Little Shop of Horrors?

Low-cost California crematories are charged with cutting corners

The business is gruesome enough: an assembly-line crematorium that makes up in volume what it cuts in price. But Harbor Lawn Mount Olive Mortuary, Cemetery and Crematory in Costa Mesa, Calif., is accused of even grislier practices. To handle its backlog of bodies, former employees claim, the mortuary crammed corpses five at a time into gas ovens built for one. The jumbled ashes were allegedly dumped into 30-gal. trash cans. Then, says Bob Kilburn, a funeral refrigeration-supply manufacturer who installed a cooler at Harbor Lawn...

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