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Man collected dozens of skulls & bones in his flat

An Austrian man was found to have a stash of 56 skull and cross bones and an additional 55 bones mainly from the thigh area hoarded in his apartment in Oberwart, Burgenland, Austria.

The relicts are thought to originate from a burial ground in Maria Weinberg Parish Church.

Police officer Wolfgang Bachkönig said: "One month ago the 47-year-old man contacted the sexton claiming he was on an official mission and needed the bones for a museum in Oberwart."

"The sexton acted in good will and allowed the bones to be transported.

The man then climbed into a hole in the burial ground into a tomb and cleared out everything in there which is thought to be from the 17th century.

He then took the bones to his apartment where he hoarded them.

He was traced after he was spotted trying to sell some of the bones and skulls at a flee market in Kemeten.

He was arrested - he told police he only wanted to save the bones form decay.

Karl Schlögl, the priest of Maria Weinberg said he was very shocked someone took all of the bones and tried to sell them at a flee market and that it was a massive violation of graves and peace in death.

Police confiscated the bones and they will be taken back to the church graveyard and reburied following a blessing from the priest.

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