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Strange Country Ep. 192: Tri-State Crematory

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Release Date: 05/27/2021

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The only two things that are inevitable are death and Strange Country winning all the awards. So with that said, what are your plans? Strange Country co-hosts Beth and Kelly discuss some of the possibilities post-life, and the horror story of the Tri-State Crematory in Noble, Ga where corpses were strewn about the property and stacked like cordwood. The ashes given to loved ones contained burned wood chips and cement dust.

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