Texas Woman Spends the Week With Boyfriend’s Corpse

The Associated Press reported today about a Texas woman who has recently been cohabitating with a corpse. The unnamed 45-year-old female is said to have shared her apartment for no less than a week with a cadaver–that of her boyfriend, William Drake (50), who had died of natural causes from an unrevealed condition for which he had been receiving dialysis treatment. When asked why she had allowed the corpse to remain on her own couch for a whole week, she responded that her boyfriend “didn’t want to leave the apartment.”

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The woman does have a history of mental health issues for which she has been hospitalized previously. She is not currently being charged with a crime, but she has been committed to a mental hospital pending an evaluation.

(Sources: The Associated Press and the Tyler Morning Telegraph)

One might feel compelled to focus on the “feakish” nature of the this story, but the scenario is actually rather tragic. We can only ponder what a mentally vulnerable person experiences when faced with sudden loss. Still, can you imagine living with a dead body for a whole week? Apparently, the situation was discovered when the woman’s own brother reported a stench coming from her apartment. How long might this have continued if not for the intervention by the brother and the police? We can only wonder, as is the case for a lot of the circumstances surrounding this mysterious account of cold cohabitation.

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