This location was a real surprise. We expected an abandoned, empty funeral home. Turns out it was much, much worse than that.
The owner, Clyde Booth, dreamed of a place of rest that would never be forgotten, and never fall into disrepair, like so many cemeteries do. His business model was based off of low cost burial and perpetual care, under the promise that the mound would continue to expand and never fall to decay and neglect. Obviously, very few people bought into the idea, and the mound was forced to close due to lack of funds. Everything about the place is off. The way the "mausoleum" section was
designed, as an open room with racks, the way the caskets were simply
placed onto the racks. At the time of Mr. Booth's passing, the mound was sealed and in good condition. The government took ownership of the property after his passing, due to lapsed tax payments. It seems they never bothered to go inspect their new property.
Today, the Mound has been broken into and scrapped. It appears that human remains were left behind when the building was abandoned. When we discovered the caskets with human remains, we got out of there pretty quick and filed an anonymous tip with the police. According to others in the exploration community, many others have also filed reports to police and new outlets. Despite this, nothing has been done.
Update : According to a friend in the exploration community, the FBI is now involved in this case, though that may not be true. One would hope that efforts to clean up the place, or at least secure it, are under way.
Update two : The Bessemer Police have sealed this location, and an investigation has begun. A skull was stolen from one of the coffins
Update three : The remains left behind have been identified and relocated. Who knows how many more years the remains would have been left behind, were it not for the efforts of explorers who exposed this location.