By Ken Englade
A chilling story of greed as one relations commits unspeakable crimes opposed to the dead.
For sixty years, households in Southern California relied on the Sconce kinfolk Funeral domestic with their family' is still. That belief was once betrayed in a unprecedented, scary type, because it was once chanced on that the kin, seeing a chance, were stealing gold fillings and harvesting the organs of the newly deceased, hiding the proof by way of burning the our bodies of their crematorium.
When the stunning acts got here to gentle, a tribulation introduced each ugly element to the vanguard, and Ken Englade has, with even-handed, clear-eyed reporting, chronicled each chilling element.
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By then he had become infected with the yuppie disease: he wanted to make big money; he just didn’t know how. Upset because his son seemed to be wandering without direction, Jerry had a suggestion: Why didn’t he go back to school? Become a licensed embalmer, he suggested, and join the funeral home as a skilled contributor. All his life David had been doing odd jobs around the mortuary, but his function was little more than that of a hired hand. As an embalmer, however, he could play a valuable role.
It had been thirty minutes since he talked to David. The first thing he had done when he walked inside, ignoring the men standing at the gate, was scoop up several pieces of blackened metal, which he tossed into an empty ice chest, slamming the lid closed. Scattered around the room, particularly near the kilns, were several large drums which Pollerana wrestled into a corner and covered with a tarp in a vain attempt to make them inconspicuous. He was gathering up some discarded clothing and stuffing it into a bag when the siren went off.
But that was only part of the industry’s metamorphosis. From top to bottom it was undergoing a quiet revolt, and David was working out a plan so he could employ this to his and his family’s financial advantage. Until the early eighties a funeral home, for several reasons, had proved to be a good, solid investment for its owners. For one thing, the number of customers a funeral home could count on receiving in any given year was remarkably predictable since, over the long haul, the death rate did not fluctuate by very much.
A Family Business by Ken Englade