reply to post by Strictsum
Here where I live, tomb and grave desecration is rampant at local cemeteries.
The vandals and other low end sub human scum, think it is fun to tip over huge monuments, many times cracking them in half...ruining them. Some of
these private markers are a hundred years old. Some are spray painted with tags, and others have epithets on them. I have also seen the same thing is
taking place in European grave yards.
Mausoleum doors are pried open, and in some cases, artifacts taken for their scrap metal values. Bronze objects being the prize. In one case years
ago, the lead sealed glass fronted coffins in one mausoleum, were smashed, and the corpses thrown about inside. This particular mausoleum had no known
living descendants... so the city had to seal it up, permanently with concrete.
Recently, a newer family plot near my grandparents are buried, had the new bronze urns ripped off of the tombstone base. I was told that the new
monument wasn't even four months old, and the damned thieves had come in at night, and stole the urns.
I have been to antique fairs, and found huge old zinc urns for sale as yard decorations. It is very obvious, that these things came from some cemetery
some place. When I questioned the dealer, and accused him of selling stolen objects, he claimed he bought them at some yard sale...( yeah, right!)
At an century old, small country side cemetery, someone came in the night, and ripped out the antique cast iron and bronze ornamented fence and
gates. Leaving nothing behind. It caused an uproar! The state police put out state wide notices to antique dealers, and scrap metal yard operators,
to be on the lookout for culprits. They haven't been caught yet!
I suspect some McMansion some place, has a private garden out back, that is surrounded by a antique fence and gate of unknown origins, sold to the
owners by an unscrupulous landscaping business.
At our local veterans cemetery, the bronze plaques on staffs that would hold flags at each grave, have been ripped off so often, that they went to
aluminum copies. Those too were stolen. Now they are plastic...
There are a few instances, where someone tired to pry off parts of a civil war monument, that is located in our downtown, across the street from the
police department. The monument has many bronze components. Now they have a camera on it 24/7.
The point is this...tomb robbery, grave desecration, and disrespect for the dead, and their descendants is on going and has historical roots. If
there is a buck to be made, nothing is scared. Don't forget, the Taliban would destroy every religious and historical artifact on the planet if they
If the zombie drug heads think it is funny to ruin and rip off tombstones, plus gang members think they can tag a grave as part of their turf...and we
do nothing about it...societies moral center then has been lost.
It is a sad commentary on today, that we have these kinds of problems. Personally speaking; if I ever caught one or more of these idiots raising hell
in the local cemeteries...They would be damned sorry it was me who caught them...believe me.
Enough on this rant...