources from the scary case can be found through the links below:

https://abcnews.go.com/TheLaw/story?i…

https://www.ranker.com/list/washingto…

https://www.reddit.com/r/UnresolvedMy…