A man in Detroit was arrested Friday after he allegedly stole his father's body from a cemetery. According to reports, Vincent Bright corpsenapped his father's body from a cemetery on Monday, hours before it was to be buried, in the hopes it would be resurrected through prayer. Police found the body in a basement freezer in Bright's home.
"It's an unusual case, it's not something you see every day," Gerald Karafa, Bright's court-appointed lawyer, told the Detroit Free Press. Karafa said he had not spoken with his client.
Ridiculous as it all sounds, the case is actually sort of sad and likely the result of mental illness. Police say Bright's mother had also recently died.
"He was very, very, very distraught," Detroit Police Lt. Harold Rochon said. "In an interview of the son, he is very religious, and he was hoping his father would be resurrected. He was hoping for a miracle."
"The son didn't want to be separated from his father."
Police said the man may have mental problems. One neighbor said he seemed nice enough.
"He was a nice guy and he seemed like a normal person," Gwendolyn Coleman said. "Nobody thought he'd do something like that."
Bright faces charges of disinterment of a body, a felony punishable by 10 years in jail.
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