Woman Watches NASCAR On TV With Dead Corpse

A woman in Jackson, Michigan, might be facing charges who kept her dead friend inside her home for nearly two years, so that the corpse could continue to watch NASCAR races on TV.

Linda Chase kept the dead body of her friend, Charles Zigler, sitting in a chair in the house they shared for 18 months so she could watch NASCAR with him.

“I didn’t want to be alone. He was the only guy who was ever nice to me,” Chase told

Chase, 72, said Zigler, believed to be 68 at the time, died around Christmas 2010. His mummified body was found by police on July 6.

“He just fell asleep and never woke up,” Chase said. She kept him in his chair after he died, and “I would talk to him and watch NASCAR races on television with him.”

“If you knew Charlie, he had the best sense of humor in this whole world,” Chase said.

The body was discovered when, after not hearing from Zigler for some time, family members became concerned and called police. Officers went to the house on July 6 and found his body sitting in a living room chair. A medical examiner has determined Zigler died of natural causes.

“I’m probably going to prison,” Chase said in a statement.

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