Ex-director of Illinois cemetery sentenced in burial scheme
A flag marks a grave at Burr Oak Cemetery in Alsip, Illinois. A pile of human remains was found behind the blue dumpster in the background in 2009.
July 9th, 2011
02:36 PM ET

Ex-director of Illinois cemetery sentenced in burial scheme

The former director of a Chicago-area cemetery where hundreds of graves were dug up and resold has pleaded guilty to several charges involving the desecration of human remains.

Carolyn Towns, 51, who ran the Burr Oak Cemetery when the allegations surfaced in 2009, was sentenced to 12 years in prison Friday after she pleaded guilty to all charges against her, including dismembering a human body and theft from a place of worship, according to state prosecutors in Cook County.

Three grave diggers faced similar charges.

As part of the scheme, prosecutors said, the grave diggers would exhume bodies, crushing vaults and caskets before dumping human remains at cemetery's trash site. At the time, the workers would "double stack" graves, meaning they would bury existing remains deeper into the ground before placing new remains in the same location, authorities said.

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  1. Mad Hatter

    So then anything west of the Mississippi is ass?

    July 9, 2011 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  2. HRH banasy

    @Mad Hatter:

    I didn't say it....

    July 9, 2011 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Avser Bastian

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    July 9, 2011 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Mad Hatter

    Give this one a cold one and a blunt please.

    July 9, 2011 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
  5. HRH banasy

    How about it!

    July 9, 2011 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Mmmmm

    I dunno...minus the shister element this ponzi graveyard may work. Mass grave, one headstone listing all the people...save space...really minus the stealing...uh should make burials more affordable...communal burials...yeah, that's it!

    July 9, 2011 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Mad Hatter

    Cremation is the way to go. Just dust in the wind.

    July 9, 2011 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      or....turn grandma into a lifegem and wear her as a pair of earrings

      July 9, 2011 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Name*adam

      cremation ! they will cremate nothing and sale body parts.

      July 10, 2011 at 7:36 am | Report abuse |
    • ExclusivePrisoner.com

      With the exception of "smoke and fumes" isn't cremation greener? I mean we aren't really keen on nasty landfills either.....seems to me that keeping PawPaw on a shelf in the den is kinder.

      July 10, 2011 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  8. joann

    There,are extremely sick people,in the world today.And,this one takes the cake.JoAnn Bartholomew

    July 9, 2011 at 10:27 pm | Report abuse |
  9. RUFFNUTT

    i m suprised they were so stupid to think no one would come visit thier families...

    July 10, 2011 at 8:26 am | Report abuse |
  10. Gaadffly

    The worst part being Illinois,, was all those who were taken out and dumped were still voting for the Chicago Democratic political machine. haha

    July 10, 2011 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
  11. one cheek sneak

    I wanna be buried in my ford truck. I need power windows and cup holders in the afterlife.

    July 10, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Zena

    I always heard that you might as well spend your money while youre alive because you cant take it with you. Apparantly in some instances you cant take your body with you either! Im donating anything that is useable and cremate the rest-spending eternity on the mantle doesnt sound so bad! Or sprinkle my ashes somewhere pleasant-it will not hurt my feelings at that point.

    July 11, 2011 at 6:48 am | Report abuse |
  13. chillipepper

    Man dem people got no feelings at all.

    July 11, 2011 at 7:04 am | Report abuse |
  14. joann

    What,the heck was she thinking of?That,was a stupid move on her part,leave the dead alone.She,shall be judged someday,for what she did. JoAnn Bartholomew

    July 11, 2011 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
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