Monday, October 27, 2008


A family in Tehama County roasted their dead mother on a grill to obscure her death so they could continue receiving her retirement benefits - more than $25,000 - according to a sheriff.

Ramona Allmond's daughter and grandson (55 and 30, respectively) told authorities the woman had died in December. Though no cause of death is known, she is believed to have expired from natural causes. A detective said the two said they were observing the woman's wishes to die at home and be cremated. They left her on the bedroom floor for about a week before burning her corpse in the backyard BBQ pit.

Suspicions were raised when she was missed by her son. The pair are being held in jail and neither has an attorney. They have been arrested on suspicion of embezzlement, abuse of the elderly, and illegal disposal of a body.

© C Harris Lynn, 2008

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