Pa. Man Steals Video Game From Teenager’s Coffin

Submitted by Mark Esposito, Guest Blogger

Pittsburgh area police have arrested 37-year-old Jody Lynn Bennett on suspicion that he stole a hand-held video gaming system  from the coffin of 17-year-old Bradley McCombs, who died in a Christmas Day SUV crash. Seems the respectful, but sticky fingered mourner, attended the viewing to pay his respects. In exchange for his “payment,” he stole the electronic device and three games  from the decedent’s coffin. Bennett fled the funeral home after being confronted by family members.

An anonymous tip led to his arrest on charges of theft, abuse of a corpse, and intentional desecration of a venerated object.  Bennett was unable to post his $15,000.00 bond. According to Yahoo News, “Bennett’s mother, Sharon, said her son has a drug problem. She apologized for his actions.”

Personally, I wait for an apology from the alleged creep himself.

Source:  CBS News

~Submitted by Mark Esposito, Guest Blogger

19 thoughts on “Pa. Man Steals Video Game From Teenager’s Coffin”

  1. My deepest empathy to you Carol, I too can relate to your story. I do understand how some family members or others might have a rationale of doing something that someone not acquainted with the situation might not understand.

  2. When my Dad was buried I put a Baby Ruth candy bar in the casket. There were 8 kids in a chocolate loving family. The only way my Dad could keep any was to hide it behind the truck seat. I discovered it when I was about 5. I never touched it because that was my Daddys’ chocolate. He suffered from diabetes the last ten years of his life and couldn’t have a Baby Ruth. I made sure he took one with him.

  3. It’s misdemeanor theft, and nothing more. If the prosecutor’s cannot get a full conviction on each charged they levied against the defendant, then their names, addresses and work hours should be ordered to be printed in the area’s newspapers once the convictions, if any, are ever obtained or dismissed.

    Post them here too.

  4. Time to play devil’s advocate I guess. I’d rather take issue with anyone crazy enough to bury a video game with a dead man.
    There’s the real intentional desecration of a venerated object.

    Should’ve just cremated him and you spread his ashes in Silicon Valley. Don’t we waste enough already, ffs.

  5. mespo,

    Or … “I stop wanting what I am looking for, looking for it.” (Antonio Porchia)

    At any rate … I am glad to know that more of the good ones are planned as I was afeared your quill had been dulled by all those beotches cavorting on your TV screen.

    Seriously, I found the response from Scott Lane on your thread to be very special.

  6. Blouise:

    “Ok mespo … I just started going through the threads … already I miss the feel-good pieces.”

    Take heart! “He who makes a paradise of his bread makes a hell of his hunger.”(Antonio Porchia, “Voces”)

    More goodies coming!

  7. No one here thinks it’s a little strange to be buried with a Gameboy and three games?


    thats not strange for my family….my father was buried with cigars and budweiser…..

  8. Ok mespo … I just started going through the threads … already I miss the feel-good pieces.

  9. gbk,

    Nope … back in ’73 I buried my 26 year old favorite brother with his childhood stuffed bear and his high-school championship-game football.

  10. No one here thinks it’s a little strange to be buried with a Gameboy and three games?

  11. I once worked with a nurse was paid very well to cross picket lines. I once asked her how she rationalized it, and she answered with the predictable response: “I do it for the patients.” As it turned out, she did it for the drugs. (She was stealing them and, by moving from hospital to hospital — especially hospitals in which people were too stressed and/or busy to notice — it was easier for her to get away with it.)

    I also worked in a hospital in which a well-liked and respected anesthesiologist was caught after it was discoved that he was abusing Fentanyl. One of the things that came out in the investigation was that he’d been swapping the Fentanyl in vials with saline.

  12. This is so sad. I sympathize with the family of the departed. The family of the young man who stole the game must be devastated at the actions of their child as their apology appears genuine.

    And then there is the culprit himself … living in the fog of self-absorption and addiction.

    Criminal charges isn’t the answer … but then what is? We, as a society, are so limited in our abilities to solve these horrible problems. We limit ourselves with our anger.

  13. Addiction is a scourge on our society and civilization in general. I have seen cases of parents stealing pain medication from their children who have cancer and vice versa.

    Outlawing most recreational drugs is about as successful as Prohibition was in the 1930s. Criminalizing activities for which there is tremendous consumer demand is successful all right; it is successful in creating violent criminal gangs and criminal activity. Had it not been for Prohibition and all the vice laws of the time, the Mafia would never have gotten a toehold. Same now. The crime gangs and drug cartels would have no reason to exist.

  14. Wow! What demons cause a person to do something like this? It must have been a horrible scene at the wake! I hope this individual gets help and jail time.

  15. Some people have no soul…..but then again…this is a person that suffers from an addiction and appears to have lost his soul…what would be the best punishment for a person suffering from a drug addiction….

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