There is a truly bizarre crime being reported in Beiliu City, China. Two officials were faced with a quota for cremated bodies under a law encouraging this form of disposal over burials. Two short of the quota, the officials reportedly employed a grave robber named Zhong to supply bodies for cremation.
We have seen truly bizarre grave robbing crimes in China in the past, including young girls for ghastly “Ghost wedding” after the death of an unmarried man. This however was to simply have the bodies burned to make a monthly number for two bureaucrats in Guangdong province.
It was not limited to two bodies. Zhong reportedly admitted to stealing more than 20 corpses. What is particularly gruesome is that he would take the bodies on his motorcycle to sell to officials. While that might help with the HOV lanes, it is not a recommended transportation technique for professional grave robbers. Of course, it could always be worse:
The officials nailed in the investigation — surnamed He and Dong — were in charge of funeral management reform. They have also reportedly confessed. After the arrest, Dong appears to have learned that he was actually paying twice the going rate. He bought 10 corpses for 3000 Yuan (nearly $500) each while He only paid 1500 Yuan (about $245) for each body. I guess you cannot trust a grave robber and, like many things in China, you have to bargain with the guy with the corpse on his motorcycle.
Officials indicated that this arrangement may have been “approved” by other officials and was a widespread practice of recycling corpses for cash and cremation.
It would seem the perfect crime since the corpus delicti literally goes up in smoke. However, you are still left with a grave robber riding around with corpses on this motorcycle.