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Music Stops for Wisconsin Man Charged With Stealing Guitar From Corpse

Steven Conrad Charged With Theft From A Corpse

Green Bay, Wisconsin

On 09-23-2011 at approximately 3:05 PM Officers from the Brown County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay located at 1825 Riverside Drive, in the Village of Allouez, for a report of a theft.

Upon Arrival Officers met with the complainant, Diocese Director of Facilities Tammy Jo Basten, who stated she wanted to report a theft of a guitar. Tammy advised officers that a deceased person, Randall Jourdan, had been placed in his casket with his guitar and the casket had been placed into a burial chamber, and the guitar was later discovered missing.

As a result of the investigation officers discovered on 09-22-2011 at approximately 2:00 PM employees from the Green Bay Diocese met with Ryan Funeral Home at the front entrance to the Mausoleum to move the casket from the Ryan Funeral Home vehicle to a holding room in the building.While moving the casket the Ryan Funeral Home director stated that the family wanted to verify that the guitar was still in the casket prior to the casket being placed in the burial chamber. The guitar was verified to still be in the casket at this time when the casket was placed into the burial chamber. A witness, an employee of the Diocese, became suspicious when he overheard a comment made by another employee stating “That’s a Telly, a really expensive guitar. I have to have that guitar. It’s too expensive to be in a crypt.” On 09-23-2011 at 7:00 AM the suspicious employee opened the casket in the burial chamber and found the guitar missing.

On 09-24-2011 Officers from Brown County Sheriff’s Office questioned 39 year old Green Bay Diocese Grounds Superintendent Steven Conard about the missing guitar. While being questioned by the Officer Steven admitted that he had the stolen the guitar inside his residence. Steven said, “This isn’t something I normally do, I just have a respect for fine musical instruments”. Officers were able to recover the guitar from Conard’s residence.

The guitar is a Fender, Telecaster valued at two thousand dollars.

Steven Conard was arrested and incarcerated in the Brown County Jail for charges of Theft from a Corpse. Also arrested during this investigation was Steven Conrad’s 43 year old wife, Heather Conrad. Heather was incarcerated in the Brown County Jail for charges of obstructing justice.


Boulder Funeral Home Offers Apology For Dropping Corpse At Funeral

Boulder, Colorado

Recently, Dignity Memorial (NYSE:SCI) Crist Mortuary was named in a lawsuit, after allegations surfaced from a father who reported the mortuary dropped his son’s body.

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Responding to a lawsuit’s allegations that Crist Mortuary employees dropped the casket of a 20-year-old Boulder High School graduate on the day of his funeral, letting his body roll onto the pavement, the mortuary’s general manager apologized Wednesday.

“We made a mistake,” said Michael Greenwood, who is named as a defendant in the lawsuit along with the Boulder mortuary. “I do apologize for that and have apologized to the parents.”


New York Man Slept With Woman’s Corpse For Two Days After Strangling Her

New York, New York

Michael Lenahan, 31, said during sentencing, “I’m far from perfect.” He is charged with strangling Lorna Santiago in a Manhattan apartment. After murdering the woman, according to authorities, Lenahan slept with her corpse for two days.


Houston Police Question Man Over Living With A Corpse

Houston, Texas

A foul odor led police to a woman’s body on Thursday.

Houston police said they got a complaint about a foul odor at a small apartment building in the 600 block of Fairview Drive at about 8 a.m.

Officers went to the building and they, along with residents, looked for the source. They searched under and around the building and determined it was coming from a specific unit, police said.

Detectives went to the apartment and a 31-year-old man answered the door. The man told the officers that his mother was ill and he preferred they search somewhere else.

Officers asked to permission to search for the apartment and found the body of 66-year-old Abigail Saucedo.

Saucedo’s body was in an advanced state of decomposition.

The Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences will determine the cause of Saucedo’s death.

Saucedo’s son was taken to the Harris County Mental Health Service Center for evaluation. He has not been charged with any crime.


California Woman Drove Around With Corpse In Passenger Seat Of Her Car

Costa Mesa, California

Police are conducting an investigation, after learning that a Southern California woman drove around for months with a corpse in the passenger seat of her car.

The unidentified corpse was found, after police were called about a car partially blocking a driveway. Upon their arrival, they detected a foul stench and a leg poking out from a blanket. Autopsy results have determined that no foul play was involved.

The car’s owner told police that she allowed a homeless woman to sleep in her car. Upon finding that the woman died, she was afraid to alert authorities.


Corpse Abuse Allegations Running Wild In The Media From Virginia To Ohio

The media buzz phrase “Abuse of Corpse” has been out-of-control over the last year, from Virginia to most recently, Ohio, in what I feel is an attempt to give the funeral industry a bad rap. Certain media outlets are mis-representing facts and adding their own sensational twists. At this rate, embalmers everywhere will soon be accused of corpse abuse by those who have no concept of the embalming process. Oh and, let’s not forget the hype over the funeral home in Puerto Rico. I am putting together an article on media allegations and those by bloggers attempting to harm funeral directors, embalmers and funeral homes.

The Word “Corpse” Is Alive And Well

The word “corpse” was quite common in classic horror movies and books. Recently, the word has been making a comeback. Following the corpse display at a Puerto Rican funeral home and many reports of corpse abuse around the country. So, why the sudden popularity? The blog Undertaker’s Digest takes a closer look.

Rise in “Corpse” Popularity