Rotting Foot Horrifies Family During Burial

The foot of a neighboring corpse fell onto the coffin during the eulogy
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 12, 2017 4:19 PM CDT
Rotting Foot Horrifies Family During Burial
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Mourners at a New Jersey cemetery received a horrific shock when a corpse's rotting foot from an adjoining grave was uncovered during a burial, the AP reports. The family of Cleveland Butler, 85, was gathered at Mount Holiness Memorial Park in Butler for his funeral last week. According to Daily News of New York, the burial uncovered a moldering foot of a neighboring corpse that fell on top of Butler's coffin during the eulogy. Workers then quickly filled in the grave. Daughter Sandra Butler called the incident traumatizing. "It was too much and no one said anything to us," she said. "They just dumped the dirt in the plot like it was normal, like it's nothing to them."

Caretaker Bill Plog said he is surprised this hasn't happened more often, given that wood caskets deteriorate over time. He said the grave plot next to Butler's is from 1969. Plog said it's unfortunate that it happened, "but this is a graveyard." Plog said that the decision to quickly fill up the grave was common sense and that he didn't want to incite an argument with grieving family and friends. (More corpse stories.)

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