An elderly Michigan woman kept the body of her dead boyfriend in a chair in her home for a year and a half so she could watch NASCAR races with him.
The Jackson Citizen Patriotreports that 72-year-old Linda Chase of Jackson kept the body of her companion Charles Zigler, who died of natural causes at the age of 67 in December 2010, because she was afraid of being alone.
Chase cleaned and talked to Zigler's body while watching NASCAR racing on television.
"It's not that I'm heartless," Chase explained to the Jackson Citizen Patriot. "I didn't want to be alone. He was the only guy who was ever nice to me."
Police found Zigler sitting in the living room chair last week. Chase has not been arrested in connection with the macabre incident, but she is under investigation for financial fraud. She readily admits to cashing the deceased man's Social Security checks.
"I'm probably going to prison," she told the Citizen Patriot. "I told them the truth. I didn't lie about that," she said, referring to the checks.
Wally Zigler, Charles' 48-year-old son, told the paper that whenever he tried to visit his father, Chase wouldn't let him into her home.
"That wasn't right to leave him lay like that," he said.
Jackson County chief assistant prosecutor Mark Blumer told the Citizen Patriot that the case was "bizarre."
"There's no other way of describing it," he said.