Sconce, David

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Sconce, David Gender: M
David Wayne Sconce
born on 27 March 1956 at 10:35 (= 10:35 AM )
Place Santa Barbara, California, 34n25, 119w42
Timezone PST h8w (is standard time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Holliday
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_aricol.18.gif 07°04' s_mo.18.gif s_libcol.18.gif 22°26 Asc.s_cancol.18.gif 01°22'


American homicide suspect; accused of soliciting killers to remove a rival and to murder his grandparents. The Lamb Funeral Home was founded by Lawrence Lamb. His daughter Laurieanne Lamb Sconce began assuming control in the mid-'70s. She gradually brought her husband Jerry into the business, and their son David, age 26, in 1982, when he became manager of a branch, the Pasadena Crematorium.

On 7/01/1984, David leased the Pasadena Crematorium from his mom, operating the business as his own.

It was a competitive operation and David attempted to buy out several rival companies. When David saw Ron Hast as a threat, Hast was mysteriously beaten up on 8/23/1984 along with his housemate, Stephen Nimz. During that autumn, David allegedly told a friend that he planned to kill his grandfather by poison.

On 2/12/1985, two hired thugs, hired by David for $1,000, beat up Tim Waters, the owner of a rival crematorium service. On 4/08/1985, Waters was found dead. The autopsy stated liver edema due to obesity. On 8/01/1985, Ron Jordan was found hanging in his Newport Beach apartment, a month after leaving Lamb Funeral Home. His death was listed as a suicide.

During the late summer of 1985, David proposed opening an eye-and-tissue bank along with Joyji "George" Bristol. On 9/30/1985, Laurieanne Sconce purchased the Lamb Funeral Home from her dad.

A former employee reported improper activities at the funeral home and crematorium to the Dept of Health on 6/09/1986. The recommendation to investigate was apparently lost in bureaucratic papers. The Department approved David's permit to harvest human eyes and tissue for transplants on 6/17/1986.

In October, David began cremating bodies in Hesperia at Oscar's Ceramics, telling officials that he was making tiles in the ovens. On 11/23/1986, workers loaded 38 bodies together into the two furnaces at Pasadena Crematorium and the overload caused a fire. David shifted his entire operation to Oscar's Ceramics. On 1/20/1987, the fire department raided Oscar's Ceramics. A week later, six law firms filed suit against David and the Crematorium, claiming the mishandling of bodies.

On January 29, David and his dad were both arrested in connection with the removal of gold teeth from cadavers. The Lamb Funeral Home was raided by investigators on February 11, and their books were seized on February 18th. David was arrested on 3/09/1987. On 6/08/1987, David, along with his mom and dad, were charged with 41 counts of mutilating bodies, the theft of body parts and dental gold, forgery and embezzlement, falsification of death certificates, multiple cremations and commingling remains. There was also evidence of skimming $100,000 from funeral accounts and buying perjured testimony.

On 5/09/1988, David was ordered to stand trial on charges of assaulting three morticians and soliciting the murders of his grandparents and Prosecutor Lewis. He was also charged with conspiracy to murder.

On 8/30/1989, David pled guilty to 20 charges and was sentenced to five years in prison. With time off for good behavior, his effective sentence was 2 1/2 years.

On 2/09/1990, David was charged with the murder of Tim Waters and was ordered to stand trial. With legal entanglements, he was released from jail on 4/04/1990, free for the first time since he surrendered to authorities on 6/08/1987. He left California for Arizona. On 6/05/1990 he filed a claim for $1.25 million in damages, claiming false arrest.

As of 10/28/1990, neither David nor his parents have been tried on any of the charges pending. A relative took over the funeral and cremation business and David moved away, incognito. No further updates were available in March 2000.


  • Work : New Job 1982 (Started at funeral home)
  • Work : Start Business 1 July 1984 (Leased business from mom)
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  • Work : Contracts, agreements 12 February 1985 (Hired men to beat up rival businessman)
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  • Work : Contracts, agreements 17 June 1986 (With Dept. of Health for tissue-eye harvest)
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  • Social : Secrets revealed 20 January 1987 (Fire dept. raided "Oscars Ceramics")
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  • Crime : Arrest 29 January 1987 (Arrested for removal of valuables from cadavers)
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  • Crime : Trial dates 8 June 1987 (Charged with 41 counts of body mutilation for profit)
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  • Crime : Trial dates 9 May 1988 (Charged with conspiracy to murder, assault)
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  • Social : Institutionalized - prison, hospital 30 August 1989 (Five years imprisonment)
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  • Social : Deinstitutionalized - prison, hospital 4 April 1990 (Released from jail)
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  • Crime : Law suit 5 June 1990 (Filed suit for false arrest)
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Source Notes

B.C. in hand from Dana Holliday

(Biography by Ken Englade)


  • Diagnoses : Psychological : Schizophrenia
  • Family : Parenting : Primary care of elderly (Charged with killing grandparents)
  • Lifestyle : Work : Work in team/ Tandem (Mom and dad in business with him)
  • Passions : Criminal Perpetrator : Assault/ Battery (Paid to have businessmen beat)
  • Passions : Criminal Perpetrator : Homicide involvement (Suspected of killing)
  • Passions : Criminal Perpetrator : Lawsuit instigated (Filed for false arrest)
  • Passions : Criminal Perpetrator : Prison sentence (In and out)
  • Passions : Criminal Perpetrator : Thief/ Financial crime (Embezzler)
  • Passions : Criminal Victim : Lawsuit sued (Mishandling-mutilation of bodies)
  • Vocation : Business : Business owner (Crematory)
  • Vocation : Medical : Mortician/ Death Affairs (Operated funeral homes)