Monday, March 4, 2013

Grave robbers selling corpses as brides

grave robbers sold dead corpes

Four people have been jailed in China for digging up corpses to sell as brides for traditional "ghost marriages", where dead single men are buried with a wife for the afterlife, local reports said.

Normally it is agreed between the families of the dead, but the Xian Evening News said on Saturday that the robbers "stole female corpses and after cleaning them, fabricated medical files for the deceased and sold them for a high price".

The gang made a total of $39 000 from the selling 10 corpses.

A court in the northern province of Shaanxi had in recent days sentenced the four to terms between 28 and 32 months, it said, adding they "took advantage" of the "bad tradition" of ghost marriages in parts of Shaanxi and neighbouring Shanxi province.

The deceased couples are typically buried side by side after a wedding ceremony of sorts.


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