Cancetto Farmica

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Cancetto Farmica

Death 28 Apr 1911 (aged 22–23)
Laurinburg, Scotland County, North Carolina, USA
Burial Laurinburg, Scotland County, North Carolina, USA
Memorial ID 15775271 · View Source
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Italian carnival worker who was killed by an iron rimmed tent stake during an argument. As requested by family, Cancetto was embalmed with request to hold until further instructions were given. The instructions never came and the body was stored in the garage of the funeral home where it became mummified. The story is told in Carnival, by Arthur Lewis, and became better known through the national newspaper Grit. Tourists came from all over to view the man known popularly known as "Spaghetti." He was buried in 1972 by the funeral home.

A bronze plaque bears this inscription:
Cancetto Farmica
Age 23
Died April 28, 1911
Buried September 30, 1972

news article printed by a CBS News affiliate here in N.C.:  LAURINBURG, N.C.--On April 28, 1911, sent by bdmine

Concippio, a musician was murdered by a fellow carnival worker after an argument when he was hit in the head with a tent stake. The carnival and the attack took place in McColl, just over the border in South Carolina, but the injured man was taken to the hospital in nearby Laurinburg.

Doctors operated on Concippio in attempt to save him, but he died about 12 hours later. The body was removed to McDougald Funeral Home in the small Scotland County town.

The story becomes somewhat murky after that. Some say that a decision was made not to try the case due to the expense and the fact that both men were foreigners. Others say that the assailant was actually acquitted.

Regardless, Concippio’s body was left at the funeral home where it had been embalmed. A couple of weeks after his death, a man reputed to be his father came to the funeral home and paid an installment to have his son buried and promised to send the rest.

He was not heard from again, so Concippio’s body remained in the funeral home for 61 years until it was finally buried in 1972 in Hillside Cemetery in Laurinburg.

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  • Added: 16 Sep 2006
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  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Cancetto Farmica (1888–28 Apr 1911), Find a Grave Memorial no. 15775271, citing Hillside Cemetery, Laurinburg, Scotland County, North Carolina, USA ; Maintained by Liz Olmstead (contributor 46772820) .