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"Diamond" Joe Quimby: Can't we have one meeting that doesn't end with us digging up a corpse?
Character A is just digging in his backyard and, oops! Found a dead guy. There are several ways this can play out. Character A could be promptly Mistaken for Murderer
, anger a ghost, or sttract the Big Bads's
attention by knowing too much
- A major plot point in The Chinese Nail Murders: exhuming a dead body without very serious justification was one of the most serious crimes in Imperial China and Judge Dee risks his career and very life by exhuming a body of a man he believes was murdered despite it looking like a natural death.
- In one of the short stories, the judge is tasked with finding a way to find out if the coffin of an Imperial princess has been opened and used as a hiding place for weapons, without committing the crime of actually opening, or even touching them.
- Dexter does this to a serial killer's victims and shows them to him.
- Several Bones episodes, justifed, given solving crimes with bones is the show's premise.
- CSI: Crime Scene Investigation occasionally as well, though less often than Bones.
- An important step on Supernatural, is to salt and burn the corpse to kill ghosts and related apparitions, or to confirm cause of death. Rarely done in later seasons, which tend to have more recently deceased people in morgues.
- In the Cadfael book/episode "Potter's Field", a body is found in the title area when the monks are performing a blessing of the field and it gets plowed for the first time in a while.
- Digging up various bodies was a staple in The X-Files, starting from the very pilot, where Mulder arranges to exhume a body and Scully determines that it could not have belonged to a human being.
- Happens a lot on Misfits.
- In Series 1, the protagonists dig up two bodies they'd buried in the first episode because a construction project is getting close to their location.
- In Series 2, an immortal character who has been Buried Alive gets rescued in this way.
- In Series 3, two characters exhume a character's body in order to bring her back to life.
- Alias: Sloane suspects his recently deceased wife Emily is still alive and taunting him. He eventually digs up her coffin to be sure. It's empty.
- In House, House's new team is assigned to dig up the corpse of a man to see if he had the same disease their patient might have.
- Truth in Television in the case of the Fred and Rose West and John Christie (Ten Rillington Place) murders, and probably many others.