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Burr Oak Bodies

Burr Oak Tragedy's Mastermind Sentenced To 12 Years

Posted 09.07.2011 | Chicago

Fifty-one-year-old Carolyn Towns, of Blue Island, pleaded guilty and was convicted of a bevy of charges related to her oversight of an under-the-table...

More Dumped Bodies Found At Burr Oak Cemetery

The Huffington Post | Jen Sabella | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

In 2009, a massive grave desecration scandal was uncovered at Burr Oak Cemetery in suburban Alsip. Graves were dug up, double-stacked and destroyed. T...

Burr Oak Lawsuit: Nellie Riley Claims Cemetery 'Desecrated' Bodies

Chicago Tribune | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Burr Oak Cemetery was sued today by a woman who says her relatives' remains were knowingly desecrated in order to resell their burial plots. ...

Old Caskets Found In New Plots At Burr Oak Cemetery

Chicago Sun-Times | LISA DONOVAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Since the embattled Burr Oak Cemetery quietly resumed burials this fall, grave diggers in three separate cases have broken ground on what they thought...

Burr Oak Cemetery Scandal: More Bodies Found

AP | DON BABWIN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Officials at a historic black cemetery in suburban Chicago where former workers allegedly dug up graves in a scheme to resell burial p...

Burr Oak Cemetery Desecration Suspects Plead Not Guilty

AP | DON BABWIN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Four former cemetery workers pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to charges accusing them of digging up bodies at a historic suburban Chicag...

Authorities Stop Collecting Evidence At Desecrated Burr OakAuthorities Stop Collecting Evidence At Desecrated Burr Oak

AP | DON BABWIN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

ALSIP, Ill. — Investigators stopped collecting evidence Friday at a historic black cemetery in suburban Chicago where workers allegedly dug up c...

Skeleton In Suit And Tie Found Without Casket At Burr Oak

AP | DON BABWIN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

ALSIP, Ill. — Skeletal remains of a man wearing a suit and tie were found sitting in a burial vault with no casket in sight at a historic black ...

More Burial Vaults Found Dumped In Woods At Burr Oak Cemetery

AP | DON BABWIN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

ALSIP, Ill. — Skeletal remains of a man wearing a suit and tie were found sitting in a burial vault with no casket in sight at a historic black ...

Burr Oak Cemetery Reconsecrated By Religious Leaders

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

ALSIP, Ill. (AP) -- Protestant, Catholic and Jewish leaders have gathered in prayer to reconsecrate the grounds at a suburban Chicago cemetery where f...

Burr Oak Update: Cook County To Sue Cemetery Owners, Over 200 Bones Found

AP | MIKE ROBINSON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) -- The Cook County Board of Commissioners voted Tuesday to sue the owners of a historic black cemetery in suburban Chicago to recover the...

Burr Oak Gravedigger Talks About Blowing Whistle On Cemetery Scheme

AP | DON BABWIN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

ALSIP, Ill. — Willie Esper was just trying to get better at his job as a gravedigger when he unearthed a scandal. Loose bones kept turning up a...

Burr Oak Official: Sheriff Exaggerated Crime, Bones Didn't Litter Cemetery

ABC 7 | Ben Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

A war of words began Saturday as those who run Burr Oak Cemetery fired back at Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart. Cemetery authorities say the sheriff has...

Identifying The Thousands Of 'Jumbled Bones' At Burr Oak Cemetery Nearly Impossible: Experts

AP | RUPA SHENOY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Human remains strewn amid overgrown weeds have deteriorated into jumbled bones. Paper records in a rusted metal cabinet have dissolved...

Nearly 100 Bodies Dug Up, Burial Plots Resold At Burr Oak Cemetery: Police

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

ALSIP, Ill. — Workers at a historic Illinois cemetery may have dug up more than 100 bodies and dumped them in mass graves at the back of the 150...