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UCLA Willed Body Program Tactics Seen at Illinois Cemetery?

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As far as what’s been reported on this story, yes, it reeks of the UCLA WBP days of 1999-2003 (i.e. trafficking body parts, improper disposition of body parts, bank accounts set up in UCLA’s name, without UCLA’s permission, by professors and employees of the school, then used by Henry Reid to embezzle money, etc.).

From the Los Angeles Times:

Five employees of the historic Burr Oak Cemetery in Alsip were taken into custody Wednesday after authorities learned numerous bodies had been dug up and the grave sites were illegally resold, Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart said.

Detectives discovered a pile of bones — from more than 100 decomposed bodies — above ground and uncovered in an overgrown, fenced-off portion of the cemetery, Dart said.

"What we found was beyond startling and revolting," the sheriff said.

On Wednesday night, as news of the grim discovery spread, devastated families started trickling onto the cemetery grounds to check on their loved ones’ graves.

Donetta Newman, 35, whose father and both of her grandparents are buried at Burr Oak, stood in the rain trying to get inside to see if their grave sites had been disturbed. "You always think this is the final resting place," she said. "This is just shocking. I’m very distraught."

One of the first predominantly African-American cemeteries in the area, Burr Oak is home to many historic figures, including Emmett Till, blues legend Dinah Washington and heavyweight boxing champion Ezzard Charles.

Dart said he was certain Till’s remains were not disturbed, but he could not ensure the preservation of the others.

"We cannot give people definitive answers at this point," he said, adding they were working with forensic medical examiners to try to identify the remains.

None of the remains had been removed from the site, said Steve Patterson, a sheriff’s spokesman. The state’s attorney’s office and FBI are also investigating, Dart said.

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