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US woman kept corpse 'because he was nice'

2012-07-12 09:08

Jackson - 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 cheques 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 cheques 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.

Comments
  • samukelo.mseleku - 2012-07-12 09:18

    I wonder whether it got decomposed!

      Freddyvdm - 2012-07-12 10:30

      EISH

  • rob.baggaley - 2012-07-12 09:34

    Wonder how many times the son " tried to see his dad ? " Bloody idiot !

      deon.louw.7505 - 2012-07-12 10:11

      If you are not welcome in a home to see someone you can not do much about it.

      rob.baggaley - 2012-07-12 10:36

      Well if you are turned away often enough & tried phoning & still no contact a normal caring sibling would become suspicious & do something about it. Not let the months go by.

  • harley.quin.334 - 2012-07-12 10:41

    there is nothing like a quiet flat mate

  • antin.herinck - 2012-07-12 12:25

    Apart from the fact that it's summer over there, with the heat and all him getting progressively less "nice", I think this lady makes a lot of sense. I expect the corpse to be less than useful in bed, but otherwise he should make an ideal partner. Does no criticise the food she makes. Does not make a mess all over which she has to clean up after him. Zigler's pension money does no longer have to be shared. Now she can voice her opinion without being talked down at. And at last she can have the remote and now they watch what she wants. Sensible, practical woman.

  • mosiaml - 2012-07-12 12:33

    Mummy Returns real movie!!!!

  • Paco - 2012-07-12 13:09

    white people are not well

      ken.rowe.509 - 2012-07-12 14:29

      Green people are the most disgusting of the whole lot.

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