Buy A Coffin, Get a Skeleton Free!
It seems in these times, you can find just about anything on the Internet. Whether it’s a group of individuals that love prune Jell-O as much as you do, a piece of toast with the Mother Mary imprinted on it, or a lock of celebrity hair – the good old world wide web has it all. One such website that caters to all the oddities and depravities the human mind can muster, is Craigslist. From jobs, to babysitters, to personals, to coffins, Craigslist is like the Disney World of peculiarity. So when Dave Burgstrum of Council Bluffs Iowa put his 1900’s coffin up for sale on Craigslist, the full skeleton inside shouldn’t have been a surprise to anyone. It sure surprised us here at Cincinnati used cars
The coffin came from the International Order of Odd Fellows, a non-profit organization that gathered anonymous donations for the poor when it was in its hay-day, and according to Burgstrum the coffin was used in the group’s rituals to symbolize death. Car dealerships in Cincinnati OH were interested in how Michael Roberts, a police detective in Council Bluffs stopped the sale of the coffin which was listed with an asking price of $12,000. The law states that without papers of origination and identification, the bones could not be sold. Instead, the skeleton was sent to the Iowa State Medical Examiner, where experts agree the identification of the bones at this time is likely impossible. Instead, the lab will determine the race and gender of the skeleton, and if it is of Native American origin, it will be returned to the tribe as federal law requires.
Burgstrum, who doesn’t seemed phased by this small hiccup on his road to riches, says that the state is welcome to the keep the bones – as long as the coffin can remain for sale. “I’m ready to wheel and deal on it. I’d like to get those taxes paid!” The moral of this story? If you are ever in search for something obscure, look no further than Craigslist.