Police: Son stole father’s corpse from cemetary to resurrect him with prayer

NOT THE SHARPEST KNIFE IN THE DRAWER: Believing that his father could be resurrected through prayer, the ironically named Vincent Bright (allegedly) stole Clarence Bright’s body from a mausoleum at Detroit’s Gethsemane Cemetery, where it was being kept before burial, and stored it in his home freezer.

Police arrested Bright and another man after finding them with an empty casket in the back of a white van at a CITGO gas station about a mile away from Bright’s home. Bright, who told police he was distraught over the recent death of his mother, has been charged with disinterment of a body, which is punishable by up to 10 years in prison. The 49-year-old man who was with him at the CITGO station was released after questioning, The Detroit News reports. [Editorial Note: The Detroit News reports the deceased father’s name as “Clarence Street,” and identifies the second man as Vincent Bright’s younger brother.]

Bright, who is being held on a $75,000 bond, has refused a court-ordered competency exam, telling Judge Ruth Carter, “I knew what I was doing.” His next court date is March 26.


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