In 1959, the beaten, stabbed
and decapitated body of a 30-year-old man was found staked down in a bog
near Dätgen, Germany (between Hamburg and Kiel). His head was
found about ten feet from the body.
Because his head and body
had been separated and because some of his injuries seem to have been
caused after death, some researchers thought that Dätgen Man might not
be a sacrificial victim (as is often the case with other bog bodies) but
a person who others feared might become wiedergänger (or zombie) after
death. To make certain that the body never walked the face of the Earth
again, the assailants took steps to incapacitate the corpse.