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Editor: Gerry W. Beyer
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Cemetery Worker Takes Guitar From Coffin

Guitar Before sixty-seven year old Randall Jourdan of Wisconsin passed away, he informed his family that he wanted to be buried with his valuable Fender guitar. According to Jourdan’s family, the guitar was the man’s pride and joy.

After Jourdan died, the guitar was placed in his casket, as per his directions. Steven Conard, a cemetery worker, was aware of the guitar and decided to take it from the casket before the crypt’s stone face was attached. Another worker, James Lang, realized the guitar was missing and reported it to his supervisor who called the police. The authorities located the guitar in Conard’s living room and returned it to Jourdan’s family.

See Cemetery Worker Stole Guitar From Army Vet’s Casket, The Smoking Gun, Sep. 26, 2011.


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Dear Prof. Beyer,

I checked the source link and found out the information in your blog is not correct. The guy who took the guitar away is Steven Conard. James Lang is the one who found the guitar was missing.

GWB: Thanks!! I've corrected the posting.

Posted by: Steven Wang | Oct 18, 2011 4:46:08 AM

Gibsons are the bestest i ever had played with in my life!

Posted by: Guitar Lover` | Nov 16, 2011 11:30:37 PM

I bet the guitar was just that beautiful that the worker had to take it. Was the guitar expensive? And did he ever explain why he took it away?

Posted by: Loria Schleiff | Dec 12, 2011 7:23:15 AM

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