Jackson Woman Speaks About Keeping Dead Body for 19 Months

By: Hannah Saunders Email
By: Hannah Saunders Email

"He just went to sleep," that's how Linda Chase is describing the death of her friend and room-mate, Charles William Zigler. Police were asked to check in on him by his family members, saying they hadn't heard from him in a while.

The autopsy shows Zigler, who was 67 at the time, died around Christmas of 2010 at their home on Cooper Street. That's when Jackson Police say Chase left him in the living room recliner, covered in blankets.

"We were friends; good friends," continued Chase. "We fished together, we worked together ... I didn't have to go to work with him, but I did to help."

She wouldn't say why she never let anyone know he died, or even try to move the body out of the living room, but she did give a different answer to police.

"We did speak with her and asked her why the police, firemen, or anyone was not contacted," said Jackson Police Lieutenant Chris Simpson. That's when Chase admitted to using his death to commit fraud.

"We won't go into detail about exactly what the fraud was, but it is being investigated by our detectives."

That investigation could take a while, since police have a time span of 19 months from when Zigler died, to when he was discovered.

"The pathologists are very comfortable with saying that he died of natural causes at this time, and there was no blunt trauma to the body," continued Simpson.

So for now, Chase will continue to live in the house she's lived in for three years, wondering every day if she will be arrested; all the while she says she'll miss Zigler, whose body she lived with for the last year and a half.

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  • by Anonymous Location: Indy on Jul 16, 2012 at 09:24 AM
    I heard that she cleaned the body---so that it would not smell-(she would have to do that everyday)--but they don't mention that in this story.. There is more than fraud going on here---Psychotic comes to mind!
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      by Courtney on Jul 27, 2012 at 10:18 AM in reply to
      No matter how often you "clean a body" decomposition stinks. You can't wash it away.
  • by Kris Location: Lansing on Jul 15, 2012 at 07:32 AM
    She's obviously a nut-case with NO SENSE OF SMELL .....I can't believe that no one missed him or that no one smelled that.........she had no visitors all that time ??? Makes no sense to me.....
  • by Nurse on Jul 13, 2012 at 11:38 PM
    Actually watching her movements as she talks, and what she says, does make me beleive she may have alzheimer's type dementia with sundowners, but a psych eval with observation of at least 24-48 hours would need to be completed to determine this.
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      by aaron on Jul 16, 2012 at 09:47 AM in reply to Nurse
  • by Nurse on Jul 13, 2012 at 11:33 PM
    Honestly, with her age & the occurance that happened, I would be thinking of possible dementia on her part. Maybe she felt he was really still there, especially if she were to have the sundowner's type. Someone with sundowner's my appear to be all there, but if you watch them closely, they're really not, their sense of reality is false. At one moment she may realize he's dead, but in the next moment she could be conversating with him and beleive he's answering back.
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      by aarom on Jul 16, 2012 at 09:55 AM in reply to Nurse
      this women whants you to thank this she knew darn well what she was doing
  • by Billie Location: California on Jul 13, 2012 at 10:56 AM
    I hope she/they didn't have pets. eewww
  • by Sarah Location: Lansing on Jul 13, 2012 at 10:30 AM
    The family has tried multiple times to get a hold of him...another article had said that his nd son and daughter had gone to the house and she had refused to let them see him.
  • by Cindy on Jul 13, 2012 at 03:49 AM
    I should not of read this while eating lunch..
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      by Sara on Jul 13, 2012 at 07:19 AM in reply to Cindy
      Cindy - you should not eat lunch at 6:49 AM.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 11, 2012 at 02:15 PM
    She smelled him surely. Blankets don't keep the rot down. She should have put him in the freezer.
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      by Courtney on Jul 27, 2012 at 10:15 AM in reply to
      You are disgusting. You show now compassion.
  • by Carmen Location: Lansing on Jul 11, 2012 at 10:08 AM
    19 months of SS (12 @ 674, 7 @ 698) and $200 a month in food benefits equals $16,774. Yikes!
  • by Wow on Jul 11, 2012 at 04:55 AM
    Greed trumps compassion once again. Death ends social security benefits. And since the family took 18 months to question his where a abouts, I doubt the would have helped with funeral expenses either. So sad all around!
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