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Thief May Have Thought Human Ashes Were Drugs

Mass. woman says her mom's remains were stolen out of her Jeep

(Newser) - A woman whose mother's ashes were stolen from her car fears an addict stole and ingested them thinking they were drugs, the AP reports. Carolyn Parker tells the Enterprise of Brockton, Mass., the ashes were in a plastic bag inside a small white box in her glove compartment. They... More »

Fishermen Use Friend's Ashes to Reel In Huge Fish

'It's what he would have wanted'

(Newser) - In a sweet—and maybe also a little bit weird—move, two fishermen honored a fellow fisherman who passed away by turning his ashes into bait and using it to reel in a huge carp. Paul Fairbrass and Cliff Dale were planning a fishing trip to Thailand with Ron Hopper,... More »

Vietnam Vet's Ashes Spread With an Actual Bang

Utah man's ashes loaded into 50 shotgun shells

(Newser) - A Vietnam War veteran literally went out with a bang on Saturday, reports the St. George Spectrum . The son of Walter "Jim" Hosey of LaVerkin, Utah, loaded a total of 50 12-gauge shotgun shells with his father's ashes and fired them off at the Southern Utah Shooting Sports... More »

You Can Spend Eternity on the Moon ... for $12K

Company plans to start sending up capsules with ashes

(Newser) - We've entered the age of a new space race, only this time it's between companies hoping to send the cremated remains of your loved ones to the moon, where they'll spend eternity with Buzz Aldrin's footprints and that flag from MTV. This week, San Francisco-based Elysium... More »

Strangers Help Dad Get Dead Infant's Ashes Back

Urn was in a car bound for a scrap yard

(Newser) - A man who thought he'd lost the boxed ashes of his deceased infant daughter has them back thanks to the efforts of several strangers in central Ohio. WBNS-TV in Columbus reports a man processing cars bound for a scrap yard spotted the gold box sitting on a vehicle's... More »

Final Resting Place for Man's Ashes: 100 Countries

CJ Twomey's mom has made it her mission to ensure her late son sees the world

(Newser) - Over the past year, CJ Twomey has been scuba diving in the waters off the Dominican Republic, flown over Turkey in a hot-air balloon, and ascended Peru's Machu Picchu. He's visited more than 100 countries, thanks to the kindness of hundreds of strangers who are helping CJ—who... More »

Robin Williams' Ashes Scattered in San Francisco Bay

He was cremated the day after his death

(Newser) - Robin Williams' ashes were scattered in San Francisco Bay on August 12, the day after his death, Radar reports. The information was listed on his official death certificate, TMZ reports, noting that the certificate doesn't list cause of death yet; it simply says "pending investigation." The coroner... More »

Men Move Family Ashes, Are Charged With Abusing Corpse

'We just thought we had a right': Kevin Lewis

(Newser) - Kevin Lewis thought it was no big deal when he and a couple of relatives unearthed the ashes of his father and brother in Standish, Maine, and reburied them about 10 miles down the road in Limington. "We just thought we had a right," Lewis tells the Portland ... More »

Court: Son's Ashes Can't Be Divided

4-year legal battle may finally be over for feuding parents

(Newser) - After a four-year legal battle, Lili and William Wilson will finally be able to lay their son to rest, though perhaps where only one of them wanted. Scott Wilson, 23, was killed in a car accident involving polo mogul John Goodman in 2010, but his divorced parents have been fighting... More »

Mall Evacuated After Man Scatters Woman's Ashes a LensCrafters

(Newser) - A Florida shopping mall was evacuated on Tuesday for what very well could be a first: A man threw an unidentified substance into a LensCrafters ... and it later turned out to be some of his dead fiancee's ashes. NBC6 reports that the man was in the process of depositing... More »

Mom Upset to Find Son's Ashes in Walmart Bag

Says funeral home got lazy

(Newser) - An Ohio woman is upset with a Kentucky funeral home after she opened up her son's funeral urn to find his ashes placed inside a Walmart bag. Nancy Bronner of Amelia tells WCPO-TV that she opened the urn after the teenager's death last September. Bob McDaniel of the... More »

Pile of Ashes Could Be Remains of Stolen Picasso

...and Matisse, Monet, and 4 more paintings

(Newser) - A Romanian museum is analyzing ashes found in a stove to see if they are the remains of seven paintings by Picasso, Matisse, Monet, and others that were stolen last year from the Netherlands, an official said yesterday. Romania's National History Museum is examining the ashes found at the... More »

Capote's Remains Invited to NYC Party

But 'risk of theft was too high' at after-party for Broadway premiere

(Newser) - Breakfast at Tiffany's almost had a very high-profile guest mark its opening on Broadway last week: author Truman Capote himself. Producers wanted to fly in Capote's ashes for the after-party, the New York Post reports. They were even willing to pay for first-class airfare for the remains, which... More »

Sacha Baron Cohen Spills 'Ashes' on Ryan Seacrest

And not just any ashes ... Kim Jong Il's

(Newser) - Sacha Baron Cohen-as-Dictator was dis-invited to the Oscars then invited again . And, as expected, he did something a little outrageous: spilled "ashes." Belonging to "Kim Jong-Il." Onto E! host Ryan Seacrest's tuxedo. Flanked by two flower girls, Baron Cohen jokingly claimed to be carrying the... More »

Woman: Husband's Ashes Went Down With the Ship

She intended to scatter them as the ship sailed past Monaco

(Newser) - More sad stories are emerging from the Costa Concordia disaster. The Guardian relays the tale of a British expat living in Spain who had set sail on the cruise ship with her daughter and twin granddaughters, age 7. The grieving group intended to scatter the ashes of Sandra Rodgers' husband... More »

Drug-Seeking Burglars Snort Man, Dog Ashes

Teen sniffers were hoping for cocaine, heroin, say cops

(Newser) - Oops. Burglars were so desperate for drugs when they broke into a Florida home that they snorted a powder found in a ceramic urn. But they didn't get even a hint of a buzz because they had inhaled some of the cremated remains of the former man of the house... More »

9 Weird Options for Your Ashes

Companies will make your cremains into fireworks, diamonds, art

(Newser) - For some, the traditional casket funeral is a stiff, depressing way to mark the passing of a loved one. Wilder souls may take comfort in the options provided by a growing list of companies who will transform your remains into a wide range of objects. Salon checked it out and... More »

Die-Hard Gator Alums May Find Final Resting Place at UF

Dedicated Gators want to spend eternity on campus

(Newser) - University of Florida alums who want their final resting place to be somewhere on the campus of their alma mater will likely get their wish, the Gainesville Sun reports. A bill that cleared a Florida Senate committee today would allow any of Florida’s state universities to build a columbarium—... More »

Jane Austen Museum Bans Fans' Ashes

Devotees were using her garden as their final resting place

(Newser) - The caretakers of Jane Austen's estate in England have issued an unusual plea to her devoted fans: Please stop having your ashes scattered in her garden. Museum representatives say they understand the passion but can't allow the practice. “It is distressing for visitors to see mounds of human ash,... More »

Fans' Ashes in Limbo as Yankee, Shea Shut Doors

As Shea and Yankee stadiums shut, relatives fret over final resting places

(Newser) - Now that Yankee Stadium and Shea have shut their doors forever, people who scattered ashes in their favorite ballpark worry that their loved ones may spend eternity in a parking lot, the New York Times writes. Some are searching for a way to get some dirt out of the hallowed... More »

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