Eleven bodies were buried in a south suburban cemetery today after police learned they had been left unattended in a chapel on the site for up to a week.
Workers with a backhoe carried the bodies in caskets one by one to a burial site on a hill at Homewood Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Thornton as detectives from the Cook County Sheriff's Department looked on.
Dwayne Cook discovered the bodies in the chapel Wednesday while trying to visit the gravesite of a friend, Hershal Jordan, who had an internment ceremony at the cemetery earlier this week. Cook said cemetery employees guided him to where they said Jordan, who was to be buried through a state aid program, was laid to rest in an unmarked grave.
"When I got there, I said 'Something's fishy here,' " Cook said. "I just had a feeling. It didn't seem like a fresh grave." He let himself into the back room of the nearby chapel and found Jordan's casket and those of 10 other people scheduled for the state aid burials still inside.
take money from the state for burying people and then don't hire the people necessary to dig the holes --- pocket the money.
I wonder what people were thinking -- did they not figure that one day all those stacked-up bodies might cause some questions. Probably not. They must have figured that anyone buried with state money must be some homeless, friendless, without family person who won't be missed. Even if they thought that, there is the contract with the state to provide services -- they obviously didn't respect that either.
I'm often appalled at what greed does to people's humanity.