Iowa man selling coffin on Craigslist gets questions about skeleton inside
COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa man’s online classified ad offering an oak coffin for sale neglected to mention the full skeleton inside, so police interrupted the deal and seized the bones.
The Council Bluffs Daily Nonpareil reported ( [link to DON'T_USE-THIS] ) that the coffin belonged to the now-defunct Council Bluffs chapter of the International Order of Odd Fellows, which promotes anonymous giving to the poor.
Dave Burgstrum placed the ad on the Craigslist website to sell the coffin for $12,000 because he’s trying to raise money to pay the property taxes on the fraternal organization’s hall.
Burgstrum said the coffin was made in the 1900s and had been used in the group’s rituals to represent death. The bones had been in there for years.
‘‘They were just there as long as anyone could remember,’’ said Burgstrum, who is one of a handful of remaining members of the Council Bluffs chapter of the Odd Fellows.