Rose Troup Buchanan “Chinese authorities arrest 11 people over exhuming woman’s body to sell as corpse bride” http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/chinese-authorities-arrest-11-people-over-exhuming-womans-body-to-sell-as-corpse-bride-9830879.html
The practise of ‘Ghost weddings’ has largely disappeared from urban China, however, some remote villages still believe it is vital for an unmarried individual to marry. The ceremony will ensure the prosperity of the surviving family and spare the dead from an afterlife without a spouse.
A number of cases have been reported in recent years. In 2009 a father paid a team of grave robbers 33,000 yuan to find a bride for his son, who had died in a car crash. The grave robbers were later discovered exhuming the remains of a teenage girl who had committed suicide after failing her college entrance exam.
A darker incidence occurred in 2011, when a Shaanxi man was impatient to wait for a natural death. He murdered a pregnant woman in order to sell her body to a family for 22,000 yuan. He was later convicted and sentenced to death.