Grave Reselling Scandal

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

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.

08/29/2014

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

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