Helluva Way to Treat a Soldier

60 min - USA Blake Miller

A century after his death, the remains of Private Thomas Smith, a 19th century 'buffalo soldier,' were stolen from a remote cemetery in New Mexico. Making matters worse, the perpetrator then kept the soldier's remains in his home for thirty years. When he died at fort Craig in 1865, Private Smith was buried with military honors. How he wound up as a macabre trophy in someone's personal artifact collection is the focus of the documentary film 'Helluva Way to Treat a Soldier.'