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most disturbing pic i’ve maybe ever seen

it’s not gory or disgusting. just haunting and awful. and the story that accompanies it is awful. i can’t post it on my blog b/c it would kill the party just a little too much. ugh.

Frozen in indifference: Life goes on around body found in vacant warehouse

It starts with a phone call made by a man who said his friend found a dead body in the elevator shaft of an abandoned building on the city’s west side.

“He’s encased in ice, except his legs, which are sticking out like Popsicle sticks,” the caller phoned to tell this reporter.

A colony of homeless men live in the warehouse. Wednesday morning a few fires were burning inside oil drums. Scott Ruben, 38, huddled under filthy blankets not 20 paces from the elevator shaft.

“Yeah, I seen him,” Ruben said. The snow outside howled. The heat from the can warped the landscape of rotting buildings and razor wire.

Did he know who the dead person was?

“I don’t recognize him from his shoes.”

Did he call the police?

“No, I figured someone else did,” he said.

“There’s lots of people coming through here with cameras and cell phones. I don’t got no phone. I don’t got no quarter. Things is tight around here.”

His shack mate, Kenneth Williams, 47, returned at that point with an armload of wood.

“Yeah, he’s been down there since last month at least.”

He was asked if he called the police.

“No, I thought it was a dummy myself,” he said unconvincingly. Besides, Williams said, there were more pressing issues like keeping warm and finding something to eat.

“You got a couple bucks?” he asked.

3 Responses to “ most disturbing pic i’ve maybe ever seen ”

  1. jina said:

    my brother sent me this story – heartbreaking.

  2. Jessica said:

    There have been a TON of these types of stories coming out of the Michigan press lately. People dying–freezing to death–in their houses, cars, etc. What gives?

  3. jina said:

    MI is just a hot mess as of late.

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