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Octavius Jones, the intake director at Cook County Medical Examiner's Office, is responsible for managing and burying Chicago's dead bodies that private cemeteries might not want.


Boston bombing suspect's body buried: Cook County's own burial dilemmas

by Tara Kadioglu
May 09, 2013


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It's unclear whether a coffin at Lakeview Funeral Home would ever hold the body of an alleged bomber, according to funeral director Christopher Malone.

Boston police say bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev's body is now buried, after cemeteries refused to bury it for fear of stigma. But years ago on this week, Chicago, not Boston, was the city experiencing this dilemma -- with not one, but four notorious bodies. We learn how today's Cook County officials and local experts on the dead would manage a body that no cemetery wants.