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Teen-ager Arrested For Taking Head From Grave

November 20, 1991

GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (AP) _ A teen-ager said he decapitated a corpse and took the head to his apartment after watching a scary movie, police said Wednesday.

William David Rider, 18, of Arab, used a sledgehammer to smash open a burial vault and casket, then beheaded the body of a man killed in a wreck several weeks ago, police said.

Police said they found the head Tuesday in Rider’s apartment.

Lucian Howard, an investigator in the Marshall County District Attorney’s Office, said Rider picked the grave because it was recently covered.

″He told the officer that he watched a scary movie and he decided he wanted him a skull and decided to go get him one,″ Howard said.

Rider was charged with first-degree criminal mischief, desecrating a grave and abuse of a corpse. He was jailed Wednesday in lieu of $20,000 bond.

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