A funeral home in Texas is being sued by parents who say the business lost their 25-year-old daughter’s body. Lawyers questioned business owners about a subcontractor whose Facebook “profile picture shows two men singing, with a cover photo of a dark figure eating a severed limb, surrounded by headstones with the names of bandmates above the words ‘homicidal necrophile’.”
Oxford Dictionary defines necrophilia as “Sexual intercourse with or attraction towards corpses.”
According to an article from the San Antonio Express-News, the subcontractor plays in a band called “Flesh Hoarder”, which is described on his Facebook page as “brutal death metal.”
During the trial on Tuesday, an owner of the company which embalmed Julie Mott, Beyer & Beitel Mortuary Services, was asked about their employee, Nicholas Moreno.
The attorney for the parents asked the embalming company, “He’s testified he’s into Satan,” “Did you know that?” He also stated that “He posts satanic pictures.” Frederick Beyer reportedly responded, “It’s all fantasy. He’s worked with me for years. He’s one of the sweetest guys.”
The funeral home says it does not perform background checks on hires.
Timothy and Sharlotte Mott are suing Mission Park Funeral Chapels and Cemeteries (MPII Inc.) for alleged gross negligence in connection with their daughter’s missing body from the casket.
The Mott family are accusing the owner of MPII Inc., Robert “Dick” Tips and his wife Kristin, of trying to hide the fact that they used third-party contractors to transport the bodies, reported the Express-News. The grieving parents also contend that the locks on the facilities have not been changed in 10 years, and the security codes in two decades.
The owners of MPII charge that the parents did not tell the funeral home that Julie Mott’s ex-boyfriend, Bill Wilburn, was “‘obsessed’ with contacting her before her death and had motive to ‘steal’ her body because he objected to her cremation,” the San Antonio outlet reported.
Mrs. Mott suffers from severe depression. She testified that when she heard that her daughter’s remains were missing, “It was heartbreaking. Horrifying,” she cried. “It was unbelievable. I thought, ‘Who took my baby?’”
Julie Mott died on August 8, 2015.
The trial is continuing this week in Bexar County in the 131st District Court, Judge Norma Gonzales presiding.