By Ken Englade
A chilling story of greed as one relations commits unspeakable crimes opposed to the dead.
For sixty years, households in Southern California depended on the Sconce family members Funeral domestic with their family' continues to be. That belief used to be betrayed in a rare, frightening style, because it used to be came across that the family members, seeing a chance, were stealing gold fillings and harvesting the organs of the newly deceased, hiding the proof via burning the our bodies of their crematorium.
When the stunning acts got here to mild, an ordeal introduced each grotesque aspect to the leading edge, and Ken Englade has, with even-handed, clear-eyed reporting, chronicled each chilling element.
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Ron Hast and Stephen Nimz—The co-owner of a Los Angeles area mortuary and his housemate. Elie Estephan—Former son-in-law of Frank Strunk; owner of Cremation Society of California, a business said to be coveted by David Sconce. Frank Strunk—Father of Steve Strunk; former father-in-law of Elie Estephan, and former owner of the Cremation Society of California. Walter Lewis—A deputy district attorney in Pasadena who prosecuted David Sconce on charges dealing with the operation of Coastal Cremation and the CIE&TB.
The intention was to formally take over Lamb Funeral Home. With $65,000 down and a promise to pay an additional $100,000 over the next fifteen years—at nine percent interest—Laurieanne agreed to buy the business from her father. Not surprisingly, considering their fears, Bruce and Kirk opposed the sale. The reason they gave was concern for Laurieanne’s welfare. They said their father already was breathing heavily down Laurieanne’s neck and it was making her very nervous. If she bought the funeral home, the parental pressure would only grow worse and they were worried about her health—whether she could continue under the stress not only of running the business, but of keeping Lawrence out of the office.
Lawrence and Lucille Lamb—Laurieanne’s parents; David’s grandparents; owners of Lamb Funeral home until they sold the business to their daughter. Brad Sallard—Brother of David’s wife, Barbara, and son of Oscar Sallard, who gave his name to Oscar’s Ceramics. The victims, possible, potential, and actual: Timothy Waters—Owner of a Burbank cremation service, the Alpha Society, whose apparently natural death may turn out to be a murder. Ron Hast and Stephen Nimz—The co-owner of a Los Angeles area mortuary and his housemate.
A Family Business by Ken Englade