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Graverobbers accused of digging up remains in Chicago to sell plots for money

CHICAGO (WAOW) -- There is a gruesome, almost unthinkable plot uncovered at a Chicago Cemetary.

Police say gravediggers dug up the remains of about 300 people at Burr Oak Cemetary, so they could resell the plots and pocket the cash.

Brenda Ray was at the cemetary, devastated, grasping a photo of her brother, along with a plot map.  "This is my brother.  He was buried here Saturday August 20, 1983. This is where he's supposed to be at and he's not there."

Burr Oak is an historic African-American graveyard. Lynching victim Emmett Till is buried here.   He was a child when his murder made him a symbol of the civil rights movement.  His grave appears undisturbed.  Singers Willie Dixon and Dinah Washington are also buried at Burr Oak.  No word on whether their graves were dug up.

Authorities say some corpses were strewn in a weeded area and others reburied in existing graves.

Four cemetery workers have been charged with dismembering a human body.

The Rev. Jesse Jackson went to the cemetary, along with many angry family members. He says there's "a special place in hell" for the people accused in the alleged scheme.

More than a dozen FBI agents will be helping sort through the evidence and identify remains.

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