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In the days of the "Wild West" an outlaw named Big Nose George was lynched for killing two law-men. After his death, a physician named Dr. John Osborne performed an autopsy on George's brain to see if he could find any apparent structural differences between the average brain and a brain that belonged to a criminal. After he found nothing, Osborne decided to keep part of Big Nose George as a morbid souvenir. He removed a strip of the outlaw's skin and brought it to a tanner, where he then instructed them to make the skin into a pair of shoes. Dr. Osborne wore the shoes with a sense of pride, and on the day he was inaugurated governor of Wyoming, he was allegedly seen wearing the human leather shoes. Today, the shoes are located at the Carbon County Museum in Wyoming.
Contributed by Aubrey McDonald