Click on graphic if you want to see Charlie — alive

Linda Chase knows what she did sounds morbid…She is ashamed of it and figures she will likely go to prison for keeping her friend’s dead body inside a Jackson house for months, cashing his benefit checks…

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

Zigler, known as Charlie, died naturally, Chase said. “He just fell asleep.” She kept him in his chair after he died, keeping him dressed and cleaned. His body did not stink, she said. She would talk to him and watch NASCAR races on television with him…

After not hearing from Zigler for some time, family members became concerned and called police, Lt. Chris Simpson said. Officers went Friday to the house, 365 N. Cooper St. Chase let them inside where they found Zigler sitting in a living room chair. A medical examiner determined Zigler died of natural causes. Police believe he died around Christmas 2010.

Chase went with detectives to the Jackson Police Station and answered questions. She admitted to keeping his body and cashing Social Security checks. Even before Zigler died, Chase would sign his name and cash his checks, she said Tuesday. She knows the police are investigating her and she is worried.

“I’m probably going to prison,” she said, adding she asked police if there was a way to pay back the cashed checks.

Watching NASCAR could induce terminal narcolepsy.



  1. Late Night says:

    “Charlie!… … … … Charlie bit my finger.”

  2. NewformatSux says:

    This happens plenty.

  3. Uncle Patso says:

    Re: cashing his Social Security checks — I thought the Social Security Administration was all Direct Deposit these days.

    • orchidcup says:

      A lot of people do not have bank accounts. They live on the cash they carry in their pockets. It is a cruel world out there.

  4. Jeroen says:

    i blame Vagisil!

  5. Taxed Enough Already Dude says:

    Finally a DU blogs with a human interest angle.

  6. orchidcup says:

    I have a hard time believing the dude didn’t stink.

    Maybe he stank while he was alive, and the lady never noticed the difference.

    NASCAR fans are like that. They have four things on their mind; Beer, Cigarettes, Social Security checks, and cars going around in circles.

  7. sheila says:

    ‘Maybe he stank while he was alive, and the lady never noticed the difference.’

    that is very rich……….

    survivingsurvivalism.com

  8. jpfitz says:

    Poor Charlie. At the whim of some very lonely govt check stealing bat shit crazy NASCAR lady. R.I.P. Charlie.

  9. What’s the hurry? He’ll still be dead by the end of the race. With a woman like that he probably killed himself.

  10. Anonymous says:

    That’s the only way to watch NASCAR – dead! Or at least brain dead which would explain about half the audience. The other half is either drunk, getting drunk or in some way mentally altered to a point where watching a motorized mosh pit is actually enjoyable. (Kind of takes the sting out of their crappy lives.)

    It’s a little more “high class” when you start talking about formula racing. But even there, to actually sit and watch an entire race almost requires some form of diminished mental capacity. And you can’t get more “diminished” than being dead. (It also explains why most NASCAR viewers seem to be democrats too!)

  11. muddauber says:

    She probably would have gotten his surviving spouse benefits anyway if she had just married the old dude. Such a shame