Man Charged After Digging Up His Mother’s Mummified Body & Living With It On His Couch For 13 Years
A 76-year-old man in Poland has been charged with desecration of a corpse. According to Daily Mail, the man reportedly dug up his mother’s mummified body and lived with it for 13 years in his home.
The 76-Year-Old Man Has Been Charged & Will Face Mental Examination
According to NDTV, the gruesome discovery was made on February 22. The suspect, a 76-year-old man named Marian L., has since been charged with desecration of a corpse.
He will also be “examined by expert psychiatrists who will issue an opinion on his state of health,” as per NDTV.
The amount of jail time the man could face remains unclear.
How Authorities Made The Shocking Discovery
According to Daily Mail, the discovery was made after the 76-year-old’s estranged brother-in-law decided to visit him at his home in Radlin, southwest Poland. The brother-in-law noticed that the man was wandering outside and “looking mad.” So he reportedly decided to call paramedics.
When the trained emergency personnel arrived, they entered the property and found a “mummified corpse lying on a couch.”
Additionally, the corpse was seated “on top of a pile of newspapers dating from 2009.”
How Authorities Discovered The Corspe To Be The Man's Mother
According to Daily Mail, police spokeswoman Małgorzata Koniarska issued a statement regarding the discovery.
“We received a report in connection with the disclosure of the body from a family member of the owner of the apartment. The policemen went to Ul. Rogozina in Radlin. In the part of the house belonging to an elderly man, a mummified corpse was discovered.”
Joanna Smorczewska, from the District Prosecutor’s Office, shared how authorities determined the identity of the corpse.
“According to the DNA content, the mummified corpse is that of a woman, Jadwiga L., who died in January 2010, and thus Marian L.’s mother.”
Smorczewska then disclosed how the mother’s corpse arrived at her son’s home.
“It was established that the grave of Jadwiga L., where she was buried on January 16, 2010, remains empty. It is likely that the man dug up the mother’s body immediately after its burial and then mummified it and the body has remained in this house since 2010.”
Additionally, the outlet reported that Marian L. lives less than a mile away from the cemetery where his mother was buried. Authorities suspect that the man may have used his bike to transport the corpse to his home.
The Man Is Also Suspected Of "Mummifying" His Mother's Corpse
Furthermore, the head of the district prosecutor’s office, Marcin Felsztyński, also shared that the man may have taken additional steps to further mummify his mother’s corpse.
“Everything indicates that the man must have used some chemicals to mummify the corpse.
The smell of mothballs was noticeable.”
Regardless of the smell, Felsztyński noted that the woman’s body was still in “perfect condition.”
According to the outlet, neighbors regard the suspect as a “loner,” explaining that they didn’t even know his name. One neighbor explained that the man “always left the house at night,” taking his bike and going “into the unknown.”
The mother’s corpse will reportedly be reburied.