Today In Creepiness

1 comment February 19th, 2007at 01:33am Posted by Eli

This sounds like a CSI episode, only less believable:

A complaint about a burst water pipe led to a macabre discovery on Long Island: the mummified body of a blind man sitting in front of his TV set, which was still on.

But perhaps more horrifying than the sight of Vincenzo Ricardo’s dusty remains is the fact that he died more than a year ago and no one noticed.

The 70-year-old widower had not been seen since December 2005, and most of his Hampton Bays neighbors assumed his diabetes had put him in the hospital.

But when Southampton Town police showed up to inspect the plumbing on Thursday, they found the corpse – hair and features preserved by dry conditions inside the home – in front of a TV.


Long Island Power Authority spokesman Burt Cunningham could not say exactly how Ricardo’s electric service continued so long after his death.

But some customers have their bills deducted directly from their bank accounts, and legal procedures to shut off a delinquent customer’s service can often take a year.

The elderly man lived in a two-story, cedar-shingled house in an area of scrub pine and white oaks a mile from the shore of Shinnecock Bay. A derelict Pontiac was abandoned alongside the home.


The Suffolk County medical examiner said Ricardo appeared to have died of natural causes.

Jeez. The fact that the TV was still on after a year is what puts this one over the top for me.

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1 Comment

  • 1. Glenn  |  February 19th, 2007 at 7:08 am

    “The fact that the TV was still on after a year is what puts this one over the top for me.”

    What did it for me was wondering how they could tell he was blind. (It becomes clearer in subsequent paragraphs.)

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