The body of a woman in her eighties was robbed of two rings and a necklace at a funeral home in the south-eastern French town of Rives on May 7th, French radio station RTL reported on Monday.
Unbelievably, it was just the first of two crimes involving the deceased woman. After the first burglary her family transferred her body to another funeral home, where thieves once again tried to enter the building.
Her family was left outraged and wounded by the transgressions.
“It’s horrific,” the niece of the woman told RTL. “They stole her jewellery, that I had lovingly left with her. She had her wedding ring, two rings and a gold necklace.
“Never could I have imagined that such a thing could happen. If even after death you can’t be in peace.
“It’s a profanation. They touched her. They pulled [the rings] off her fingers. I want families to know that people go to steal from their dead [relatives]. I will do all I can to stop these bastards. People who do that are not even human beings.”
Quoted by Le Parisien, the niece added: “My aunt had an extremely difficult end. I thought that she would rest in peace. It’s unacceptable that people are capable of breaking into funeral homes. It’s not about the jewellery. I don’t care about that. I don’t care about money. All I care about is her honour and to find out who did this.”
Police are investigating the burglaries and have not said whether they believe the same thief or thieves was responsible for both funeral home break-ins.
Sadly, bad behavior in mortuaries isn't as uncommon as you'd think. Back in 2012 The Local reported on the trial of two medical examiners in the northern French town of Lens who were accused of mutilating and not sewing up the corpses at a morgue.