Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Yes, in America it is Possible to Die of Too Many Possessions

In Skokie, Illinois, the body of an 82-year-old woman had to be extracted from a hole in her roof as debris was piled within 3 feet of the ceiling. The woman lived with her 54-year-old daughter who was found just inside the front door on a large mound of garbage that police were unable to get beyond. Cause of death is not yet known, though it's speculated she may have died from heat exhaustion. The deceased had recently been to a doctor and was in good physical heath. The residents are said to have moved around the house by climbing through a system of tunnels through the debris. The house has been condemned as unsafe for occupation. Shortly after it was closed, some Williamsburg hipsters were spotted prowling the area for kitschy late 80s t-shirts and hard-to-find trucker hats.