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tombstoning
 n.— «“This is completely taking over a dead person’s identity.”…In the underworld, the process is called “tombstoning” because the names of dead children are often culled from cemeteries.» —“Dead children’s names used for fake IDs” by Adrian Humphreys National Post (Can.) Dec. 20, 2001. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

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