Cemetery Desecration Near Chicago

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    July 10: Grave markers are seen scattered on the floor of a shack at the Burr Oak Cemetery in Alsip, Ill., where four workers are accused of digging up bodies to resell plots.

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    July 10: The original glass-topped casket of lynching victim Emmett Till is seen rusting in a shack at the Burr Oak Cemetery in Alsip, Ill. It was found by investigators at the cemetery where four workers are accused of digging up bodies to resell plots. The 14-year-old Chicagoan was killed in 1955 after reportedly whistling at a white woman during a visit to his uncle's house in Mississippi. Nearly 100,000 people visited his glass-topped casket during a four-day public viewing in Chicago. Images of his battered body helped spark the civil rights movement. When Till was exhumed in 2005 during an investigation of his death, he was reburied in a new casket. The original casket was supposed to be kept for a planned memorial to Till.

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    July 10: Stanley and Wanda Windermyre, of Zion, Ill., hold records of Wanda's mother, Ora Mae Sawyer, and grandfather, Carnell Neal, who are buried at the Burr Oak Cemetery in Alsip, Ill. Hundreds of confused and angry family members have come to the historic cemetery looking for answers after four people were accused of digging up graves and reselling plots in a moneymaking scheme.

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    July 9: The Rev. Jesse Jackson stands in an area in the rear of Burr Oak Cemetery in Alsip, Ill. Prosecutors on Thursday charged three gravediggers and a manager in an elaborate scheme in which hundreds of corpses were dug up at a historic black cemetery near Chicago and strewn in a weeded area or reburied with other bodies so that plots could be resold, authorities said.

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    July 9: Family members search for the graves of relatives at Burr Oak Cemetery. Three men and a woman are facing felony charges after police found what they called "startling and revolting" conditions at the historic cemetery in the south Chicago suburb.

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    July 9: Cook County Sheriff Thomas Dart, and Rev. Jesse Jackson talk before a news conference as family members search for the graves of relatives.

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    July 9: A man prays over graves at Burr Oak Cemetery.

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    July 9: Family members search for the graves of relatives at Burr Oak Cemetery.

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    This undated file photo shows Emmett Louis Till, a 14-year-old from Chicago whose weighted body was found in the Tallahatchie River near the Delta community of Money, Miss., on Aug. 31, 1955. Four cemetery workers have been charged with dismembering bodies after police found what they called "startling and revolting" conditions at the historic cemetery near Chicago where Till is buried.

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    July 9: Destruction at the Burr Oak Cemetery in Alsip, Ill.

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    July 9: Destruction at the Burr Oak Cemetery in Alsip, Ill.

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    July 9: Destruction at the Burr Oak Cemetery in Alsip, Ill.

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    Carolyn Towns, 49, of Chicago was one of the four charged in an elaborate scheme to dig up corpses at the Burr Oak Cemetery.

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    Terrence Nicks, 39, of Chicago was one of the four charged in an elaborate scheme to dig up corpses at the Burr Oak Cemetery.

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    Keith Nicks, 45, of Chicago was one of the four charged in an elaborate scheme to dig up corpses at the Burr Oak Cemetery.

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    Maurice Dailey, 61, of Robbins, Ill. was one of the four charged in an elaborate scheme to dig up corpses at the Burr Oak Cemetery.

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