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article imageFuneral director hides decaying bodies in two storage units

By Nancy Houser     Jul 21, 2014 in Odd News
Boston - Detectives and pathologists found 12 bodies in a Public Storage Unit, located in Weymouth MA. Five days earlier, cremated remains were found in a storage unit in Somerville. A former funeral home director is responsible for both units.
The office of Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley released a statement to the Boston Globe, "The investigators are focusing on Joseph V. O’Donnell, 55, a former funeral home director in Dorchester who is currently in custody on larceny charges."
Our top priority right now is determining the identity of the remains we’ve discovered,” Conley said in the statement. “We’ve seized records and documents that could help us locate those people’s families, but this will be a time- and labor-intensive task.”
Conley’s office said authorities were sending the remains from the Weymouth site to the chief medical examiner. Arrested on April 10, O'Donnell is on charges that he took $12,000 of funeral prepayment funds from an elderly couple. According to First to Know, the funds were to cover the cost of two future services at his funeral home. When another relative died and they wished to transfer funds to this person for his funeral, O'Donnell's funeral home could not provide the money transfer as his mortuary was closed down. Currently, he is being held on two counts of larceny.
Yahoo! News reports that Prosecutors said they did not believe the people whose bodies were recovered were the victims of violence. They said they were working to identify the bodies and to notify family members. But, this incident is not the first time funeral homes have falsified cremations or funerals for the deceased.
In Crime Library, "Investigators first found 20 bodies in the building where the crematory supplies were kept. Then they found bodies everywhere: in cars, in vaults, beneath dirt mounds, in a coffin, putrefying beside a lake, across the lot's sprawling property, in a mass grave right by the house." This became a total of 334 bodies, found in the Tri-State Crematory grounds by a propane deliveryman who had stopped nearby to pee in the bushes and noticed the grisly finds.
Investigators found that the reason for this massive number of bodies was not financial, but mercury in the corpses' dental fillings, released into the air, slowly poisoned the crematory family over the years, killing the elder Marsh and confusing the younger Marsh so much that he didn't do the easy, sensible, lucrative and decent thing in incinerating the bodies, but hid them in the yard. And was placed in prison for 12 years.
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