Hobbes in the sink has absolutely nothing to do with today's post. I just ran across this picture of the Sink Stalker when I was looking for something else. I never did find a photo that was appropriate for my thought, so I went for cuteness. It does work, doesn't it. Now Tubby couldn't fit in the sink, more or less hide in it. Sigh.
So, Weirdville is back on the news again. Well, it's not exactly Weirdville--it's the next town over. But here in Chicago, one town blurs into the next and you can't always tell who's perimeters you are in at the moment, so this happening is kinda like being in Weirdville. And the news helicopters are almost directly overhead and I feel like I'm starring in my own personal Apocalypse Now for the past two days. Criminy, how many shots do they need??
The big event was that the cemetery nearby has been a tad strapped for cash and decided to make ends meet in a very special kinda way. The employees came up with the brilliant idea of recycling those spots in the crowded cemetery by digging up some old bones, ditching them in the back property and re-selling the plots. They took extra care to watch what plots had recent visitors so they wouldn't get busted, and used a back lot to just dump the bones. They didn't even bother to bury them again--just ditched them.
As horrific as this is, it is made even worse because of the historic significance of the cemetery's inhabitants. Once a very out-of-the-way African American cemetery, Burr Oak had since been swallowed up by urban sprawl and is now in a very busy area of the southwest side. Famous African Americans have been buried here for years and is well known for its members.
Emmett Till is probably the biggest draw--he was a 15 year old boy that was murdered for the mere thought that he may have whistled at a white woman years ago in Mississippi. He didn't, but they hung him anyway. Emmett Till stands for a very ugly time in our country and he was recently exhumed in order to find out how he died and who his killers were. Poor 'ol Emmett rarely rests in peace and now his delapidated tombstone sits in mud and water. An awful death and now an awful treatment of his remains.
Along with Emmett, there was blues legend Dinah Washington and heavyweight boxing champion Ezzard Charles, as well as numerous Negro League baseball players. The Sheriff is fairly sure that Emmett's grave was not touched, but he cannot be sure of the other very honorable residents of this landmark cemetery.
The Sheriff and his crews have been there for two days, looking into the various tombstones, bones, and empty vaults that were tossed in an overgrown area far from the front gates. They think that at least 300 bodies were dug up and tossed aside to make room for more graves. Just the mere thought makes my skin crawl.
Four employees (all African American) were charged and are being held accountable. We went by the cemetery today and there were hundreds of people out there, looking at their loved ones graves trying to figure out if they were disturbed. I cannot imagine their horror thinking that they were just dumped in a pile somewhere. Man, I feel their pain. It's just plain awful and unimaginable.
Geesh, there just seems to be weird stuff going on here this year. First the contaminated drinking water of Weirdville and now Grave Diggers Gone Wild. It is very exciting to live here, I tell you. I don't even have to make up stories--they are happening everyday in this neck of the woods.
On yet another note: Go over to see Chuck, will ya?? The first running of Blagosphere's Got Talent is full on and I think I've only got one vote. Criminy. I'm a Lola-wanna-be because that woman has some following I'm telling you! When we had the Dork Off here, girlfriend KILLED with votes--she called and her pallies answered--like CRAZY! Lola is my new idol after that one--and I have like a quatrillion comments and new followers thanks to her. So, I'm hoping the pallies here will do the same--go vote at Chuck's place and then pop over to Lola's to say 'hi' to the Queen of a Billion Followers.