Final Burr Oak Suspect Released From Jail

Carolyn Towns had no comment as she walked from Cook County facility

By BJ Lutz
|  Thursday, Oct 22, 2009  |  Updated 6:32 PM CDT
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Carolyn Towns is alleged to be the mastermind behind an off-the-books scheme to resell burial plots at Alsip's historic Burr Oak Cemetery.

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History of Burr Oak Cemetery

The Burr Oak Cemetery was for a time the only cemetery where Black people could be buried in Chicago. Keiana Barrett, with the DuSable Museum of African American History, talks about what the desecration means to the community.
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The last of the four people accused in the desecration at Alsip's historic Burr Oak Cemetery was released from jail Thursday afternoon.

Carolyn Towns ignored repeated requests for comment from reporters as walked from the Cook County facility to an awaiting car.

Towns was being held on $250,000 bond, which required her to post $25,000 cash in order to be released.

Prosecutors allege that Towns is the mastermind of an off-the-books scheme to resell burial plots.  Authorities say graves were dug up with backhoes and the bodies haphazardly discarded.

She, along with Keith Nicks, Terrence Nicks and Maurice Dailey, have been charged with dismembering bodies, a Class X felony.

Burr Oak has been closed to the public since the story broke in July

Often called the first African-American cemetery in Chicago, Burr Oak Cemetery has a storied past and is the final resting place for several notables, including boxing great Ezzard Charles and blues legends Willie Dixon and Dinah Washington. Emmett Till, whose murder in the south was a touchstone moment in the American Civil Rights Movement, is also buried there.

Full Coverage:  Desecration at Burr Oak Cemetery

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