SC Funeral Home License Revoked For Cutting Off Man's Legs

The South Carolina funeral board has revoked the licenses of a funeral home and its director for cutting the legs of a 6-foot-7 man so his corpse would fit in a casket.

State licensing spokesman Jim Knight says the Board of Funeral Service voted Monday to revoke the funeral director license of Michael Cave and the license of Cave Funeral Services of Allendale.

Knight says the board also fined Cave the maximum $500 and ordered him to pay $1,500 for the investigation.

Cave did not immediately return messages left at his home and business Tuesday.

The body of James Hines was exhumed earlier this year because of rumors that circulated after he died in 2004. His widow said investigators told her his legs had been cut off between the ankle and calf to fit the coffin.

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  • by Rosebud Location: Lagrange on Jun 6, 2009 at 07:55 PM
    Sick, sick comments.
  • by Oh Man Location: Gvegas on Jun 6, 2009 at 06:20 PM
    Sam...that is messed up man. Funny though. I seriously think that they just thought it would be easier to saw off the legs than to try and break them and then fold them under. I mean, it's got to be hard to break someone's legs like that I would imagine! Alternatively, they could have sawed holes at the end of the casket leaving his feet and ankles hanging out, but that may have been a bit disturbing.
  • by Sam Location: Wilson on Jun 6, 2009 at 05:56 PM
    That is sick and disrespectful. Why didn't they just break them and fold them back?
  • by Kerry on Jun 6, 2009 at 02:31 PM
    I'm just curious as to what the family thought when they bought the coffin that wasn't long enough in the first place. How did they think he was going to fit? Maybe the funeral home director should be held responsible because they didn't mention this or offer a longer size. How many people will be exhumed now and how many others will lose their license?
  • by ALison Location: Havelock on Jun 6, 2009 at 01:07 PM
    I agree with you 100% rightwing!
  • by Rightwing Location: Greenville NC on Jun 6, 2009 at 08:00 AM
    That is horrible! I'm so glad they revoked the license. Granted, we all know the deceased man didn't feel any pain, but I'll tell you this, if it had been my husband/son/brother, I would be ready to cut off the legs of whoever did that to him! It is absolutely disrespectful, and if you have no respect for the dead, you have no business running a funeral home!
  • by Rosebud Location: Lagrange on Jun 6, 2009 at 07:43 AM
    This is one of the sickest stories I have ever read. What is this world coming to?????????
  • by Derek Location: Greenville on Jun 6, 2009 at 07:09 AM
    I am 6'5" myself and I would rather be cremated....

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