Margaret Thatcher Funeral Details


On April 17, Britain will honor Margaret Thatcher with full military honors, in a ceremonial funeral service attended by the Queen and her husband the Duke of Edinburgh.

The date was agreed at a government “co-ordination meeting” with Thatcher’s family and Buckingham Palace officials on Tuesday morning, Downing Street said.

The ceremony, which is to be held at St Paul’s Cathedral in central London, is expected to be attended by dignitaries from around the world.

Find out about all the plans here.

Pope Benedict XVI Resigns


It was a shocking day for the Roman Catholic Church, after the stunning resignation of Pope Benedict XVI. This is the first papal resignation in almost 600 years.

In an address read out in Latin before a group of cardinals in the Apostolic Palace, the 85-year-old pontiff said he had decided that, due to his “advanced age” and deteriorating strengths, he would be stepping down as head of the Catholic Church on 28 February.

While there have been glowing tributes coming forward since the announcement, there are also contrary opinions. Victims of the sex and child abuse scandals that erupted under Benedict’s papacy either accused him of being directly complicit in a conspiracy to cover up the thousands of cases that have come to light over the past three years, or of failing to stand up to reactionary elements in the church who were resolved to keep the scandals under wraps.

Norbert Denef, from north Germany, who was abused as a boy by his local priest for six years and was later offered €25,000 (then £17,000) by his diocesan bishop to keep quiet, said: “We won’t miss this pope.”

A successor may be chosen by Easter.

Michigan Man Busted for Stealing Father’s Corpse from Cemetery

Corpse Discovery

Home where cops found corpse

Detroit, Michigan

Police recently arrested a man for stealing his father’s corpse from a cemetery. Authorities say that   Clarence Bright’s corpse was taken from the cemetery just prior to burial.

The corpse was eventually located in the basement of a home, which happens to belong to Bright’s 48-year-old son.

Investigators put the pieces together when they discovered the son, along with another man, carrying an empty casket inside a van at a gas station.

Police have not yet provided a motive for stealing the corpse.

Bright’s burial was supposed to take place on a Saturday at Gethsemane Cemetery on the east side of Detroit. However, soggy conditions following rain created a delay. So, the casket containing the 93-year-old’s body was placed near a chapel or a mausoleum on cemetery grounds and remained there through the following Monday morning when it was reported stolen, said Leon Jones, a mortician’s assistant at Swanson Funeral Home, which handled Bright’s funeral.

“This is a very, very bizarre situation,” Jones said.

Police received a tip that a white van had been seen at the cemetery around the time the body was taken, which turned out to be the van officers discovered at the gas station.

Once the van was discovered, it only took police about an hour to sniff out the corpse, in the basement just a few blocks away.

“Nothing seems to be wrong with the body,” Day told reporters. “Hopefully, the family can now get the body back and give it a proper burial.”

Police declined to release the names of Bright’s son or the 38-year-old man who was with him. They had not been charged and the theft remained under investigation.

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Service Corporation International Funeral Home Worker Lawrence J. Clement Accused of Sexually Molesting a Corpse


Toledo, Ohio

Cindy Putman protests outside the H.H. Birkenkamp Funeral Home on Tremainsville Road and with good reason.

A deeply disturbing story has unfolded in this Toledo funeral home, one owned by Houston-based Service Corporation International. In yet another scandal for the largest funeral corporation, an employee with H.H. Birkenkamp funeral home has been arrested after police say he sexually molested a corpse. Lawrence J. Clement, 57, was taken into custody after the victim’s family notified police.

Lawrence J. Clement Sexually Molested Corpse

According to the Toledo Police Department, employees with the H.H. Birkenkamp Funeral Home called the 51-year-old victim’s family members to report that one of their staff members had sexually abused her corpse. Another employee allegedly witnessed the sexual assault and threatened to go to police unless the family was contacted. The funeral home offered to waive the $11,000 funeral bill if they agreed not to call police. The family rejected the offer, contacted police and transferred the victim’s body to another funeral home.

Specific details about the abuse were not released, other than “sexual molestation.” Lisa Marshall, a spokeswoman for Houston-based Service Corporation International (NYSE:SCI), says the employee has been fired.

Clement was booked into the Lucas County Jail and charged with sexual abuse of a corpse.

Service Corporation International funeral homes can be identified by the Dignity Memorial Brand.

Funeral Home Running Without Electricity, Bones on the Roof and Decomposing Corpses Inside

Chicago, Illinois

Family members and police were recently gathered outside of Carter Funeral Chapel in Chicago. This time, however, they were not on-hand to attend a funeral. Instead, they were demanding to know what has happened to their relatives remains after police found the funeral home in a ‘state of disarray’.

Police first discovered deeply disturbing evidence outside of the funeral home. Bones were found on the roof and it was discovered that this particular funeral home had no working electricity. The funeral home had previously been shut-down after it was discovered that frozen water bottles were being used to preserve corpses.

Police said they found a back door off its hinges, confirmed no power or heating inside the building and corpses in ‘various states of preparation’ (otherwise meaning decomposed).

Police Say Russian Man Found Living With Female Corpses

Police in Russia have detained a man after discovering that he had at least 20 dressed-up female corpses hidden in his apartment.

According to authorities, historian Anatoly Moskvin, 45, would sneak into cemeteries during the dark of night to dig up the corpses, then dress them up in his apartment.

Photos taken by the tabloid publication indicate that Moskvin clothed the corpses, all belonging to women who died between the ages of 15 to 25, in women’s clothes to look almost doll-like.

Some sources report that as many as 26 corpses were found in Moskvin’s residence.