News from California today about a mother and son team who cremated their mother/grandmother this past December in a homemade barbecue pit.
Afterward, they continued to cash her retirement checks, eventually collecting approximately $25,000. Both were arrested and are in custody.
Additional reports say the daughter, 50-year-old Kathleen Allmond of Tehama County, California, constructed a necklace from parts of her mother's skull.
In related news, as part of the research I'm doing for a novel, I interviewed a funeral director earlier this week. During our conversation he confessed that ever since entering this line of work, he's been unable to eat ribs.