Monday, May 25, 2009


Vermont Teen Stole Corpse's Head To Make Bong

ST. JOHNSBURY, VT---A Vermont teenager has been sentenced to serve between one and seven years in prison for breaking into a tomb and cutting off the head of a corpse in order to make the skull into a bong for smoking marijuana.

Nickolas Buckalew, 18, of Morrisville, pleaded guilty to intentionally removing or injuring a tombstone and intentionally disinterring and carrying away the remains of a human body, both felonies.

He has been given credit for the 14 months he served while awaiting trial and has been sent to a residential treatment facility for facilities with acknowledged mental health issues.

Buckalew broke into a tomb last April, opened a casket and cut the head from a corpse in addition to stealing eyeglasses and a bow tie from the dead man. He reportedly wrapped the head in plastic bags and removed it to his home. He allegedly told his friends that he had done it because he was bored. The friends then went to the cemetery to check out his story and found that the body in the described casket was indeed headless.

And the wheels of criminal justice began to turn.

Police found the head wrapped in bags along with other materials including part of the damaged casket when they executed a search warrant at Buckalew's home.
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