English plan to kidnap body of Nessie

A famous image that fuelled speculation around the existence of the Loch Ness Monster
A famous image that fuelled speculation around the existence of the Loch Ness Monster
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AN English museum wanted to kidnap the Loch Ness Monster and put its carcass on display in London, new documents reveal.

Files dating back to the 1930s show the Natural History Museum (NHM) in London was keen to steal a march on Edinburgh’s Royal Scottish Museum (RSM) by exhibiting all – or part – of the beast’s remains.

In 1934, a year after the first sightings of a supposedly mysterious creature lurking in the loch’s depths, an NHM employee wrote: “Should you ever come within range of the ‘Monster’ I hope you will not be deterred 
by humanitarian considerations from shooting him on the 
spot and sending the carcase to us in cold storage, carriage forward,” the letter stated, before adding: “Short of this, a flipper, a jaw or a tooth would be very welcome.”

But the RSM warned against any such move. In a letter to the Scottish Secretary it stated: “The museum urges strongly that the RSM have the reversionary rights to the ‘Monster’ if and when its corpse should become available.”