(Detroit, MI) Call it re-animation, call it resurrection. Either way, police say it was "Un-real."
Police say a Detroit man took his 93-year-old father’s corpse from a Detroit cemetery and stored the body in a freezer after a funeral last weekend. "Like a scene from Frankenstein," said one investigator.
Vincent Bright, 48, was charged with one count of disinterment of a body. He was arraigned Friday in 36th District Court in Detroit, according to the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office.
Police say Clarence Bright’s son was arrested this week along with another man after officers found an empty casket inside their van at a gas station. Further investigation led police to the son’s residence on Eastlawn Street, near Warren and Chalmers, where the deceased man’s body was found in a freezer.
Lt. Harold Rochon, of the Detroit Police Department, told The Detroit News that the son took his father’s body hoping for it to be "miraculously resurrected through the power of prayer."
Bright took his father’s corpse from a mausoleum at Gethsemane Cemetery. The body had been slated for burial on Saturday, but weather conditions caused a postponement until Monday. That gave Bright enough time to steal it to bring his dad back from the Great Beyond.
Bright, who will be subjected to a mental health examinaton to determine his mental competency, faces a possible 10-year prison sentence for the crime that has been charged against him.
As of Friday, a local funeral home has taken possession of the father's body to give it a proper — and, presumably, final — burial.