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Hart Island burials taken over by tree landscapers, uprooting families’ hopes for transformation

Hart Island burials taken over by tree landscapers, uprooting families’ hopes for transformation

The final resting place of thousands killed by COVID and AIDS is now overseen by the Parks Department amid visions of remaking the remote spot to welcome more visitors. But a $33 million contract to a firm without cemetery experience, under watch of an ex-Rikers captain, is raising concerns.

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The FBI and the case of Charlie Chaplin's stolen corpse

The FBI and the case of Charlie Chaplin’s stolen corpse

In late December 1977, Sir Charles Spencer Chaplin, known to the world as “Charlie,” died in his home in Switzerland. A few months later, his body was stolen from its cemetery plot, kicking off an international corpse hunt that briefly - if dubiously - included the FBI.

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