From Ohio History Central
no edit summary
To prevent grave-robbing from occurring, numerous people tried to develop inventions to deter the robbers. Philip K. Clover of Columbus, Ohio, developed a device that was to "prevent the unauthorized resurrection of dead bodies." Clover named his device the coffin-torpedo. Buried underground, the torpedo would fire several lead balls into the thief. Clover received a patent for this device on October 8, 1878.