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: July 15, 2009, 08:20:41 AM

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. – Records at the suburban Chicago cemetery where four people are accused of unearthing bodies in an alleged moneymaking scheme have been found disintegrating and rotting in a rusty file cabinet, authorities said Tuesday.

The condition of records at Burr Oak Cemetery in Alsip illustrates the daunting task ahead of identifying the dead whose graves have been disturbed. Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart said Tuesday that he'd received about 65,000 requests from families seeking information about loved ones buried there.

Meanwhile, Dart said at a news conference that he's asking a court to appoint someone to run Burr Oak, where four former workers allegedly dug up bodies and resold the burial plots.

Next to Dart at the news conference stood a rusty gray file cabinet that the sheriff said had been discovered in a basement. Inside were rotting, moldy cards with fading writing.

Dart's comments come as authorities are continuing the monumental task of trying to identify who is buried in about 100,000 graves in the suburban cemetery. The sheriff said most of the graves don't have markers.

In the meantime, at least one lawsuit has been filed on behalf of families, and Illinois Comptroller Daniel Hynes has started the process of revoking Burr Oak's license.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090715/ap_on_re_us/us_cemetery_desecration_1

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#1 : July 15, 2009, 10:01:25 AM

This is bad. There were pictures in the Sun-Times last week that were just awful.

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