Gree-Akk tracks down 3500-year-old mummy

With Forest Lake Police Capt. Greg Weiss applying handcuffs, the ancient mummy Kharis is placed under custody. Gree-Akk the gorilla, right, lured Kharis from the basement of Renaissance Fitness with the help of tanna leaves. (Photo by Cliff Buchan)


Ancient man was making looking for food; agrees to help with food drive at Costello House of Horror


As part of his agreement to search for the mummy, Gree-Akk the gorilla would work only with payment of some tasty Keys Cafe cookies, offered here by cafe manager Noelle Proulx. (Photo by Cliff Buchan)

Gree-Akk the gorilla, along with his translator Chris Costello, and the Forest Lake Police Department, have captured the mystery man who had been wandering the city in the dark of night over the past several weeks.

More reports to police were made in this past week of burglar alarms sounding at businesses as well as sightings of a giant man with a pronounced limp.

The strip of old and tattered cloth found at Family Pathways two weeks ago was analyzed by forensic experts and deduced to be a strip of bandage dating back more than 3500 years. Mold samples on the bandage solidified the findings.

“As unbelievable as it sounded, we found ourselves on the trail of a living mummy,” said Capt. Greg Weiss, who called in Costello’s ape pal to help with the investigation. “We gave Gree-Akk the scent and he tracked the mummy to the basement of Renaissance Fitness at 95 N. Lake Street.”

“The place had been a little more musty than usual,” said Chris Costello, owner of the Kettlebell Skool. “Gree-Akk and I discovered him down there and we were able to lure him out with some tanna leaves. It was fortunate that I have tanna leaves of those as they became extinct several thousand years ago!”

Strangely, ancient Egyptian and the Gorilla language share a common origin and Gree-Akk was able to communicate with the mummy.

“He told us his name is Kharis and he was a prince and ruler in ancient Egypt.” Costello said. “He did not mean any harm or to frighten anyone. He awoke from his long slumber with good intentions. He was astonished to learn much the world has advanced and yet people still do not have enough to eat. He wanted to do something about that!”

Kharis agreed to help Chris Costello and participate in his annual Halloween event at his Forest Lake home. The Costello House of Horror at 21969 Jason Ave. N. is set this year from 7-9 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 31.

After being captured, Kharis was released to Costello’s custody. Part of the mummy’s community service will be a personal appearance at the House of Horror on Halloween.

Gree-Akk, Kharis the living mummy, the Frankenstein monster and the bride of Frankenstein, Dracula, the Creature from the Black Lagoon, the Wolf Man and other fantastic creatures ask all trick or treaters to bring a non-perishable food item to the free event. Monetary donations will also be accepted. All donations will go to the Family Pathways food shelf.

“Over 800 pounds of food was donated last year and I would like to double that this year,” Costello said. “Kharis related to me that in his time, rulers, royalty and politicians did not have the answers. In the end, it was people helping people that garnished the best results! This will be Kharis’ first Halloween and he is very excited to be a part of it!”

With the Family Pathways food shelf expecting additional demand during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, Costello is providing additional help. The downtown fitness school will serve as a drop-off location for food items for Family Pathways through Wednesday, Nov. 21.

For more information about the House of Horrors Halloween event or the food drive for Family Pathways, call Costello at 651-329-8496.