Four cemetery workers have been charged with dismembering bodies after police found what they called “startling and revolting” conditions at a historic cemetery near Chicago.
Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart said workers at the Burr Oak Cemetery in Alsip allegedly dug up more than 100 graves, dumped the bodies into unmarked mass graves and resold the plots to unsuspecting members of the public.
The three men and one woman were charged Thursday with one count each of dismembering a human body.
Burr Oak is the final resting place of many famous African-Americans, including blues singers Willie Dixon, Dinah Washington and Otis Spann.
Flanked by angry family members of the deceased, the Rev. Jesse Jackson said there’s “a special place in hell” for those accused in the alleged scheme.
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