Corpse Mishandling

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Its not that unusual for relatives to continue to cash welfare cheques after a claimant dies but it doesn't often go on for eight years. Nor do they tend to hide the body in a freezer.

SUN CITY CENTER — Authorities in Florida say the heirs of a man who hid his wife's body in a freezer so he could continue collecting her Social Security benefits have repaid the government for the money he took.

The U.S. Attorney's Office said in a news release the heirs sold Allan Dunn's condo in Sun City Center and paid $15,743 to the Social Security Administration.

Prosecutors say Margaret Dunn died at home in 2002 and Allan Dunn hid her body in the freezer. He then collected her Social Security benefits until he died in 2010.

http://www.tampabay.com/news/public...medium=website&utm_content=link&ICID=ref_fark
 

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Another story I'm posting at work with no link, sorry -

Japanese cities are now charging companies to dispose of human 'cremains' instead of paying them to take the ashes away.

This is because when the larger bones have been extracted and ritually packed by the family, in the traditional Japanese way, what's left is a pile of ashes which often contains gold and other precious metals.

Firms that cottoned on to this possibility were soon raking it in.
 

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Another story I'm posting at work with no link, sorry -

Japanese cities are now charging companies to dispose of human 'cremains' instead of paying them to take the ashes away.

This is because when the larger bones have been extracted and ritually packed by the family, in the traditional Japanese way, what's left is a pile of ashes which often contains gold and other precious metals.

Firms that cottoned on to this possibility were soon raking it in.

Can't find any new news stories on that.

Could you give the headline on the story?
 

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Is this it? This Times article is only available as a truncated teaser unless you register / pay / whatever ...

Japanese cities profit from precious metals in crematorium ashes

They are the last physical trace of the human being, traditionally an object of reverence and respect rather than commercial exploitation.

But some of Japan’s biggest cities are making hundreds of thousands of pounds in extra revenue by “mining” precious metals from the ashes of people incinerated in municipal crematoria.

The practice of sifting human ashes for metal from teeth and surgical implants causes understandable unease for some Japanese, and several cities have banned it.

At least one city, Yokohama, has introduced rules to ease the concerns of bereaved families that the remains of their dead loved ones are being scavenged for profit. ...


https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/...recious-metals-in-crematorium-ashes-r6xdk9kkh
 

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As far as I know in the UK any precious metals found after cremation are
usually buried in a "secret location".
 

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As far as I know in the UK any precious metals found after cremation are
usually buried in a "secret location".

Yup, at a talk at the local crematorium some years ago I heard that metal, in the form, we were told, of joint replacements, was removed from the ashes by the crematorium workers and buried in the grounds, specifically in a place that only they know about. I've sometimes wondered what that meant. It now all becomes clear!
 

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Stealing a vehicle transporting an occupied casket is a strange crime, but stopping and leaving the casket behind is corpse mishandling ...

POLICE: THIEVES TAKE SUV PULLING U-HAUL WITH A CASKET INSIDE

Police say thieves have stolen an SUV and an attached U-Haul trailer - with a casket inside - outside an Albuquerque motel.

Albuquerque police say the heist occurred early Monday at a Residence Inn and the casket was later found not too far from the site it was taken.

Authorities say the casket contained the body of the victim's father-in-law.

The U-Haul was located after police searched for a black 2005 Chevy Trailblazer SUV with Oklahoma license plates.

Police said the deceased man's daughter and her husband were on their way from Oklahoma to Kirtland, New Mexico, to bury him.

SOURCE: http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/storie...ME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2017-09-11-16-30-33
 

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From the comments on another blog:

chuck martel October 15, 2017 at 9:39 pm
What’s the statute of limitations on a grave? If somebody digs up a body that was buried a month ago they’re classified as a ghoul and subject to prosecution. On the other hand, if a body that was interred 900 years ago is dug up the digger is an anthropologist studying the past. Somewhere in that time span there must be a line between grave robbery and scientific study. Or between a dead body and an historical artifact. Where is that line?
Furthermore, the digger evidently must have some credentials that allow him to perform the task, probably issued by the state. Who gives the government the right to authorize grave robbing?

http://marginalrevolution.com/marginalrevolution/2017/10/sunday-assorted-links-134.html
 

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I always think it sad that a body as been left undisturbed for hundreds of years then
it's dug up, even though I was involved in exhumations when a grave yard was to be
redeveloped but still feel they should be left in peace.
 

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A shopping centre was to be modernised but a disused church and
grave yard were in the way, relatives were traced and given a choice
of reburial or leave as is, those that could not be traced were left.
Job went on for months mostly under cover of darkness, having to
be done according to the law and with due reverence, it would have
been better tidied up and left as what is there now looked run down
from the day it was built.
 

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This is fairly grim but sounds like the guy's conscience got the better of him after 12 years. From Taiwan.

Dad who killed baby daughter 12 years ago walks into police station carrying her body in bin bag


A distraught father who killed his one-month-old baby daughter has handed himself into police 12 years after her death.

Mr Lin carried the girl's dead body in a washing up bowl, wrapped in a black bin bag which he hid under his bed for years.

He lied to his wife and told her the baby had been taken by his mother, who had forced him to hand her over, so she could bring her up.
 

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The apparent deathbed confession of a former policeman could end a series of unresolved murder cases which have baffled Belgian police for decades.

The "Crazy Brabant Killers",

Moved to Strange Crimes.
 
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Finally an answer?

The apparent deathbed confession of a former policeman could end a series of unresolved murder cases which have baffled Belgian police for decades.

The "Crazy Brabant Killers", as they were known, murdered 28 people in Brussels in a dozen robberies during the 1980s - mostly at supermarkets.

They were never caught. Their ability to outwit police led to conspiracy theories of official cover-ups.

The gang's members were dubbed the "The Giant", "The Killer" and "The Old Man".

Their main target was the shops' petty cash holdings, but they would also spontaneously gun down customers.

Belgian authorities confirmed they were following a new line of inquiry after a man came forward to say that his brother, a former police officer, had confessed to being "The Giant"

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-41734059?ocid=socialflow_twitter
Where is the corpse mishandling in that story?
 

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A dead couple were kept in a fishmongers freezer, then a mortuary for 15 years. Then their son wanted to keep them in a fridge at his house, then a mausoleum, then take them to the West Bank.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-41763599

There is practically nothing about this story that isn't weird.

The couple's bodies were discovered in the basement of a former fishmonger's shop in the city's Gilmore Place in 2002, during an investigation into alleged fraud at a funeral home in West Lothian.
It was claimed that staff at the Broxburn undertakers had been paid to preserve the remains.
Four employees were sacked, although none of those alleged to have been involved in the fraud were charged or prosecuted for any offence.
Following the discovery, Mr and Mrs Marcel's remains were taken to the city's Cowgate mortuary.
Their son Melvyn said he wanted to build a fridge at his Edinburgh home, then build a private mausoleum in the grounds of his property.
He eventually planned to take his parents' bodies to be buried in the West Bank.
 

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Check your charity shop purchases for ashes!

Box of cremated human remains donated to Goodwill
Police in Vancouver, Wash., are trying to track down whoever gave a Goodwill thrift store a wooden box that was found to be an urn containing cremated human remains.

Vancouver Police said they were contacted by a Goodwill employee who was sorting donations and discovered the box was an urn that contained cremains.

The department's Evidence Unit released a photo of the box, which bears the name "Michelle Miller."

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SOURCE: https://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2018/0...?utm_source=sec&utm_campaign=sl&utm_medium=12
 

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I’ve learned a new word: Cremains.

I always thought 'cremains' was a relatively recent neologism, but it turns out it first appeared sometime during 1945 - 1950.
 

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This show proves to be a bone of contention.

An exhibition of preserved human bodies has drawn controversy in Australia this week after an activist group raised questions about the origin of the specimens.

The group of objectors - who include doctors, lawyers and scientists - have called for the exhibition in Sydney to be shut down.

They assert that it may include the bodies of executed Chinese inmates, including political prisoners.

But the organisers of Real Bodies: The Exhibition have strongly denied those allegations, calling them "lies" and "sensationalism".

They say the 20 cadavers were legally provided by a medical university in China, where hospitals had determined them to be "unclaimed corpses".

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-43902524?ocid=socialflow_twitter#
 

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Another disturbing case of mortuary misconduct ...

11 infant bodies found in former funeral home's ceiling
State investigators have found the bodies of 11 infants in the ceiling of a former Detroit funeral home, police said.

The remains were discovered hours after state inspectors received an anonymous letter, "detailing the existence or the whereabouts of numerous remains, human remains inside the funeral home" ...

Inspectors of the Michigan Department Licensing and Regulatory Affairs received the letter at approximately 2:30 p.m. Friday, and inspectors went to the Cantrell Funeral Home on Detroit's east side ... The current owner, Naveed Syed, let them inside, and they found boxes and small casket in the ceiling ... Syed, who plans to turn the former funeral home into a community center, said he called police after the remains were discovered.

Police eventually found "11 remains of infants, stillborns" ...

Michigan state cadaver dogs have looked for more bodies, but not have been found any more ...

"We do have names of some of the remains, and we're going to do follow up with medical examiner" ...

State inspectors had shut down the funeral home in April after inspectors found several violations including decomposing remains and "deplorable conditions" ...

FULL STORY: https://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/201...n-former-funeral-homes-ceiling/8281539451509/
 

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It's happened again - again at a funeral home; again in Detroit ...

63 infant bodies found at second Detroit funeral home
The Detroit Police Department said remains of 63 infants or fetuses were found in another funeral home in the city.

Police removed the 63 remains Friday from Perry Funeral Home as an investigation widens after last week's discoveryof 11 infant bodies at now-defunct Cantrell Funeral Home on Detroit's east side. Authorities say the two discoveries are unrelated. ...

FULL STORY: https://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/201...cond-Detroit-funeral-home/1961540050999/?lh=4
 

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Funnily enough I just heard about this story in a Rob Gavagan nee Dyke video, then came here to find Enola got to it in a far more timely manner.

Business info came up on google along with the news story... this should not be funny.

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Saw this in the Times yesterday, about the author Hunter Davies.
Not exactly mishandling, but cheeky.

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