When a son steals his dad's corpse, he makes national news. A 48-year-old religious man stole his father's dead body from the cemetery in hopes of a resurrection. On Jan. 15, FOX News reported that the Detroit man stored his dead father's remains in a freezer and hoped for a "miracle."
Mr. Clarence Bright, 93, was set to be buried on Saturday but due to soggy ground at the cemetery, his burial was postponed. "The casket was placed near a chapel or a mausoleum on cemetery grounds and remained there through Monday morning when it was reported stolen," explained Leon Jones, a mortician's assistant at Swanson Funeral Home. "This is a very, very bizarre situation," he added.
The man's son decided to steal his dad's corpse once he learned that the casket had not been buried. He and another unnamed man placed the casket in to a van. After they moved Mr. Bright's body in to a freezer at his son's home, the men drove the van to a gas station -- with the empty casket still inside. Police caught up to the van after the theft was reported by someone at the cemetery -- someone there reported a white van being on the premises. Bright's son and the other man were arrested.
"In the interview with the son, he was very, very, very distraught. He is very religious, and he was hoping his father would be resurrected. He was hoping for a miracle," said Lt. Harold Rochon.
Although Bright's son stole his dad's corpse, no charges have been filed at this time.
© Effie Orfanides 2013