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The Bobster
08-31-2015, 06:15 PM
http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2015/08/31/bodies-found-funeral-home/

Police: Three Bodies Found At Possibly Unlicensed Funeral Home
August 31, 2015 4:02 PM
By Molly Daly

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Philadelphia police are investigating the discovery of human remains in a funeral home in West Philadelphia.

According to police, an investigator from the Pennsylvania Department of state called 911 around 2:30 p.m. Monday afternoon to report the business near 53rd and Vine Streets was operating without a license.

During the investigation, a wrapped-up body and human remains were found.

Police are still on the scene.

voiceofreason
09-01-2015, 10:30 AM
http://6abc.com/news/funeral-director-charged-after-decaying-bodies-found/964073/

Funeral director charged with abuse of corpse after decaying bodies found

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9/1/15

WEST PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) --
A West Philadelphia funeral home director has been charged after decomposing bodies were found inside the business, which police say was operating with an expired license.

Blair Hawkins is charged with three counts of abuse of corpse.

It all began with a tip call to State Investigators who found deplorable conditions at the Hawkins Funeral Parlor at 53rd and Vine.

They found it was operating without a license. Even worse, they found three bodies, one had been embalmed in a casket awaiting cremation, but two other bodies were found decomposing. One lying on a metal gurney, the other in a body bag.

Philadelphia Police Lieutenant John Walker tells Action News, "One in the casket has been embalmed and apparently from what we're seeing at this point it has received services and they're just waiting for the cremation date for that particular body. The remaining two are not embalmed, and we only have one death certificate at this point for those two bodies."

In addition, those two bodies are past the point of when they should be embalmed.

"Bodies under state regulations have to be embalmed within 24 hours of arriving at a funeral parlor, if not they have to be refrigerated under 40 degrees, I can tell you there is no refrigeration here," Lt. Walker said.

Southwest Detectives working with the State Department say the funeral director has a license, but the funeral home does not.

Action News spoke with John Gaither Monday night who says he is the sole proprietor of the funeral home - which is currently operating as Hawkins Funeral Services, but used to operate under the name Gaither and Kimble Funeral Homes.

Gaither says he recently brought in Blair Hawkins as funeral director hoping to save the troubled business. He tells Action News he was out of town when all this developed.

"The rules and regulations are clear about how long a body is kept without refrigeration not embalmed. It's my understanding [Hawkins] did know that," Gaither said.

For his part, Hawkins tells police this is all a misunderstanding and that the body on the gurney was in the process of being embalmed. But he says he has no idea who the man in the body bag is or how he got there.

Gaither says he feels bad for the families of the bodies found in his place.

voiceofreason
09-01-2015, 10:33 AM
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The Bobster
09-01-2015, 04:51 PM
http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2015/09/01/funeral-director-charges/

Funeral Director Charged After Officials Discover Several Decomposed Bodies During Investigation
September 1, 2015 4:02 PM

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Philadelphia Police announced the arrest of Blair Hawkins on Tuesday. Hawkins, the funeral director at the Hawkins Funeral Home has been charged with three counts of Abuse of Corpse.

On Monday, the Department of State Bureau of Enforcement Investigation responded to a tip that Hawkins’ funeral home, located at 5300 Vine Street, was operating without a license and still accepting deceased bodies.

According to authorities, Hawkins attempted to prevent Monday’s investigation from happening.

Officials say upon investigating the preparations room, two decomposed bodies were found along with one embalmed body. The preparations room was also found to not be ventilated.

Two unmarked non-medical bags were also found containing human organs.

The Bobster
08-29-2016, 07:28 AM
http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/unlicensed-funeral-home-trial-west-philadelphia-decomposing-bodies-391594351.html

Trial to Begin for Man Accused of Running Unlicensed Funeral Home
By Morgan Zalot
Published 22 minutes ago

A man accused of running an unlicensed funeral home in West Philadelphia is slated to appear in court Monday for the start of his trial on abuse of corpse charges.

Police arrested Blair Hawkins, 53, of Laurel Springs, NJ, last year after they found three bodies not properly stored in Hawkins Funeral Service, on the 5300 block of Vine Street. One of the bodies was embalmed in a coffin in a non-ventilated room and two others were decomposing, authorities said at the time. Investigators also discovered two unmarked, non-medical bags of human organs inside the building.

Hawkins at the time told NBC10 that the state investigation that found the questionable conditions, sparked by a tip from the public, was all a result of a misunderstanding.

"The bodies, we have paperwork," Hawkins told NBC10. "They're gonna be cremated. They're authorized. We don't refrigerate bodies that are being cremated."

Hawkins faces three counts of abuse of corpse charges. His trial is scheduled to begin Monday morning in Philadelphia court.

The Bobster
08-29-2016, 04:58 PM
http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/unlicensed-funeral-home-trial-west-philadelphia-decomposing-bodies-391594351.html

Judge Continues Trial of Man Accused of Running Unlicensed Funeral Home
By Morgan Zalot
Published 4 hours ago

A man accused of running an unlicensed funeral home in West Philadelphia where police found decomposing bodies will face trial in October, a judge decided on Monday.

Blair Hawkins, 53, would have faced trial beginning on Monday, but the District Attorney's Office requested the continuance, as one of their witnesses was unavailable, according to court documents. The judge agreed to reschedule the trial to Oct. 3.

Police arrested Hawkins, of Laurel Springs, NJ, last year after they found three bodies not properly stored in Hawkins Funeral Service, on the 5300 block of Vine Street. One of the bodies was embalmed in a coffin in a non-ventilated room and two others were decomposing, authorities said at the time. Investigators also discovered two unmarked, non-medical bags of human organs inside the building.

Hawkins at the time told NBC10 that the state investigation that found the questionable conditions, sparked by a tip from the public, was all a result of a misunderstanding.

"The bodies, we have paperwork," Hawkins told NBC10. "They're gonna be cremated. They're authorized. We don't refrigerate bodies that are being cremated."

Hawkins faces three counts of abuse of corpse charges.

Published 4 hours ago

The Bobster
10-04-2016, 05:43 PM
http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/Funeral-Home-Decaying-Bodies-Unlicensed-Conviction-Guilty-Abuse-Corpse-395844501.html

Judge Finds Funeral Director Guilty of Abuse of Corpse in Case of Decaying Bodies
By Morgan Zalot
Published at 1:32 PM EDT on Oct 4, 2016

A man who ran an unlicensed funeral home in West Philadelphia where police found decaying bodies not properly stored will face probation for abuse of corpse, a Philadelphia judge ruled.

Blair Hawkins, 53, learned his sentence on Monday in front of Judge Patrick F. Dugan. Dugan found Hawkins guilty of three counts of abuse of corpse, according to court documents, and sentenced Hawkins to up to two years of probation for each count.

Other charges against Hawkins were withdrawn.

Police arrested Hawkins, of Laurel Springs, NJ, last year after they found three bodies not properly stored in Hawkins Funeral Service, on the 5300 block of Vine Street. One of the bodies was embalmed in a coffin in a non-ventilated room and two others were decomposing, authorities said at the time. Investigators also discovered two unmarked, non-medical bags of human organs inside the building. :eek:

Hawkins at the time told NBC10 that the state investigation that found the questionable conditions, sparked by a tip from the public, was all a result of a misunderstanding.

"The bodies, we have paperwork," Hawkins told NBC10. "They're gonna be cremated. They're authorized. We don't refrigerate bodies that are being cremated."

Hawkins' attorney has filed an appeal.