New York State Funeral Directors Association

Screen shot from video of 1991 Fillm Hit "Silence of the Lambs" shows Serial Killer Character Buffalo Bill Sewing Human Skin

OPINION: Books Bound in Human Flesh Should be Cremated and Buried

Huffingtonpost.com ran the article in the “Weird News” section. It belongs in another spot: Human Morality. Ah, never mind, that's not among the categories.

The story reports people did some scientific testing on a book initially believed - but not confirmed - to have been bound in human skin.

Funerals, cremation and burial often follow the death of a loved one in what some might consider a civilized society.

View of former Rotterdam Square Mall and Vedder Cemetery

Cars drove by and happy consumers swung their shopping bags back and forth as I waited to snap a photo of the tiny cemetery that’s surrounded by a shopping mall near my hometown.

The historic site serves as the final resting place of one of the earliest settlers of the Schenectady area, Harmen Albertse Vedder, and members of his family.

Video: Slaves No More

New York's Capital Region honors, re-buries Colonial-era slaves. Found by accident in an unmarked cemetery, scientists pinpointed their African origin and the community held a wake and funeral.

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