UPDATE: Workers Charged WIth Digging Up 300 Bodies, Reusing Plots

Relatives of the people buried in a historic cemetery south of Chicago have been flocking there to check on the graves of their loved ones.

Three gravediggers and a manager at the Burr Oak Cemetery are accused of unearthing hundreds of corpses in an elaborate scheme to resell burial plots.

Authorities say some of the corpses were dumped in a weeded area, while others were double-stacked in existing graves.

The Cook County Sheriff's office and other authorities planned to discuss their investigation Friday.

The suspects, 49-year-old Carolyn Towns, 45-year-old Keith Nicks, 39-year-old Terrence Nicks, and 61-year-old Maurice Dailey, have each been charged with one count of dismembering a human body.

All four were being held in lieu of bond Thursday night.

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Authorities say as many as 300 corpses may have been tampered with in a historic black cemetery near Chicago.

They say hundreds of bodies may have been unearthed. Some corpses were strewn in a weeded area and others reburied in existing graves.

The Cook County sheriff says it was all part of a scheme to resell the burial plots. Four cemetery workers have been charged with dismembering a human body.

Burr Oak Cemetery is the burial place of many famous black Americans, including lynching victim Emmett Till and blues legend Dinah Washington. The sheriff says Till's grave was not disturbed, but he isn't sure about Washington's.

The Rev. Jesse Jackson has been there today, along with many angry family members. He says there's "a special place in hell" for the people accused in the alleged scheme.

More than a dozen FBI agents will be helping sort through the evidence and identify remains.


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