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Elderly man digs up dead woman from grave and sells body for marriage

By Mason White 12:49 PM October 16, 2015
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By: Tanya Malhotra
An elderly man was arrested on a charge of theft after allegedly digging up the grave of a dead woman in order to sell her body for marriage to a dead single man, police in China said.

Ruicheng County police said that the have arrested the 72-year-old man identified as Hou, after he and two other men were caught digging up the young dead woman to sell her body for marriage.

According to the police investigation, when Hou learned about the death of a young single man, he posed as the relative of the dead woman and offered to sell her body for marriage.

Some people believe that when a person dies before getting married, bad luck will chase the family members of the deceased.

Some people resort to carrying out a marriage ceremony after death. After Hou got $3,900 from the young man’s family, he dug up the grave of the dead woman on Saturday night.

However, neighbors who heard noises in the cemetery caught Hou and his two accomplices in the act and notified the police.

All three men were arrested at the scene.