Merrick, whose condition did not develop until he was five, has inspired a number of books, alongside an award-winning play and a film starring John Hurt.His head eventually measured 36 inches, with researchers claiming the deformities were the cause of Proteus syndrome, a rare genetic disorder.The detailed Victorian records make it “99% certain” this is the Elephant Man, said Mrs Vigor-Mungovin, with the burial dated April 24 1890, 13 day after Joseph’s death.She added: “It gives his residence as London Hospital, his age as 28 – Joseph was actually 27 but his date of birth was often given wrong – and the coroner as Wynne Baxter, who we know conducted Joseph’s inquest.”The authorities said a small plaque could be made to mark the spot, which would be lovely.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The unmarked grave of Joseph Merrick – better known as the Elephant Man – has been traced after nearly 130 years, according to his biographer.Merrick had a skeletal and soft tissue deformity which saw him as a medical curiosity, with his skeleton preserved at the Royal London Hospital.But author Jo Vigor-Mungovin claimed she has now discovered Merrick’s soft tissue was buried in the City of London Cemetery after he died in 1890 aged 27.After a miserable adolescence in Leicester and time as a travelling exhibit, Merrick ended up at the former London Hospital in Whitechapel, east London.Mrs Vigor-Mungovin, who has written a biography of Merrick, told the BBC that his soft tissue was buried but had not been followed up due to the number of graveyards in use at the time.She said: “I was asked about this and off-hand I said ‘It probably went to the same place as the Ripper victims’, as they died in the same locality.”Then I went home and really thought about it and started looking at the records of the City of London Cemetery and Crematorium near Epping Forest, where two Ripper victims are buried.”I decided to search in an eight-week window around the time of his death and there, on page two, was Joseph Merrick.”

Elephant Mans unmarked grave traced by amateur detective after 130 years
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