Intruders Found Sleeping In Caskets At Tennessee Funeral Home

By: Pat Prescott
Published: Aug 25, 2021

Police where called after workers found two intruders in a Tennessee funeral home sleeping in caskets after the men fled through a window when authorities were alerted.

One man was able to evade capture by police by escaping through a window. However one intruder, Barrett Lance Hartsock, was not so lucky. He was arrested and charged with burglary and vandalism over $1,000.

Police said there was more than $9,000 in damage done to the caskets the two men were sleeping in. It was unkown what the motive was of the intruders. Also unknown is to why they would go to sleep in the caskets.

The second intruder described as a white male, last seen in the area of Cherry St. At that time was shirtless. His name may be Lars and he may go by the nickname Sparks or Sparky.

Traditionally, in the Western world, a coffin was made, when required, by the village carpenter, and he would frequently manage the whole funeral. The design and workmanship would reflect the skills of that individual carpenter, with the materials and brasses being the materials that were available at the time. In past centuries, if a pauper’s funeral was paid for by the parish, the coffin might have been made of the cheapest, thinnest possible pine.

At the other extreme, a coffin bought privately by a wealthy individual might have used yew or mahogany with a fine lining, plated fittings and brass decorations, topped with a decorated velvet drape.

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