SC - man's corpse was apparently cut to fit coffin

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  1. Dark Knight

    Dark Knight New Member

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    ALLENDALE, S.C. – James Hines was a giant — a 6-foot-7, 300-pound preacher and funk musician so big that after he died in 2004, a macabre rumor began circulating in this small town that the undertaker had to cut off his legs to fit him in the coffin.


    This week, after years of whispers, Hines' body was exhumed, and the gruesome story appeared to be all too true.


    The coroner's office said only that it had found "undesirable evidence," and a criminal investigation has been opened. But Hines' widow said investigators told her that his legs had been cut off between the ankle and calf, and his feet had been placed inside the casket.


    Much more at link:



    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090403/ap_on_re_us/too_tall_corpse
     
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  3. Boyz_Mum

    Boyz_Mum New Member

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    This is a terrible story! I just can't imagine how the family must feel.
     
  4. billiejo

    billiejo New Member

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    Good gravy,he no longer needs his legs!
     
  5. KaylynnCouture

    KaylynnCouture New Member

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    That's horrible!! I can't even imagine how upset his family must be :( My thoughts and prayers go out to them.
     
  6. Boyz_Mum

    Boyz_Mum New Member

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    That's true, but honestly... who wants their loved one to be the subject of urban legends and have it be true?
     
  7. STEADFAST

    STEADFAST New Member

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    As long as all of him was in the casket, I don't see what difference it makes. At least he wasn't all folded up in there.
     
  8. Atanua

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    There is several reasons why this is criminally wrong.
    He and his wife went to pick out a coffin, picked and paid for one that they were told was long and large enough for him. The accusation is that they put him in a smaller cheaper casket of the same style. http://www.wjbf.com/jbf/news/crime/article/local_funeral_home_accused_of_mutilating_a_corpse/12307/

    Mutilating a human corpse is never ok. Cremation or donating parts for research ALWAYS requires release/authorization forms to be completed by the family. They did not sign any such forms in this case.

    Many religions believe that you will be resurrected from the grave, and have strong feelings against cremation for this reason. Not sure what their religious beliefs are though, each to their own.

    Bottom line is that they did not get the service from the mortuary that they paid for, and what did happen to him was not authorized, and someone should be held criminally responsible.
     
  9. Atanua

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    http://www.nbcaugusta.com/news/local/42299797.html
     
  10. Rayemonde

    Rayemonde New Member

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    July 2009:

    http://www.cbsnews.com/news/its-curtains-for-funeral-home-that-cut-corpses-legs/
     
  11. Rayemonde

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    http://www.wrdw.com/home/headlines/46841817.html?device=phone&c=y
     
  12. Tulessa

    Tulessa Well-Known Member

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    [video=youtube;DOke0bgy2t4]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DOke0bgy2t4[/video]

    They were good.
     

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