Remember Jean Stevens? The lady who exhumed the corpses of her husband and her twin sister?
Well, today the local newspaper printed an interview with her. Here's some of what she had to say:
"I think when you put them in the ground, that's goodbye, goodbye. In this way I could touch her and look at her and talk to her."
The article goes on to say:
"She kept her sister, who was dressed in her "best housecoat", on an old couch in a spare room off the bedroom. Jean sprayed her with expensive perfume that was June's favorite.
"I'd go in, and I'd talk, and I'd forget," Stevens said.
"I put glasses on her. When I put the glasses on, it made all the difference in the world. I would fix her up. I'd fix her face up all the time."
She offered a similar rationale for keeping her husband on a couch in the detached garage. James, who had been laid to rest in a nearby cemetery, wore a dark suit, white shirt and blue knitted tie.
"I could see him, I could look at him. I could touch him. Now, some people have a terrible feeling, they say, "Why do you want to look at a dead person? Oh my gracious," she said.
"Well, I felt differently about death."
Okay, first off, define "best housecoat". Aren't they all basically the same? Oh, and "expensive perfume". I'm thinking that was mostly a defensive measure on Jean's part. Because even if those bodies were embalmed, well .....
I mean, especially James! He died in 1999, for Pete's sake. Then again, by the time they found his body, eleven years later, there probably wasn't much smell left. But June just died last October ....
Oh, and she's not tellin' who helped her dig up the graves.
Here's a link to the whole thing:
Woman who stored corpses in her house just couldn't deal with death.
Not sure how long they'll keep that link up, but it's there for now. And I see there's some pretty lively conversation going on in the comment section over there.