The Remeum

Memorial, Tomb, & Resurrection Of An Urban Legend In Fairfax County, Virginia

Remeum break-in

In the Tuesday afternoon edition of the Washington Evening Star newspaper on March 27th, 1956, the paper's crime beat reporters dutifully wrote that the Fairfax County Police Department, had arrested eleven juvenile males the previous weekend and then charged them with breaking and entering, vandalism, and destruction of private property.

What made this particular crime noteworthy not only was that the owner of the property in question was a prominent & renowned Washingtonian, whose lineage traced back from one of colonial Virginia's founding families, but also the boys claimed that they were inspired by a recent lecture on the ancient tombs and crypts of the pharaohs in Egypt delivered in their high school history class at Mount Vernon High School, which was located approximately three miles north of the crime scene on U. S. Route One, a large mausoleum that was positioned a couple hundred yards southwest of the nearby burial grounds of the historic Pohick Episcopal Church, in Lorton, Virginia.

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