CHICAGO (CBS) — Officials have unveiled a monument at Burr Oak Cemetery in Alsip, to pay tribute to the families whose loved ones’ last remains were affected by the notorious grave reselling scandal in 2009.
WBBM Newsradio’s John Cody reports, after touring the now pristine cemetery, Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart said the change there over the past five years has been remarkable.
Dart led the 2009 investigation into a burial scandal at Burr Oak, which found employees dug up hundreds of bodies and dumped them in mass graves in order to resell the burial plots.
“I mean, literally, it was. I mean, there were body parts laying everywhere. There was caskets that were laying everywhere. There were burial vaults that were broken open,” he said. “There was devastation everywhere. There was thousands of people flowing in here wondering what happened to their loved ones, and now we have this beautiful cemetery.”