Woman Keeps Dead Husband for 3 Years & Has Kids Feed Him

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bedI'm just going to cut to the chase here: A woman kept her dead husband in her bed for three years and had her five (young) homeschooled children feed him a special broth and talk to him. There, I said it. According to investigators: "The children, who were worried for their mother and realized their father was dead, would tell her that he talked to them and ate the food." (They apparently also masked the awful smell with air fresheners.)

All came to a screeching halt, though, when the family had to move out of their apartment, and two of the girls -- ages 9 and 14 -- decided it was time to get rid of dad, so they disposed of him in the bushes. The end.

Well, not really. As you may suspect, things didn't exactly go smoothly when the girls were trying to ditch their dad. I mean, the man was dead for three years.

Warning: Grim stuff ahead.

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When the girls -- who never in a million years should have been put in this position -- tried to dispose of their father via putting him in garbage bags and leaving him in the bushes, his head and right hand fell off. I know. So, they had to put him in a dumpster. I know. Amazingly, after police investigated this horrifying situation, they determined that A) although the mother was (clearly!) unstable, she posed no threat to anyone (what about traumatizing her kids?); and B) her children miraculously all seem mentally stable. Hopefully, they'll be placed in good care now -- far, far away from their mom.

This is one of those things that if you saw it in a movie, you'd be like, "Yeah, okay, sure that would happen." But the truth is clearly stranger than fiction, as it did. And it's awful. 

I'm amazed that these poor children all checked out to be fine right now, but I can't help but wonder what's going to happen in years to come. I mean, a 9-year-old girl saw her father's head snap off. There's no way that won't have a lasting effect. These poor, poor kids. Ugh. This really is one of the most disturbing stories ever. Hopefully, this woman will get some much-needed help also. Awful all around.

What do you think of this?


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bills... billsfan1104

She might of been so distraught that she mentally shut down and out. I hope she gets help. She doesn't deserve to lose her kids. I think that would do more damage.

Heath... HeatherMazzone

^ I agree. I mean before you just write her off as insane, imagine the grief she must have been feeling that led to her bit being able to let go of him. She needs help, obviously. But don't make this a story about some psycho woman who just thought it would be fun to keep her husbands dead body around for 3 years. Grief can make you snap.

Heath... HeatherMazzone

Led to her *not* being able to let go. Sorry, I'm on my phone.

early... earlybird11

Yah I definatly see the sick facts here but she poses no threat. It does t sound as if she killed him etc so I think the focus needs to be helpinghr not takkmg away her childrrn

Histo... HistoryMamaX3

Historically, a lot of cultures dealt with the tragic loss of a loved one by keeping them around. Some cultures still do so! Not that I'm saying this was an ok thing to do- obviously this mother needed some help. BUT it is a difficult thing to deal with and we live in a society where we try to push people forward as quick as possible.

Sadly, I look at this and think- where was the rest of the family or friends. How was this man dead and left in the house and NO ONE knew about it aside from the kids?

Poor babies.

dirti... dirtiekittie

how terrible. i agree with some other posters here, it sounds like the woman shut down from grief and lived in denial. she was in a lot of pain, i'm sure, and the prospect of suddenly raising five small kids on your own? that poor woman. i hope she gets the help she needs so that she can see her children again. she certainly does not need to have them taken from her as well, she just needs to try and heal.

the4m... the4mutts

Why should she have her kids taken? That's just an awful thing to say! She needs help obviously, but how will taking her kids help anyone, including the kids? They need to see mom go through the motions of overcoming this, and becoming mentally healthy again. Imagine how proud they will be of her!

Uuugh, I'm just so disgusted by your opinion.

Robin Hartman

3 years? wouldn't it be a rotting liquified mess by then?

nonmember avatar Emily

What Robin said. And as much as I usually jive with what 4mutts has to say, this time I think the kids should be taken away. This mom needs to have some time to really focus on her own mental well being. I can't focus on breakfast with my kids around, let alone processing the death of a loved one. When she's back to normal, then group therapy - and then move forward. But man, she really could have messed up her kids. I mean, feeding a dead guy broth would have horrified me as a nine year old, especially if it were my dad. But that's just me. Yeah.. mom needs to get her stuff together before she can have the kids back...

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