Anne Greene is one of the reasons why some people used to have a morbid fear of premature burial. In December 1650, Anne Green, an English servant girl, was hanged for the infanticide of her unborn child. Because she was a convicted criminal, Greene’s body was not buried but sent to the University of Oxford for dissection where physicians discovered that she was not dead. A day later she was revived. Greene’s remarkable recovery was made even more incredible by the court’s decision to exonerate her and let Greene live.
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A woodcut from 1651 depicting the hanging of Anne Greene.