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The second newspaper article concludes:

J. W. Jereczek, 300 Mankato avenue, at whose establishment the bodies of the Bloch children were embalmed, stated also that the bodies should be in a fairly good state of preservation. The location of the graves, he said, might hurry decomposition somewhat, but the bodies, he said, should hold their shapes for at least three years, indicating that in his belief complete decomposition has not yet come about.

Police Doubt Story

In the light of these statements, police are inclined to believe that unless unusual conditions have hurried the decomposition of the Bloch bodies, Mr. Bloch’s story is incorrect in this respect or he did not see the remains as he said he did.

While Mr. Bloch has already confessed to having opened the graves without authority for so doing, the investigation tomorrow will determine whether any further laws have been violated. County Attorney Simpson stated today that he is prepared to issue warrants whenever complaints are made and declared that if a crime has been committed, prosecution will be pushed.


So, Bloch confesses but the cops still don’t believe him. And the guy who owns a furniture store-slash-undertaking business—a forensic authority, for certain—doubts that a body could decompose so quickly? But wait, there’s more, as the third installment begins, only adding to the melodrama:

Bodies Probably To Be
Exhumed On Monday, Is
Police Decision Today

Chief Riebau Says Graves Will Be Opened and
Bodies Inspected to Satisfy Public Curiosity
Unless Later Developments Make Such
Action Inadvisable—No Prosecution Con-
templated Since Law Does Not Apply to
Present Situation—Merely a Question of
Whether or Not Public is to be Informed
Positively as to What Happened at Cemetery
—Would Ascertain Definitely if Bodies Were
Disturbed—Officials Say Matter is Up to


The graves of Miss Frances Bloch and her brother Joseph in St. Mary’s cemetery here will be opened Monday in order to ascertain definitely for the satisfaction of public curiosity in what condition the bodies are, unless later developments indicate that such an action would be inadvisable, Police Chief H. C. Riebau anounced [sic] this afternoon.

Tune in next time to see what twists this true tale takes.

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Anna said...
Any intention of further posts?
September 28, 2012 03:14:49
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