Judge Closing South Carolina Funeral Home That Cut Corpse Legs

A South Carolina judge has ordered the closing of a funeral home where a worker cut the legs off a body so it would fit in a casket.

Judge Deborah Durden on Tuesday upheld last month's decision by the state Funeral Board to revoke the license of Cave Funeral Home and owner Michael Cave.

Cave admitted in an administrative court that his Allendale funeral home cut the legs off 6-foot-7 James Hines five years ago and did not tell his family. Cave said he didn't want grieving relatives to suffer more.

Hines' widow said finding out what happened was like having her husband die a second time. A fired funeral home worker notified the family about a year ago.

Allendale is 75 miles southwest of Columbia.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by Anonymous on Jul 15, 2009 at 12:25 PM
    if my boss fired me and i had something on him to get him in trouble i would do the same thing
  • by quinton Location: williamston on Jul 15, 2009 at 12:24 PM
    i know the fired worker is very happy he got his revenge.
  • by the pirate lady Location: greenville on Jul 15, 2009 at 10:19 AM
    To cindi, one word: bags. And I do agree with the rest of you in wondering how often this practice actually goes on. The coffins always look very small to me.
  • by Pcmh Officer Location: Greenville on Jul 15, 2009 at 10:15 AM
    Some of you colorful internet personalites are something else. This was someones father, grandfather, son, etc. While it is true that the man will never walk again and he never felt anything, he still deserved to be treated with respect and dignity! I am sure none of you would be tickled pink to find out that your son,daughter, father, whatever was being mutilated without ever consulting you. It is not like they had good reason! They make caskets all day long! This was an intentional act to save themselves some money! As for the family "not knowing", I have never seen anyone go into a funeral with a tape measure to make sure it fit them comfortably nor have I ever seen anyone break open a casket to inspect the limbs of the person laying there! Just remember, your day will come when you have family in the hands of the same people..Karma has a way of biting you back from time to time! Don't worry though, you won't have to use them again!
  • by OBXFAN Location: Williamston on Jul 15, 2009 at 04:43 AM
    Its not like he is going to walk again anyway...
  • by Jeff Location: Winterville on Jul 14, 2009 at 06:02 PM
    This is done and over with. The disgruntled ex-employer should be locked up. There was a time where someone thought draining the body fluids and replacing it with chemicals was gross. Now it is common practice.
  • by well on Jul 14, 2009 at 05:52 PM
    dead people cant talk, so they probably get away with a whole lot more that no one tells em about.
  • by smartie Location: gvegas on Jul 14, 2009 at 04:01 PM
    None of them, the worker or the family, sound too bright...got what they were asking for if you ask me.
  • by CONCERN Location: GREENVILLE on Jul 14, 2009 at 01:30 PM
    HOW YOU NOT KNOW THE RIGHT SIZE OF THE COFFIN............I WONDER ABOUT THIS FAMILY, AND WHAT ARE THEY GOING TO DO ABOUT THIS MATTER??????
  • by MrT Location: LaNC on Jul 14, 2009 at 12:27 PM
    I wonder if the family would have been happier if they had to pay extra for a larger casket and vault? The judge should charge the worker that came forward 4 years later as an accessory to the mutilation of a corpse.They didn't come forward because it was bothering them. They only came forward because they were mad at their former employer and were trying to get even.
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