Exploring Almost Forgotten Gravesites in the Great State of Ohio

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"A cemetery may be considered as abandoned when all or practically all of the bodies have been Removed therefrom and no bodies have been buried therein for a great many years, and the cemetery has been so long neglected as entirely to lose its identity as such, and is no longer known, recognized and respected by the public as a cemetery. 1953 OAG 2978."

Monday, July 6, 2009

PBS History Detectives Program of July 6, 2009 - "Cemetery Alarm"

Click on title to be taken to the PDF transcription of the segment of the PBS program, "History Detectives" that aired Monday, July 6, 2009 about a "Cemetery Alarm" invention which had connections to the state of Ohio and the county of Pickaway, in particular.

The following is taken from the PBS webite about this segment of the program:

AIRING: Season 7, Episode 3
THE PLACE: Michigan, Ohio

"History Detectives tackles the case of a man who collects war munitions and has snapped up an item at an estate auction that looked like a Civil War-era weapon.

On closer inspection, and after consulting with other collectors, he decides he has a grave alarm, an explosive device meant to guard against grave robbers. Is this a grave alarm?

History Detectives unearths tales of body snatching and cadaver dissecting, unusual crimes and the most unlikely suspects.
Feature: Body Snatching Around The World

Find out about the dark practice of body snatching and it's history."