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Burr Oak Cemetery Scandal

Joseph Erbentraut

WATCH: Film Tackles Scandal At Historic Black Cemetery | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 01.06.2012 | Chicago

In the summer of 2009, three gravediggers and a cemetery manager in Alsip, Ill., 12 miles south of Chicago, were exposed in an elaborate money-grubbin...

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...

Burr Oak Cemetery: A Year After Scandal, Little Has Changed

Chicago Sun-Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Though the entry gates and some signs have been replaced, not much has changed in the historic black cemetery in the year since Cook County Sheriff To...

Burr Oak Cemetery, Site Of Grave Desecration Scandal, Up For Auction Today

Chicago Tribune | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Scandal-plagued Burr Oak Cemetery today will move one step closer toward a new owner. A public auction is scheduled to be held this afternoon at the ...

Burr Oak Workers Lose Jobs As Cemetery Runs Out Of Money

SouthtownStar | LAUREN FITZPATRICK | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Burr Oak's remaining eight workers have been laid off since Friday when the cemetery's receiver learned in court he couldn't make payroll, the Southto...