Catholic Cemeteries head to temporarily oversee Burr Oak operations: judge

Day-to-day operation of the Burr Oak Cemetery has been wrested from the owners and turned over to the head of the Archdiocese of Chicago’s Catholic Cemeteries.

During a Wednesday hearing, Cook County Circuit Court Judge Stuart Palmer OKd the appointment of Roman Szabelski, executive director of Catholic Cemeteries, to temporarily oversee the Alsip cemetery which is now a crime scene.

The move comes a week after four Burr Oak employees were arrested and accused of pocketing $300,000 by digging up old bodies, dumping them in a mass grave in the cemetery and reselling the old plots off the books.

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