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Crossroads burials – The resting place for suicides

Crossroads burials – The resting place for suicides


Suicide used to be regarded as shocking and blasphemous, and a coroner’s verdict of  “felo de se” – literally crime against oneself – usually resulted in the body being buried at a crossroads, with a stake through the heart, and with no religious ceremony. The suicide’s property could also be confiscated.