Four Charged in Cemetery Scheme; Body Count Increases - NBC Chicago

Four Charged in Cemetery Scheme; Body Count Increases



    The number of bodies disinterred at Alsip's Burr Oak cemetery increased sharply Thursday.

    During a bond hearing for the four individuals charged in the gruesome scheme, Assistant State's Atty. John Mahoney said that between 200 and 300 people were dug up and dumped so the burial plots could be resold.

    Those charged are: Carolyn Towns, the 49-year-old officer manager who is suspected of being the mastermind of the scheme; and Maurice Dailey, 49, Terrence Nicks, 39, and Keith Nicks, 45, all gravediggers at Burr Oak.

    Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart said all were charged with dismembering bodies  -- a Class X felony -- because the graves were dug up with backhoes and the bodies haphazardly discarded.

    Towns is being held on $250,000 bond. The other three are being held on bonds of $200,000 each.

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