Sunday, May 13, 2012

ISDP: Spring Comes to Flyover Land

From the gloomy interior of FirstNerve Manor we can smell raw gasoline and hear the roar of leaf blowers at every compass point, so we know that Spring has sprung. According to the daily scratch marks we make on the plaster wall, it’s the thirteenth of the month. We’ve read the portents and they can mean only one thing: it is time to unleash another putrid edition of our most popular ongoing feature. Those of delicate sensibilities should click away to safer venues, because I Smell Dead People is not for the easily offended.

Our first incident comes from television station WCBD in Charleston, South Carolina, which provides some unique local color.
Friday the Charleston County Coroner identified the body found April 18 as David Thompson, a 46-year-old male. The coroner says Thompson died of a gunshot wound. According to police, shortly after 5:00 pm April 18, a man looking for turtles found a body in the wooded area across from the West Ashley Wal Mart at 3951 West Ashley Circle.
WCBD includes this important reminder to the citizenry: if you smell something, say something!
Some people in the area said there was a foul odor in the area for about a week. Francis said anything suspicious should always be reported to police.
Darn tootin’!

This ISDP event in Texas comes our way via a news aggregation site in India:
A 28-year old Indian, identified as a native of Visakhapatnam, was found dead in his apartment in Dallas by police authorities, according to information with an Indian-American organisation. Nikhil Karanam was found dead in his apartment on April 21 in Trophy Club City [sic], a suburb of Dallas, according to Telugu Association of North America. Local police authorities say they believe Karanam had died almost 10 days ago but discovered his body only after neighbours informed the authorities of “foul smell” coming from the apartment.
An autopsy has ruled out both murder and suicide.

We recently recommended that people stay away from the miserable town of Collinsville, Illinois, if they want to avoid legally dubious police searches, fines, and property confiscation. Now Collinsville makes it way into ISDP via a story from KMOV News 4 in St. Louis:
The Major Case Squad is investigating a decomposed body discovered behind a trailer home in Collinsville on Monday. Police have identified the body as 55-year-old Russell Miller who lived in the 900 block of St. Clair Court. A neighbor told News 4’s Russell Kinsaul that she smelled a foul odor last weekend outside the trailer home where the man lived, but his roommate told her the smell came from some trash cans. It turns out the smell came from a decomposing body that may have been outside in the backyard for weeks.
If you smell something, say something!

Three days later the roommate and another guy were charged.
Police said Timothy Hillyer, 49, was charged Thursday with two counts of concealment of a homicidal death, a felony. Authorities said Hillyer’s roommate, 55-year-old Russell Miller, was found dead in the 900 block of St. Clair. Police said they determined after an investigation that Hillyer had tried to hide Miller’s death. Another man, 55-year-old Jeffery Sminchak, was arrested Friday in connection to Miller’s death. He was charged with two counts of obstructing justice, a felony.
Better late than never: this one failed to register on ISDP when it first happened. From Sun City, Arizona:
A judge has sentenced a 50-year-old man to 24 1/2 years in state prison for the murder of a man whose nude body was found in a trailer during a traffic stop in 2010.

David Roy Eidson was sentenced by Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Susanna Pineda for the murder of David Wile and concealing his body in the trailer.

Just after noon Aug. 24, 2010, Maricopa County Sheriff’s deputies were alerted by a woman claiming to be a nurse about a foul odor coming from the trailer being towed behind a Chevrolet Suburban near 107th and Grand avenues.

Deputies stopped the Suburban, which was driven by Eidson, who was asked if there was something dead in the trailer. Eidson responded that he didn’t know how to answer that question, deputies said.

Eidson eventually unlocked the trailer and deputies found the body of Wile wrapped in a shower curtain.
And also from Arizona comes another vivid reminder why you should think hard before deciding on a career in apartment complex maintenance:
A man found dead in an east-side apartment complex last week has been identified as 23-year-old Ray Tyson. Tyson was found by maintenance workers at the complex in the 7700 block of East Speedway Boulevard, near Pantano Road, on April 23 when the workers went to investigate a foul odor, said Sgt. Maria Hawke, a Tucson police spokeswoman in a news release.
Yes! We have another nominee for the 2012 Norman Bates Award™.

James O’Brien

CBS television station WVLT in Knoxville, Tennessee, provides the compelling headline: “Homeless Knoxville man found living with corpse.” [If he is homeless, where was he living with it?—Ed.]
A homeless man told authorities he lived with a dead body for nearly a week. The corpse was finally discovered after management received complaints of a foul smell coming from one of the apartments.

The body of Clarence Stephens, III, was found covered up by blankets and clothing on April 27th. The man staying in the apartment, James M. O’Brien, told police he started piling on the blankets and clothes and opened the windows after the body started decomposing and smelling.

O’Brien, 68, claims he hit Stephens in the throat six days earlier. He then claims Stephens laid on the bed and never regained consciousness.
Mr. O’Brien won’t be charged with murders; autopsy shows that Stephens had medical issues and died of natural causes.

And finally, from Richmond, Virginia:
Richmond Police are trying to identify a decomposing body they found Friday night. RPD Captain Paul Kiniry tells CBS 6 that the call came in shortly before 8 p.m. for a complaint of a foul odor in the 600 block of Overbrook Rd. Officers arrived and found a body in a nearby garage.
The body remains unidentified.

See you next time.

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