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Thursday, June 04, 2009

Taking a Hint from Greek Mythology

Procrustes, that is:
The South Carolina funeral board revoked the licenses of an Allendale funeral home and funeral director accused of cutting off the legs of a man too tall for his casket.

According a document released by the South Carolina Department Of Labor and Licensing, a funeral home employee used an electric saw to cut off James Hines’ lower legs so he would fit in a casket that he was too tall for. The body of James Hines was exhumed back in March after investigators acted on a tip that Hines legs were cut off in 2004 when he was buried. The family requested a larger casket because Hines was 6’7” and couldn’t fit in a normal casket.
(h/t For What It's Worth.)

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