Police Trying To Sort Out Alleged Cemetery Scheme

ALSIP, Ill. -- Families lined up at a cemetery in Alsip, Ill., to learn if remains of their loved ones have been disturbed in an alleged scheme to dig up and dump bodies to resell the plots.

Officials are hampered by the lack of maps for large sections of Burr Oak Cemetery.

One woman waiting to check on family graves called the situation "a zoo."

All 150 acres of the cemetery have been declared a crime scene.

Police suspect at least 300 of the 100,000 graves have been dug up.

But when one grave was exhumed because of a report that two people were buried there, only one body was found.

Three former gravediggers and a former cemetery manager have each been charged.

They allegedly made about $300,000 in the scheme.


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  • by MrT Location: LaNC on Jul 12, 2009 at 05:18 PM
    Jesse went there hoping he could stir some trouble though.
  • by David Location: Kinston on Jul 12, 2009 at 01:09 PM
    To Anon: If the crooks were white you can bet Al Sharpton would be marching in Illinois.He is your racist leader."Al Sharpton's the name,agitation is the game".
  • by anon Location: The Bern on Jul 12, 2009 at 12:05 PM
    To David: No one in the black community is crying racism over this. They're upset over the fact that their loved ones final resting place is desecrated, and their remains are scattered all over the cemetery. We wouldn't wish this on anyone. Racism is the farthest from anyone's mind right now. Except for maybe YOU.
  • by Alex Location: Vanceboro on Jul 12, 2009 at 12:05 PM
    There is justifiable outrage over this story. Selfish people disposed of unwanted tissue. When a woman does the same in regards to an unborne child this is called "choice". we cry for the improper disposal of the dead, we ignore the improper disposal of the not yet born. how tragic.
  • by David Location: Kinston on Jul 12, 2009 at 10:07 AM
    I'm sure the black community is upset because they can't cry racism on this story.The culprits responsible are black.
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