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Woman slept next to dead mum for months

The Local · 23 Mar 2013, 13:00

Published: 23 Mar 2013 13:00 GMT+01:00

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The gruesome find came about only because the 39-year-old woman's deceased mother, a 70-year-old divorced pensioner, had died leaving outstanding debts, wrote the Süddeutsche Zeitung on Saturday.

When an appraiser from the district court arrived on Thursday at the flat in the Moosach district of Munich to search for objects of value to settle the bill, the woman told him her mother was dead.

Not only that, said the woman, she could prove it – her mother's corpse was still in the flat, as she said she had not been able to afford the funeral costs.

The appraiser notified police, who had to force open the flat door to find the remains of the woman's mother lying on a sofa bed next to where the woman had been sleeping.

Police will now investigate whether the woman, who was taken into psychiatric care at her own request, had been fraudulently claiming her mother's pension. However, investigators told the paper they did not believe this was the motive behind failing to register her mother's death.

Police said the incident was all the more tragic because the woman, who had been living on unemployment benefits, would not have been expected to stump up the funeral costs in any case.

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Those unable to pay for the burial of a relative can apply for up to €3200 from the state to cover the cost, wrote the paper.

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14:03 March 23, 2013 by liondens
The woman is sleeping next to her dead mom for 8 months, and the police are now investigating her for for "fraudulently claiming her mother's pension"? Yep, she is obviously a dangerous criminal! She is mentally ill you morons! Do you need a rocket scientist to figure it out?
14:37 March 23, 2013 by pepsionice
I would agree with liondens....any judgement beyond mental illness would be wrong. I'm pretty sure the cops involved would have taken about thirty seconds to come to that conclusion, and called for the guys in the white suits.

The general problem also in this case....the daughter is likely a permanent Hartz IV individual likely only survives at a happier rate because of Mom's pension. These days....Hartz IV would be just enough to survive, and that's it.
15:27 March 23, 2013 by yllusion
Guys.. you are accusing the police of accusing the woman. Sweet irony... Don't mistake the work of the police. They are obliged to investigate the situation in order to find the truth of the facts and ensure rule of law. The police is investigating the case, not accusing her. For sure, it's very likely that the woman has psychological problems, but likely isn't the same as trully. And that is what they will try to verify.
15:37 March 23, 2013 by J-Dub
Talk about taking Weekend at Bernie's to extremes....this woman (regardless of financial problems) is seriously sick. I have to agree with pepsionice...more than likely a Hartz IV champion for life. Such people deserve nothing more than being berated because of their laziness, stupidity, and claim to ignorance. This is not rocket science. No sane person sleeps next to their dead and decomposing mother for 8 months. Sounds like someone needs a visit from the straight jacket distributors.
17:45 March 23, 2013 by sonriete
Poor woman lost her mother, now to be subjected to ridicule in public. I hope the mother can rest in peace and the daughter can get the help she needs. I could care less if she cashed the pension checks, she was obviously not living well.
19:11 March 23, 2013 by liondens
Taking in more refugess is really going to help a lot of poor Germans!
07:21 March 24, 2013 by Tilak RaJ
Poor woman,
10:34 March 24, 2013 by raandy
The daughter also new in Germany that she was now on the hook for mothers debts. That would drive a lot of people over the edge.
10:44 March 25, 2013 by Teddy/agnes
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