Someone has died, and when the deceased is buried—but those burying the person has gone the extra mile by sealing
the grave to make sure the corpse stays put
. This can be done for a number of reasons:
- To keep the corpse from being stolen or the valuables in the tomb being raided
- To keep whatever killed the victim from escaping.
- To keep the CORPSE from escaping.
This can be either literally sealing a coffin in concrete or some other means of making sure that the grave will never be opened.
This is not intended as a means of killing
someone, just a means of burial
There are Real Life
examples of this being done, but please keep the creepiness factor down.
- In several Legion of Super Heroes stories, the virtually omnipotent sorcerer Mordred's only weakness was a paralyzing phobia of being buried alive. The Legion was able to stop him (more than once) by entombing him in Inertron, the most indestructible substance known to 30th century science.
- True Lies does this without an actual corpse when the terrorist group Crimson Jihad pours concrete over an armed nuclear warhead to ensure it can't be disarmed.
- On True Blood, Eric and Bill bury Russell Edgington in concrete, wrapped in silver. Salome eventually digs him up.
- In First Wave an albino woman was found buried alive in a massive concrete art exhibit ... still alive somehow.
- Supernatural. In the second season episode "No Exit", the Winchester brothers end up sealing a ghost of a Serial Killer by surrounding it with a ring of salt and then filling its lair with a truck full of concrete.
- A Flashback in Monster House showed that Nebbercracker's wife died after falling off the edge of a huge hole while in the midst of building their house together, then getting covered with cement after hitting the ground.
- The tomb of Jesus Christ had the seal of Pontius Pilate placed on the stone (as well as guards placed around it), as part of an attempt to keep his corpse in the tomb.
- In Family Guy, Mayor West has a city ordinance requiring all caskets to be sealed in concrete so zombies won't get him.
- Robert Wadlow, the world's tallest man in medical history, was buried in a vault of solid concrete, as the family feared his body would be stolen.
- A supposed dummy in an amusement park funhouse in 1976 was discovered to be the genuine corpse of outlaw Elmer McCurdy, shot dead in a 1911 gunfight. After examination and historical analysis (it turned out his corpse had been circulating freak shows, carnivals, and wax museums ever since his body had gone unclaimed and been set up on display by his undertaker), he was buried under two cubic yards of concrete to ensure that he would finally be able to rest in peace.
- Some hoodlums attempted to steal the corpse of Abraham Lincoln in 1876 with the intention of holding it for ransom. Lincoln's body got moved around over the next couple of decades but when it was finally permanently interred in 1901 it was buried beneath ten feet of concrete.
- Ur-example: Pharoahs went to great pains to make sure their tombs would be sealed.
- Related are lead lined coffins for radiation victims