Or so says a former employee of Cave Funeral Home (located in somewhere South Carolina). The allegation is that the “customer” was too tall to fit into the casket so they had to saw his legs to make him fit. They have since exhumed the body and it seems there may be some truth to this.
Here is my question. Why saw the legs in the first place? Clearly, the correct option would have been to “hobble” the guy like we saw in the movie “Misery”. You just break his legs and fold them over. Voila! Problem solved.
Instead, it seems they cut the guys legs and then pushed them up so he would fit. I guess since the casket was already sold they were kind of obligated to make the dude fit into it. Really, the wife probably should bear some responsibility for not verifying the casket was the right size. Her husband was 6’5″, so she should have known it was going to be a tight fit. Here is a pic of the multi parted deceased:
(Doesn’t he look waaay taller than 6’5″? That guy looks like the albino Andre the Giant. Or, maybe, she is just a midget).
The other thing is, why the uproar? The guy is dead…how is cutting his legs hurting anything. If he was “sort of dead”, then I could understand the complaint. But he was stone, cold dead so I think they were just trying to be practical. I hope, for instance, when I die they scoop some of my guts out so my stomach looks smaller. I want to look good when I die. I expect the mortician to hook me up.
Someone called it “desecration” of the body. Puh-leeze. Putting the wood to a dead person is desecrating them, not trimming their legs like branches on a tree. The two acts are not even in the same ballpark. Plus, everyone knows that they hook you up by meat hangers when you die. How come that is not desecration of the body?
The question now is should they dig up all of the tall people that this place buried? And if you do, what is the point of the exercise? It is just going to upset people and they are going to have to lay out several thousand dollars to buy a bigger coffin once the legs are sewn back together. (Unless bones shrink when you die…then you might fit).
I say leave it alone. Once you have passed, you are fair game. If you don’t like it, don’t die. It’s your decision.