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    By Nicholas J.C. Pistor
    ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
    06/30/2008

    Grave robbing has become an above-ground affair.

    Gone are the days when enterprising thieves would dig up an old grave and pillage for gold teeth and rings. Today, it's mostly the bronze markers and flower vases that draw their attention.

    Rising scrap metal prices, coupled with the lagging economy, have triggered a string of cemetery thefts both locally and across the nation.

    "I can't think of anything lower," said David Evans, general manager for Valhalla Gardens of Memory in Belleville. "Nothing's worse than stealing from the dead."

    But grave robbers beware: The authorities are getting wise. States are passing laws and police are cracking down.

    http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/new...8?OpenDocument
    At Coretta Scott King's funeral in early 2006, Ethel Kennedy, the widow of Robert Kennedy, leaned over to him and whispered, "The torch is being passed to you." "A chill went up my spine," Obama told an aide. (Newsweek)
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    Damn you George bush for reducing people to this to try to pay for gas.
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    Quote Originally Posted by asdf2231 View Post
    Damn you George bush for reducing people to this to try to pay for gas.
    Buuaaahhhhaaaa! :D
    At Coretta Scott King's funeral in early 2006, Ethel Kennedy, the widow of Robert Kennedy, leaned over to him and whispered, "The torch is being passed to you." "A chill went up my spine," Obama told an aide. (Newsweek)
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    I worked in a cemetery for a year. Only theft's I ever heard about was people stealing potted plants and flowers.

    Vases would be easy to steal but markers would require a lot more effort because they are set in concrete, and a double marker would require 2 people to pick it up. Additonally, most cemeteries lock their gates around 6pm.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lacarnut View Post
    Additonally, most cemeteries lock their gates around 6pm.
    I don't think that really matters. I'm having flashbacks to my teenage years.:p
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    The Vahalla Gardens of Memory? What a great name for a cemetary. Ours all have names like Woodlawn, Grandlawn (where my family is buried), Roselawn, or biblical names.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shannon View Post
    I don't think that really matters. I'm having flashbacks to my teenage years.:p
    (from the movie: The Heat of the Night)

    (louder) He says...

    "Hey, little girl,
    you know what
    the coolest spot in town is?"

    And I said "No, Sam. I guess I don't."

    And he said...
    "The cemetery. That's where."

    "Know why?"

    "Cos they got all of them
    big, cool tombstones."

    "Ever stretch out
    on a tombstone, Delores?"

    "Feel all that nice, cool marble
    along your body?"

    - He said that?
    - You hear, Chief? You hear?

    Yeah, I hear. I hear.
    At Coretta Scott King's funeral in early 2006, Ethel Kennedy, the widow of Robert Kennedy, leaned over to him and whispered, "The torch is being passed to you." "A chill went up my spine," Obama told an aide. (Newsweek)
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