• Men steal father’s body hoping for resurrection

     

    You can’t attend very many evangelistic meetings without hearing about “someone” who was resurrected from the dead. Now, I’m not talking the “he was in the hospital, he ‘died,’ then came back” kind of dying, I’m talking, the “he was in the funeral home getting embalmed and then ROSE from the dead’ kind of dying.

    The two brothers in this story must have been involved in the second camp of believers.

    Police say they are investigating whether two brothers stole the coffin of their 92-year-old father from an east-side cemetery believing they could resurrect his body.

    Police located the body of Clarence Street “intact and unharmed” Tuesday morning in a freezer in the basement of a two-story wooden home on the 4600 block of Eastlawn Street owned by one of the two sons.

    Street’s casket disappearance occurred between 8 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. Monday when a white van and a purple pickup entered Gethsemane Cemetery and took the casket from a mausoleum.

    Evidence is pretty strong that the two brothers, age 38 and 48, stole the body.

    Upon arrival to the Eastlawn home, officers discovered a pillow from the missing coffin in the backyard.

    And the motive?

    Lieutenant Harold Rochon said one of the brothers, the 48-year-old Detroit man, had a difficult time coping with the loss of his father after his mother had died a short time earlier.

    He said he recently bought the freezer to store the body.

    “In the interview with the son, he was very, very, very distraught,” Rochon said. “In an interview of the son, he is very religious, and he was hoping his father would be resurrected. He was hoping for a miracle.”

    A lifetime of indoctrination can truly yield interesting results. While the investigator interviewed felt the elder brother may “have mental problems,” neighbors saw another reality.

    Neighbor Gwendolyn Coleman said the 48-year-old man, the only occupant of the house, appeared to be a regular guy.

    “He was a nice guy and he seemed like a normal person,” Coleman said. “Nobody thought he’d do something like that.”

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    Article by: Beth Erickson

    I'm Beth Ann Erickson, a freelance writer, publisher, and skeptic. I live in Central Minnesota with my husband, son, and two rescue pups. Life is flippin' good. :)

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