Everyday Ethics

Emmett_till_casket.jpgMore from the “Everyone Knows This Is Unethical But Let’s Enjoy a Rare Moment of Unanimity” file. Or perhaps the “Who Does That?” file.  Apparently authorities in Chicago have been conducting an investigation into graverobbers at Burr Oak Cemetery over the last few months, culminating in a Wednesday morning raid and several arrests.

There are some things that are universally accepted as repulsive, and desecrating the dead is on that list somewhere. I’m no cultural anthropologist, but surely that’s a safe assessment.

Apparently not so for these grave robbers, who have been digging up graves, tossing the bodies into common areas, re-selling the burial plots and pocketing the money. Savvy scheme – too bad it’s so darn disgusting.

Investigators say as many as 300 graves were dug up as part of the plan.  Many of those buried at Burr Oak are legendary, including boxing champ Ezzard Charles, blues legends Willie Dixon and Dinah Washington, and Emmett Till, a young symbol  of the American Civil Rights Movement.

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