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    Quote Originally Posted by Becia View Post
    I love reading the little quotes and writings on stones...there are always a few that make you kinda tear up, and some that make you wonder what they were thinking when they did it. The most interesting two I've seen were one in Texas with the dates written as "Born ______; Murdered ______" I had just lost my brother a few years prior to walking by this stone, and found it not far from his grave... I was REALLY shocked to see this. I'll have to figure out how to post pictures on here...it was really surprising to see.
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    My stepson went to school with a girl who was murdered and that is the way it is listed on her stone:
    http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg...&PIpi=48355947

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    Quote Originally Posted by seurtoFW View Post
    My stepson went to school with a girl who was murdered and that is the way it is listed on her stone:
    http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg...&PIpi=48355947
    Whoa...

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    I don't know if this place is open to the public anymore, but in Lucas Kansas there is a place constructed early in the century made out of limestone cut logs made by a fellow named Dinsmore. He constructed a limestone mausoleum and behind plexiglass you can see John Dinsmore in his limestone coffin where he was placed in 1935. You could still see the tobacco juice stain on his beard. I was last there in '94, I don't know if it is still open to the public.
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    Quote Originally Posted by seurtoFW View Post
    My stepson went to school with a girl who was murdered and that is the way it is listed on her stone:
    http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg...&PIpi=48355947
    I Googled to find out the details of Ms. Freelove's murder and found this: http://news.google.com/newspapers?ni...g=6641,5112478
    Wow!

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    I love cemetaries!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sulamith View Post
    I Googled to find out the details of Ms. Freelove's murder and found this: http://news.google.com/newspapers?ni...g=6641,5112478
    Wow!
    Yeah it was quite a deal; Channing and Melanie were both beautiful girls. And it kind of makes it sound like they were out in the middle of no where when they were killed, but not really. The field is located by one of the uturns underneath the freeway. Just 2 exits down from our house. As far as I know, her folks still don't believe half of it. Its a very sad deal

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scoopslam View Post
    I love cemetaries!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sulamith View Post
    I Googled to find out the details of Ms. Freelove's murder and found this: http://news.google.com/newspapers?ni...g=6641,5112478
    Wow!
    Oh!!! I remember this now!

    Yeah, this was a bad one. 1993.....

    They must not have been convicted. Brandi Michelle Cirelli got married in 1996 and now lives in Washington state. It's her. It lists her as having lived in Ft. Worth, TX. Neither of them are listed with TDCJ. Hmmm......

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sulamith View Post
    I Googled to find out the details of Ms. Freelove's murder and found this: http://news.google.com/newspapers?ni...g=6641,5112478
    Wow!
    Crazy. I bet her parents feel pretty bad about the $6000 now. By the way, did anyone bother to read the other headlines in that link? "Six fourth graders held on drug charges" and "Boys raped woman, then went to play, police say".

    Must be a pretty rough town....
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    Quote Originally Posted by speedblurr View Post
    Crazy. I bet her parents feel pretty bad about the $6000 now. By the way, did anyone bother to read the other headlines in that link? "Six fourth graders held on drug charges" and "Boys raped woman, then went to play, police say".

    Must be a pretty rough town....
    The other stories were generated from New York and Tampa.

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    High Tech Grave Stones

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    I think this is pretty cool. Maybe it's not for everyone, but I think that it's a pretty neat way to look into the past. It makes me think a lot of findagrave.
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    My friend and I always joked about recording several messages so that when we die we can have a motion activated head stone
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    It's surprisingly less tacky than I thought it would be. It's less tacky than a lot of grave stones look at Xmas. Doh!

    Still, I wonder how long it will be before they figure out a way to put ads on it?
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    The chips look like they could be easily pried of the headstones. Lol, I assume there's insurance in the works for that very scenario.



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    They stole my idea!
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    Thanks for moving my post! You guys have a thread for everything, lol! Yeah one of the concerns I had was people stealing it. I have no idea why they would, though.

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    The grave of Victor Noir in Pere Lachaise
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    notice how one area is polished, here's the story; http://www.gourmantic.com/2009/08/21/rubbing-it/
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    here in town there's a little cemetery that has a tombstone that says "Infant son of Phil & Fanny Fine" I saw that when I was lurking in the graveyard when I was a kid (Death hag since about age 8) and I found it humorous for how the tombstone read, and sad because it was a baby.
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    Unfortunately I no longer have a picture of the grave I'm about to describe but it's baffled me for YEARS!

    It's basically an above ground sarcophagus. It's really plain looking except for what's on the side of it. There seems to be a window with mini-blinds only accessible through the inside! It's in a church cemetery that really isn't that large or old so I can't even remember why I stopped there since I tend to only gravitate towards older cemeteries. My husband and I were walking through and saw it and I bet we spent hours trying to figure out what in the world was going on! I'm still confused and can't find any info about anything like it. I wish I hadn't lost all those photos in a computer crash or I'd post one. Maybe I'll try to get another shot the next time I head out that way.

    Anybody know what it could possibly be?
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    my friend Sean is buried next to a couple that has...

    "We knew if we hung around long enough, something like this was gonna happen" on their stone
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    SpongeBob headstones cause controversy

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    It was traumatic enough that Kimberly Walker, a 28-year-old U.S. Army sergeant, was found dead, allegedly by her soldier boyfriend’s hand, in a Colorado Springs hotel room on Valentine’s Day. But now her family finds themselves struggling with the Cincinnati-area cemetery where she is buried over a granite memorial cast in the image of her favorite character: SpongeBob SquarePants. standing 6ft and 7,100lbs....US officials have removed a war veteran's SpongeBob SquarePants headstone, deeming it inappropriate Each SpongeBob wears a military uniform, one in an Army uniform for Kimberly and the other in a Navy uniform for twin sister Kara. They also have an American flag on one sleeve




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    I can kind of understand how it is inappropriate but did I read wrong, her 'favorite character'? Did the family suggest this?? Was I taking that line too out of context?
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    In a cemetery in my husband's hometown there is a woman whose stone has her name and the phrase, "Murdered By Unknown Hands." She died in the 1920s if I'm not mistaken. Someone from the area looked up her death records not long ago and they show that she died by suicide. Assuming the records are correct, it's speculated that her family preferred people think she was murdered rather than a suicide.

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    I've mentioned this one before it's located in the old part of our neighboring cemetery "Mary 1823-1843 - consort to John Cranford"

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    We have some strange graves around my neck of the woods. Tons of very old cemeteries in the area. Being that Natchez was the trade hub of the southern states we have some extravagant graves. I'll post pictures of some one day. I've posted about this one in another thread before I knew about this one. It's the grave of a little girl. She was afraid of storms so her mother had steps built so she could walk down and sit with the little girl during bad weather. It was a glass wall separating the bench and casket. It's since been bricked over. You can still walk down and sit on the bench though.
    http://www.natchezcitycemetery.com/c...=Gallery&id=29
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    Quote Originally Posted by dstrattenfan View Post
    http://newsfeed.time.com/2013/10/21/...bob-headstone/

    It was traumatic enough that Kimberly Walker, a 28-year-old U.S. Army sergeant, was found dead, allegedly by her soldier boyfriend’s hand, in a Colorado Springs hotel room on Valentine’s Day. But now her family finds themselves struggling with the Cincinnati-area cemetery where she is buried over a granite memorial cast in the image of her favorite character: SpongeBob SquarePants. standing 6ft and 7,100lbs....US officials have removed a war veteran's SpongeBob SquarePants headstone, deeming it inappropriate Each SpongeBob wears a military uniform, one in an Army uniform for Kimberly and the other in a Navy uniform for twin sister Kara. They also have an American flag on one sleeve




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    Each cemetery has height restrictions it even boils down to the section they are buried in. The cemetery offered to remove the stone and her sisters stone and have a smaller one with Spongebob on it and paid for at the cemeteries expense. The guy who gave approval for it should have known better and the memorial maker should have known better. When the memorial guy went thru this with my daughter I found all this out. My daughter has a stone maybe 2' high there are bigger stones there but they are in different sections.
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    So I found another really old abandoned cemetery today. I walked around looking at the graves and stumbled across something bizarre. It's a grave with no marker but the most recent headstone was from 1917 and the oldest was from 1842. Anywho the above mentioned grave was collapsed or maybe broken open and I could see bones! I'm gonna see if I can't figure out who to contact about possibly repairing the grave. Any input would be appreciated. 20140806_155538-1.jpg

    The picture may be blurred but you can clearly see the bones as the original casket has rotted away.
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    Quote Originally Posted by McMorbid View Post
    So I found another really old abandoned cemetery today. I walked around looking at the graves and stumbled across something bizarre. It's a grave with no marker but the most recent headstone was from 1917 and the oldest was from 1842. Anywho the above mentioned grave was collapsed or maybe broken open and I could see bones! I'm gonna see if I can't figure out who to contact about possibly repairing the grave. Any input would be appreciated. 20140806_155538-1.jpg

    The picture may be blurred but you can clearly see the bones as the original casket has rotted away.
    That's pretty awesome. Did you see any zombie tracks leading away from it or anything like that ?

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    Sad and creepy. Is there a nearby church or home where you might ask about it? If not try the historical soc. or inform the authorities. Great find.
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    Quote Originally Posted by McMorbid View Post
    So I found another really old abandoned cemetery today. I walked around looking at the graves and stumbled across something bizarre. It's a grave with no marker but the most recent headstone was from 1917 and the oldest was from 1842. Anywho the above mentioned grave was collapsed or maybe broken open and I could see bones! I'm gonna see if I can't figure out who to contact about possibly repairing the grave. Any input would be appreciated. 20140806_155538-1.jpg

    The picture may be blurred but you can clearly see the bones as the original casket has rotted away.
    Local PD would be a good place to start. Grave desecration, not you of course, is a serious offense. Let the cops decide if it was just erosion, wood rot, etc. Plus you get the added bonus of dumping the issue on the County. And you can go home and forge about it. The state will probably have to pay for reburial anyway.
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    No zombie tracks. Also no churches or houses. It's in a very rural area. I'm gonna contact some of the local historians in my home city for advice. There is an antebellum mansion a few miles away so maybe someone there will have historical records of the area. Plantations here were extremely large back in that era so I could possibly be a part of the original estate. It's actually a large cemetery too. Probably 35-50 graves scattered over maybe 3 acres. Quite a few military markers from the civil war so I'm sure I'll be able to stoke interest to somebody somewhere. I'll even pay for the repairs myself if I can get permission to do so.

    Mcafgr, there are no city police in that area and the county sheriff is pretty useless. I own property in the county there and couldn't get them to even file a report for me when someone vandalized a building on my place. They want even really put much effort into murder investigations so they're probably not gonna help much but I can try. Thanks for the suggestion.
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    I bet they'd look into it if there were zombie tracks.

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    Might be hard to track that zombie. You can see a femur and a pelvic bone along with some spinal bones in the picture. I'm assuming it's gonna walk funny.

    The picture can be hard to see because it was so dark in there but I could make out lots of other bones in person. No skull though. I wonder if someone stole it? Or maybe it's underneath debris from the rotted casket. I could see what looked like casket handles and something reflected in the top right corner in the picture. I wasn't really wanting to stick my head in there for a better look though.
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    If I were you, I'd go back there tonight with a flashlight, gloves, boots, a shovel, some Twizzlers, one of those ghost detectors, and a box of disinfectant wipes, and find out just what is going on.

    Also so a gun. I'd bring a gun too. With silver bullets.

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    I'm gonna pass on that one. Unless you promise to come hold my hand while I investigate.
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    Aww, I'd be happy ransack old grave with you Mr McMorbid. I'm not sure how you'd dig and shoot zombies properly if I'm holding one of your hands though.

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    Step aside.. I'll do it
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    I have very strong hands. I can dig with one hand and you could do the shooting. I'm not sure what we'll do about a light though.
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    chickens out and runs away.. trips and falls in a very lame manner.
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    Well damn. I thought we had a light holder but I see now that she'll just run off and leave us shooting and swinging a shovel wildly in the dark.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RiotBoots View Post
    chickens out and runs away.. trips and falls in a very lame manner.
    No need to be afraid. Mr McMorbid has strong hands, and I found out this winter that I'm pretty good at shooting things.
    We just need those helmets with the lights on them. Like the gophers from Winnie the Pooh.

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    I'm here for the people..

    On topic.. I saw a stone the other day that was funny. I tried uploading it, but my computer hates me right now. It's a husband and wife, Fred and Rita. Under Fred's name it says.. "Fred was lucky also.. He was married to Rita for 40 years" Under Rita's name it says.. "The harder Rita worked the luckier she became Rita was a good woman"
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