Funeral Director’s License Suspended After He Dismembers Body

Ellenberg Funeral Services on Highway 81 in Loganville closed down almost as quickly as it opened. It is now being reported that the owner, William B. Ellenger III, has had his licenses suspended following a series of bizarre incidents.

According to CBS Atlanta, Ellenberg, who also is the owner of Metro Embalming and Crematory in Conyers, had his license suspended after it was reported that he dismembered an 800-pound body in the Conyers location in order to fit it into the crematory. Conyers police investigated and reported it is not a crime to do so. Permission needs to be sought from the family first, though, and it is reported that Ellenberg did not do so.

Ellenberg appeared on a large billboard on Highway 78 in Loganville earlier in the year advertising the opening of Ellenberg Funeral Services in Loganville. However, it wasn’t open long before it was found to no longer be in operation. CBS Atlanta reports that Walton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a suicide attempt by Ellenberg on Aug. 15 when he allegedly shot himself in the leg. He also is reported to have threatened the life of a former business partner.

Ellenberg’s license was suspended on Sept. 20, but he can appeal the ruling. Ellenberg told CBS Atlanta that his troubles are the result of a woman scorned – the former business partner with whom he reportedly had a relationship at one time.

 

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Chef slow cooked his wife’s body, dumped it out as kitchen waste

In a taped interview played in court Tuesday, a Southern California chef on trial for allegedly killing his wife told police he slow cooked her body then dumped it out as kitchen waste.

Dawn Viens disappeared in 2009 and police identified her husband David – the chef at the former Thyme Café in Torrance – as a prime suspect.

In 2011, investigators dug up the Thyme Café, which Dawn co-owned, searching for her body. But in a taped interview played Tuesday in court, David Viens seemed to tell police why her remains may never be found.

“I took some, some things like weights that we use and I put them on the top of her body, and I just slowly cooked it and I ended up cooking her for four days,” Viens said on tape.

Documents: Read David Viens’ Interview With Deputies

Viens claimed he argued with his wife, then bound her arms and feet and duct-taped her mouth shut. He said he panicked when he found her dead the next morning.

Viens claimed he stuffed his wife’s 105-pound body in a drum and disposed of the remains as if it was kitchen waste.

“I came up with the idea of cleaning the grease traps and commingling in the, the excess, the excess protein,” he could be heard saying on the tape.

David Viens told police he recovered Dawn’s skull and jawbone and hid them in his mother’s attic. Investigators say they never recovered any body parts.

 

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Woman’s Body Snatched from Pleasantville Cemetery

Police are searching for the people responsible for stealing a woman’s body from a mausoleum at the Atlantic City Cemetery in Pleasantville last week.

Cemetery workers say the mausoleum’s door was pried open and that the coffin that housed the body of Pauline Spinelli was empty inside.

“The person who came here came with the tools necessary to break into that,” Pleasantville Police Captain Rocky Melendez told NBC10’s Ted Greenberg.

The empty coffin was discovered around on Friday, according to police.

They say the body was stolen sometime between Thursday night and early Friday.

“You gotta think…they took her out of the box and threw her in the back of their car with them,” Spinelli’s grandson Rocco told NBC10.

Spinelli was laid to rest inside the mausoleum with other family members in 1996. She was 98 years old when she died.

Police are working to determine if the theft of Spinelli’s body may be connected to two others in Middlesex County. In 2010, the body of a 2-year-old was stolen and in 2011, a 72-year-old Joseph Lamela’s body was taken, according to authorities

They’re also investigating the possibility that Spinelli’s remains were stolen for some sort of cult ritual.

“I don’t want to see someone desecrate her body — chop her up or make some sort of voodoo dust out of her,” said Rocco Spinelli.

He just wants the thieves to bring his grandmom back, or else…”grandmom is going to haunt them for rest of their lives.”

 

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Woman watched NASCAR with deceased man for over a year

Many of us like watching races in the company of other NASCAR fans, but Linda Chase of Jackson, Mich., might have taken that just a bit too far.

For the past 10 years, she lived together with Charles Zigler. And when Zigler passed away, they continued to live and watch NASCAR together for approximately 18 months until authorities found Zigler’s body on Friday.

We’ll let the Jackson Citizen Patriot take it from here:

Zigler, known as Charlie, died naturally, Linda Chase said. “He just fell asleep.” She kept him in his chair after he died, keeping him dressed and cleaned. His body did not stink, she said. She would talk to him and watch NASCAR races on television with him.

Jackson officials believe that Zigler, who would have been 67 or 68, died around Christmas of 2010. That was 18 months ago. When Zigler’s family members went to check on him after not hearing from him for a while, they went to the police, who found Zigler’s body in his chair.

Chase kept Zigler’s body around for more than NASCAR races, however. She’s admitted to cashing his social security checks, saying “I’m probably going to prison.” She’s currently being investigated. When family members, with whom Zigler did not have a close relationship, tried to contact him, Chase would tell them that he was gone. She told the paper that “It’s not that I’m heartless. It’s just that after so many bad things happen to you, I don’t know.

“I didn’t want to be alone. He was the only guy who was ever nice to me.”

So, next time you have friends over for a race, check on them every once in a while. Yeah, they could be just taking a nap because it’s Pocono, but you never know.

 

 

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