Man Guilty of Raiding Grave in Search of 'Real Will'

Helped woman dig up her dad's coffin in New Hampshire
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 8, 2015 12:31 PM CST
A man has pleaded guilty to helping a woman dig up her estranged father's grave in search of his "real will."   (AP Photo/The Commercial Dispatch, Micah Green)

(Newser) – A man accused of helping a woman ransack her father's grave in search of his "real will" has pleaded guilty, and prosecutors in New Hampshire say that since he's so good at digging graves, he should have to help out at a cemetery as part of his sentence. Police say 38-year-old Michael Day and three others conspired to raid the vault holding the remains of businessman Eddie Nash from a Colebrook cemetery in May. Nash's estranged 53-year-old daughter, Melanie, is among those charged.

"I held the flashlight," she said in an earlier statement to police, per the Caledonian Record. "All this was done for the right reasons and I know my father would be OK with it. We did it with respect." Officials would beg to differ, describing a "horrendous scene" reminiscent of "something out of an Edgar Allan Poe story." Day pleaded guilty yesterday to charges including criminal mischief. Nash and a third defendant have not yet entered pleas, while a fourth pleaded guilty to criminal mischief and abuse of a corpse. Police say cash, a bottle of vodka, and cigarettes were taken from the grave—but no will.

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