Man Has Been Peeing “Almost Daily” on Grave of Ex-Wife He Divorced 48 Years Ago

A New Jersey man has apparently been holding such a grudge against the ex-wife he divorced nearly five decades ago that he goes to her grave almost every day just to relieve himself on her grave.

This shocking story was recently made public by 43-year-old Michael Murphy who used hidden cameras to catch the culprit in the act after finding traces of urine and plastic bags with feces whenever he visited his mother’s resting place at the cemetery at Tappan Reformed Church in Orangetown, New York. The captured footage revealed an elderly man visiting the grave almost every day, at around 6:00 in the morning, and casually relieving himself on the woman’s headstone. He was later identified as her ex-husband, whom she had divorced 48 years ago and whom she had not been in contact with since 1976.

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“THIS IS BREAKING MY HEART,” Michael wrote on his Facebook page a few days ago. “A man from Bergen county New Jersey has been leaving bags of poo and p*****g on my mother’s tombstone almost every morning like a ‘normal routine’ assisted by his wife also. We have weeks and months of evidence. It has been reported to the police and the news outlets. No one in my family has had contact with him since 1976 or so.”

Michael’s mother, Linda Louise Torello, was married for a brief period of time to the man captured on video but had a falling out when she became pregnant and the man did not want responsibility for the child. He has apparently been holding a grudge ever since…


“How he found my mother’s grave site we are not sure. But this stems back to a problem almost 50 years ago. Pray for us thank you and please share this!!!” Linda’s son wrote in his Facebook post.

Michael and his sister asked permission from the cemetery administration to install the hidden cameras, hoping to catch the culprit in the act, after discovering traces of urine and bags of feces at their mother’s grave almost daily. The captured footage also revealed that the man was almost always accompanied by his current wife, which only makes the deed more insidious.


After police said that they couldn’t take any actions against the man reliving himself on a dead woman’s grave on a daily basis, Michael Murphy told reporters that he hoped to file a complaint against the guy for cemetery desecration.

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