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He Died in 1972, Turned Up Alive and Well on Ancestry.com

Police investigating identity theft case in Pennsylvania

(Newser) - In 1996, prosecutors say a young man escaped a halfway house in Texas, went to a cemetery, picked the name of a person born close to his birth date, tracked down that person's birth certificate, and began a second life as Nathan Laskoski. The ruse worked spectacularly for two... More »

Cops: Vandals Didn't Topple Headstones at Jewish Cemetery

They blame neglect, erosion

(Newser) - The toppling of more than 40 headstones in a predominantly Jewish cemetery wasn't part of a disturbing rise in anti-Semitic incidents nationwide, police say. Instead, the NYPD says the 42 headstones at Brooklyn's Washington Cemetery fell down by themselves because of a combination of factors, including neglect and... More »

Vandalism 'Beyond Belief' at Jewish Cemetery

Cops say at least 100 headstones toppled

(Newser) - Cops in Philadelphia have vowed to track down the vandals who toppled large numbers of headstones in a Jewish cemetery over the weekend. Initial estimates put the number of graves vandalized in the Mount Carmel at around 100. CBS Philadelphia reports that the estimate has risen to 300. "It'... More »

DOD Jumps Into Mystery of Vanished WWII Sailors

More than 130 deemed 'missing' after ship explosion could be in Long Island cemetery

(Newser) - Could we be one step closer to finding more than 130 US sailors who went missing after a World War II catastrophe? More than 70 years after the USS Turner exploded and sank near New York Harbor—leaving about half of the 300 or so men aboard alive, the other... More »

Judy Garland Is Back in Hollywood

Her body was exhumed in NY last week

(Newser) - Judy Garland's remains have been moved cross-country to a mausoleum intended as the resting place for daughters Liza Minnelli and Lorna Luft. The transfer from a crypt in New York's Ferncliff Cemetery to Hollywood Forever Cemetery was completed last Friday, Hollywood Forever rep Noelle Berman tells the AP... More »

Leonard Cohen Now Rests 'Exactly as He'd Asked'

He was laid to rest before we even knew he died

(Newser) - Leonard Cohen now rests among his kinsmen, "exactly as he'd asked," wrote son Adam Cohen in a Facebook post late Saturday night. "My sister and I just buried my father in Montreal. With only immediate family and a few lifelong friends present, he was lowered into... More »

Grave of Susan B. Anthony Open Late for Voters

Gravesite hours extended on Tuesday so visitors can celebrate their vote

(Newser) - Mount Hope Cemetery in Rochester, NY, is extending its hours on Tuesday from its usual 5:30pm closing time to 9pm—not to let its permanent residents slip out and cast a ballot, but to allow voters to celebrate Election Day at the grave of Susan B. Anthony, the Democrat ... More »

House: Confederate Flags Only Twice a Year at Some Graves

Amendment vote included almost all Dems, 84 Republicans

(Newser) - Republicans and Democrats came together Thursday in a House of Representatives vote that agreed to limit the use of Confederate flags in national veterans cemeteries, the Christian Science Monitor reports. Per the approved amendment to a veterans and military spending bill, the controversial flag won't be able to be... More »

Hundreds Fight in Deadly 'Turf War' at Russian Cemetery

They were armed with shovels, bats, and more

(Newser) - Two people died during a massive fight involving up to 200 people—though initial reports put the number at 400—armed with shovels, steel bars, and baseball bats Saturday at a Russian cemetery, the AP reports. According to RT , the police and national guard were called in to break up... More »

A Town Where the Dead Outnumber the Living 1,000 to One

Colma, Calif., got all of San Francisco's overflow in the early 20th century

(Newser) - A tiny California town that the New York Times calls "more necropolis than metropolis" isn't far from where the Super Bowl will be played in the San Francisco Bay Area on Sunday. But any traffic in Colma (aka "the City of Souls") over the weekend is... More »

Moscow Bringing WiFi to the Dead

Cemeteries' connection will likely bring visitors, too

(Newser) - As part of their campaign to bring WiFi to crowded public spots in the Russian capital, Moscow authorities are connecting up an unlikely new location: cemeteries. The Moscow city hall said Thursday that free WiFi—or as NPR calls it, Die-Fi—will be available at the city's three main... More »

Cops: Kentucky Man Tried to Dig Up His Dead Dad

Michael May's father died decades ago

(Newser) - In something we can see very few people getting in trouble for other than the Costanzas on Seinfeld, a 44-year-old Kentucky man has been arrested for trying to dig up his departed dad from a cemetery—so that, according to KMOV , he could finish an argument with him. Lincoln County... More »

What NYC Mourners Found at Paupers' Graves

After years of fighting, loved ones go to Hart Island

(Newser) - A few dozen mourners made history yesterday by riding a ferry to Hart Island in New York City. Their dead loved ones, buried in paupers' graves, had been legally inaccessible for years until a recent federal class-action lawsuit forced the city's Correction Department to let people visit, the New ... More »

Within GM Plant, an Old Jewish Cemetery

Detroit's Beth Olem is open to visitors about twice a year

(Newser) - Beth Olem Cemetery, around since the 1860s, is like many aging, final resting places, with assorted tombstones in varying condition, sizes, and styles, encircled by a brick wall and iron gate. Yet surrounding it is an unusual neighbor: General Motors' Detroit Hamtramck Plant. Visitors who drive about a mile around... More »

Chicago Roadwork Site Could Hide Thousands of Long-Buried Bodies

Oak Park Avenue was a burial site for the 'forgotten' a century ago

(Newser) - Workers are preparing for improvements to a road on the Northwest Side of Chicago, and their work could lead to the unearthing of thousands of bodies, a cemetery researcher tells the Chicago Tribune . That's because the area of Oak Park Avenue in question was once a cemetery and now... More »

Big Medieval Cemetery Found Under Cambridge

It's one of the nation's largest

(Newser) - Historians have long known that a medieval cemetery existed on the grounds of what is now the University of Cambridge, but until a recent dig they didn't realize just how big it was. Archaeologists uncovered the full or partial remains of about 1,300 people beneath Old Divinity School... More »

Man Killed by Mother-in-Law's Headstone

He and his wife were visiting cemetery when it toppled

(Newser) - Bizarre, sad, and true: A Pennsylvania man visiting his mother-in-law's grave site was killed when her headstone toppled on him, reports WNEP . Stephen Woytack, 74, of Scranton, was decorating the headstone with his wife for Easter yesterday when the thawing spring ground apparently caused the base to shift. "... More »

Skeletons Under Railroad Could Tell Us About Plague

London excavation to unearth thousands of bones with possible bubonic clues

(Newser) - They came from every parish of London, and from all walks of life, and ended up in a burial ground called Bedlam. Now scientists hope these centuries-old skeletons can reveal new information about how long-ago Londoners lived—and about the bubonic plague that often killed them. Archaeologists announced yesterday that... More »

Mass Grave Found Under Paris Supermarket

'We expected it to have a few bones,' says Monoprix manager

(Newser) - Good thing shoppers didn't know about this: Archaeologists digging under a Paris supermarket have found more than 200 skeletons, most of them buried neatly in a mass grave, France 24 reports. Management at the Monoprix supermarket wanted the basement cleared for redevelopment, but little did they know: "We... More »

Bodies in Florida Cemetery Are All Missing

Residents want to know, where did the bodies go?

(Newser) - Florida developers want to build townhouses on a 3-acre plot of land that once housed a black cemetery. But residents are raising a question first: What happened to all the bodies buried there? The Deerfield Beach City Commission will hold a meeting tomorrow to discuss the development, continuing a 40-year... More »

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