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May 14, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
Using a diamond-tip blade, workers sliced through granite slabs of the Tomb of the Unknowns, beginning exhumation of remains for possible identification of a pilot from the Vietnam War. The remains were sealed in the Arlington National Cemetery monument 14 years ago with the intention that they never be removed. But Defense Secretary William S. Cohen last week ordered the exhumation to clear up suspicions of a downed pilot's family who believe he is buried there.
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December 11, 2013 | By Richard Simon
WASHINGTON - Congress sent President Obama legislation on Wednesday that its chief sponsor said he wished weren't necessary. The Alicia Dawn Koehl Respect for National Cemeteries Act authorizes the Department of Veterans Affairs to disinter from national cemeteries any veterans who have committed capital crimes. The measure was approved by the House on Wednesday after earlier passing the Senate. It grew out of what its chief sponsor, Sen. Dan Coats (R-Ind.), said was a "very disturbing mistake" by Veterans Affairs: burying the killer of a mother of two at a national cemetery, and with military honors.
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NEWS
March 12, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
The body of French actor-singer Yves Montand was exhumed in Paris for a post-mortem paternity test sought by a woman claiming to be his daughter. The court order for the exhumation was issued in November, causing anger and revulsion in Montand's family and media appeals for the dead star to be left in peace. A panel of three doctors will have until June 30 to determine whether Montand, who died in 1991 at age 70, was the father of Aurore Drossart, now 22.
WORLD
November 25, 2013 | By Richard Fausset and Cecilia Sanchez
MEXICO CITY - The number of exhumed bodies now stands at 42 -- and the digging continues at the latest clandestine mass grave to be discovered on Mexican soil. This month, Mexican authorities declared that they had exhumed 19 unidentified bodies from the unmarked burial ground along the Lerma River, in the western state of Jalisco. The site is near the border with Michoacan, a state reeling from the presence of violent drug cartels. Since the initial announcement of the discovery, the number of exhumed bodies has continued to grow as officials continue their grisly work.
WORLD
April 8, 2013 | By Fabiola Gutierrez and Chris Kraul, Los Angeles Times
SANTIAGO, Chile - Chilean authorities on Monday exhumed the body of Pablo Neruda to check claims by a former chauffeur that the Nobel Prize-winning poet may have been killed by government agents shortly after the 1973 overthrow of his friend, President Salvador Allende. Under a special tent and wearing protective clothing, a team of forensic pathologists that included a U.S. toxicologist gathered in the coastal resort town of Isla Negra to oversee the exhumation. Neruda died on Sept.
NEWS
August 11, 1999 | Associated Press
Forensic experts, reconstructing a 1995 massacre in the Bosnian enclave of Srebrenica, have finished exhuming about 250 bodies from a mass grave, U.N. officials said Tuesday. "Although the grave was disturbed, remains of approximately 250 persons were found, some with their hands tied behind their backs," said Kelly Moore, the spokeswoman for the United Nations in Bosnia-Herzegovina. She said the bodies will be taken to a morgue, where they will be photographed and cataloged.
NEWS
March 19, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
A leading German newspaper has reported that revered German literary hero Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was secretly exhumed about 30 years ago. The macabre revelation came as Germany prepares to celebrate the 250th anniversary of Goethe's birth on Aug. 28. Scientists in the former East Germany removed Goethe's remains from his tomb in 1970 to preserve the skeleton. They enclosed it in foam before returning it to the tomb.
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January 27, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Romanian Communists said they will seek approval to exhume the remains of Stalinist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu because they suspect that he might have been tortured before he was executed in 1989. "We plan to ask authorities to allow us to exhume Ceausescu and his wife to bury them in a Christian way," said Cristian Niculae of the Romanian Workers Party.
NEWS
June 6, 1991 | Associated Press
The body of civil rights leader Medgar Evers was exhumed and transported here to be re-examined as part of a renewed inquiry into his slaying, officials confirmed Wednesday. Evers' body was exhumed Monday from Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, a U.S. Army spokeswoman said. She said the Jackson, Miss., district attorney's office, which has reopened an investigation into Evers' death, requested the exhumation. Evers was shot to death June 12, 1963, in front of his Jackson home.
NEWS
January 13, 1998 | From Reuters
The National Park Service on Monday rejected a forensic scientist's request to exhume the body of 19th century explorer Meriwether Lewis. Scientist James Starrs had sought to prove that Lewis was murdered and did not commit suicide in 1809. Jerry Belson, director of the National Park Service's southeast region, said in a letter to Starrs that the exhumation would be inconsistent with policies barring the disturbance of burial sites in national parklands unless threatened with destruction.
WORLD
November 14, 2013 | By Vincent Bevins
RIO DE JANEIRO -- Brazil's government exhumed the remains of former President João Goulart on Thursday to investigate whether he may have been murdered by the military dictatorship that deposed him in 1964. Goulart died in exile in Argentina in 1976, supposedly due to a heart attack, and an autopsy was never performed. Family members and some officials in the current government believe he may have been poisoned as part of Operation Condor, the collaborative effort of South American military governments at the time to eliminate leftists from the continent.
WORLD
November 8, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
No traces of poison were found during tests of the exhumed remains of Chilean Nobel laureate Pablo Neruda, forensics experts reported Friday after a six-month investigation. The revered South American poet and avowed communist died just 12 days after the Sept. 11, 1973, coup that deposed his friend and fellow leftist, Chilean President Salvador Allende. Although suffering from prostate cancer, Neruda's sudden turn for the worse in his final days stirred suspicions that he might have been murdered by the right-wing regime of Gen. Augusto Pinochet.
NATIONAL
September 2, 2013 | By Benjamin Mueller
The men remember a manicured campus stained by the blood of teenage boys. They remember the explosion of the leather strap - 30 lashes, 50 lashes, more than 100 - and the bloody classroom chairs they scrubbed down later. For more than a century, the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys in the Florida Panhandle town of Marianna took in damaged children and turned out shattered men. The state closed the school in 2011 after the U.S. Justice Department documented some of the abuse. But the sprawling campus may still be hiding horrors.
WORLD
May 25, 2013 | By David S. Cloud, Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON - The hunt for proof that Syrian government forces used banned chemical weapons may come down to a rotting corpse exhumed late last month from a makeshift cemetery near Damascus. The grave diggers - a Syrian doctor and several medical students - were seeking tissue from the remains of a man who had died of respiratory failure after a rocket allegedly spewed poison gas on Dariya, a suburb of the Syrian capital, on April 25. Reaching the cadaver several feet down, the team sliced open the cloth shroud, cut into the torso and removed a small piece of lung.
WORLD
April 8, 2013 | By Fabiola Gutierrez and Chris Kraul, Los Angeles Times
SANTIAGO, Chile - Chilean authorities on Monday exhumed the body of Pablo Neruda to check claims by a former chauffeur that the Nobel Prize-winning poet may have been killed by government agents shortly after the 1973 overthrow of his friend, President Salvador Allende. Under a special tent and wearing protective clothing, a team of forensic pathologists that included a U.S. toxicologist gathered in the coastal resort town of Isla Negra to oversee the exhumation. Neruda died on Sept.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 12, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Nobel Prize winning poet Pablo Neruda's body will be exhumed and autopsied, a judge ruled this week. An investigation of Neruda's death was opened in 2011, 38 years after he died of what was said to be malnutrition or cancer. Judge Mario Carroza ordered the investigation after Chile's Communist Party filed an official request. Carroza is overseeing the cases of hundreds of Chileans who were "disappeared" during Gen. Augusto Pinochet's notoriously ruthless regime. Pinochet took over from Salvador Allende in a military coup in 1973.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 6, 1988
The Los Angeles County coroner has decided not to oppose a court order to unearth the remains of a wealthy Orange County woman to determine if she was killed by her second husband, as her sons allege. The coroner's compliance comes after a two-year effort by the sons to have the remains of their mother, Nancy Ann Barwick, 52, exhumed from a Long Beach cemetery. The coroner, Dr. Richard Kornblum, had opposed the autopsy request because Mrs.
NEWS
August 21, 1999 | From Associated Press
The son of Dr. Sam Sheppard, who was convicted and then acquitted of killing his wife 45 years ago, is outraged that prosecutors will exhume his mother's remains and said the plan is only a means to delay a trial to clear his father's name. "We don't understand why they're doing this. It's outrageous," Sam Reese Sheppard, 52, said Friday after learning that Cuyahoga County Prosecutor William Mason ordered the exhumation.
NATIONAL
January 17, 2013 | By Andrew Khouri
Authorities on Friday plan to exhume the body of a Chicago lottery winner who officials say died of cyanide poisoning, police confirmed to the Los Angeles Times. Last week, a Cook County judge gave the medical examiner's office approval to remove Urooj Khan's body to conduct an autopsy. Chief Medical Examiner Stephen J. Cina said in a court filing that his office needs to confirm the cyanide poisoning finding and “rule out any other natural causes that might have contributed to or caused Mr. Khan's death.
NATIONAL
January 11, 2013 | By Andrew Khouri
Cook County prosecutors are expected to ask a judge Friday morning to exhume the body of a Chicago lottery winner who died of cyanide poisoning, according to the medical examiner's office. A spokeswoman for the Cook County Medical Examiner previously told the Los Angeles Times that the removal of 46-year-old Urooj Khan's remains may not take place for several weeks because the decision must receive a judge's approval and authorities must coordinate with the cemetery. Khan -- who won a $1-million jackpot from the Illinois lottery last summer -- died before he could receive his winnings.
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