By Ken Englade
A chilling story of greed as one relatives commits unspeakable crimes opposed to the dead.
For sixty years, households in Southern California depended on the Sconce relations Funeral domestic with their family' is still. That belief used to be betrayed in a unprecedented, scary style, because it was once chanced on that the kin, seeing a chance, were stealing gold fillings and harvesting the organs of the newly deceased, hiding the proof by way of burning the our bodies of their crematorium.
When the surprising acts got here to gentle, a tribulation introduced each ugly element to the leading edge, and Ken Englade has, with even-handed, clear-eyed reporting, chronicled each chilling element.
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Lawrence and his wife, the former Lucille Jeffries, had four children, two sons and two daughters. Although the Lamb Funeral Home was then going into its third generation in Pasadena, both of Lawrence’s sons sought careers elsewhere. That left Lawrence in a dilemma. With his two sons gone, who would keep the family business going? Of his two daughters, Laurieanne and Linda Elaine, only Laurieanne, the elder by two years, seemed interested. As her brothers had done, Linda went off on her own. She helped create a successful public relations firm where she worked for a decade, building a reputation as a shrewd and clever businesswoman.
Despite his visit and similar ones from Wentworth, David continued to operate as though he were above the law. Twice Wales cited David for operating a source of pollution without a permit. After the second citation, David grudgingly applied for a license. He was issued a temporary permit but it was scheduled to expire the day after the irate resident telephoned Wales. There was, however, a more pressing reason than the expiration of David’s permit that prompted Wales to get in touch with Wentworth: a third person had entered the equation, and what he had to say gave substance to Wales’s and Wentworth’s suspicions.
Lamb Funeral Home. In a separate deal, he also bought the Pasadena Crematorium, a small, double-oven facility which dated to 1895 and was mildly famous as the oldest crematorium west of the Mississippi River. It, too, was absorbed into the new operation, although the whitewashed, chapel-like building in which it was housed was located on a leased plot of land in the middle of Mountain View Cemetery several miles away in the town of Altadena. In Kansas, Lamb had been active in civic affairs, serving as treasurer of the town of Ottawa for several years and as treasurer of Ottawa University for eight years.