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(WWL)   Family visits relative's grave, discover she has really bad case of athlete's foot   (wwltv.com ) divider line
    More: Asinine, Sherene Marsh Jones, Happy Birthday, Eyewitness News, relatives, gray, flowers  
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2009-12-31 01:48:21 PM  
As long as it wasn't a case of some guy going down to the cemetary, looking for love...

/got there, his baby was buried, had to dig her up
 
2009-12-31 01:49:48 PM  
FTA: "It's like a piece of my heart has been just ripped out, because I can't believe it."

That's what Zombies do lady, an apéritif for the tasty, tasty BRRAAAIIIINNNNNNNS
 
2009-12-31 01:51:25 PM  
I always say happy birthday to corpses,
 
2009-12-31 01:51:37 PM  
The owner of the funeral home said the casket is still there, just caved in? Isn't the casket usually put inside a concrete vault?
 
2009-12-31 01:52:13 PM  
Pretty sure the deceased doesn't care.
 
2009-12-31 01:52:19 PM  
FTFA Holt is a city-owned cemetery, and the owner of the funeral home that handled Sherene Marsh's service said burials here are often in shallow graves dug by city workers. He checked the grave, saying the casket was still in place, though the lid had caved in. But he said the grave was exposed because there was not enough dirt on top of it.

A real shame no one will be fired over this... Damned city workers can't dig a hole, or just be lazy and backhoe a few feet of dirt out of the way?

I am pretty sure in many places there a minimum depth law, and I don't think barely under the surface cuts it anywhere.

Also, how does a casket collapse in a matter of months? Not like there was any weight due to feet of dirt covering it...
 
2009-12-31 01:52:26 PM  
This is why I'm being cremated and having my ashes spread.
 
2009-12-31 01:52:33 PM  
*shakes head slowly*
 
2009-12-31 01:52:48 PM  
Casket theft? Now that's a classy crime.
 
2009-12-31 01:53:22 PM  
NOLA? No problem. They do above-ground burials there (something about being below sea level makes earth burials impractical) and the whole cemetery reeks. Holes in the crypts are common, too.
 
2009-12-31 01:53:34 PM  

crazycooter: The owner of the funeral home said the casket is still there, just caved in? Isn't the casket usually put inside a concrete vault?


At the funerals I have been to I have never seen concrete, but I am pretty sure that would violate the laws of gravity.
 
2009-12-31 01:53:35 PM  
What a strange choice of tags. I could see sick, weird, strange, sad or even scary. Way to put your best foot forward subby.
 
2009-12-31 01:53:42 PM  

Quantumbunny: I am pretty sure in many places there a minimum depth law, and I don't think barely under the surface cuts it anywhere.


NOLA, dude.
 
2009-12-31 01:54:26 PM  

Quantumbunny: I am pretty sure in many places there a minimum depth law, and I don't think barely under the surface cuts it anywhere.


Yeah, I thought 6 feet under was a requirement these days, not just a canceled TV show.
 
2009-12-31 01:55:03 PM  
You guys are sure classy.

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2009-12-31 01:55:19 PM  

Malacon: Quantumbunny: I am pretty sure in many places there a minimum depth law, and I don't think barely under the surface cuts it anywhere.

Yeah, I thought 6 feet under was a requirement these days, not just a canceled TV show.


I am pretty sure there was at least one foot under.
 
2009-12-31 01:55:20 PM  

FunkOut: As long as it wasn't a case of some guy going down to the cemetary, looking for love...

/got there, his baby was buried, had to dig her up


Wanted for questioning...

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2009-12-31 01:55:25 PM  
LOL. Even in the after-life she's still in a ghetto.
 
2009-12-31 01:56:18 PM  
Where is this cemetery? I was under the impression that no one was buried in the ground in NO, you know because it's below sea level
 
2009-12-31 01:56:56 PM  
Are they sure they're in the graveyard? That place looks like a dump.
 
2009-12-31 01:57:24 PM  
Rushing to the scene
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2009-12-31 01:59:24 PM  
About 50 years ago, a man repeatedly dug up and mutilated the bodies of recently deceased young women. As far as I'm aware, the man was never caught.

http://ricksblog.biz/?p=2056
 
2009-12-31 02:00:03 PM  
Excitable boy?
 
2009-12-31 02:01:28 PM  
IT'S A MIRACLE

Failing that, someone was doing a re-make of 'One Foot in the Grage'
 
2009-12-31 02:01:35 PM  
I don't know much about how deep a person is supposed to be buried, but I thought it was at least 6 feet. It looked like the casket was about 3 inches or less from the surface. Is this common?
 
2009-12-31 02:02:10 PM  
Grave.

Bollocks
 
2009-12-31 02:02:33 PM  

hoyt clagwell: NOLA? No problem. They do above-ground burials there (something about being below sea level makes earth burials impractical) and the whole cemetery reeks. Holes in the crypts are common, too.


Precisely. Before reading the story I expected it to be near the Mississippi River. Graves are often above ground, because when flooding occurs and the ground gets saturated, buried coffins tend to pop up to the surface and head downstream. Coffins tend to be airtight, remember, so they're less dense than their surroundings, and even a concrete liner around it would be buoyant.
 
2009-12-31 02:02:33 PM  
This is what you get for not honoring your dead and burning them on a glorious pyre!
 
2009-12-31 02:03:22 PM  

lokidecat: You guys are sure classy.

*please response with 'welcome to fark' image*


//As requested.

"Her mom's feet are still stinking up the place"

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2009-12-31 02:04:18 PM  
luckyeddit

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2009-12-31 02:05:02 PM  
luckyeddie

Bollocks.
 
2009-12-31 02:05:52 PM  
3-2-1...Lawsuit!
 
2009-12-31 02:08:34 PM  

Kate Gosselin's Pap Smear: Where is this cemetery? I was under the impression that no one was buried in the ground in NO, you know because it's below sea level


Not all of the cemeteries are below sea level. For instance, my brother is buried in Providence Memorial cemetery on Airline Highway which is considered above sea level and most people (my brother included) are interred into the ground like in other cemeteries across the country.
 
2009-12-31 02:09:27 PM  
What a grave situation.

/sorry
 
2009-12-31 02:09:34 PM  
That is about the most gruesome an appalling story we've heard from NOLA in a while. I can't imagine this family's grief and horror. The lack of reaction from public officials astonishes me.

Imagine if this were your mother...:(
 
2009-12-31 02:10:18 PM  

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2009-12-31 02:10:19 PM  
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2009-12-31 02:10:55 PM  

mmagdalene: Imagine if this were your mother...:(


That'd be a neat trick seeing how my mama wants to be cremated.
 
2009-12-31 02:12:02 PM  
I smell a new Hanes promotion here with Charlie Sheen. Introducing 'Grave Socks'. Reliable elastic, comfortable, breathable, and wont disintegrate over time!
 
2009-12-31 02:13:20 PM  
From the Louisiana Code:

§902. Underground burials; depth

Any cemetery sexton or other person digging graves for underground interments shall dig sufficiently deep to allow for at least two feet of soil to cover the entire area of the casket, unless the said interment is in a burial vault, coping or lawn crypt.

Acts 1974, No. 417, §1.
 
2009-12-31 02:13:24 PM  

Solid State Vittles: luckyeddie

Bollocks.


ROFL
 
2009-12-31 02:14:05 PM  

mmagdalene:
Imagine if this were your mother...:(


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2009-12-31 02:14:37 PM  

And A Bit Else: lokidecat: You guys are sure classy.

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//As requested.

"Her mom's feet are still stinking up the place"


Man, every time I see that pic I think "damn she has a nice rack". And she's crying, just like I like I'm used to. Am I alone in this?

/you know you thought the same thing.
 
2009-12-31 02:16:28 PM  

The Good Logins are Gone


§902. Underground burials; depth

Any cemetery sexton or other person digging graves for underground interments shall dig sufficiently deep to allow for at least two feet of soil to cover the entire area of the casket, unless the said interment is in a burial vault, coping or lawn crypt.


GOMLC?
 
2009-12-31 02:17:10 PM  
Try to imagine walking thru a cemetery when a sudden "collapse" leaves you knee deep in a grave.

I'd be pretty unhappy about something like that.
 
2009-12-31 02:17:16 PM  

Bit'O'Gristle: I don't know much about how deep a person is supposed to be buried, but I thought it was at least 6 feet. It looked like the casket was about 3 inches or less from the surface. Is this common?


I know in New York, the casket has to be covered in a coating of cement before they can top it off with dirt. Surprised that's not standard practice everywhere. Might help alleviate shoddy gravesite craftsmanship...
 
2009-12-31 02:22:26 PM  
Yet another reason not to live in LA.
 
2009-12-31 02:23:23 PM  

crazycooter: The owner of the funeral home said the casket is still there, just caved in? Isn't the casket usually put inside a concrete vault?


Rules and regulations vary by cemetery and locality... but in general many require a minimum of a generic concrete grave liner/vault, primarily to prevent excessive sinking above the grave. Otherwise it can just turn into a minefield that's, frankly, difficult to mow.

FTFA's picture it does look like a casket could be there, but it contradicts some of the story. Plus, I don't know why a tarp would be involved at all... and while a un-vaulted casket can definitely buckle/collapse, I can't think of how one could fail in such a way as to expose any part of the tenant. Some lower-end models are not airtight, but you're still wrapped in an aluminum or steel exoskeleton of some gauge.

A stealing/re-selling of caskets could theoretically be going on here, and that's just unprofessional.
 
2009-12-31 02:23:39 PM  
ugh not a sight I'd want kids to see...I guess there was no vault. If this happened to my family I'd be pretty angry too.

funerals are such a rip off
I had to help arrange my grandmothers funeral. The funeral home tried very hard to make us feel cheap/bad for not choosing an expensive casket (grandma wanted to be buried) and not buying lots of extras like flowers cards ect. We were pretty sure grandma no longer cared "how things looked" and if she had the best casket.
we choose standard stuff and it was 6k!

My dad said he wants a direct cremation (no viewing) we can have a wake and booze it up latter when we can all get together. still going to cost about a grand. He and my mom prearranged everything which is nice for us.
//I'd do the viking pyre but we'd probably get arrested...
 
2009-12-31 02:24:58 PM  
The Good Logins are Gone

§902. Underground burials; depth

Any cemetery sexton or other person digging graves for underground interments shall dig sufficiently deep to allow for at least two feet of soil to cover the entire area of the casket, unless the said interment is in a burial vault, coping or lawn crypt.


two feel seems awfully shallow. Especially since...

hogans

Precisely. Before reading the story I expected it to be near the Mississippi River. Graves are often above ground, because when flooding occurs and the ground gets saturated, buried coffins tend to pop up to the surface and head downstream. Coffins tend to be airtight, remember, so they're less dense than their surroundings, and even a concrete liner around it would be buoyant.

Gross, i think i've seen pictures of floating coffins after a massive flood (no it wasn't Katrina, it was before that, i think)
 
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