Friday, July 27, 2012

Stranger than Fiction

Every week I look through all of the news outlets looking for the crazies that make most of us look sane...well let's say, saner. AND each week I tell myself "it just can't get any crazier than this" but then it does.  This week was no exception.

Have you all been following the Goat Man story out of Utah? 

Goat Nuts

Utah authorities are working to identify a man spotted dressed in a goat suit among a herd of wild goats in the mountains of northern Utah.
The photographer who snapped blurry photos of the individual, dubbed "goat man," told Fox affiliate KSTU-TV that he spotted the man Sunday as he was descending Ben Lomond peak, about 40 miles north of Salt Lake City.
"He was clumsy, working his way down the cliff trying to catch up with the rest of the herd," photographer Coty Creighton told the station. "With the binoculars, I could clearly see it was a guy dressed up in a homemade goat suit. The man appeared to be acting like a goat while wearing the crudely made costume, which had fake horns and a cloth mask with cut-out eye holes. It was real creepy."
Creighton said the man appeared to be wearing heavy gloves so he could crawl on his hands and knees. He also said that at one point, the man lifted his mask and looked up at him for several minutes.
"He kind of slouched down, like was getting nervous or was feeling really self-conscious," Creighton added. "He actually got off his hands and knees and sat on the hill for several minutes until he thought I was gone."
Phil Douglass of the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources said Friday that the person wearing the goat suit is doing nothing illegal, but he worries the man is unaware of the dangers.
"My very first concern is the person doesn't understand the risks," Douglass said. "Who's to say what could happen." He worries the goat man might be accidentally shot or could be attacked by a real goat.
Douglass said wildlife officials received an anonymous call Thursday from an "agitated man" after the sighting was reported in local media. The caller simply said, "Leave goat man alone. He's done nothing wrong." (who might that caller be, I wonder???)

Then...this week, the Goat Man is identified....sort of.

Phil Douglass of the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources said he received a call Monday from a 57-year-old Southern California hunter who explained he was merely trying out his goat suit in preparation for a mountain goat hunt in Canada next year.

"In talking to him, I felt he was very knowledgeable, a very experienced hunter. He's hunted internationally," Douglass added. "My concern all along was that this person needed to understand the risks, and certainly after talking to him, I felt he was doing the best he could to understand and mitigate those risks ... He was simply preparing for a hunt."
The man did not identify himself, Douglass said, noting the hunter was concerned for his safety after widespread media coverage of the sighting, first reported by the Standard-Examiner of Ogden.

Preparing for the hunt??? Really, how does dressing up as a goat and climbing around on a mountain constitute "preparing".  Can we all say "crazy as bat crap"...or goat crap...but crazy for sure.

Mummies Make the Very Best Roommates

Last Friday, a 911 call to the Jackson County (Michigan) Sheriff's office started an investigation that led to an unfortunate discovery.

Barb Ziglar called the sheriff's office to ask them to check on the welfare of her uncle Charlie.

We’ve been trying to get a hold of him. My aunt is being put in hospice – that’s his sister – and my cousin’s been trying to get a hold of him for quite a while, and my brother even stopped in about a month ago and his girlfriend’s always saying that he’s gone. But he’s on oxygen, he can barely get around by himself. Nobody’s heard from him in quite a while. We’re concerned about him.”

It turns out the Charles Ziglar was in dead but not missing...gone.  His mummified body was discovered in his recliner, in his living room, in his home with his long time companion, Linda Lou Chase.

It appears that Charlie died sometime around Christmas of 2010 in his chair and Linda Lou just let him be.  Well..not entirely, I guess...she put a blanket over him.

Chase went on to say that Charlie just went to sleep and she didn't want to part with her dear friend. "It's not that I am heartless. I didn't want to be alone." She  said she liked watching NASCAR races with her deceased friend. She went on to say that he never smelled bad as she cleaned and dressed him regularly.  (EEEEWWWWW)

The 72 year old BFF had the presence of mind, however, to endorse and cash his social security and pension checks for the last 18 months.

It is unclear if Lucy Lou broke any laws other than the forgery of the checks. There doesn't seem to be any other laws on the books that would apply to this situation.  Jackson police Lt. Chris Simpson said the police are still trying to determine the actual amount but it is believed to be more than $28,000.00. Simpson doesn't believe Lucy Lou will serve any real time in prison due to her age although the charges could warrant about 14 years in prison. Michigan doesn't have any specific laws concerning mummified boyfriends left in their recliners watching NASCAR. 

An autopsy showed that Charlie died of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Michigan doesn't have any specific laws concerning mummified boyfriends left in their recliners watching NASCAR.  I think maybe Michigan better work on being more detailed when writing their laws.


Crack You Whip said...

I believe she just didn't didn't want to part with the checks. However, she cold have put him in another room or solar system, not BAMM in the middle of everything.

Chubby Chatterbox said...

If she wanted company she could have gotten a cat, but cats don't receive Social Security checks...yet!

Cheryl P. said...

Yes, it's shocking isn't it that someone would want to keep having checks come in the mail. Now that I am thinking about you know any old men with COPD that want to live in Kansas City. I would be glad to buy a recliner. (must have pension and social security)
Anyone willing to bath and clean an old dead man, probably didn't mind that he was close at hand.

Cheryl P. said...

True...but the cat would have to let her bath and dress it. Would never happen without traquelizers involved. They are funny that way. If cats could collect Social Security, I would become a cat lady.

Don E. Chute said...

'Goat Man' really that was so 2012 ago...that's the way I want to be found...mummified in my is Good!

PLU from SSF

Cheryl P. said...

HHHMMMM...I have to think about it. I don't know if that would work for me. In addition to the whole cleaning and dressing my "caretaker" would have to put on my blush and lipstick. AND no NASCAR....maybe HGTV.

Wolfbernz said...

Gross he had to stink... All old guys that don't shower stink and a dead one in the living room left in the easy chair? Yeah that was stinky well except for the checks they smelled pretty god to her I'm sure.

Cheryl P. said...

You would thinks so, wouldn't you? Sometime between decomposition and mummification that old boy was a smelly mess. The old lady has to have no sense of smell. I see in today's news, they actually have charged her with the forgeries.

babs (beetle) said...

How can he not smell awful? What some people will do for money!

Cheryl P. said...

You would think there would be limits to what people will do for money...but seemingly not. I am not sure there is enough money in the world for me to have a dead man sitting in a recliner in my living room.

babs (beetle) said...

I recall we had a similar case, here in the UK, a while back. Unbelievable!

Nicky said...

This is very strange... I was just hanging out with Margaret of the blog Nanny Goats in Panties and she was telling me that she had just taken a trip to Utah and... you don't suppose... ? Naw, couldn't be! Nobody could mistake Margaret for a man!

You know, I gotta say, I totally understand the appeal of keeping around a guy who doesn't talk back AND brings home the bacon - so to speak. And let's face it, dead or alive, guys can be pretty stinky.

Cheryl P. said...

That would make WAAAYYYY more sense than someone claiming to be preparing for hunting. (really, how does dressing as a goat translate to hunting). I think maybe we should email Margaret and ask a few questions.
You might have a point about the Linda Lou's motives. Perhaps, she didn't notice he was dead for a couple of months in the beginning if it was his nature to sit transfixed in front of the TV. Maybe her first clue came when he wasn't needing a new carton of cigarettes. (the article said he was a heavy smoker...which was kind of interesting as he was hooked to an oxygen tank)

Annie (Lady M) x said...

LOLOLOL! That goat man was well funny. What a div! I would give anything to see something like that - it is blog post gold ;-)

Cheryl P. said...

What a div, indeed!!!! When I occassionally see somebody that is "marching to their own drummer" I never have the nerve to take a picture. Not long ago I saw a group of people walking down the street dressed as superheroes. Probably going to comic-con but still it looked funny to see Superman, Captain America and others walking down the street.I didn't have the guts to take out my phone and start taking pics. I regretted it almost immediately.

meleahrebeccah said...

"The man appeared to be acting like a goat while wearing the crudely made costume, which had fake horns and a cloth mask with cut-out eye holes. It was real creepy."

Um…yeah. Creepy indeed!

"he was merely trying out his goat suit in preparation for a mountain goat hunt in Canada next year."

Oh, well, then. That's like TOTALLY normal. (sarcasm)



Cheryl P. said...

You, my friend, have a real way with words. I couldn't have said it better myself. Perfect!!

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totsymae said...

Where in the heck did this fella get himself a goat suit. And why goat? Why not hang out with a herd of sheep? That is indeed stranger than fiction.

Linda R. said...

That is gross. She must have totally lost her sense of smell. You'd think someone would have noticed he was missing before now, or that someone would have gone to her house and noticed the stench. Just when you think it's as weird as it gets - it gets weirder.

Cheryl P. said...

The article said he made it and that it was crudely done. I am with you as to questioning why????? why indeed?? He told the sheriff that it was in preparation of a hunt. Goat hunt? Really??? I think the whole thing sounds bizarre.

Cheryl P. said...

There is so much wrong with that story. If I am gone nearly 2 years, I hope my family puts a little more effort in figuring out who's TV set I am sitting in front of.
There seems to be no end to the amount of weirdness in our world.