This time the culprits were the cemetery’s own caretakers. Is nothing sacred anymore?
July 8, 2009 (ALSIP, Ill.) (WLS) — More than 100 graves were dug up in the historic Burr Oak Cemetery, according to the Cook County sheriff’s office.
Five people, including a cemetery manager, have been arrested for allegedly digging up the graves and then dumping the remains to make room for new bodies.
Heaps of cement – cracked open burial vaults – lie in the cemetery. In the weeds behind them, sheriff’s police found bones, headstones and other evidence that the dead were dug up and discarded like trash.
“What we found was beyond startling and revolting,” said Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart during a news conference on Wednesday afternoon at the gates of the cemetery in south suburban Alsip, Ill.