Janie found this on the AP wire, and showed it to me.
FITCHBURG, Mass. (AP) — Police say a gravedigger stole body parts – including a skull and a thigh bone – from a broken casket at a church cemetery and took them home to make an ashtray.
“While he was digging a grave, a casket was broken open, so (investigators) believe he took the body parts to make an ashtray and a pipe,” Police Lt. Kevin O’Brien told the Sentinel & Enterprise of Fitchburg.
Police discovered the theft when they went to his apartment Wednesday after his wife complained that her husband, Keith Chartrand, killed her dog. She said she found the body parts among his belongings.
Police charged Chartrand, 30, with removing a body from a grave and cruelty to animals.
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