Pennsylvania widow lived with corpses of husband, sister
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July 5, 2010: A 91-year old widow illegally kept the embalmed corpses of her husband and sister in her house, until recently when they were confiscated by the police and handed over to the county coroner.



Game and Story Use

  • At it's simplest, this is just a lonely woman who missed her husband and her twin, and felt having them nearby would enrich life in ways you or I might not understand. Of course, PCs that investigate the supernatural might feel a need to double-check there's not something more sinister going on.
    • This is pretty close to Lovecraft Country, taking place amidst the backdrop of Pennsylvania's Endless Mountains. Therefore, this could easily be worked into a Cthulhu Mythos story, especially one with shades of The Reanimator.
    • The woman, or her dear departed, could be vampires. The "corpses" were seized by police during daylight and hauled out in bodybags, no doubt to go missing from the morgue just after sunset.
    • If there's not something supernatural behind this, then there must be a conspiracy. It's unlikely a 91-year-old woman is capable of exhuming and smuggling bodies on her own. The deceased passed away in 1999 and 2009. Someone knows how they ended up in her home, and isn't talking.
  • Wig your players by creating a culture in which it's quite acceptable for people to keep the embalmed bodies of relatives kicking about … and to introduce them to strangers.
  • Of course, if you happened to be able to communicate with the spirits of the deceased, but were slightly senile and didn't realise that that was what you were doing and that the bodies weren't necessary any more, hanging onto them for the company might seem entirely normal.
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