When it comes to family disputes about inheritances, truth can be much stranger than any hypothetical I might generate on my own. A New Hampshire woman is accused of conspiring to remove her father's remains from the local cemetery. A vault was cracked and the decedent's casket was opened.
Police believe the casket was pulled out after Melanie Nash commented about her father being buried with "the real will." A police affidavit said she didn't find a will, only a pack of cigarettes in her father's hand.
Nash told police she did not receive anything when her father died and had been thinking of digging up the grave for years to prove her sister, Susie Nash, "hid the will." Susie Nash has said there was only one will when her father's estate plan was done in 1995 and everyone involved knew about it.
In her June 11 written statement to police, Melanie Nash wrote that she met up with others to go to the cemetery to go dig up her father's grave. Four people have been indicted in the case.
She wrote: "All this was done for the right reasons and I know my father would be OK with it."
She ended her statement with: "What we all did was to dig up my father's coffin, Eddie Nash, looking for documents. We did it with respect."
Nash, who died of a heart attack at 68, started an equipment business in 1979 still run by his family. He's since been reburied.
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