Carolyn Towns

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.

07/15/2015

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.

03/11/2015

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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.

02/11/2015

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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.

01/30/2015

Burr Oak Cemetery

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

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