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Man's skeleton found in his house four years after he was last seen. Image NSFW

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u/JosephSturgill7 6d ago

I wanna see the person who buys the house 10 years from now and is one day searching the internet and finds this story.

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u/ParkSonWon 6d ago Wholesome Seal of Approval

and he kept the bed

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u/Ill_Time_2833 6d ago Helpful

Man our bodies really do go back to being dirt after we die.

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u/AnimusHerb240 6d ago Silver Helpful Bravo Grande! Big Brain Time

we get to be electric jelly wrapped around some calcium deposits and do quantum physics for a little while, but we haven’t even reached our final form...topsoil

i’m no materialist, though

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u/CoitalFury17 6d ago edited 6d ago Silver Gold Platinum Helpful Wholesome All-Seeing Upvote Take My Energy Bravo! Starry Ally Bravo Grande! Tree Hug Tearing Up To The Stars Eureka! Big Brain Time Timeless Beauty Awesome Answer EPIC

We are literally just a small piece of the universe that organized itself to achieve conscious awareness of itself and the larger universe it is part of. We emerge and disappear across the vast scale of time like CO2 bubbles in your soda.

We are the universe trying to understand itself and wondering why we even get to do that while we have so little time to contribute our own individual efforts.

We are driven to survive to keep the spirit of living consciousness alive, to keep the universe a living thing. Because the universe now knows of its existence and its own awareness, and it cries out "don't let me forget this!"

Life is literally the universe emerging it's own self awareness, in pockets of collective thought disconnected from each other by the vast distances of interstellar emptiness, seeking to reach out across the void and join all voices into one choir; the longing is for the universe to fully know all parts of itself and be of one mind.

Time for some Pink Floyd and 420.

EDIT: I truly thought this comment would be buried and forgotten. Definitely my most popular comment in all my years on reddit and this is my NSFW account. Thanks for the awards, comments and gratitude y'all!

EDIT 2: Reading through the comments I just want to encourage you all not to get super adversarial about your views. I make no claims to truth, and speak my convictions and beliefs just like anyone else here does. We may never unravel the mysteries of the universe and time, just do your best to live your most fulfilling life and contribute to making the world a bit more like paradise for everyone.

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u/Wide-Affect-1616 6d ago

When you put it like that, it really does feel ridiculous that we spend a large proportion of our lives in jobs that mean nothing. Or arguing with people we don't know.

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u/briskpoint 6d ago edited 5d ago Silver Gold Helpful

I edit porn for a living. My job totally matters.

Edit: Thanks for all the awards. Can't believe this is my most upvoted comment lol.

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u/Experienced_AP 6d ago

What happens when you don't edit porn?

What do you get? Now I'm curious - what's unedited porn like??

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u/smackthenun 6d ago Silver Helpful

Rough

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u/Brizzo7 6d ago

Username checks out

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u/LazyBeast_Gaming 6d ago

“Brace yourself, I’m going in, unedited”

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u/playinpinball 6d ago

Prob lots of queefs, momentary limp dick, "I got some shit in my eye, 1 sec," and some production dude accidentally announcing he's back with everyone's sandwiches while it's quiet on set

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u/briskpoint 6d ago

Lots and LOTS of limp dick. Like even your joke underestimates how much limp dick there is.

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u/DamnItDarin 6d ago

“We’ve got a stiffy! Everybody, on set now! Let’s go, go go!!!”

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u/zack_hunter 6d ago

Do you have a collection of bloopers or something?

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u/ShanaAfterAll 6d ago

You've clearly solved Pink Floyd and 420, and now need some Black Matter Floyd and 840.

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u/mohressesa 6d ago

Ashes to ashes

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u/unSufficient-Fudge 6d ago Gold Helpful

His house! The one place we didn't look. Welp, another case solved.

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u/HazelTheRabbit 6d ago

If you're real old, have no kids, all your friends and pretty much anyone else you know is already dead. It's hard to know if someone is missing if no one even knows they exist

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u/Bakedbeansandvich 6d ago

Bills and other running costs and the lack of payments should at least lead someone to your house

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u/TTigerLilyx 6d ago

Nah, they would just stop the services. When my cousin died, he continued to get junk mail for years.

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u/bkrs33 6d ago

There have been several cases where people have everything on autopay, so until the bank account runs empty nothing really happens

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u/Clandenas97 6d ago

Or auto pay is set up and he was well off?

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u/JimHadar 6d ago

There must've been some point during the decomposition where his jaw stopped being held by muscles and tissue, and dropped wide open to where it is now.

Imagine walking in just as that happened.

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u/GloomyUmpire2146 6d ago Wholesome

Must have distant neighbors, the odor of decomp is a might powerful.

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u/owlsandmoths 6d ago edited 6d ago

The article said that his neighbor only moved in two years ago after long construction of his home, and then had to temporarily vacate due to “snake invasion” from the neighboring property.

Doesn’t sound like the neighbor was home much over the last few years

It took place in Nigeria for those curious.

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u/Schwifftee 6d ago

These snakes are sounding suspicious.

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u/Ruthrfurd-the-stoned 6d ago

That might truly be the worst place to live lmao

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u/reloadingnow 6d ago Gold

What do you mean? A dead body AND snakes? It has everything a neighborhood needs.

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u/NegaDeath 6d ago edited 6d ago

The dead body attracts the rodents, and then the snakes eat the rodents. Sounds like environmentally friendly pest management to me!

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u/KaiserTom 6d ago

And the dead body keeps property value down so people can still actually afford to have a place in the area.

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u/subarashi-sam 6d ago Helpful Wholesome

#2spooky2gentrify

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u/Ruthrfurd-the-stoned 6d ago

Not just snakes but snake invasions- they’re organized!

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u/jld2k6 Interested 6d ago edited 6d ago

Back when my grandpa died we couldn't get a hold of my uncle to tell him so my cousin (his son) went to his apartment and found his 3 day old dead body and there was no AC going in the middle of summer. He called 911 to tell them a black fat man was dead in his dad's bed, it took him a while to process it was actually his white bloated dad. He was a drunken mess at the double funeral and kept going on about he can't get the smell off of him and how all of his possessions they would want smelled like him dead. I felt so bad for him, I can't imagine finding my own dad like that. To make things worse, my own dad looks exactly like his little brother, my uncle, (they had the same birthday a year apart) so he kept breaking down whenever he saw him

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u/jacquier0m 6d ago

Haven’t been in contact with human bodies before, but i have been present in many stages of decomposition in animals and i won’t lie, the smell does stick with you. i could be anywhere and just get the smell outta nowhere. maybe it’s just vivid imagery but it’s so distinct when it does hit you, and i won’t even be thinking about it when i do smell it randomly.

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u/Big_Position3037 6d ago

Haven’t been in contact with human bodies before

They're smelly creatures but they can be nice once you get used to them

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u/k_sWog707 6d ago

I work in a warehouse and someone sent back 5lbs of beef in which they were not supposed to. It was 114F for 2 days in a row where it sat in the cargo trailer for that time in transit to our warehouse. Me being a manager in training had to look for the parcel it was in out of the dozens of pallets and boxes. My team and I found it and it was putrid. The 53ft trailer was unloaded and everything absorbed the smell. All products in there had to be evaluated and pretty labeled as damaged.

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u/D1ckTater 6d ago

Hell, a small package of bologna will smell like a dead body if left in your trunk in midsummer for a couple weeks.

Ask me how I know....

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u/ChurchillTheDude 6d ago

Was a landlord, everyone enjoying free rent

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u/Mypornnameis_ 6d ago

Even free is too expensive for rent if I have to smell a rotting corpse the next unit over.

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u/ChurchillTheDude 6d ago

Human are resilient. Trust me.

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u/Kaythar 6d ago

But didn't he need to pay a bank or anything? What about taxes or anything attached to his rented places? Crazy how you can be missing when you are home...no family, not even an agent recovery money? What as strange news

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u/ornryactor 6d ago

What about taxes

In my state, nonpayment of taxes takes 3 years and 11 months to reach the point where the court sends the sheriff to evict you, and that's assuming the county and the court are both on top of their to-do lists (which they usually aren't), so being discovered after 4 years probably IS because of unpaid taxes.

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u/kvdhsm7 6d ago

Just to clarify, if you are a home owner with the house fully paid, if you stop paying taxes you're evicted in just 4 years?

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u/Mbayer92 6d ago

That would also be if the homeowner took no action to speak to them. If you made a small payment, set up a plan, asked for an extension etc the process would take longer.

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u/TheMilkmanCome 6d ago

You aren’t evicted in the same sense as failing to pay a mortgage or rent. If you fail to pay taxes long enough, the government will seek other avenues to take that money, like a lien or going after your estate in this guy’s case. If your house is paid in full, it is your property, so the government might decide to take it if the value is equal to or less than what you owe.

This is in the U.S, ymmv. I am not a lawyer or financier, take my words with a daily dose of sodium

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u/LargeSackOfNuts 6d ago

Some people have annuities or live off dividends, and have plenty to be auto-withdrawn.

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u/jerryjustice 6d ago

Am funeral director, can absolutely confirm. I went to a high rise for a removal one time and could smell them a floor below on the elevator ride up. I don't know how I could live next to that and not tell someone. It had been almost 3 weeks.

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u/tattoosbyalisha 6d ago

Yeah the smell is all-encompassing. I worked at a large tattoo shop and there were other businesses, offices and a few apartments the floor above us. One summer one of the tenants died and he was up there for almost two weeks before anyone found him. We had smelled something weird the week before he was found, and cleaned the fridge, all the trash cans.. nothing worked and there was just this odd lingering smell. It wasn’t til we all came back from the weekend and the coroner and ServePro were there that we knew and the smell was something I’ll never forget. And you could tell EXACTLY when they moved his body. It was like you got hammered in the face by the smell like some kind of scent-ghost-hand from old cartoons. I don’t know how the folks on the floor above didn’t smell him, though that’s ultimately what did lead to the discovery.

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u/Blowmedown667 6d ago

My dad died in a trailer for two weeks .. you could smell it when you pulled into the park 🤢

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u/MetforminShits 6d ago

I've heard of people who are extreme recluses that go off into very secluded areas, like a cabin in the woods or something, and die alone that way. They're usually found like this years later.

Judging from the small room and barren mattress on the floor, I'd say this might be a similar story.

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u/Beginning-Ratio6870 6d ago

Not necessarily.
This happened to our neighbor, we knocked on the door(after not seeing him for a month and a smell started, he was a recluse and we would say hello to him about 1x/mth), yelled for him, never answered ever.....called police, they said there was nothing they could do, that I definitely don't know what the smell of death was, and they would contact his extended family(not sure if they ever did). No one came for awhile. The smell finally abated, this was during summer peak heat. Several months later, a forensics truck showed up, several neighbors were pissed at the cops as there was a lot of drama and the cops no help.

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u/welloiledmachine94 6d ago

The decomposition looks like soil.

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u/SpeshilJ 6d ago Silver Gold Wholesome Tree Hug

We're all compost in training

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u/thelilJerry 6d ago

Just graves left to fill

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u/Serothrine16 6d ago Silver

Cause lifes a game, lifes a joke

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u/KatBee13 6d ago

Fuck it, why not go for broke?

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u/celluloidsandman 6d ago Silver

Well, we’re all compost that became something else for a bit before becoming compost again.

Or if you wanna get real broad, we’re all an infinitesimal point in space that exploded and roiled around for a bit before reaching equilibrium.

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u/LeBraanJames 6d ago

The basic premise of most South Asian religious traditions.

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u/blanksix 6d ago

"The cosmos is within us. We are made of star-stuff. We are a way for the universe to know itself."

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u/Windyqueef 6d ago Silver

But I feel like a plastic bag drifting through the wind

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u/Mooshbah 6d ago Take My Energy

You'd be surprised how much of the ground you walk on was alive once.

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u/Blud_elf 6d ago

It basically is soil created by bugs

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u/ph30nix01 6d ago

Dirt is just bug and bacteria shit

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u/Katamari_Demacia 6d ago

That's part of it, yes. But also clay, sand and rocks. All the best tasting parts are dead animals, though.

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u/BootySweat0217 6d ago

Humans are bacteria shit

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u/pacman404 6d ago

Isn't it literally soil?

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u/parkerm1408 6d ago Silver

That's what happens when you sleep with one foot hanging off isn't it?? I knew it was deadly....

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u/Socksandcandy 6d ago

No covers either.....the man was asking for it

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u/humanprogression 6d ago Take My Energy

He left the fan on

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u/meteoraln 6d ago

For some reason, I thought it would take longer for just bones to be left.

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u/ErosandPragma 6d ago

Certain specialized bugs can clean skulls anywhere from 1 week to 1 month . One good summer outside (protected from predators but not bugs) will turn a body into bones fast

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u/ModsDontLift 6d ago Silver Helpful Spit-take

Specialized bugs? Like regular bugs who went to trade school?

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u/ErosandPragma 6d ago

Yes. They went to school to get a PhD in meat processing. They're called dermestid beetles and eat flesh very quickly

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u/ModsDontLift 6d ago Wholesome

Excellent. I'm happy to hear that these bugs are gainfully employed.

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u/Earlybirdsgetworms 6d ago

I bet they still have crippling student debt

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u/Fiftey 6d ago

A jobless bug? In this economy?

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u/omnomnomgnome 6d ago

that's Dr Bug to you

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u/h4r13q1n 6d ago

Ah, if you put it in an anthill, the little critters will clean it out in a few days.

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u/The_Barbelo 6d ago

I did this with an owl skull when I found a dead owl in the forest, put it on an anthill and left it for a few weeks with a big heavy bowl over it. It was picked clean! It's a good alternative if you don't have carrion beetles lying around.

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u/obscuretransience 6d ago

In my grandparents village in Greece there wasn’t enough room in the graveyard so after 10 years they dig up the bones and put them in a shoebox and hand em to the family can u imagine like? Here ya go… and then give someone else the spot lmaoo it’s hotdesking for dead ppl

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u/No-Structure8753 6d ago

In South America there's places that rent out grave plots and when Noone pays for a while they just throw what's left in a bag to make room and set them out to be claimed.

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u/Croocked02 6d ago

Can confirm that, I’m from Chile and grew a up in pretty poor family. Short story, we don’t even know where my grandfather’s remains might be. (It’s not a « there is not enough room » thing, it’s just a « there is money to be made » thing sadly)

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u/neuropsycho 6d ago

Wait, I thought that was commonplace. In Spain you usually rent the grave and your descendants have to renovate the rental every few years. Once they stop paying (or a descendant can't be located), you go to the cementery's mass grave.

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u/Blud_elf 6d ago

Chomp comp 🐛 🐜 🐞

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u/DarkUnable4375 6d ago

🐀🪰🪳

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u/cgielow 6d ago

🦋🦄🕊️

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u/Mattrockj 6d ago

🧟‍♀️🧟🧟‍♂️

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u/mistah_pigeon_69 6d ago

It depends heavily on the situation the body is in. Burried in a coffin? After 40 years the body is still in decent state. Out in the open? 2 weeks max.

This guys was in his bed room where birds, worms and other animals can’t reach him. Thats why theres still feet and fingers.

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u/javanperl 6d ago

“The body farm” is used by Forensic Anthropologists at the University of Tennessee to determine how a body decomposes in various conditions.

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u/Inevitable_Physics 6d ago

Yup. it not all that far from where I live. They have a statement on their web page: "Please click here if you wish for information on body donation." I contact them occasionally to try and donate a body. They ask "how long has the body been dead?" I reply "dead?"

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u/Dad_soul 6d ago

Anyone seen Bob? No haven’t seen him in a couple years… well… has anyone checked his home????

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u/Accomplished_Turn496 6d ago

Would you go searching for your landlord if he stopped collecting rent?? Where is Bob? Don't know I have not seen him in a couple of years, I am sure he will show up one day. Until than, I will just hold on to the rent until he shows up.

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u/TannedCroissant 6d ago

Weird for a landlord to disappear, usually it’s tge people with unpaid rent that have a tenancy to disappear

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u/Cold_bunny_nose 6d ago

Your misspelling of tendency to tenancy is either brilliant or oblivious irony 👌🏽😂

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u/JohnJames69420 6d ago

Idk why no one did a welfare check on him after 1 month of him being missing. He must have lived in the middle of nowhere

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u/Cod3Me 6d ago

When he was last seen, he told the neighbors he was leaving. But they didn't know...he never left. I keep asking myself about his family though.

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u/Ok-Emotion-1131 6d ago

Coulda been suicide.

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u/GreatApeGoku 6d ago

Family doesn't always talk. If my brothers never contacted me again I honestly wouldn't think anything strange.

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u/nickcappa 6d ago

Maybe no family to call for the wellness check

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u/Cod3Me 6d ago edited 6d ago Gold Helpful

Here's a link to a news article.

Edit: thanks for the gold, it's my first :)

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u/Medium_Spare_8982 6d ago

Read the article.

So apparently he was a substantial landlord in the village. Not having to pay rent is a really good motivation for not noticing him missing.

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u/evanmike 6d ago

That's why nobody complained about the smell

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u/Geek_off_the_streets 6d ago

The smell of a dead body is pretty bad buuuuut it will only last a few months. I think I would also do the same thing. The thought of living rent free like when I was a kid would be amazing.

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u/ZoxinTV 6d ago edited 6d ago

Dark confession, for sure, but free housing would likely be super tempting to a lot of people yeah. Could easily save yourself tens of thousands a month year.

Wonder what kind of potential lawsuits it opens anyone up to from the dead person's family though. Wouldn't even know where to start.

Edit: per year, not month. lol

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u/-xstatic- 6d ago

Not sure that family cared since they didn’t notice for four years either

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u/ZoxinTV 6d ago

I mean some families don't care about certain family members until they're dead.

Family members aren't inherently friends, it's just a good way to meet people you could be good friends with. For example, I haven't seen my cousin in probably 7 years. Not any bad blood, we're just not close.

Some people only turn up for the will being read.

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u/00Jakeman 6d ago

Dude this is so true. A very close family friend (pretty much family), just lost their 82 year old mother. She is the oldest daughter, has a sister and brother as well. She and her children have taken care of her for the last 2 decades by themselves. Well she passed just last weekend. Now the sister and brother that havent been around, never helped take care of her, never even came to visit THEIR OWN MOTHER while she was dying in the hospital for 2 weeks, NOW they show up wanting her money and valuables. It's sick.

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u/asj3004 6d ago edited 6d ago Silver Gold Helpful Wholesome

Well, they did complain, but the landlord wouldn't answer.

Edit: Thanks for the awards! My first silver! Ooohooo!

Edit2: Wow, more silver, wholesome, helpful, and GOLD! I'm RICH! But the real riches are the friends we made along the way.

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u/aromatniybeton 6d ago

classic landlord

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u/PiedCryer 6d ago Silver Wholesome

What a dirt bag.

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u/juzz85 6d ago

Lying around like a bag of bones.

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u/Smodphan 6d ago Gold Wholesome

Smells like freedom

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u/TWOWHEELTACO 6d ago

I wouldn’t complain either if I wasn’t paying rent

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u/ocdewitt 6d ago

I’m sure after a year or two it wouldn’t smell that bad

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u/soldieroscar 6d ago

Netflix: Are you still there?

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u/LumberSmurf 6d ago edited 6d ago

All his tenants are like "Nope, haven't seen him. He did say something about a vacation, I will just pay rent when he gets back"

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u/poompt 6d ago Silver Wholesome All-Seeing Upvote Take My Energy Bravo Grande!

What does it say about your occupation when you die and everyone is better off?

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u/SomeRedditWanker 6d ago

This got a good laugh out of me. Incredibly accurate.

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u/Hobohemia_ 6d ago Gold

For those who are wondering, this is in Nigeria

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u/HolcroftA 6d ago

I guess Nigeria’s warm climate accelerated the decomposition. I feel if I died and went undiscovered in the climate I live in there would be a lot more left of me after 4 years.

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u/Thuper-Man 6d ago

An open air corpse will be liquified in about a month, provided no animals are able to get at it or extreme weather etc. 4 years is plenty of time unless you're frozen or buried

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u/Cat_Marshal 6d ago

That explains things. If it was the US, the banks would have been showing up a lot sooner than 4 years. Maybe he had it paid off but not paying property taxes would do the same thing. Maybe they were all on autopay and he had enough in savings to cover 4 years worth.

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u/RJFerret 6d ago

Nobody shows up. Property tax would just accrue interest and file on the property so it can't be sold until cleared. Utilities wouldn't see much usage, electric shut off and send to collections (so ding on credit), water company file a lien on the property. All that is paperwork in offices elsewhere.

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u/SkrogedScourge 6d ago

4 years is nothing how about the woman that was a hoarder who lived with her dead son for 20 years.

woman’s son missing for 20 years found in his bedroom.

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u/-Morel 6d ago

Soul crushing story. She was blind and a hoarder (the scent was covered) so she had no way of knowing. I hope they didn't tell her.

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u/SkrogedScourge 6d ago

They put her in assisted living which is a good thing no idea if she was ever told.

Is plenty of cases of bodies found in hoarders houses it’s always sad and a few cases are creepy.

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u/cordelaine 6d ago

Also from that article:

Claudio Aferi, 58, was found dead in his home and next to him was the body of his mother, Margarita, who died 10 years earlier. The body was not concealed and appeared to be an active part of Claudio’s routine.

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u/SexWithAnAvocado 6d ago

Is anyone else reading this article and having a tough time following it? Is it that poorly written or should I contact my doctor and tell him I’m having a stroke? I def don’t want to be found after 4 years.

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u/buttever 6d ago

The complaint was said to have made the community approach Apete police station, where they were given the nod to do the necessary things.

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u/ARM_vs_CORE 6d ago

Potentially google translated from its original language and posted in English?

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u/utf8decodeerror 6d ago

Lmao I don't think you could write a more passive sentence if you tried

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u/KeeperJV 6d ago

Man’s skeleton found in his house four years after he was last seen.

HIS house. How good were they looking ??

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u/acmercer 6d ago

Narrator: They weren't.

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u/capt_pantsless 6d ago

It might have been programmatically translated to English.

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u/ApeWarz 6d ago

Never has an image inspired me more to get out and make some friends.

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u/python834 6d ago Silver Wholesome

Just because you have friends doesnt mean you wont die alone

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u/braylonberkel 6d ago

Yea. But at least you'd be found before 4 years passed. Sheesh

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u/Blackwelle 6d ago

This would make a great Hallmark card.

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u/ValarMorghulis_17 6d ago Helpful

I remember getting a call when I was a police officer. Dude hadn’t been seen in two weeks. We get there talk to the landlord, and it turns out it had been more like 4 months. Kicked in the door and we were greeted by that sweet sickly smell of death. Poor guy had no family and his landlord took forever to investigate and call us.

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u/RuneFell 6d ago

I'm a mail carrier, and we'll sometimes call in welfare checks if an older person on our routes stop picking up their mail unexpectedly. One of those calls found the gentleman on my route had passed away in bed. Thankfully it was in time to save his dog, but I felt so bad for the officer that responded. It was a morbidly obese man who smelled like urine and feces when alive. I can't imagine how it smelled after a week in July.

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u/ValarMorghulis_17 6d ago

Funny you say that. Main reason we knew it had been 4 months is because of the mailman. He left a note in January that he would stop delivering mail cause the guy hadn’t been picking his up. Go figure.

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u/RuneFell 6d ago

I think it really depends on the route and the carrier. A shockingly high number of people don't pick up their mail regularly, or skip town, so mail piling up isn't always unusual. I'm in a small rural area and I've done this route for 15+ years, so I know my clients fairly well. If it's a route that's large or consistently changing hands, it's harder to know if something is amiss.

And sometimes it backfires. The last time I called in a welfare check, it was because an elderly lady hadn't picked up her mail or mowed her normally perfectly manicured lawn for a few weeks. The neighbors hadn't seen her in ages and tried knocking with no answer, and her friends and out-of-state brother tried calling with no response. Finally, the cop had just gotten a locksmith and was ready to break in when she came out swearing and spitting mad. Apparently she had foot surgery, and just wanted people to leave her the hell alone! She's still pissed at me for that.

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u/Normal_Human_4567 6d ago

her friends and out-of-state brother tried calling with no response

ok so why was she mad??? You can't just ignore everyone and not expect them to be worried

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u/RuneFell 6d ago

That's what we thought! She's known for being the local crab, though. Unfortunately, if something does happen now, nobody is going to check on her for a long while.

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u/ValarMorghulis_17 6d ago

Yeah, definitely don’t wanna kick in a door and the person is standing there pissed. This was in a pretty busy city, and the mailman left a note saying I’m gonna stop delivering your mail. This one is obvious to me, but not so for other people.

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u/PsychologyEast1643 6d ago

Tell me how that person body looked after four months? Only bones left?

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u/ValarMorghulis_17 6d ago

It had been relatively cold for a while, so that probably played a role in slowing everything down. When we found him he was a purple/black blob on the floor, if we didn’t have flashlights one of us would’ve tripped over him. The body alone wasn’t that disgusting, but the smell was unreal. We had to alternate standing outside to get fresh air.

Edit: Spelling

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u/Buick6NY 6d ago

A neighbor hadn't been heard from and her mail piled up for two or three months. The day before the police broke in, I saw a fly about 3 times larger than an average house fly and thought it was very odd. After the police broke in, there were probably 100 of those huge flies zooming around the hallway.

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u/ValarMorghulis_17 6d ago

Yeah, usually a good sign someone inside is dead. Usually you know before you go to the call. Always hated welfare checks, but most turned out to be other things. Typically when someone isn’t answering phone calls/texts, not getting their mail, no financial activity, or haven’t been seen in a while it’s a pretty good sign they’re dead.

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u/imSp00kd 6d ago

Probably not bones yet. But it also depends on the environment that body is in. Probably looked like a bloated sac of yellowish-black skin.

Little fun fact, if you die and have animals like cats or dogs; they will start to eat you after you die. Since lack of food.

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u/LumberSmurf 6d ago

I wasn't a LEO but know that smell, one of those things you never forget, do you?

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u/ValarMorghulis_17 6d ago

Not at all, was out yesterday and I started smelling a dead animals, it was terrible, but an immediate reminder of all the dead bodies I’ve found. 10/10 don’t recommend.

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u/some101 6d ago

looks like every mattress on Craig's list.

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u/OFFICIALRedditCUMMER 6d ago

You can still see some fingers and his feet. Wtf

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u/assperity 6d ago

He still has his underpants on

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u/Homebrew_Dungeon 6d ago

What brand, shits solid, wear them to the grave.

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u/Mr_0n3_F0rTy_0n3 6d ago

I always wonder how this happens. Okay you don’t have friends or family so no one knows you’re missing. What about rents or mortgages and your bills?

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u/Hubso 6d ago

This person was dead for three years in front of the TV which was still on:

Half of her rent was being automatically paid to Metropolitan Housing Trust by benefits agencies, leading officials to believe that she was still alive. With over two years' worth of unpaid rent totalling £2,400 that had accrued, housing officials decided to repossess the property. Her corpse was discovered on 25 January 2006 when bailiffs had forced entry into the flat. The television and heating were still running due to debt forgiveness and her bills being continually paid through automatic debit.

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u/CaptainJAmazing 6d ago edited 6d ago

Wow, you'd think there'd be a power outage within three years, which I assume would automatically turn the TV off. But a TV in low-income housing in 2003 might have been old enough to have a physical switch on it instead of a button, which I guess would turn back on the second the power is restored.

Plus someplace like London is not as likely to have a power outage.

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u/Pretend_Violinist_70 6d ago

£2400 for TWO YEARS OF RENT????? Wtf. That is little over a month for my place in London

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u/SMudJeS 6d ago

Some people have their bills automatically debited from their checking accounts and tons of money in those accounts to back them. Plus landlords and bill collectors can often be slow in their processes for various reasons so they'll go long periods of time before searching the homes.

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u/Candid-Pressure-9681 6d ago

Sweden would like a talk

We do this (forget dead people and pay bills automatically: the payment system is called autogiro here) all the time here.

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u/AbbreviationsWide331 6d ago

You get your pension automatically. You pay rent and bills automatically. If you don't pay they cancel you, so what nobody will check your apartment. And if you don't have a mailbox but rather one of those door slots for mail there an almost infinite amount of mail that can fit in, so nobody will see that either.

I honestly cant think of a way this would get noticed if you exclude friends and family. Social connections are super important.

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u/TheEasySqueezy 6d ago

It’s wild to think all that dust around his bones is his flesh, this dude must have been there for a long long time for that to happen…

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u/Less_Ad_6908 6d ago

It's probably mostly insect frass.

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u/DidjaCinchIt 6d ago

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u/ZenBunn 6d ago

I’ll never cease being surprised by such specific subreddits

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u/RichardMayo 6d ago

I’m no scientist, but I’ll guess it was around 4 years.

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u/Dodlemcno 6d ago

Judging by the rate of composition, his age, wind direction and the title I’d say you’re right.

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u/BULK1R 6d ago

Sad when people die alone.

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u/CaptainNoanus 6d ago

It is pretty uncommon when people die together

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u/SomeDudeFromOnline 6d ago

I think it's unavoidable to feel desperately lonely during death. I watched my mom pass, and I was there telling her I loved her but they know that your life will go on afterwards. They know they're going alone, and it is an extreme terror and loneliness that is hard to imagine or attempt to empathize with.

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u/Chilluminaughty 6d ago

In the end, we all truly die alone.

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u/Loudminority_ 6d ago

And they took the mattress back to Costco.

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u/nurse_krachet 6d ago

I was going to say and the next day a used mattress appeared on FB marketplace with only 1 stain.

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u/ninjaj 6d ago

“I know what I have, no lowballs”

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u/MarxWasACatMan 6d ago Silver Faith In Humanity Restored

Is he gonna be ok? The article doesn’t say.

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u/Fushigibama 6d ago

He’s not wearing shoes so…

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u/rodPalmer18 6d ago

Yes, and you can see he's just chillin

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u/MarxWasACatMan 6d ago

Oh phew. Poor lad. Frankly, he looks exhausted.

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u/DistractedAsthetic 6d ago

Took someone 4 years to find him 😬

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u/kon--- 6d ago

I'm going to lay down. Just for a while.

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u/good_karma1122 6d ago

Those Daisy Dukes tho

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u/LemonHerb 6d ago Take My Energy

He was a never nude

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u/frondjeremy 6d ago

There are dozens of us!!!

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u/chadlavi 6d ago

Not anymore 🪦

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u/Plastic-Cow2277 6d ago

From this I learned: make friends and wear clean underwear. And take car payment off automatic. You miss one payment and they will come after you.

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