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(Washington Post)   Alabama man doesn't understand why some people have a problem with him burying his dead wife in the front yard by the porch like she wanted   (washingtonpost.com) divider line 137
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2012-08-19 12:59:09 PM  
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2012-08-19 01:21:09 PM  
It's perfectly legal here in PA. The only rule we have is that if the corpse is propped up in the living room, it has to be on dry ice.

/seriously
 
2012-08-19 01:21:33 PM  
Even a neighbor who got into a fight with Davis over the gravesite - Davis said he punched the man - isn't comfortable with limiting what a homeowner can do with his property.

Okay, so wait until this guy is dead and the next owner of the property can move her.
 
2012-08-19 01:23:49 PM  
As long as she was already dead before he buried her, I don't see a problem.
 
2012-08-19 01:25:34 PM  
Even a neighbor who got into a fight with Davis over the gravesite - Davis said he punched the man - isn't comfortable with limiting what a homeowner can do with his property.

Yes, this neighbor is so uncomfortable with telling a homeowner what he can and cannot do on his property that he felt the need to get into a fistfight over it. Riiiight.
 
2012-08-19 01:28:57 PM  
As long as he's ok with the next owner being able to do whatever they want with her, who cares?
 
2012-08-19 01:39:22 PM  
How do you just go ahead and bury someone wherever? How do you even get the body from the coroner/funeral home if you aren't a proper cemetery?
 
2012-08-19 01:41:02 PM  

nekom: How do you just go ahead and bury someone wherever? How do you even get the body from the coroner/funeral home if you aren't a proper cemetery?


That implies you ever took the body somewhere to begin with.
 
2012-08-19 01:41:34 PM  

nekom: How do you just go ahead and bury someone wherever? How do you even get the body from the coroner/funeral home if you aren't a proper cemetery?


Forget it, Jake, it's Alabama.
 
2012-08-19 01:50:00 PM  
Good thing he didn't just want to wall her up in the house. Then he'd need a building permit.
 
2012-08-19 01:53:50 PM  

nekom: How do you just go ahead and bury someone wherever? How do you even get the body from the coroner/funeral home if you aren't a proper cemetery?


It's not a requirement in many states. As long as a death certificate is made out, the Coroner has no choice but to release the body to the next of kin.

Yes, I have legally buried friends and family buried on the property. Some folks have issues with 5000$ funerals.
 
2012-08-19 02:14:44 PM  
At least she didn't want to be "stuffed and put on the couch as a constant reminder of [their] marital vows."
 
2012-08-19 02:19:01 PM  
This is the neighboring town to the town I grew up in. This fellow applied for a permit to bury his wife in the front yard while his wife's body was in cold storage at the local funeral home. His request was denied and he was told no, you can't do that. Apparently he then convinced the funeral home that everything was cool and to bring the corpse on home.
Now there is this huge movement to just let her rest in peace, that the local government should stay out of it, never mind that he broke the law to begin with.
By the way, this is in a residential area, not in an isolated area.
 
2012-08-19 02:19:32 PM  
Right next to where the bird dog is married?
 
2012-08-19 02:21:35 PM  

eraser8: At least she didn't want to be "stuffed and put on the couch as a constant reminder of [their] marital vows."


eeek.
 
2012-08-19 02:23:38 PM  

basemetal: Right next to where the bird dog is married?


Married.......buried, same thing, right?

/damn this new comment button!
 
2012-08-19 02:28:33 PM  
For now, Davis visits his wife's grave each time he walks out the front door. He puts fresh artificial flowers on it regularly

What a romantic.
 
2012-08-19 02:28:40 PM  
Should've made a Hot Pocket.
 
2012-08-19 02:45:20 PM  

The My Little Pony Killer: Even a neighbor who got into a fight with Davis over the gravesite - Davis said he punched the man - isn't comfortable with limiting what a homeowner can do with his property.

Yes, this neighbor is so uncomfortable with telling a homeowner what he can and cannot do on his property that he felt the need to get into a fistfight over it. Riiiight.


It's Alabama. That's just being neighborly.
 
2012-08-19 03:15:15 PM  

Krymson Tyde: This is the neighboring town to the town I grew up in. This fellow applied for a permit to bury his wife in the front yard while his wife's body was in cold storage at the local funeral home. His request was denied and he was told no, you can't do that. Apparently he then convinced the funeral home that everything was cool and to bring the corpse on home.
Now there is this huge movement to just let her rest in peace, that the local government should stay out of it, never mind that he broke the law to begin with.
By the way, this is in a residential area, not in an isolated area.


I think that disinterring her now while the old guy is still alive would be pretty dickish and unnecessary thing to do.

Time will sort this one out.
 
2012-08-19 03:38:22 PM  
I can see where it could be seen as being sort of dickish, but no where near as dickish as his burying the body there was.
 
2012-08-19 03:40:34 PM  

FirstNationalBastard: [profile.ak.fbcdn.net image 200x272]


Done In One

/"I told you to shut up!"
 
2012-08-19 04:09:15 PM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: As long as he's ok with the next owner being able to do whatever they want with her, who cares?


And I do mean whatever
 
2012-08-19 04:11:47 PM  
Holy crap people in Alabama are stupid.

But we knew that already.
 
2012-08-19 04:11:52 PM  
Throw some Christmas lights on it. Now it's a festive decoration
 
2012-08-19 04:12:00 PM  

trappedspirit: MaudlinMutantMollusk: As long as he's ok with the next owner being able to do whatever they want with her, who cares?

And I do mean whatever


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2012-08-19 04:13:04 PM  
If I was one of his neighbors I'd be a little worried about nasty decomposition fluids ending up in my well water.

There is a reason society regulates burials.
 
2012-08-19 04:14:26 PM  
Christ, just throw a lien on the house to dispose of the wife once once the codger dies off and call it a day.
 
2012-08-19 04:14:40 PM  
Maybe he should've buried her in a rusted truck put up on cinder blocks in the front yard. Nobody would've batted an eye.
 
2012-08-19 04:14:47 PM  
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2012-08-19 04:14:55 PM  

The My Little Pony Killer: Even a neighbor who got into a fight with Davis over the gravesite - Davis said he punched the man - isn't comfortable with limiting what a homeowner can do with his property.

Yes, this neighbor is so uncomfortable with telling a homeowner what he can and cannot do on his property that he felt the need to get into a fistfight over it. Riiiight.


We're talking about the south here. Drunken, uneducated, churchies will usually end up in a fist fight over anything more advanced than saying hello.
 
2012-08-19 04:16:16 PM  
Why, because everything has to go through the State, of course.
 
2012-08-19 04:17:26 PM  

FirstNationalBastard: [profile.ak.fbcdn.net image 200x272]


done in the Boobies.
 
2012-08-19 04:18:23 PM  

heinrich66: Why, because everything has to go through the State, of course.


..and we've always been at war with Eastasia...
 
2012-08-19 04:19:45 PM  

The My Little Pony Killer: Even a neighbor who got into a fight with Davis over the gravesite - Davis said he punched the man - isn't comfortable with limiting what a homeowner can do with his property.

Yes, this neighbor is so uncomfortable with telling a homeowner what he can and cannot do on his property that he felt the need to get into a fistfight over it. Riiiight.


going and yelling at someone, even to the point of inciting a physical altercation, is not the same as calling for the state to come and stomp on them.
 
2012-08-19 04:21:24 PM  

LemSkroob: FirstNationalBastard: [profile.ak.fbcdn.net image 200x272]

done in the Boobies.


Definitely one of my favorite places to do it.
 
2012-08-19 04:21:25 PM  

theorellior: If I was one of his neighbors I'd be a little worried about nasty decomposition fluids ending up in my well water.

There is a reason society regulates burials.


Sanitation people apparently said that's a non-issue. Besides, three years on, you're probably okay in any case.

I find it a little odd that I can bury any number of dead animals wherever I want on my property, but suddenly a human corpse is a health risk. I wouldn't think the decomposer bacteria in a dead human would be that much more dangerous than those in a dead pig, for example.
 
2012-08-19 04:21:47 PM  

brerrabbit: nekom: How do you just go ahead and bury someone wherever? How do you even get the body from the coroner/funeral home if you aren't a proper cemetery?

It's not a requirement in many states. As long as a death certificate is made out, the Coroner has no choice but to release the body to the next of kin.

Yes, I have legally buried friends and family buried on the property. Some folks have issues with 5000$ funerals.


We drove my grandfathers body from Colorado to Montana and buried it at his former ranch at the family plot. The body has to be prepared by the mortician to be transported but other than that they have no choice but to release the body. There are some permits/paperwork to transport the body accross state lines. It was a couple grand to pay somebody to move it and would have taken a couple weeks for the permits and paperwork so my uncle just put the coffin in his truck bed and threw a tarp over it. His logic was the ticket was probably the same cost as the permits and we wouldnt have to wait.
 
2012-08-19 04:22:17 PM  
You know, there would have been an easy middle ground in burying her in the backyard, instead of the front yard facing a major road..

//came to defend him if he lived on a farm, but that's not exactly the case here. He does have a point on family plots on farms, it just doesn't translate as much in this case.
 
2012-08-19 04:23:12 PM  

theorellior: If I was one of his neighbors I'd be a little worried about nasty decomposition fluids ending up in my well water.

There is a reason society regulates burials.


FTA: "the county health department signed off on the residential burial, saying it wouldn't cause any sanitation problems."
 
2012-08-19 04:24:51 PM  
All of the anti-HOA idiots should take note of this. If you don't have an HOA, people will start burying dead bodies all over the neighborhood.

/this is how HOA board members actually think
//I didn't believe it until I joined my board
///Regularly get emails that say things like, "If we let them *insert minor thing like keep the trash cans out past 5PM because the homeowner works late*, this place is going to turn into a trailer park"
 
2012-08-19 04:25:57 PM  
"If nothing else, Edmiston said, the appeals court might decide what constitutes a "family burial plot" in Alabama, and what's a cemetery."

That would be an epic opinion to write, or read. Kinda like deciding whether something's a tax or a penalty.
 
2012-08-19 04:26:18 PM  
He needed a bike rack so he buried her face down and shallow
 
2012-08-19 04:26:32 PM  

Chinchillazilla: Sanitation people apparently said that's a non-issue. Besides, three years on, you're probably okay in any case.


Well, alrighty then. I guess the main problem here is what if the next homeowner doesn't want a gravesite on his property, but putting a lien on the property for reburial would take care of that.
 
2012-08-19 04:27:32 PM  
Who cares? She's worm food
 
2012-08-19 04:27:46 PM  

BarkingUnicorn: FTA: "the county health department signed off on the residential burial, saying it wouldn't cause any sanitation problems."


There's an article to read? Whoa, when did this happen? Is this a new feature on Fark?
 
2012-08-19 04:29:47 PM  
well at least he still isn't sleeping with her.
 
2012-08-19 04:29:54 PM  

RogermcAllen: All of the anti-HOA idiots should take note of this. If you don't have an HOA, people will start burying dead bodies all over the neighborhood.

/this is how HOA board members actually think
//I didn't believe it until I joined my board
///Regularly get emails that say things like, "If we let them *insert minor thing like keep the trash cans out past 5PM because the homeowner works late*, this place is going to turn into a trailer park"


Lol, my neighborhood has an HOA in name only. All they really do is make sure common areas get mowed. The only rule they've ever enforced that I know of was when a neighbor turned his yard into an actual trailer park. There were like 25 people living in the yard.

My point is, spontaneous trailer parks are easy enough to prevent even if you let people leave their trash cans wherever they want.
 
2012-08-19 04:31:06 PM  

theorellior: If I was one of his neighbors I'd be a little worried about nasty decomposition fluids ending up in my well water.

There is a reason society regulates burials.



honey, have you noticed the well water has a certain stench to it? lol
 
2012-08-19 04:31:41 PM  
I wouldn't have put it past my mother-in-law who lives in Northeast Alabama to do that. She already plans on dying while sitting on her front porch.

But they already have a family cemetery plot.
 
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