Monday, October 25, 2010

Human hearts with couples' photos pinned to them found in Colma cemetery

Joshua Melvin - A maintenance worker's macabre discovery has sparked a police investigation into the identities of two couples whose photos were found pinned to human hearts and buried at a cemetery.

The worker was in an isolated part of the Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery at 1500 Mission Road on Oct. 12 when he spotted the tops of two jars sticking out of the ground and knelt down to take a closer look, Colma police Cmdr. Jon Read said.

When he pulled one of the jars from the dirt and saw what was in it, he called Colma police, who patrol a city of about 1,600 residents. The town is also home to 16 cemeteries and 1.5 million "souls," according to the city's website.

Police opened up one jar and found a human heart with the photo of a young man and woman pinned to it. Nearby was a second jar with the same contents, but bearing a photo of a different young man and woman. Officers also found partially burned cigars and candles, Read said.

The San Mateo County coroner's preliminary investigation of the hearts revealed that they contained embalming fluid and must have come from dead bodies. There have been no reports of graves being dug up at the cemeteries in Colma or elsewhere in San Mateo County. Read said officers are working with other police agencies to track down the source of the organs. ...

"I would be totally shocked if it was related to Santeria or Voodoo," said Miguel De La Torre, a professor at Iliff Divinity School in Denver who has written a book about Santeria. "If it is connected to Santeria, it would be by people who don't know what they are doing."

While the hearts may have been placed in the cemetery by someone operating on a misguided notion of religions like Santeria or people playing a prank, police don't think it's funny. ...

via Human hearts with couples' photos pinned to them found in Colma cemetery - San Jose Mercury News.

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