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(New York Daily News)   Not what 'one foot in the grave' usually means (warning: graphic image)   ( nydailynews.com) divider line
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2017-08-11 09:35:23 PM  
Kay. Two things:  Isn't that a pretty fresh looking 48 years dead and buried foot? AND how the fark did they get that hole dug and casket under it without braking it off either time?!? Something here is not right. Okay, three things, thinking about it, there are cemeteries that do double graves, but they are at 8 and 5 feet, so there is some dirt between, foot guy is as if there was a coffin at the same depth as Gramps, then they through him in on top of that, no dirt space.. If foot guy was in the top of a double, that foot would be kicking the side of Gramps coffin, not resting on top. Looking forward to a follow-up on this one...
 
2017-08-11 10:29:17 PM  
Unusual 'corpse trifecta' in play? Or is that not so unusual on Fark?
 
2017-08-11 10:33:22 PM  
♫ You put your right foot in, you put your right foot out, you put your right foot in, and you shake it all about ♫
 
2017-08-11 10:34:07 PM  
Might as well share the ear worm..
One Foot In The Grave: Alive and Buried (Series One, Episode 1)
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2017-08-11 10:43:56 PM  
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2017-08-11 10:45:12 PM  
and Jimmy Hoffa was there!
(gotta stop these supplemental burials)
 
2017-08-11 10:45:19 PM  

sno man: Kay. Two things:  Isn't that a pretty fresh looking 48 years dead and buried foot? AND how the fark did they get that hole dug and casket under it without braking it off either time?!? Something here is not right. Okay, three things, thinking about it, there are cemeteries that do double graves, but they are at 8 and 5 feet, so there is some dirt between, foot guy is as if there was a coffin at the same depth as Gramps, then they through him in on top of that, no dirt space.. If foot guy was in the top of a double, that foot would be kicking the side of Gramps coffin, not resting on top. Looking forward to a follow-up on this one...


On the first: sometimes embalming can really, really slow down decay, particularly in the right environment.  In the Palermo catacombs in Italy, there is an almost perfectly preserved corpse of a two-year-old girl who died almost a century ago.  She's now in a glass enclosure with nitrogen to preserve her further, but she survived almost ninety years in just a normal coffin with almost no visible sign of decay.

On the second: it sounds like the soil shifted and the leg emerged after the casket was lowered.
 
2017-08-11 11:02:24 PM  

Sum Dum Gai: On the second: it sounds like the soil shifted and the leg emerged after the casket was lowered.

I'm guessing the adjacent coffin collapsed after the casket was lowered from soil disturbance and the contents squirted sideways.  This is a great story for necrophiliac foot-fetishists...blech.
 
2017-08-11 11:02:48 PM  

Sum Dum Gai: sno man: Kay. Two things:  Isn't that a pretty fresh looking 48 years dead and buried foot? AND how the fark did they get that hole dug and casket under it without braking it off either time?!? Something here is not right. Okay, three things, thinking about it, there are cemeteries that do double graves, but they are at 8 and 5 feet, so there is some dirt between, foot guy is as if there was a coffin at the same depth as Gramps, then they through him in on top of that, no dirt space.. If foot guy was in the top of a double, that foot would be kicking the side of Gramps coffin, not resting on top. Looking forward to a follow-up on this one...

On the first: sometimes embalming can really, really slow down decay, particularly in the right environment.  In the Palermo catacombs in Italy, there is an almost perfectly preserved corpse of a two-year-old girl who died almost a century ago.  She's now in a glass enclosure with nitrogen to preserve her further, but she survived almost ninety years in just a normal coffin with almost no visible sign of decay.

On the second: it sounds like the soil shifted and the leg emerged after the casket was lowered.


Okay.. This is not a high end cemetery (note the total lack of headstones) so mid/late 20th C. top end embalming is unlikely, especially for a guy in a totally composted casket in a low rent cemetery. That the leg was at the edge of the cut, and fell out only after Gramps casket was lowered in is possible, but leg guy is still at the wrong depth... There is way more to this story.
 
2017-08-11 11:03:05 PM  
Don't they use burial vaults? I thought they were required now.
 
2017-08-11 11:16:23 PM  
The foot apoeared after a cemetary worker retrieved his cigs from the grave.  (Really)
 
2017-08-11 11:16:28 PM  
These things happen.

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2017-08-11 11:20:49 PM  

nosearchimi: The foot apoeared after a cemetary worker retrieved his cigs from the grave.  (Really)


and cell phone...
 
2017-08-11 11:25:14 PM  
You put your right foot in,
You take your right foot out,
You put your right foot in,
And you shake it all about,
That's what it's all about.
 
2017-08-11 11:36:07 PM  
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2017-08-11 11:46:09 PM  
Soooo, you gonna finish that?
 
2017-08-11 11:54:00 PM  
i knew a priest who had to have his leg amputated, and it was put in a mini coffin and buried in his eventual cemetary plot in advance

i dunno if it's a catholic thing or what, but we got way too much mileage out of "one foot in the grave" jokes after that
 
2017-08-11 11:56:32 PM  
Down At Your Grave-Angry Johnny And The Killbillies
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2017-08-11 11:57:32 PM  

abhorrent1: Don't they use burial vaults? I thought they were required now.


They're not required by any federal laws. Some states might require them but I don't know of any... and it's entirely possible that if they do, they didn't in 1969.

It's mostly the cemeteries that require them. I worked at a cemetery a long time ago, and they required them. If someone didn't want to pay for one they'd have to choose a different cemetery.
 
2017-08-11 11:58:32 PM  
wot in cremation?
 
2017-08-12 12:17:26 AM  

How dry I'm not: abhorrent1: Don't they use burial vaults? I thought they were required now.

They're not required by any federal laws. Some states might require them but I don't know of any... and it's entirely possible that if they do, they didn't in 1969.

It's mostly the cemeteries that require them. I worked at a cemetery a long time ago, and they required them. If someone didn't want to pay for one they'd have to choose a different cemetery.


Ok. I thought there was some EPA thing to keep embalming chemicals and rotting body stuff out of the ground water. I thought I remembered hearing something like that. Maybe like you said, it's location specific.
 
2017-08-12 12:53:17 AM  
Not only the wrong depth, but isn't that awful damn close together?
 
2017-08-12 01:02:58 AM  
To me there seems to be a distinct possibility that the foot does not belong to someone that is known to be buried in that cemetery.
 
2017-08-12 01:08:08 AM  
No shoes or socks on the mystery leg.

That's not common is it?
 
2017-08-12 01:13:41 AM  

Lexx0001: No shoes or socks on the mystery leg.

That's not common is it?


Hard to say anything is common or not from decades ago. Maybe it's a dumped corpse from a hit job but the collapsed cheap coffin from the neighboring plot and shifted soil are very reasonable arguments here. But the cemetery should nonetheless rebury mr foot guy as a courtesy to both him and the new resident's family.
 
2017-08-12 01:18:30 AM  

fnordest: Not only the wrong depth, but isn't that awful damn close together?


That whole place looks like the lowest rent cemetery I've ever seen.  Looks like it is barely more than guys with a shovel digging a hole and hoping they don't hit and old one.
 
2017-08-12 01:30:09 AM  

Lexx0001: No shoes or socks on the mystery leg.

That's not common is it?


Exactly how many shoes and socks were you expecting on one foot?
 
2017-08-12 01:47:21 AM  

sardonicobserver: To me there seems to be a distinct possibility that the foot does not belong to someone that is known to be buried in that cemetery.


No, then it would be on a beach in British Columbia.
 
2017-08-12 01:47:59 AM  
"This was a very traumatizing situation, first dealing with losing my father and then this," daughter Sandra Butler told the Daily News."

Oh, ffs, princess.
 
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2017-08-12 02:54:24 AM  
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Spotted hopping away.
 
2017-08-12 04:19:44 AM  
Mount Holiness owner James Shmergel felt that the attention to the ghoulish grave mishap was overblown.

Gollum: Master broke his promise!
Shmergel : Don't ask Shmergel . Poor, poor Shmergel! This is overblown!
Gollum: Master betrayed us. Wicked. Tricksy, False. We ought to wring his filthy little neck. Kill him! Kill him! Kill them both! And then we take the precious... and we be the master! 
Shmergel: But the fat Hobbit, he knows. Eyes always watching.
Gollum: Then we stabs them out. Put out his eyeses, make him crawl. Then cutses off his hairy hobbit footses and throws them in the grave!
Shmergel: Yes. Yes. Yes!
 
2017-08-12 05:26:35 AM  
I was sitting at home cooking up a steak/ the devil came down the chimney dressed like snake/
I've been living/ one foot in the gave
 
2017-08-12 06:05:43 AM  

sardonicobserver: To me there seems to be a distinct possibility that the foot does not belong to someone that is known to be buried in that cemetery.


My thoughts exactly.

The Australian Bandito's apparently made frequent use of other people's freshly dug graves as places to dispose of their unlawful corpses.
 
2017-08-12 07:24:25 AM  
Butler, NJ... "low-rent" only begins to describe it. It's basically West Virginia w/o the coal mines. TruckNutz galore. It's no surprise this happened there.
 
2017-08-12 08:18:48 AM  
Evidently TX got it right according to Kill Bill, it's raise the casket already there, and put the new body under the named dead person.  NJ and their lazy unions, I'm I right?
 
2017-08-12 10:52:04 AM  

fnordest: Not only the wrong depth, but isn't that awful damn close together?


It's hard to say whether it's the "wrong" depth, because I'm pretty sure there's not any official nationally-standardised "right" depth. Some states have no minimum-depth laws at all, and others have laws that only specify a depth for flood-prone areas where the water-table is within so many feet of the ground, etc, etc. Some leave it up to the counties/cities to regulate, and some of those jurisdictions don't bother, or they do the same "it depends" sort of thing.

The cemetery I used to work at (30+ years ago, so take it FWIW) dug the graves to 5-ft. IIRC, it wasn't a state law but a county regulation -- 5-ft if a vault is used, 6-ft if not, but the cemetery itself required vaults (mainly to prevent the ground above from sinking down, though they liked to tell the new guys it was to prevent the coffin from floating up if the ground got flooded/swampy, or that we'd had a problem with grave-robbers or some other silliness).

If there's a law about required depth that covers this particular cemetery, there's a good chance there might not have been back in 1969 when the foot-guy corpse was supposedly buried, or the law may have changed since then.

As for "how close together", I think that's completely up to the cemetery, which basically means "leave enough room so the backhoe doesn't hit the vault next-door when we dig".
 
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