Michigan woman watches NASCAR with dead man
- Updated: July 13, 2012
The death of a loved one is difficult to handle for many. It is also very hard to let go in many situations, as we can see from the story of a Michigan women, Linda Chase. The diehard NASCAR fan lived with fellow race fan Charles Zigler. They always watched races together, even after he died. That’s right. Linda lived with her dead boyfriend Charles for 18 months! Zigler remained in his chair after passing away in it.
His body did not stink, she said. She would talk to him and watch NASCAR races on television with him.
This became much more deep than a NASCAR obsession, as Chase cashed Zigler’s social security checks, even admitting that she knew what she was doing was illegal. She was lonely, and didn’t want to see him go. Literally.
Mark Blumer, Jackson County chief assistant prosecutor, said “We haven’t found any modern law that pertains to this situation,”
However, he said, Michigan has a statute that says anything that was a crime under common law and that has not been replaced by a modern statute continues to be prosecutable under modern law. (Common law is the system of deciding cases that originated in England and was later adopted by the United States.)
“If something was a crime under common law and there’s no modern equivalent you can still prosecute it as felony,” he said.
Blumer said his office was awaiting the final police report before making any charging decisions.
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