Sunday, February 17, 2002

Collecting Bodies

I read an incredibly gruesome story in today's New York Times. Seems that a crematory in Noble, Georgia wasn't actually cremating bodies. Instead, it was simply collecting and piling up the bodies next to the buiding, and potentially the adjoining lake. Dead people were strewn around in the most casual manner, in work sheds, often piled one on top of the other. Authorities say there could be as many as 200 bodies.

Georgia's medical examiner, a person who's been around dead people, has said "I wish we had a good explanation for this, but we don't." The crematory worked primarily with funeral homes, so end-customers didn't deal with this facility.

Apparently, the owners of the crematory couldn't/didn't fix their incinerator. It makes you scratch your head, that's for sure. I know there's dark humor at work in this situation, and Stephen King must be absorbing this news with great interest. It's the most stunning news item I've read in quite some time.

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