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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 04:32:50 PM
Kinda kills the resale value of the home.
 
2012-08-19 04:33:36 PM

ms_lara_croft: Good thing he didn't just want to wall her up in the house. Then he'd need a building permit.


Good thing, indeed. We all know how that would end.
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2012-08-19 04:34:23 PM

sexy-fetus: Kinda kills the resale value of the home.


Do you have to disclose a buried body?
 
2012-08-19 04:34:36 PM

sexy-fetus: Kinda kills the resale value of the home.


Does it really? I've always kind of figured that for every person who would be upset about this kind of thing, there's someone else who'd be all "HONEY! LOOK! A GEN-YOU-WINE HAUNTED HOUSE!"
 
2012-08-19 04:34:51 PM
Fertilizer: It comes in many forms.
 
2012-08-19 04:35:36 PM

brerrabbit: Some folks have issues with 5000$ funerals.


Some folks have problems with inexpensive burials, usually the folks who do 5000$ burials.
 
2012-08-19 04:37:29 PM
He should have just cremated the body, and then buried the remains on his property without the giant headstone. No one would have been the wiser.
 
2012-08-19 04:37:55 PM
Came here for pictures of "Alabama Man"

arcantia.net

/Disappointed.
 
2012-08-19 04:41:06 PM
When my wife dies, I'll probably just toss her on top of the pile of dead hookers in my crawl space.
 
2012-08-19 04:42:59 PM

mod3072: When my wife dies, I'll probably just toss her on top of the pile of dead hookers in my crawl space.


I like a man with style.
 
2012-08-19 04:43:51 PM

ph0rk: /Disappointed.


You didn't see the post at the very beginning of the thread, did you.
 
2012-08-19 04:44:05 PM
"Remember, Mrs. Farmer. Whenever you buy a house, whatever's in the ground belongs to you - whether it's gold or oil... or Claude Musselman."
 
2012-08-19 04:45:02 PM

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


Your grandma looks suspiciously like a large Italian man with bullet holes.
 
2012-08-19 04:45:29 PM

mod3072: When my wife dies, I'll probably just toss her on top of the pile of dead hookers in my crawl space.


Hope you use a lot of lime.
 
2012-08-19 04:45:34 PM

Chinchillazilla: 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.


Humans in a funeral go through an embalming process first. The embalming fluids can seep into local groundwater. If you're going to try for a 'natural' burial, tell the mortician ahead of time.
 
2012-08-19 04:46:43 PM
Have her cremated. Scatter the ashes. Done.
 
2012-08-19 04:46:57 PM

Marcus Aurelius: 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


Frankly, I'm surprised that there's anywhere in this country that you can't bury someone on your own property perfectly legally.

I know you can always get a body released to you, which is something funeral directors don't want people to know.
 
2012-08-19 04:48:19 PM
Dead serious
 
2012-08-19 04:49:01 PM
No wonder I want to move from Birmingham to Cupertino.
 
2012-08-19 04:50:26 PM

Sim Tree: Humans in a funeral go through an embalming process first.


They don't have to; you can just keep the body on ice, as we did in the old days.

/embalming didn't become a thing until the Civil War, when bodies needed to be preserved to be shipped home from the battlefield.
//It's an environmental nightmare, even in cemeteries, and a practice we need to give or or at least reform.
 
2012-08-19 04:57:08 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.


You are aware that a body is organic... Right? That it becomes worm food?
Nothing is going to seep into any water supply further than about 6 feet away from the body.

Sort of like all the other insects, bugs, birds, animals that decompose in the soil.

What we have here is a fear of a zombie uprising. Nothing more.
 
2012-08-19 04:59:07 PM

theorellior: 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.


Government needn't be involved. Seller can negotiate with buyer for whatever.
 
2012-08-19 05:03:44 PM
I've buried many people in my garden, so I don't see the problem here.


/Unless he has a dog. I had to kill it to stop it digging out the corpses.
 
2012-08-19 05:11:03 PM
"We're not in the 1800s any longer," said city attorney Parker Edmiston.

Yep, you've made it all the way up to about 1950.
 
2012-08-19 05:11:05 PM
said George W. Westmoreland, 79, who served three tours of duty in Vietnam. "I laid my life on the line so he would have the right to do this. This is what freedom is about."


Only somebody that has seen zero action would make a statement like that. He was probably in the Navy cruising around the Gulf of Tonkin.
 
2012-08-19 05:13:32 PM
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"Yea. Now there's three things we can do
with your mum. We can bury her, burn her, or dump her..."
 
2012-08-19 05:14:24 PM
No clue why anyone has a problem with this. If he buries her to depth, she isn't going to bother anyone...ever.
 
2012-08-19 05:14:35 PM

ph0rk: Came here for pictures of "Alabama Man"

[arcantia.net image 480x360]

/Disappointed.


And blind.
 
2012-08-19 05:14:58 PM

ph0rk: Came here for pictures of "Alabama Man"

[arcantia.net image 480x360]

/Disappointed.


You might want to check again.
 
2012-08-19 05:19:16 PM
In the meantime, Davis has protested by running for City Council. A campaign sign hangs near a bigger sign in his yard that says: "Let Patsy Rest in Peace."

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"Message for you, Sir!"
 
2012-08-19 05:29:45 PM
Done in one! LOL
 
2012-08-19 05:35:11 PM

Sim Tree: Chinchillazilla: 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.

Humans in a funeral go through an embalming process first. The embalming fluids can seep into local groundwater. If you're going to try for a 'natural' burial, tell the mortician ahead of time.


How often do people have a funeral home prep a body that isn't going to be buried by said funeral home? If you're getting the body straight from the coroner, it will not have been embalmed.
 
2012-08-19 05:36:48 PM

kertus: 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.

You are aware that a body is organic... Right? That it becomes worm food?
Nothing is going to seep into any water supply further than about 6 feet away from the body.

Sort of like all the other insects, bugs, birds, animals that decompose in the soil.

What we have here is a fear of a zombie uprising. Nothing more.


This. In our christian nation, only one zombie was ever allowed.
/sort of kidding
//still more of a propriety issue and not a sanitation one
 
2012-08-19 05:40:38 PM
Is there really a law prohibiting display of the corpse?
Maybe sitting in her chair on the porch,,,
 
2012-08-19 05:45:16 PM
I don't have a problem with it.

Knock yourself out, dude...
 
2012-08-19 05:46:42 PM

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


I've posted it before, but I've always wanted to be cased in lucite in a "Help! Let me out!" pose and made into a coffee table.

Is there a good fundraising site to make this happen?
 
2012-08-19 05:47:57 PM
I get the whole thing about this is what she wanted; to be buried in the yard, by the porch etc. I also understand where the city is coming from too. This is where the guy should have compromised and buried her in a fenced-off plot somewhere in the backyard.

/ if he were living on large plot, this wouldn't even be an issue - apparently that's not the case here.
 
2012-08-19 05:50:44 PM

00st3bbins: ph0rk: Came here for pictures of "Alabama Man"

[arcantia.net image 480x360]

/Disappointed.

You might want to check again.


Also came for this. Doubly satisfied.
 
2012-08-19 05:51:55 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.


Count me among them. And there're 7 billion of us. We're going to have to stop treating land where corpses have been as sacrosanct. Might as well start now.
 
2012-08-19 05:53:48 PM

davidphogan: I've posted it before, but I've always wanted to be cased in lucite in a "Help! Let me out!" pose and made into a coffee table.

Is there a good fundraising site to make this happen?


Best. Kickstarter idea. Yet.
 
2012-08-19 05:54:36 PM

FloydA: 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.


His neighbors' buddies didn't die face down in the muck so he could bury his wife in the yard.

/there are rules
 
2012-08-19 05:54:38 PM

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


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tell me about your mother

//the city should fark off and die. As long as she's in a casket, tough shiat.
 
2012-08-19 05:59:58 PM
If you installed a giant toilet*, you could just flush her like a goldfish.
//*Giant Tidy Bowl man, not included
 
2012-08-19 06:00:39 PM

mjjt: He needed a bike rack so he buried her face down and shallow


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"Write your own material, ya wanker"
 
2012-08-19 06:03:38 PM

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

[65.98.18.218 image 450x500]

tell me about your mother

//the city should fark off and die. As long as she's in a casket, tough shiat.


Agreed. City ==> FOAD.
 
2012-08-19 06:08:49 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.

i184.photobucket.com

Sigh.....
 
2012-08-19 06:17:14 PM
I want to be buried and have an apple tree planted over my remains.

I guess there's even a place that will do it to!
 
2012-08-19 06:18:25 PM

kertus: 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.

You are aware that a body is organic... Right? That it becomes worm food?
Nothing is going to seep into any water supply further than about 6 feet away from the body.

Sort of like all the other insects, bugs, birds, animals that decompose in the soil.

What we have here is a fear of a zombie uprising. Nothing more.



Sorry buddy, but there's a reason why socieites all have rituals regarding burial. There's a reason why cemeteries were always far from the town. And in this case in particular, it appears she was embalmed. Now, to be honest, this one woman probably isn't going to affect anything. But if every house in that neighborhood was burying a loved one in the yard, I don't think you would want to drink the well water.
 
2012-08-19 06:18:54 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.


If you live in St Petersburg, Florida you could have dead bodies in your city water.
 
2012-08-19 06:21:29 PM
I wonder how he feels about Obama?
 
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