Rest in Peace or No Pieces at all?

by Casey Murphy

Thomas Curry, charged with possession of marijuana almost 90 years ago and thought to be buried in Florida’s Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys, was later discovered with nothing in the casket.

According to CNN, “Florida’s Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys, a now infamous juvenile detention facility that closed in 2011 for budgetary reasons, capping a chilling, 111-year legacy of brutality.” Curry had only been staying at the juvenile detention facility for twenty-nine days before he died of an “unknown cause.”

“The ledger entry at the Dozier school said he was ‘killed on RR Bridge Chattahoochee, Fla.’ Another document at Old Cathedral Cemetery in Philadelphia says he was ‘killed by train.’ No one from Dozier ever reported his death to the state,” according to CNN. In 2008, Curry’s death certificate was found at Dozier. It said he died of a crushed skull from an “unknown cause.”

Curry was thought to be returned to his family and buried in Philadelphia. Almost 90 years later, they discovered the truth about what really was brought home to the family. “Wood. Layers of pieces of wood,” said anthropologist Erin Kimmerle, explaining what she and her team found in the casket. “It was completely filled with wooden planks,” states University of South Florida anthropologists, who have been working on this case.

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