Shortly after Julia Buccola-Petta's death, her mother experienced horrible nightmares about her daughter trying to scratch and claw her way out of her grave. This continued for six years until Filomena was finally allowed to exhume the grave. When they opened the casket, they were surprised. Julia’s corpse had not decayed. She still had pale, supple flesh with no signs of deterioration. This picture of her corpse on the day they opened her casket remains on her gravestone.