Some people’s actions are hard to fathom. I have reproduced a few of the stories from the “WEIRD” section of The Metro of the UK for your Sunday leisure reading. Hope you enjoy these pieces. This world is really fascinating and some of the actions here can only be described as bizarre.
Story # 1 – Dead woman’s relatives barbecue her body
The family of a dead woman cremated her remains on a makeshift barbecue and continued collecting her retirement cheques amounting to more than $25,000, according to authorities in Northern California.
Ramona Allmond’s daughter and grandson were arrested Sunday on suspicion of embezzlement, elder abuse and disposing of a body without a permit.
Allmond, 84, likely died of natural causes, though investigators were still trying to determine the exact cause of death, said Tehama County sheriff’s Capt. Paul Hosler.
Allmond’s daughter, Kathleen Allmond, 50, and Allmond’s grandson, Tony Ray, 30, told investigators their relative died in December.
They left her body on her bedroom floor for a week before cremating the remains in their backyard fire pit, Hosler said.
Investigators said the two kept collecting Allmond’s monthly retirement cheques, amounting to more than $25,000. Sheriff’s Detective Richard Knox said they may have been trying to honor Allmond’s desire to die at home and be cremated.
The two were arrested after Allmond’s son grew suspicious about her whereabouts.
Story # 2 – Man climbs in morgue freezer with dead lover
A Taiwan man grieving over the death of his girlfriend climbed inside a morgue freezer to be with her body in an apparent suicide bid.
He was pulled alive half an hour later when workers detected an unusually high temperature in the freezer and realised the hatch was not securely fastened.
“A morgue manager opened the hatch, saw two people lying inside, felt scared enough to yell out and then even cried,” Taiwan’s Liberty Times reported.
It was reported his girlfriend died on Friday from an overdose of sleeping pills.
The morgue said it would step up security to ensure that family and others who come by to identify bodies do not stay too long.
Story # 3 – Decade of fridge for dead mum
In further corpse-storing news, two sisters have been keeping their dead mother’s body in an undertaker’s fridge for the past 10 years.
But now other family members are complaining that Josephine and Valmai Lamas really should get round to organising a funeral, as the body is now in an advanced state of decomposition.
‘It’s getting ridiculous now,’ a family source said. ‘The body has degraded to the extent that it is just a skeleton with a bit of stretched scaly skin on the head.’
59-year-old Josephine Lamas regularly makes sure that the desiccated body’s lipstick and make-up is in good order.
84-year-old Annie Lamas died of an embolism in 1997, since when the sisters are estimated to have spent nearly £15,000 on cold storage.
Funeral director Phillip Saville, whose firm stroes Mrs. Lamas’ body, noted: ‘There are no laws saying people can’t keep a corpse for years after registering the death.’
Story # 4 – Funeral home burglar plays dead
A burglar who broke into a funeral home in Spain tried to fool police by playing dead – but he was caught due to a couple of flaws in his otherwise brilliant plan.
First, he wore grungy clothes rather than the Sunday best of those dressed for eternal rest. Second, and perhaps more importantly, he was breathing.
Police and the Crespo Funeral Home said Wednesday they have no idea what the 23-year-old Spanish man was trying to steal in the break-in March 17 in Burjassot, a small town just outside Valencia.
Neighbors alerted police when they heard the front door of the business being forced open in the middle of the night.
Police officers arrived with the owner, and eventually found the suspect lying on a table in a glassed-in chamber used for viewings of deceased people during wakes, a local police official said from Burjassot.
The suspect’s name was not released, but police said he had served jail time in the past for robbery.
The funeral home said it was mystified as to what the man wanted, as there were no valuables or cash in the funeral parlor.
Here you have it all on human characters – greed, mysterious behavior, unexplained motives, ridiculous actions, weird way of showing devotion, and odd sense of values. What a world and what characters.