If case there was any doubt that love could triumph even over death, look no further than the case of Carl Tanzler, a man who's Valentine's Day is a lot more like everyone else's Halloween, except darker.
While working as a radiology tech at Marine Hospital in Key West, Tanzler met Elena Milagro de Hoyos, a patient suffering from tuberculosis, a disease that, though treatable today, was fatal in the early 1930s. De Hoyos, a local beauty, captured Tanzler's heart, and he was determined to see her through her illness.
Under the care of Tanzler, who was a technician, not a doctor, de Hoyos underwent a number of treatments, none of which proved at all effective. During that time, Tanzler demonstrated his affections with gifts to de Hoyos. But all the unrequited love and untrained medical treatment couldn't save de Hoyos and, unsurprisingly, she died.
At his insistence, Tanzler paid for her funeral and mausoleum, which he would visit nightly for two years. That is, until he had the bright idea of bringing de Hoyos' decomposing corpse home with him. Tanzler used wax, wigs and plaster of paris to gussy up the body, replacing skin, bone and even an eye. Tanzler kept it in his home for seven years, until de Hoyos' family caught wind of what he was up to and reclaimed her remains.