Police in Mount Dora, Florida recently arrested two men – a 43-year-old, and a 39-year-old – for robbing four graves at a local cemetery.
The men explained they practiced Palo Mayombe, an Afro-Cuban religion known to use human and animal remains in some ceremonies.
They complained to the police that it’s hard to get human remains in the U.S., which is why they broke into graves, even referring to the cemetery as a “shopping center.”
Three of the graves they broke into were war veterans.
The men said they wanted veterans’ remains because, “the spirit is much stronger in a hero.”
Both were charged with disturbing the contents of a grave and abuse of a dead body.