Museum of the Weird Is Now The Rightful Owner of The Minnesota Iceman
Last October, Lupe Mendonza, who attended the Crypotpalooza event in Texas reported that the famous "Minnesota Iceman" had returned after 44+ years of hibernation. Mendoza reported that both the supposed original body encased in ice and the purported duplicate for display had been missing for years and had not been seen since the late 70's. What was not directly confirmed if it was actually the frozen display body or a possible duplicated created by the original owner promoter and exhibitor Frank Hansen, who travel around the country to display the supposed frozen creature.
In February 2013, the Iceman surfaced on Ebay where the starting price was $20,000. The "body" was quickly snatched up by an undisclosed buyer. The item description stated:
This is the actual sideshow gaff billed as "The Minnesota Iceman" by Frank Hansen in the 1960's. This is a one of a kind hoax that was fabricated by a mid-20th century showman. The Iceman was featured in an issue of Argosy Magazine (as you can see in the pictures) and spawned decades of debate as to its authenticity. For around 40 years the whereabouts of the Iceman were unknown to the cryptozoology community.
We now know the new owner of the Iceman is none other than Museum of the Weird owner Steve Busti, whose press release was published on Cryptomundo.com on Tuesday evening:
Now, after many years of its whereabouts being unknown, the long enduring mystery of “Where is the Minnesota Iceman?” can finally be answered.
Museum of the Weird owner Steve Busti announced today that the Minnesota Iceman is currently in his possession, and will soon be exhibited to the world once again in his Austin, Texas tourist attraction.
Busti is aiming to have the Iceman set up in his museum and open to the public within a week, with plans for a special Grand Opening event in July in cooperation with popular cryptozoology site Cryptomundo.com. Texan cryptozoologist Ken Gerhard, author of Monsters of Texas will be giving a presentation on the history and backstory of the Minnesota Iceman.