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Cops Find Man Trying to Get to Brother's Coffin

He was arrested after returning to the cemetery in Bremerton, Washington

(Newser) - By the time police arrived early Wednesday morning, a Washington man had managed to dig a hole two feet wide, two feet deep, and eight feet long. It wasn't deep enough to reach Hector Apodaca's coffin, which is what Bremerton police say the man was trying to do.... More »

In a Medieval Woman's Grave, a 'Coffin Birth'

Italian researchers report on case of partially delivered fetus

(Newser) - A female found buried near Bologna, Italy, in an early Medieval grave got a much deeper examination thanks to the discovery of a second set of bones in the grave: those of what has been determined to be a 38-week-old fetus. Forbes picks up the study, published in the journal... More »

Husband Hid Wife's Body Under Grave of WWII Veteran

John Sandoval revealed her whereabouts in exchange for lighter sentence

(Newser) - The body of a woman who went missing more than two decades ago has been found—buried under the grave of a World War II veteran. John Sandoval, 52, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder Friday and was sentenced to 25 years in prison for the 1995 death of his estranged... More »

Sailors Marked as Missing Since 1944 Could Be in NY

Military historian Ted Darcy's research points to that possibility

(Newser) - It's a confounding mystery of World War II: What happened to the 136 missing sailors from the explosion and sinking of the USS Turner? After all, the ship did not go down in battle or even in the open sea, but while anchored near New York Harbor in 1944,... More »

Gravediggers Compete Judged on Speed—and Style

But more people be attracted to the job?

(Newser) - Digging their way to the top, 18 two-man teams of Hungarian gravediggers displayed their skills Friday for a place in a regional championship to be held in Slovakia later this year, the AP reports. Participants in the contest, held in the eastern Hungarian city of Debrecen, were being judged on... More »

Archaeologists Discover Tomb Stuffed With Riches

Inside: a 'griffin warrior'

(Newser) - Archaeologists have discovered a treasure trove in the undisturbed grave of a warrior who died some 3,500 years ago in Greece. Found in the ancient city of Pylos in May, the 5-foot-deep grave contained a bronze sword with an ivory hilt; a gold-hilted dagger; four gold rings; a gold... More »

What Happens to America's Missing and Unidentified?

Some Jane and John Doe cases are cold, while others are in 'deep freeze'

(Newser) - On any given day there are 80,000 people missing, the FBI estimates, while the list of unidentified deceased people is some 10,000 Jane and John Does long. Some cases are cold, while others are in "deep freeze," reports Reveal , the publishing arm of the Center for... 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 »

Woman: Yes, I Dug Up Dad's Grave for 'Real Will'

But Melanie Nash says she only found vodka and cigarettes

(Newser) - A woman who told police she dug up her father's grave in search of his "real will" but found only vodka and cigarettes pleaded guilty today. Melanie Nash, 53, was one of four accused in the plan to open Eddie Nash's vault in Colebrook, New Hampshire, then... More »

Magicians to Fix Up Houdini's Grave, Keep It Clean

After disputes with cemetery management, magic society to take over upkeep

(Newser) - Nestled next to the late Lewins, Blums, and Levys in a spooky old cemetery in New York City lies the final resting place of America's most legendary magician, interred under a granite monument that bears his stage name in bold letters: Houdini. It's an impressive tribute to the... 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 »

84 Graves Discovered Under Atlanta Golf Course

Not clear why golf course was built over cemetery

(Newser) - When you're ready to tee off, you probably don't expect it's from above a dead body ... but as many as 84 graves have been uncovered beneath an Atlanta golf course. Locals told stories of a cemetery beneath the course, which was built in the 1930s, and the... More »

Big Snag for Miss. Project: Discovery of 1K Bodies

University will build parking garage elsewhere

(Newser) - The University of Mississippi needs to put up a parking garage for its dental school, but radar scans of the proposed construction area have provided 1,000 good reasons to build elsewhere, reports Yahoo News . That's how many bodies are estimated to be buried in unmarked graves beneath what... More »

Woman Exhumed From Grave in Front Yard

Alabama family loses court fight to keep her there

(Newser) - The body of an Alabama woman was removed from her front-yard grave today after a lengthy court fight . Widower James Davis, who kept a promise to bury his wife at their log cabin home in Stevenson, says he now plans to cremate her remains and keep them in the house.... More »

Man Finally Agrees to Dig Wife's Body Up From Yard

But after 4 years, the fight still may not be over

(Newser) - An Alabama man who has been fighting local government since 2009 for the right to keep his wife's grave in his front yard has finally backed down: He has said he will dig up her body and have it cremated, so long as he can put the ashes back... More »

People Not Happy About Fake Breaking Bad Funeral

Walter White gravesite, headstone anger some

(Newser) - A fake funeral was held Saturday for Breaking Bad character Walter White in Albuquerque, offering some 200 fans a chance to pay their last respects to a show that, as one attendee put it, "brought people into Albuquerque, it brought attention into Albuquerque, and it brought money into Albuquerque.... More »

Meet the Man Who Buries Suicide Bombers for a Living

A profile of the most thankless job in Afghanistan

(Newser) - Khwaja Naqib Ahmad's job is to give proper Muslim burials to the unclaimed dead. But in Afghanistan, more and more of the bodies coming to him are those of suicide bombers, the New York Times reports in a profile of what is surely one of the most thankless jobs... More »

19 More Graves Found at Notorious Florida School

All of them were in area segregated for blacks

(Newser) - Researchers have discovered 19 more grave shafts at an infamous Florida reform school where boys—most of them black—suffered and sometimes died under brutal conditions, NBC News reports. That brings the total to at least 50 at The Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys in Marianna, and all of... More »

Man Fights to Keep Wife's Body in Front Yard

James Davis faces off against Alabama health officials

(Newser) - James Davis promised his wife he would bury her at home, and that's exactly what he did. Only problem: A county judge in Alabama has ordered her body moved from her grave site in Davis' front yard, the AP reports. "Good Lord, they've raised pigs in their... More »

Cemetery Worker Breaks Legs Tumbling Into Grave

Middle Village cemetery was site of surprising fall

(Newser) - Mourners at a funeral in New York were shocked to see a cemetery worker plunge into a grave today and break both his legs, DNAinfo reports. The 49-year-old "was removing the strap from the casket at that time," says a cemetery official who suspected the man only hurt... More »

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