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Hey, Prince, Your Roots Are Showing

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 04.10.2013 | Celebrity
Megan Smolenyak

Prince Rogers Nelson, better known as Prince, has the music world intrigued with the series of singles he's been releasing. I thought I'd take a peek into his pre-Minnesota, pre-purple, ancestral past. Here are a few of the discoveries I found scattered in the branches of his family tree:

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...

Cook County Sheriff Calls Mass Baby Burials 'Disturbing'

The Huffington Post | Jen Sabella | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

While it certainly doesn't sound legal to have 26 babies buried together in a wooden box along with unidentified limbs and bones, the practice is actu...

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...

Sheriff Wants To Stop New Burials At Burr Oak

Southtown Star | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart is trying to prevent new burials from taking place in a 10-acre parcel of Burr Oak cemetery where human remains were dug ...

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. ...

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 Memo Reveals Internal Conflicts About Cemetery Desecration

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Burr Oak Cemetery executives knew about the elaborate grave reselling scheme there as early as 2003, and discussed the issue with the comptroller's of...

Pat Quinn Attacks Dan Hynes For Burr Oak Cemetery Handling

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

In response to a recent attack ad by rival Dan Hynes, the campaign of Governor Pat Quinn has released a 30-second spot hitting Hynes for his handling ...

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: Thousands Of Bodies Over Capacity

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

If the prospect of graves being dug up, double-stacked and destroyed was not unsettling enough, the Associated Press reported Tuesday that the Burr Oa...

Burr Oak Cemetery Reopening, Tickets Required To Visit Graves

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

ALSIP, Ill. — A Chicago-area cemetery that was shut down after four former workers were accused of digging up graves in a scheme to resell buria...

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...

Original Burr Oak Owners Regain Control Of Cemetery After Bankruptcy

ABC 7 | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

A day after the task force put together by Governor Pat Quinn to investigate what happened at Burr Oak Cemetery released recommendations for more stat...

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 Opening Online Records Database

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

ALSIP, Ill. (AP) -- Authorities plan to give the public access to a searchable online database of nearly 100,000 graves at the historic black cemetery...

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 Cemetery: 4 Charged With Dismembering At Least 300 Bodies In Graveyard Scam

AP | SOPHIA TAREEN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

ALSIP, Ill. — (AP) Three gravediggers and a cemetery manager unearthed hundreds of corpses from a historic black cemetery south of Chicago, dump...