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Emmett Till

Emmett Till’s Family Leads Memorial Marking 60th Anniversary Of His Murder

It was 60 years ago today that 14-year-old Emmett Till was beaten and shot in the head for reportedly whistling at a white woman while visiting relatives in Mississippi, and his family led a memorial procession to his grave in Alsip.


Maurice Dailey (Credit: Cook County Sheriff)

Final Burr Oak Scandal Defendant Pleads Guilty To Desecrating Graves

Maurice Dailey, who was a backhoe operator at Burr Oak Cemetery in Alsip, pleaded guilty to desecration, removal of buried remains and removal of headstone charges.


Keith Nicks (left) and Terrence Nicks (right) were convicted by a Cook County jury for their role in a grave reselling scandal at Burr Oak Cemetery. (Credit: Cook County Sheriff)

Sentencing In Burr Oak Scandal Delayed; Prosecutors Seek 15-Year Sentences

Keith and Terrence Nicks’ conduct was so “unique” in its depravity, they need to be put behind bars despite their lack of criminal backgrounds, Assistant State’s Attorney Nick Trutenko argued, asking Judge Joan Margaret O’Brien to sentence the brothers to consecutive terms.


A new memorial at Burr Oak Cemetery pays tribute to the hundreds of families whose loved ones last remains were desecrated in a grave reselling scandal uncovered in 2009. (Credit: Mai Martinez/CBS)

Brothers Found Guilty In Burr Oak Cemetery Desecration Case

A Cook County jury has convicted two brothers accused of digging up graves and reselling plots at a suburban Chicago cemetery.


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Burr Oak Grounds Foreman Denies Desecrating Human Remains

In a firm voice, the former grounds foreman at the historic Burr Oak Cemetery denied Tuesday that he desecrated human remains and insisted that he pushed management to improve the dilapidated south suburban site, the Sun-Times is reporting.


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Burr Oak Worker Testifies About Horrors At Cemetery

A Burr Oak Cemetery worker testified Thursday that the foreman on site used a sledgehammer to destroy a cement liner surrounding an old casket and once heard him use an expletive to describe the skeletal remains he wanted trashed to make room for a fresh corpse.


Former Burr Oak Cemetery supervisor Keith Nicks. (Credit: CBS)

Former Supervisor Of Burr Oak Cemetery Eager To Clear Name In Court

In this Original Report, CBS 2’s Suzanne Le Mignot explains why he can’t wait to have his day in court.


Officials unveil a monument to the victims of the Burr Oak grave reselling scandal on the grounds of the Alsip. In 2009, authorities discovered hundreds of graves had been dug up, and bodies dumped in mass graves, to resell burial plots. (Credit: Mai Martinez/CBS)

Burr Oak Monument Honors Victims Of Burial Scandal

After touring the now pristine cemetery, Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart said the change there over the past five years has been remarkable.


Keith Nicks, former superintendent of Burr Oaks Cemetery. (CBS)

Former Burr Oak Superintendent: Problems At Cemetery Predated My Employment

For the first time, Keith Nicks is telling his side of the story to CBS 2’s Suzanne Le Mignot.


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New Plans And Memorial For Burr Oak Cemetery

A new memorial will be up sometime this year at the historic Burr Oak Cemetery, three years after a gruesome scandal in which bodies were dug up and plots were resold.

CBS Chicago–02/28/2012

Burr Oak Cemetery

Small Cemeteries May Win Exemption From Regulations Aimed At Burr Oak

Small cemeteries, pending the approval of Gov. Pat Quinn, will be exempt from many strict standards imposed after the infamous grave reselling scandal at Burr Oak Cemetery in Alsip.

CBS Chicago–12/19/2011

Police confiscated stolen urns on the South Side. (Credit: Chicago Police)

Authorities: Cemetery Urn Thief Had Worked At Burr Oak

Another Burr Oak Cemetery employee has been linked to criminal activity in cemeteries, this time involving the theft of decorative urns.

CBS Chicago–11/04/2011

Carolyn Towns, 51, the former manager of the Burr Oak Cemetery in Alsip, surrendered to authorities on Oct. 31, 2011, to begin serving a 12 year prison sentence in the cemetery's grave reselling scandal. (Credit: Cook County Sheriff's Office)

Burr Oak Scandal Ringleader Reports To Prison

The alleged ringleader of the grave reselling scandal at Burr Oak Cemetery reported to prison on Monday to begin serving a 12-year sentence.

CBS Chicago–10/31/2011

Emmett Till

Emmett Till Museum Still In Jeopardy At Burr Oak Cemetery

A published report says yet more fallout has erupted from the scandal at historic Burr Oak Cemetery.

CBS Chicago–07/11/2011

Carolyn Towns

Former Burr Oak Cemetery Director Admits To Gruesome Scheme

The former director of Burr Oak cemetery has pleaded guilty to charges that she profited from the headline-grabbing scheme that involved digging up human remains from graves for resale, and dumping the remains.

CBS Chicago–07/08/2011

Mya Lyons

Slain Girl’s Mother: Suspect Dad Left Me With Huge Bill

The mother of 9-year-old Mya Lyons, who was murdered nearly three years ago, says the girl’s murder suspect father’s negligence has now left her with a huge bill.

CBS Chicago–05/10/2011

Burr Oak Cemetery

Lawmakers Consider Rolling Back Tough Cemetery Regulations

Tough cemetery regulations imposed last year after the Burr Oak scandal have proved burdensome for many Illinois cemeteries, leading lawmakers to consider rolling them back.


Burr Oak Cemetery

Dart, Jones Spar Over Proposed Changes To Cemetery Oversight

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart and State Sen. Emil Jones III (D-Chicago) were engaged in a war of words on Tuesday over proposed changes in state law overseeing cemeteries.

CBS Chicago–04/12/2011

Burr Oak Dig

More Bodies Found Dumped At Burr Oak Cemetery

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart said Monday that archeologists have uncovered bodies and bones in an unused section of the historic Burr Oak Cemetery, in far greater numbers than previously believed.

CBS Chicago–03/21/2011

The indigent burial site at Homewood Memorial Gardens. (Credit: Cook County Sheriff's Office)

Bodies Stacked 8 Deep At Cemetery

Cook County sheriff’s officials have found bodies stacked on top of each other – some buried eight at a time, at a south suburban cemetery.

CBS Chicago–02/17/2011