Mummified Body Found in Foreclosed Home Gave New Owner a Fright

When you buy a new home in foreclosure, sight unseen, you never know quite what you're going to get. But one Parisian man got the surprise of a lifetime when he turned the key to his brand new apartment and found the previous owner still there. That was unexpected enough. Even more shocking? He was dead.


The previous owner was a man who was fired from his security job in 2005, filed a labor complaint, and then disappeared. He had reportedly cut off ties with his family long ago. Since he no longer had a job and lived in an urban area where neighbors don't tend to check up on each other -- no one was suspicious when the man suddenly disappeared. They assumed he had packed up and left town.

In reality, the poor guy had tied a sheet around his neck and hung himself in his apartment.

Eight years later, his body was still hanging there -- and greeted the new owner, who bought the place at auction when the bank foreclosed on it for lack of mortgage payments.

Reportedly, the body hadn't even decomposed. It was hanging there mummified, in perfect condition. Yikes, talk about an unwelcome housewarming gift.

People find some strange things in foreclosed homes. Pets are unfortunately commonly left behind in foreclosures. Last year, another dead owner was found in a foreclosed home in Wisconsin. And in Minnesota, a foreclosed home was loaded with a pipe bomb.

Still ... a deal's a deal, right?

Have you ever bought a foreclosed home? If you found a dead body in one, would you still want to live there?


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