In 1989, a funeral director named Bobby Wilks was caught committing a set of crimes that are so disturbing they're almost unimaginable. Wilks would sell burial vaults, or cement structures that are meant to protect caskets, to grieving families and then bury the bodies without the vault. He carried out this scheme multiple times, and at some point his scheme changed from grand larceny to uninhibited desecration of a corpse. Crimes committed by funeral directors are some of the most heinous and painful crimes to think about: these are people who are meant to take care of loved ones when they pass on, and when they betray our trust it creates an abscess in grieving souls that can never be fixed.
The funeral home crimes of Bobby Wilks are not dissimilar to the crimes of grave robbers — people who steal dead bodies. Wilks would bury people without caskets, fill their caskets with trash, or just plain old dump them in a shallow grave. Even after he was arrested, Wilks continued his pattern of deviance in prison, even molesting children.
Bobby Wilks Tricked Families Into Buying Burial Equipment That He Never Used
Wilks Would Bury Bodies Without Coffins
Wilks Stuffed His Garbage In With The Deceased
His Coworkers Had Been Suspicious For A Long Time
Some Of His Victims Were Buried In Cardboard
Wilks Was Caught By A Suspicious Family Member