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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).


Funeral Director Charged After Stealing Thousands From Grieving Widow: Police Suspect More Victims

Louisville, Kentucky

While this story broke earlier, police believe there may be more victims and are asking them to come forward

A funeral home director is facing charges after police say she stole thousands of dollars from an elderly widow.

According to Louisville Metro Police, the funeral director, Maureen Purcell, met the 89-year-old victim when she came into Ratterman Brothers Funeral Home in St. Matthews. Police say the victim went there to have her husband’s remains cremated. They say Purcell then befriended the woman, knowing she had no family nearby.

Police say Purcell was able to get power of attorney over the victim, and at that point started stealing from her almost every day.

Purcell was released from jail on her own recognizance. Police say she admitted to stealing $8,000 out of the $10,000 that she’s charged with.

The Ratterman Brothers Funeral Home says they are completely surprised by the arrest. Purcell has a bad credit history, and has had several lawsuits filed against her.

Southern Illinois Funeral Director Donald Keith York Jailed On Theft Charge

Donald Keith York

Fairfield, Illinois

Wayne City, Ill., funeral director Donald Keith York was arrested Wednesday night on theft charges.

Last week, a Wayne County Grand Jury indicted York on a felony charge of theft. York, 48, was arrested in Hamilton County late Wednesday night and transported to the Wayne County Jail.

York is accused of selling an elderly Wayne County woman a pre-paid funeral service, then failed to put the money in a trust as required by state law. The amount allegedly stolen was approximately $7,000 authorities said.

York lost his funeral director’s license in September when the Illinois Department of Professional Registration revoked his license for multiple infractions, including “unprofessional conduct, violation of regulations, incompetence and untrustworthiness in funeral practice, advertising in a false or misleading manor and a criminal conviction”. At the time his license was revoked, York had been operating York Funeral Home in Wayne City. The business is now closed.

Keith York remains in the Wayne County jail. His bond has been set at $75,000.

Funeral Home Director Abused Corpses: Allowed Them To Decompose Before Cremation

A funeral director in Australia stands accused of allowing bodies to decompose before cremation or burial because he failed to refrigerate the bodies in his care.

According to News.Com.Au, a funeral director in Brisbane was reportedly being investigated for loading his hearse with bodies and driving eight hours away for cut-rate cremations.

Funeral operators in the Australian province of Queensland are neither licensed nor regulated and are not required to join any sort of industry association.

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Woman Dies After Waking at Own Funeral

A Russian woman woke up at her own funeral after being wrongly declared dead – and minutes later suffered a fatal heart attack.

Fagilyu Mukhametzyanov, 49, started screaming after she awoke to the sounds of mourners praying as they filed past her coffin, The Daily Mail reports.

Husband Fagili Mukhametzyanov said his wife was immediately rushed back to hospital.

“But she only lived for another 12 minutes in intensive care before she died again, this time for good,” he was quoted as saying in The Daily Mail.

Mr Mukhametzyanov said he was originally told his wife was dead after she suffered a heart attack and collapsed at home.

“She wasn’t dead when they said she was and they could have saved her,” he reportedly said.

“I am very angry and want answers.”

A hospital spokesperson said the matter was being investigated.

California Funeral Home Offers Drive-Thru Viewing

Compton, California

Our obsession for convenience has brought us many things over the years. There are drive-thru burger joints, drive-thru banks and my favorite, the drive thru at Starbucks. And now, it gets even easier to take care of those routine tasks. One California city now offers the ultimate in drive-thru convenience: drive-thru casket viewing.

Yes friends, over at the Robert L. Adams Mortuary in Compton, south of Los Angeles, it is possible to view the deceased resting in a casket display window without leaving your car, the Los Angeles Times reported Sunday.

“It’s a unique feature that sets us aside from other funeral parlors,” said owner Peggy Scott Adams.

“You can come by after work, you don’t need to deal with parking, you can sign the book outside and the family knows that you paid your respects,” Scott Adams explained. “It’s a convenience thing.”

Although the Times reported a handful of drive-thru funeral parlors were known to operate in other parts of the US, this was believed to be the first in southern California, home of cars and convenience.

The paper also pointed out some additional pluses for those who favor mobile mourning: seniors do not have to leave their cars, families can avoid hosting a formal viewing and the disabled can roll past in their wheelchairs.

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A Nightmare Funeral, Casket Falls Into Grave

Bradenton, Florida

The Washington Family was already in mourning after having lost the man they called Pops. Then at his burial, something happened that they say you only see in horror movies.

It’s a nightmare that Bradenton resident Kimberly Washington wishes wasn’t real. “I can’t sleep. My mind is constantly thinking about it.”

Her father, the man she calls her best friend passed away two weeks ago. On Saturday, the final goodbyes took place at Eugene Washington’s burial. “My whole world feels like it is falling apart.”

But as a home video shows, seconds after the casket was placed above the grave, it tipped over and fell to the ground. “To see that casket fall is something out of a horror movie,” says Washington.

ABC 7 contacted the cemetery where the burial took place and they say the situation happened as a result of a malfunction with the casket’s lowering device. The cemetery is in the process of contacting the manufacturer of the lowering device. They say nothing like this has ever happened before.

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