After years of speculation, the mystery surrounding the mysterious death of a man found inside a Chicago funeral home in the early 1970s has finally been solved.
On Wednesday, a group of friends and family members filed suit against the owner of the funeral home, claiming he didn’t know who the man was and lied about him to cover up his crime.
The suit was filed by the Chicago-based organization Chicago Civil Liberties and Legal Services, which filed a lawsuit against the owners of the Northbrook funeral home.
The funeral home has been owned by the Rev. Charles G. Stoll for nearly 50 years.
The case comes on the heels of the death of Daniel Kaczynski, a 71-year-old man who died of natural causes at a funeral home near the site of the Chicago cemetery where the burial was held.
Kaczys family and funeral home were at odds over the death, and Stoll was under pressure to change the name of the crematory and provide new burial arrangements.
The new suit says that, despite the disagreement, the funeral homes continued to operate in violation of the law.
In its lawsuit, the Chicago Civil Rights Alliance (CCRA) accuses the funeral owners of violating several laws, including a law barring the practice of “unlawful commercial cremation” by denying people a funeral burial in accordance with their wishes, or by denying them proper burial and cremation services, as well as failing to provide adequate burial and burial services.
The law requires that funeral homes have “sufficient facilities for the proper disposal of the body of a person deceased” and is designed to prevent the practice.
The suit says it has “never before been made public.”
The Chicago Civil Civil Liberties Alliance says that in 2011, it obtained a lawsuit filed by Kaczens’ family and the Revs.
William M. Brown and William L. Czaja in federal court in Chicago.
That lawsuit, which was settled for $6.6 million in 2015, alleged that the funeral and crematory was in violation and that it was violating a federal law, the Americans with Disabilities Act, which prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities.
The lawsuit alleged that “in violation of section 1403 of the Americans With Disabilities, Rehabilitation, and Education Act, it discriminated against Kaczos family and its employees, including the funeral director and his staff, on the basis of their disability and their ability to make funeral arrangements,” the lawsuit said.
“Kaczynski’s family has been waiting for more than 40 years for the truth,” said Michael Bresnahan, the attorney representing the family and Stell.
“We’re pleased that the court ruled that this case was ripe for discovery and that we have the evidence to put this matter to rest.”