60 year old Mr Hines died of cancer in 2004. Inexplicably a worker at the funeral home used an electric saw to take off his feet so he would fit comfortably in a standard size coffin. This despite the funeral home having extra height coffins available. Mrs Hines says she wasn’t told that she needed a bigger one and didn’t consider it herself until people started commenting at the funeral that the casket didn’t look big enough. Nothing came of the questions though and the body was buried. The feet were buried with Mr Hines in the casket.
In April this year, after persistent rumours circulating in the town since 2004, the local police exhumed the body to confirm the situation.
Mrs Hines has now received an undisclosed sum in compensation from Cave Funeral Home though this hasn’t halted the police investigation. Apparently under South Carolina law, destroying or desecrating human remains is punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
Freaky. Taking ‘solution focus’ to a whole new gruesome level.
“I was kind of like smoothing things out finally. But now it's like starting all over again," Ann Hines said. Sad.