Leicester| The death of another construction worker implicated in the discovery of the bones of King Richard III, has obviously added fuel to the already widespread rumors suggesting the skeleton of the king may be cursed. 37-year old Connor Morrison, was declared dead yesterday, at the Leicester General Hospital, after being implicated in a violent motorcycle accident, therefore becoming the 11th person linked to the discovery of the remains, to die.
Rumors of the existence of a curse began spreading on the internet over the last months, due to the mysterious deaths of many of the workers who discovered the remains in September 2012. Seven of the construction workers who proceeded to the excavation are now dead, as well as two scientists who examined the skeleton, and two other prominent visitors, known to have inspected the bones.
Many of the deaths attributed to the curse have occurred under violent and unusual circumstances. These include the financial backer of the construction project, William Oleary, who died after he developed a rare fever following his visit to the site. The mechanical shovel operator who unearthed the bones, James Albright, was shot dead by his wife during a dispute, two weeks later. A radiologist who x-rayed the bones, Francis Crawford, allegedly threw himself off his seventh floor apartment, and a member of the excavation team, Carlos Guerrero, was assassinated in a drive-by shooting while on a trip in Italy.
All in all, eleven people related in some way to the skeleton, have died over the last two years, and nine of them died from sudden, violent deaths. This has lead many people to speculate on the existence of a curse surrounding the remains of Richard III.
Many of the surviving workers and scientists admit that they are beginning to feel increasingly nervous, as the death count has been growing rapidly over the last few months.
At first, we all thought it was only coincidences says Nathan Miller, a foreman on the site during the excavation. After five or six deaths, however, most of us began to find it odd and to be afraid. We all became more cautious as the bodies piled up, but despite that fact, the death toll kept rising. At this point, I have to admit that I am terrified and that I hardly dare get out of my home.
It seems that Mr. Miller is not the only person who is terrified, as he claims that three of his coworkers have also left their jobs and barricaded themselves in their homes. Others, like the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend Justin Welby, do not believe that the curse exists at all, describing it as pagan superstition.
King Richard III was the last English king to be killed in combat, on 22 August 1485, during the Battle of Bosworth Field, which was the last significant encounter of the Wars of the Roses. The identification of King Richards body done in 2013, showed that the skeleton had a total of 11 wounds that had clearly been inflicted in battle, eight of them located to the skull.
After his demise, his body was buried at the Greyfriars Church in Leicester, but the exact location of the site was lost over time, due to more than 400 years of subsequent urban development.
Richard III has gone down in history and popular culture, as a wicked and freakish individual, mainly because propaganda and myth building funded by his Tudor successors to legitimise Henry VIIs seizure of the throne. This characterisation culminated in the famous fictional portrayal of him in Shakespeares play Richard III, where he is depicted as a physically deformed machiavellian villain, cheerfully committing numerous murders in order to claw his way to power.
The real Richard III seems, however, to have been a lot less despicable than the character depicted by Shakespeare. Many contemporary writers, like the historian John Rous, praised him as a good lord who punished oppressors of the commons, adding that he had a great heart.