Slipknot Lyrics Found At Site Of Grave Robbery
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A grave was found robbed Tuesday morning at the Bonner Springs Cemetery.
Kenneth Brooks, sexton of the cemetery, was working at about 11 a.m. that day when he found evidence of a crime unique in his experience.
"The ground was turned up," Kenneth Brooks said, on the recently laid grave of Justin Manning.
Manning died July 25 in a car wreck on I-70 near the I-435 exit when the pickup truck he was riding in rammed a highway sign pole.
The container with the ashes that had been in the grave was taken.
Manning's mother, Angela Bickham, said, "I don't know what I think now. It's unbelievable -- it's beyond even being able to comprehend how someone can kidnap an urn."
Bickham said she didn't know who could have robbed the grave. There had been some trouble at Manning's funeral, where his friends wanted to bury a hat and some CDs with his urn.
Bickham said she didn't want to name those friends while the police investigation is ongoing.
A note found nearby had lyrics to the song "Surfacing" by the heavy metal band Slipknot.
Brooks said "two or three" other notes had been found nearby when he noticed the dug up grave at about 11 a.m. Tuesday. The notes had blown away by the time Bonner Springs Police had arrived on the scene. Police officers, Brooks and other city staff then searched the cemetery for the other notes, to no avail.
"We've had trouble with this particular grave," Brooks said.
Schubert said ropes, still visible Tuesday morning, had been left earlier on the gravesite tied in nooses, "apparently by friends" of the deceased. A metallic-looking guitar pick was also found on the site, and a flower wrapped in plastic that appeared to have been left recently.
There were also footprints, Schubert said.
Brad Harrington, of Alden-Harrington Funeral Home, which handled funeral arrangements for the deceased, said "the person who did it has no idea the damage they've inflicted. I feel sorry for the family."
At the funeral for the deceased, there had been a disturbance in which some of the attendees were "disrespectful," in Harrington's estimation. Harrington said he couldn't speculate as to whether the incident at the funeral was related to the grave robbery.
The Bonner Springs Police Department asks that anyone with information on the grave robbery call Detective Tim Pierce at 422-7800.
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