Double exposures

Some lakes and rivers that are drying up from extreme heat or drought are turning out proverbial skeletons in the closet.

Lake Mead, the largest reservoir in the United States (US), has receded and was just a quarter full in June revealing things on its bottom, reported.

The creepiest to emerge from the shallow lake was “skeletal remains of a man who had been shot in the head and stuffed in a barrel,” according to

The body was reportedly tossed in the lake four decades ago and was likely a victim of a rubout by a mafia gang henchman.

Geoff Schumacher of The Mob Museum in Las Vegas said the head shot was the execution style of the mob controlling the management of casinos in nearby Las Vegas in the ’70s and ’80s.

More shocking was the thing exposed in the drying Po River in heatwave-stricken Italy last month.

When fishermen found it near the northern village of Borgo Virgilio, close to the city of Mantua, about 3,000 people living nearby were evacuated, CNN reported, citing a statement from Borgo Virgilio’s mayor, Francesco Aporti.

“The area’s airspace was shut down, and navigation along that stretch of the waterway, as well as traffic on a railway line and state road close by, were halted,” according to CNN.

The evacuation was done for safety reasons as the discovered 450-kilogram unexploded World War II bomb of the US military had to be removed and taken to a quarry in Medole town, about 45 kilometers away, for controlled detonation.

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