The Sad Side Of Life

An elderly Chicago couple have been found alive under a pile of garbage in their house after neighbors became concerned about their welfare. The couple, believed to be in their 70’s, were living in absolute squalor when a pile of crap presumably fell on them. The house was virtually knee deep in garbage and food waste and police had to call the fire department because the stench was too bad for them to step foot inside. Both remain in a critical condition in hospital. It is unknown how long both had been trapped under the rubbish.

Psst Wanna learn more, check out bottom dwelling Dave’s blog post on Hambo Central about mental illness and Diogenes Syndrome.


Filed under All That Is Wrong With The World, I'm Just Saying !, They Live Among Us !, Well I Never

16 responses to “The Sad Side Of Life

  1. Lynn

    that reminds me, have you ever watched that show Hoarders? now that is one tv show i don’t miss.

  2. Poor souls, but maybe they’ll get on an episode next season. Reminds me of the Colyer brothers.

  3. This is the type of news (Chicago Tribune has two articles about it today) that has a first reaction and then that later more thoughtful reaction. My first reaction was the WTF that’s a weird one, hey check this out, you won’t believe this one, … etc.
    But really it’s a sad mental disease and this was a very bad case of it. It’s interesting to talk about but it shouldn’t become entertainment.

  4. I’ve been in a lot of these houses because of work. Over the past several years Ive noted a new wrinkle in this kind of thing. When I go in these homes now they often have boxes and boxes of stuff from TV shopping channels. Most of the boxes have never been opened.

  5. good that the alarm was raised by neighbours – pity it wasn’t raised sooner though

    For a variety of reasons, close-knit communities are a thing of the past now and too many people are dying unnoticed amongst us.

    Since Mrs D died, it has crossed my mind more than once that If I fell ill suddenly I could end up in this sort of situation 😦

    So if I don’t post anything in MadHatters some day, phone the emergency services, loon – and tell them to bring whisky with them (I may be suffering from dehydration) 😆

  6. The Celtic Queen

    You’d think they’d notice when the smell was just starting. I’d be asking questions then not when it’s knee deep and I haven’t seen the old buggers in a while. What kind of society are we now living in?

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