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Lane County Funeral Home Owner Arrested

Oregon State Police and Springfield Police Department have been conducting the investigation into Franklin since August 1st.

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(OAKRIDGE) - Oregon State Police arrested the owner of Oakridge Chapel of the Woods Funeral Home Monday evening related to an investigation into allegations that she was cashing in funeral-expense insurance policies for clients.

On Tuesday, 39-year-old Carolyn Ruth Franklin, aka: Carolyn Hardman, from Springfield, was taken into custody without incident at her home.

Franklin is logged in the Lane County Jail on five counts of Theft in the First Degree and five counts of Forgery in the First Degree (5 counts).

The bail in this particular case involving 39-year-old Carolyn Ruth Franklin is set at $400,000.00.

Police believe it is possible that there are more victims out there who may wich to come forward after learning of Ms. Franklin's arrest.

Anyone with concerns about their dealings with Franklin should contact Oregon State Police Detective Dan Wolverton at (541) 726-2550, Ext. 219; or Springfield Police Detective Don Myers at (541) 726-3721.

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The Editor September 27, 2006 6:22 pm (Pacific time)

Thank you Albert!

Albert Marnell September 27, 2006 2:45 pm (Pacific time)

Oh Bonnie, Oh Bonnie, The Springfield Police Decal is over the writing. Say hello to Tim and the Fam.

Albert Marnell September 27, 2006 5:14 am (Pacific time)

It is sad to say but once a person has died the funeral business can be really evil. Not that long ago people were laid out in the house and everyone was used to it. Now most of us are big babies that want to remove ourselves from death (kind of like watching the occupation of Iraq on T.V.). Service Corp International owns more funeral homes than you can imagine. It is the McDonalds of the funeral business. Even when it says, "Mom and Pop's Funeral Home" on the outside, chances are that it is owned by S.C.I. (no one wants you to know this). I believe in viewing the body briefly at home and then have a fast burial. Funeral homes have what is called a direct burial but they do not tell you this because they want to make money while you are not in your right mind. Cremation is also a great idea. When you are dead that is the end and what is done with the remains really makes very little difference. When the brain and heart dies, the person is gone forever. All you are looking at is a piece of decaying meat. Funerals are a personal decision as are weddings. You can go to the village justice or have a million dollar bash. In the end it has little to do with the big picture. As a matter of fact, I want all the money and gifts back from all of the weddings that I have gone to that have ended in divorce as I expected they would. If I invest in a partnership (a marriage) and it lays and egg, give me my money back or at least send an apology letter that states that do to circumstances beyond our control, Ted and Sally are getting a divorce. There are alot of games in all business and the funeral business is no exception. That is why I say, "Do it as fast and cheap as possible." This is not to be cruel but the reality is that the person is not the remains.

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