Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Long Corpse Leads to Lost License

SC funeral home license revoked for cutting corpse

Jun 02 2009 11:58AM CDT

In a follow-up to an earlier story published on this blog about a tall man whose legs were cut off to fit his corpse into a too small coffin, the perpetrators of the corpse hacking lost their license to provide funeral services for prospective clients or even walk-ins. (Little macabre humor.)

The South Carolina funeral board has revoked the licenses of the funeral home and its director for cutting the legs of a 6-foot-7 man so his corpse would fit in a casket.

State licensing spokesman Jim Knight says the Board of Funeral Service voted Monday to revoke the funeral director license of Michael Cave and the license of Cave Funeral Services of Allendale.

Knight says the board also fined Cave the maximum $500 and ordered him to pay $1,500 for the investigation.

Cave did not immediately return messages left at his home and business Tuesday.

The body of James Hines was exhumed earlier this year because of rumors that circulated after he died in 2004. His widow said investigators told her his legs had been cut off between the ankle and calf to fit the coffin.

Others, who thought the entire episode had been blown out of proportion, said: "What's the big deal? The dead guy doesn't know his legs were cut off and probably doesn't care."

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