July 9, 2011 5:05 p.m. EDT
The former director of a Chicago-area cemetery where hundreds of graves were dug
up and resold has pleaded guilty to several charges involving the desecration of
Carolyn Towns, 51, who ran the Burr Oak Cemetery when the allegations
surfaced in 2009, was sentenced to 12 years in prison Friday after she pleaded
guilty to all charges against her, including dismembering a human body and theft
from a place of worship, according to state prosecutors in Cook County,
Three grave diggers face charges.
As part of the scheme, prosecutors said, the grave diggers would exhume
bodies, crushing vaults and caskets before dumping human remains at the
cemetery’s trash site.
The workers would “double stack” graves, meaning they would bury existing
remains deeper into the ground before placing new remains in the same location,
Towns “is very remorseful, not only for the pain she caused her family, but
the families of people who have loved ones at Burr Oak,” defense attorney Susana
Ortiz said, according to CNN affiliate WLS. “She accepted responsibility for the
allegations in this case, and she would just like to put this behind her and
move on with her life.”
Weeks after the investigation began, the White House issued a statement
clarifying that first lady Michelle Obama’s late father, Fraser Robinson III,
was not buried in Burr Oak, but in a graveyard a few miles away. The first
lady’s communications director had mistakenly reported he was buried in Burr
The Cook County Sheriff’s Department received more than 5,000 telephone
inquiries and 1,700 e-mails regarding missing relatives, throughout their
At the time, Sheriff Thomas J. Dart said the scene at the cemetery was
disturbing. “I found bones out there,” he said. “I found individuals wandering
aimlessly looking for their loved ones who can’t find them.”
The investigation also extended into “Babyland,” a section of the cemetery
intended for children. Dart said he talked to countless women who could not find
Authorities also discovered the original glass-faced casket belonging to
14-year-old Emmett Till, piled in a garage filled with lawn care equipment.
Thousands rallied behind Till’s family after he was violently murdered in
August 1955 for reportedly whistling at a white woman. His body was exhumed in
2005 following a renewed investigation into his death. He was reburied in a new
Groundskeepers told investigators Till’s body was not
disturbed, but the Rev. Jesse Jackson told reporters the desecration of his
original casket was very painful.
using the number/letter grid:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
A B C D E F G H I
J K L M N O P Q R
S T U V W X Y Z
A = 1 J = 1 S = 1
B = 2 K = 2 T = 2
C = 3 L = 3 U = 3
D = 4 M = 4 V = 4
E = 5 N = 5 W = 5
F = 6 O = 6 X = 6
G = 7 P = 7 Y = 7
H = 8 Q = 8 Z = 8
I = 9 R = 9
her undoing number = CS = 31 = Scandal. Things get out of hand.
Each letter of the first name rules 9 years of life. Ages 27 to 54 are ruled by the sum of the 4th, 5th, and 6th letters of the name.
15 (o is the 15th letter of the alphabet) + 12 (l is the letter of the alphabet) + 25 (y is the 25th letter of the alphabet) = 52
So from ages twenty-seven to fifty-four she has the number 52 going on.
52 = Tell the truth.
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