Digging Up Grave Sites and Reselling the Plot = Not Tight

Four cats in Chicago did not get that memo...


From Reuters:

Four Chicago-area cemetery workers were accused on Thursday of digging up hundreds of graves and dumping the remains so the burial plots could be resold, prosecutors said on Thursday.

The office manager and three grave diggers at the Burr Oak Cemetery in South suburban Alsip were charged with dismembering a human body, a felony.

Scores of people showed up to check on graves at the predominantly African-American cemetery, where blues singer Dinah Washington, boxing champion Ezzard Charles, and Emmett Till, the 14-year-old boy whose brutal 1955 slaying in Mississippi stoked the civil rights movement, are buried.

Till's grave was not disturbed but Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart said it was not immediately clear whose plots had been dug up. Roughly 200 to 300 graves were desecrated.

"The sense of violation is horrible," Dart said, adding it was "heartbreaking" to see the reactions of family members.

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