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Headstone Missing 150 Years Was Used to Make Fudge
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Headstone Missing 150 Years Was Used to Make Fudge

Gravestone of Peter J. Weller, initially listed in auction, is now restored in Lansing, Mich.

(Newser) - A 5-foot-tall headstone missing for 146 years has been restored to its rightful place in a Michigan cemetery after it was discovered in the home of a family who used it to make fudge. The gravestone of Peter J. Weller was lost in 1875, 26 years after his 1849 death,...

Detroit Cemetery Exhuming 20 Bodies in Grave Mix-Up

It's not clear yet how many are buried in the wrong place

(Newser) - Family members were devastated after discovering that their loved ones' remains may have been buried in the wrong place in a Detroit cemetery. Gethsemane Cemetery started exhuming 20 bodies Monday in a process expected to be completed Wednesday, the Detroit News reports. It's not clear how many of those...

Cops: Woman Tried to 'Run People Over' at Ex's Funeral

Blair Whitten is accused of speeding through cemetery, driving over gravesites

(Newser) - There are likely numerous contenders for the "Worst Ex-Girlfriend Ever" title, but a Minnesota woman may have just secured herself a place in the finals. Per court documents cited by the Twin Cities Pioneer Press , North Dakota police officers were alerted over the weekend by attendees of a graveside...

Town's Cemetery Collapse an 'Unimaginable Catastrophe'

As many as 200 coffins fell in Camogli, Italy

(Newser) - An "unimaginable catastrophe" has befallen a town near Genoa, Italy, where hundreds of coffins that long rested in a seaside cemetery fell some 160 feet toward the Mediterranean Sea on Monday. CNN reports that as many as 200 coffins were swept up in a landslide in Camogli, and only...

Hollywood Gives the 'Bandit' a Final Resting Place

Burt Reynolds' remains are buried in the Hollywood Forever cemetery more than 2 years after his death

(Newser) - Burt Reynolds reached his final resting place Thursday at a storied Hollywood cemetery. A small, private ceremony, with relatives taking part remotely via Zoom, was held Thursday morning at the Hollywood Forever cemetery, where Reynolds' cremated remains were placed in a grave next to a lake nearly 2 1/2 years...

Black Deputy's Family Told Cemetery Won't Bury 'Coloreds'

Louisiana's Oaklin Springs Cemetery updates contract amid uproar

(Newser) - As he was dying of cancer, a Louisiana sheriff's deputy told his family the specific cemetery he wanted to be buried in. Allen Parish Sheriff's Deputy Darrell Semien was comforted to know that Oaklin Springs Cemetery in Oberlin was close to home, meaning the possibility of frequent visitors....

Man's 'Quest for Discovery' in National Park Isn't Ending Well

Rodrick Dow Craythorn pleads guilty to digging up Yellowstone cemetery for Forrest Fenn prize

(Newser) - A man accused of digging up a Yellowstone National Park cemetery in his search for a famous buried treasure has admitted to his crimes. The New York Times reports that, nearly four months after he was indicted by a federal grand jury, 52-year-old Rodrick Dow Craythorn of Utah entered a...

Elderly Couple Shot in Cemetery; 1 Dead

(Newser) - A married Maryland couple in their 80s were the victims in a shooting at a veterans cemetery in Delaware, the AP reports. Delaware State Police on Friday night identified the victims as an 86-year-old man and 85-year-old woman from Elkton, Maryland. The wife was pronounced dead at the scene. The...

They Were Digging a Grave. Then, the Unexpected

NJ cemetery worker buried to his knees for 25 minutes Tuesday after sides of grave collapsed

(Newser) - A New Jersey cemetery worker spent 25 minutes trapped in a collapsed grave on Tuesday—luckily, with his upper body above the dirt. The 59-year-old went into the 8-foot-deep grave at the Hillside Cemetery in Lyndhurst to take some measurements ahead of a Wednesday funeral, according to police. "They...

Radar Detects Long-Forgotten Coffins at High School

Abandoned black cemetery is discovered in Tampa

(Newser) - Some 145 coffins found beneath a Florida high school are believed to belong to a forgotten African-American cemetery—and it's not the only one in Tampa. "This hurts. Deeply," says Yvette Lewis, president of the Hillsborough County branch of the NAACP. A ground-penetrating radar survey showed the...

Grave Diggers Find Empty Grave, Dead Chickens

Police are investigating in Connecticut

(Newser) - Grave diggers working at a Connecticut cemetery Wednesday noticed "a big pile of dirt," one says, and upon walking over to investigate, discovered an empty grave filled with water and what appeared to be two dead chickens. Police say it appears someone dug up and removed remains from...

Cemetery Jogger Killed by Lightning Strike

Cincinnati woman dies after sheltering from storm under tree

(Newser) - Three women were jogging through Cincinnati's Spring Grove Cemetery on Friday when a security guard—seeing a storm approaching—offered them a ride, a cemetery rep tells WLWT . They declined the offer, and all three were hit by a lightning strike moments later as they sheltered under an oak...

He Was High and Mad. His Crime: Toppling Jewish Headstones

Alzado Harris sentenced to probation for 2017 incident in University City, Missouri

(Newser) - When Alzado Harris went to the Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery in University City, Mo., in February 2017, he was inebriated, high on pot, and peeved at a friend. That's what led to his next act, he confessed to police, per the St. Louis Post-Dispatch : knocking over more than 100...

'There Is No Better Proof to Deny Holocaust Denial'

Burial sites in countries where the Holocaust decimated Jewish populations mapped

(Newser) - A private organization that wants to preserve thousands of old Jewish cemeteries in Europe is using aerial drones to map burial sites in countries where the Holocaust decimated Jewish populations that existed before World War II. The European Jewish Cemeteries Initiative said Tuesday that teams of drone operators plan to...

Man Grieved at Wrong Headstone for 30 Years

George Salt visited the wrong plot while grieving the loss of an infant daughter for decades

(Newser) - A man in England who'd always visited the grave of the daughter he lost in her infancy multiple times per year was shocked to learn recently that he'd been visiting the wrong cemetery plot. Per BBC , George Salt lost his daughter, Victoria, just days after her birth in...

Cops Find Unlikely Culprit in Cemetery Flag Thefts

It appears that a Massachusetts groundhog is the pilferer

(Newser) - Authorities say furry critters, not vandals, are likely to blame for American flags that disappeared from veterans' graves in Massachusetts, per the AP . The flags at Bellevue Cemetery, in Adams, were first reported missing earlier this month. Residents volunteered to replace the flags by hand, but then those went missing,...

Cops: Cemetery Flowers Were Stolen by Florist

Camera caught NJ woman in the act

(Newser) - A florist caught on camera stealing flowers from a New Jersey cemetery told police she was just trying to "tidy up." Lynda Wingate, a 59-year-old former police dispatcher, was arrested after police investigating months of reports of flowers being stolen at the First Reformed Church Cemetery in Pompton...

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...

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...

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'...

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