The modern grave robber
MY wife’s family’s burial plot is in a cemetery outside of town. We replace a container with plants as often as necessary. Last December, we found the plants had been pulled out of the container and scattered over the grave. Soil was everywhere and our immediate thought was vandalism, but why single ours out? Then, we thought a rabbit or a fox might be the culprit.
It happened again and, that time, I reported it to the cemetery manager. ‘It’s the rooks,’ he said confidently. ‘They’ve been a real pain recently.’ He went on to explain that one lady had paid more than £100 for white stones to cover her husband’s grave. ‘They took the lot over a weekend,’ he said. ‘I saw them myself or I wouldn’t have believed it.’ Henry Holloway, Co Armagh
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