Man Arrested for Stealing His Dead Father’s Body in Attempt to Bring Him Back to Life

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Gethsemane Cemetery, Detroit

There can be no words to express the pain a son goes through when he loses his father. But after the death of Detroit man Clarence Bright, his son’s grief took him a little too far.

Detroit police say Bright’s son, Vincent, 48, was so aggrieved by the passing of his father that he took his father’s corpse from a mausoleum at Gethsemane Cemetery and brought it home, in hopes of resurrecting him through prayer, the Detroit News reported Friday. The body had been slated for burial on Saturday, but weather conditions caused a postponement until Monday. That gave the distraught Bright enough time to come up with an idea that might bring his father back from the hereafter.

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Officers later discovered a white van abandoned outside of a gas station containing the coffin Bright had been buried in, but when they looked inside, Bright wasn’t in it. Instead, his son had allegedly taken the body and stuffed it inside a freezer in the basement of his home on the city’s east side. Family members tipped police off on the location of the stolen cadaver.

Police spokesman Lt. Harold Rochon told the News that Bright, a religious man, felt that he would be able to bring his beloved father — who was 93 at the time of his death — back to life through a miraculous resurrection. Bright and another man were arrested and charged with disinterring a body.

Bright, who had one other felony charge in 1993, according to court records, was expected to be arraigned Friday. If convicted, he faces 10 years in jail. A local funeral home has taken possession of the body to give it a proper — and final — burial.

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Rhurazz12
Rhurazz12 like.author.displayName 1 Like

Well just when you think you can't save a another soul from redemption, here comes this grieving son who can prove it can be done, by stealing his own flesh and blood from his eternal resting place to awaken him by means of prayer... Didn't his father tell him when it's my time to go, it's my time to go?

AceNavigator
AceNavigator like.author.displayName like.author.displayName 2 Like

10 years in jail is too long for stealing a cadaver.


juniusgallio
juniusgallio

@AceNavigator He most likely will not face anywhere near the maximum sentence, especially considering the circumstances. I have to admit, I feel very sorry for him.

WilliamBarnes
WilliamBarnes

@AceNavigator I agree 1000%. What stupid deranged and out of context law is this? This guy didn't do anything wrong, in my opinion. He's just desperately grieved and the authorities should get the crap out of their brains and put this incident in context. 10 years? Bull!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!