In January 1903, a pair of police officers in Baltimore drew a morbid crowd of followers as they carried arms and legs through the streets to the police station.
Patrolman Kaufman carried two legs under his arm while Patrolman Batzer carried a tin bucket with a hand and arm sticking out of it.
“Supposing that some unfortunate had been dismembered beneath the heavy wheels of a car or a trunk murder mystery had come to light, a crowd followed the officers to the police station,” reported The Baltimore Sun.
However, the group must have been disappointed when they discovered the truth.
“[The limbs] were made of plaster and were taken by the officers from the show case of a North Charles street chiropodist. The show case was found open and the officers took care of the contents for safe-keeping.”
Source: The Baltimore Sun, January 24, 1903