"There wasn't a bad smell." Woman watches NASCAR w/ boyfriend's corpse for months

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  1. Rowsdower! Registered

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    Seriously... what the **** is going on in the world?


    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/nat...-months-died-watched-nascar-article-1.1112738

    Woman kept boyfriend’s corpse for months after he died, watched NASCAR with him

    72-year-old Linda Chase says she kept Charles Zigler's body clean and dressed, and talked to him while they watched television.

    By The Associated Press
    Thursday, July 12, 2012, 8:13 AM

    JACKSON, Mich. — A woman said she kept the dead body of her companion in a chair in their southern Michigan house for months because she didn’t want to be alone.

    Linda Chase, 72, said she kept the remains of Charles Zigler clean and dressed and talked to the body while watching NASCAR on television.

    “It’s not that I’m heartless. ... I didn’t want to be alone. He was the only guy who was ever nice to me,” Chase told the Jackson Citizen Patriot.

    Jackson police discovered Zigler’s body in a living room chair last week. Authorities believe he died of natural causes at age 67 in December 2010, although Chase said it was last December. She said there wasn’t a bad smell.

    She has not been arrested but is being investigated for financial fraud. Chase admits cashing Zigler’s benefit checks after his death.

    “I’m probably going to prison,” she told the newspaper. “I told them the truth. I didn’t lie about that.”

    Authorities said the investigation will take time.

    “It’s a bizarre case. There’s no other way of describing it,” said Mark Blumer, Jackson County’s chief assistant prosecutor.

    Wally Zigler, 48, said his father worked in a machine shop and received Social Security, pension checks and veteran benefits. He said he tried to see his dad, but Chase wouldn’t let him in the house.

    “That wasn’t right to leave him lay like that,” Zigler said.
     
  2. Duke Registered

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    Psychotic much? :dry:
     
  3. Hotwire Dealin' W/ Demons

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    ..........
     
  4. ThePowerCosmic Hyped Up

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    She deserves prison. That's really ****ed up.
     
  5. Cain Gentlebane

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    Had to be a NASCAR fan.
     
  6. knowsbleed Registered

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    Umm... yuck? Why do I even read this crap?
     
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    I couldn't send her to prison. If I were DA I'd chose not to prosecute. Maybe that makes me naive, while stealing the money very much is a crime, perhaps they can find a way for that to be repaid, such as wage garnishment, but her crime seems to be dangerous to no one. She definitely needs professional help, but there is something pathetically sweet about what she did. She's pretty old, and he died from natural causes, so this isn't murder. While it's twisted, I just feel too sorry for her. She really must have had no one else in her life, and in good conscious I just couldn't put her in prison.
     
  8. ThePowerCosmic Hyped Up

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    Lmao... "Yuck" really made me laugh for some reason.
     
  9. ThePowerCosmic Hyped Up

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    Uhh, the man's own son kept on trying to check on his dad and she wouldn't let him into the house because she was concealing the corpse. She. Deserves. Prison. Seriously, she had no right to do that.
     
  10. Optimus_Prime_ Registered

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    That seems unnecessarily cruel. Prison is a harsh place for dangerous people. Therapy would be a must, but there's no reason to lock someone like her up with murderers and rapists. Especially since, by the article's own admission, she's been completely complicit with authorities and answered all their questions. So clearly she's not a substantial risk to anyone.

    The dispute you bring up between her and the son seems mostly to be a civil, not criminal matter. He could seek restitution, but putting her away in prison doesn't, to me, seem to resolve anything. The purpose of prison is not revenge.
     
  11. Rowsdower! Registered

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    Well, I think it is a criminal matter because if someone dies under your watch and you don't report it (and then decide to just keep the body around for good conversation). And when you add to it that she was collecting his checks, well, that's another crime. So regardless of whether or not you think she should be in jail, she still committed criminal acts.
     
  12. ThePowerCosmic Hyped Up

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    I'm not saying to do it because of revenge. This woman was cashing in on this man's checks, while also hiding from his own son the fact that he was dead. She was obviously covering her actions up. No matter how you look at it, her actions can't be justified and she deserves prison in my eyes. She knows what she did was wrong, and she even admitted that she could go to prison because of it.

    Unnecessary... hell, it was unnecessary to sit with a corpse for months on end but she did it.
     
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  13. Rowsdower! Registered

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    They need to turn this into a half hour weekly sitcom called Me and My Corpse or something.
     
  14. ThePowerCosmic Hyped Up

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    Lmao, that's morbidly hilarious... I'd watch it out of curiosity.
     
  15. Duke Registered

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    Well they sort of covered this already with Weekend At Bernie's. :o
     
  16. Rowsdower! Registered

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    Yeah. They'd just need to tweak it a bit to appeal to a mainstream audience. I can see the promos now...

    Susan is a hard-working NASCAR driver who has never had much time for a relationship!

    Harold was the cowboy of her dreams until he died suddenly!

    But just when she was about to call the authorities and have his body hauled away... she realized he was communicating with her from beyond the grave!

    (Scenes of Susan talking to Harold's corpse and hearing his voice... though she's probably imagining the latter).

    Now Susan has the chance to be with the love of her life forever... but only if she keeps his body around!

    Me & My Corpse. Starring Reba McEntire as Susan and Jeff Foxworthy as the voice of Harold!

    Sunday nights at 8:30 on GAC.
     
  17. Optimus_Prime_ Registered

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    She did commit criminal acts. Never argued she didn't. It doesn't make sense to send her to prison though, especially when they could probably find a way for her to repay the money she stole.
     
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    I'm inclined to agree with Optimus Prime. She just sounds pitifully sad and lonely to me.

    My biggest issue with her is that he didn't let his son into the house when he tried to see his father.
     
  19. DarkSovereignty Ooga Chakka

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    put her under house arrest and make her pay whatever money is owed.
     
  20. The Question Objectivism doesn't work.

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    But why does she deserve prison? Why is that necessary here?
     
  21. ThePowerCosmic Hyped Up

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    I've already said why I think she deserves prison in the post you quoted. Good thing I'm not a judge, let alone her judge.

    The checks she repeatedly cashed didn't belong to her, and she did this in secrecy. How is that legal?
     
  22. The Question Objectivism doesn't work.

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    It's not legal. That doesn't mean a prison sentence is a good idea. Prison should be for people who pose a legitimate threat to society, this woman is a deeply depressed and lonely individual who did something very stupid after someone she knew died. Paying reparations and court mandated counseling would make sense. Prison wouldn't.
     
  23. ThePowerCosmic Hyped Up

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    You'd better hope they feel the same way you and a few others on here do about the situation.
     
  24. The Question Objectivism doesn't work.

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    I do hope that. I thought that was kind of obvious. :huh:
     
  25. ThePowerCosmic Hyped Up

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    Yeah, believe me. It is.
     

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