Crematorium scandal

  1. This story is bone chilling.....

    A woman walking her dog found a human skull in the woods behind a crematorium in northwest Georgia (about 45 hour from my house ) . She called the sherrif. The first count was 18 bodies in a shed and 39 in the woods behind the crematorium. They have now found a total of almost 100 bodies and believe there are hundreds more. Gov Barnes has declared Walker County in a state of emergency. The operator, the son of the owner, has been arrested. And charged with 3 counts of theft by deception (bull$hit). He stated that the machine has not worked in ALMOST 3 YEARS!!!!!!!!!!!!! Some bodies are believed to be at least 3 years old!

    A nurse I work with had to take the ashes and a picture of her husband, who died 3 days before Christmas, to see if she has human remains.

    This story is horrible. I feel terrible for any families who are left to wonder what happened to their loved ones. The people involved should be severely punished...just my thoughts
  2. 26 Comments

  3. by   Zee_RN
    That is too horrific for words. It must be some distance from the general population; how could they not notice that many bodies decomposing?!

    The horror your fellow nurse must be experiencing! How devastating!
  4. by   night owl
    It's hard to believe how this guy actually thought he could hide all of these bodies and no one would find them or even smell them! Must be some kind of a nut.
  5. by   mario_ragucci
    Was the cremation machine broke, or not working enough? This is hard to believe, and hard to imagine.
    When my father died, and was cremated, I wanted to see exactly what was happening (Mario the respectful). So they let me ride in the hearse from the church, to the funeral home, to the creamatorium machine. For those who have a hard time with stuff, you might want to quit reading. I wanted to know, to last minute, my father was respected, because the way the funeral people acted, they didn't give me the impression of people who I trust. My father was a veteran, and so am I, so I wanted to see the flag and respect rendered.
    The funeral folks were not happy with me wanting to see everything. They were botching stuff left and right, and my father would have approved of me ensuring respect.
    Okay, so they transfered the body to a long cardboard box at the funeral home after the church show. No flag. I told them to get a flag on it NOW! and they did. The box had name and SS# on it. Once at the crematorium, I started to get emotionally broken, it was hard, but I wanted to give my final salute. No one was with me because, well, it is a hard thing to see. So the flag draped cardboard box was removed from the hearse with a mechanical device that did everything. The flag was removed and folded in an imprompu fashion by the two men. Salute lowered. A metal toe clip was removed for ID. The wheeled device lifted the box to the opening of the oven, which was the size of a small garage. It was all ashes in there. The box was inserted by the wheeled device, the door closed, and a loud roar came on. They told me it took 1.5 hours for the process (+ cooling time)
  6. by   live4today
    Mario, your story makes me think twice about being cremated as I have told my family members to do with my body after I die. Indeed, that had to be painful for you to observe.

    Misti_Z, I saw the story you refer to in your post on last night's news. What a tragedy for the family members of the dead they find there. Now, they will have to go through that grieving process all over again. My prayers are with the families.
  7. by   Sundowner
    I could not get over the horrific story!
    I also tip my hat to you Mario, you are much stronger than I am.
    My father always expressed desire to be creamated and it was the hardest decision to make, but we did it, the deciding factor was that his ashes would come home with us, and mom's ashes could later be mixed with his when she passes.

    I made the mistake of reading the back of the agreement given to us by the creamatorium.
    I as Mario did, suggest anyone who doesn't wish to become upset quit reading here...........
    The agreement basically statted that there were no guarentees that some of Mrs. Smiths ashes wouldn't be mixed in with my fathers, and t hat some larger bones (femurs imparticular) would probably not burn and be disposed of seperatly. This pissed me off in a big way, had I read this before hand my father would have been buried.
  8. by   Paprikat
    It made the news here in B.C. I think for every body they find, should be a charge of "comitting an indignity to a dead body"and fraud charges. I feel sorry for the families that entrusted and paid these people to cremate their loved ones. What a horrible thing to have happened!
  9. by   Mary Dover
    I have to be thinking that this guy had some kind of mental disturbance. And furthermore, aren't there any regulatory agencies for that kind of business? I would think it would be the kind of thing that would have to be inspected every so often, so how could he get away with improper practices for so long? A similar business recently tried to open here in my area, but so many citizens were against the idea, they had hearings and such to vote against it - even had a local MD testify that it wasn't possible to completely rule out health hazards to the local public (something I claim to know absolutely nothing about). The business has now taken it to a higher court - I'll bet this recent news won't do anything for positive public opinion for them.
    My heart goes out to those families involved with this sad situation.
    Always the psych nurse - I really want to know more about this guy.
  10. by   misti_z
    The latest toll is over 100 bodies found and 21 identified one of which was a small infant. The crematory sat on a 16 acre plot of land. They are searching every inch even draining a pond on the land. They have found graves 15 bodies deep. The owner of the crematory is elderly and bed ridden, his son was operating the company. The son was arrested on 5 counts of theft but released when he posted $2500 bond!!!!!!!! It is believed that some bodies are ~20 years old!! So the father had something to do with it. And it had to be more than a father/son operation. I agree there are definite mental disturbances. The are no laws in Georgia regulating crematories (according to the local press) Gov Barnes is in Walker Co talking with families and saying that a state attorny is "searching the books" for possible charges against this man/family.
    As for my friend, she is having to take dental records to autority today. My thoughts are with her. is hard to but into words how horrible this is.

    I'll keep you posted

  11. by   GPatty
    I heard about this...
    You mean to tell me that jerk is out on bail????? Let's see how long he lasts. I'd be willing to bet an irate family member gets ahold of him before it's over with. I agree that for ever body that's found, they should both be charged with the "committing an indignity to a dead body".
    What's this world coming to?????
  12. by   Robin61970
    Time to start civil suits for pain and suffering.....emotional damage and all......that is just can anyone be so disrespectful to those who have passed?
  13. by   PhantomRN
    I think we need to find out what the process of cremation is from a legitamite crematorium. Not to be gross, but what do they do with the parts that do not burn? They have to be placed somewhere.
  14. by   Zee_RN
    There is a crime entitled "Abuse of a Corpse"...I have no idea if it is a felony or a misdemeanor. Certainly by sheer numbers here it should be a felony! $2,500 bond! That's outrageous!