3 forgotten people, 3 mummified bodies, 3 bizarre deaths


Read the 3 stories that made headlines. One about a forgotten diabetic and blind 70 year old from NY, another about the woman's whose dead body lay forgotten in her flat for 35+ years, and the third about the dead Grandma that mummified for 15 years.


Maybe you have read the first story two years back, sometime in mid February 2006. For those who haven't, you can still catch it here. The ones who have heard this before, let me refresh your memory.

A forgotten diabetic and blind 70 year old from NY:

15th February 2006, the police calls for a Vincenzo Ricardo to investigate a report of a burst water pipe. Nobody answers! So they go down to the house in Long Island, NY to discover his mummified remains sitting in front of a blaring television set.

The forensic report says he died of natural causes a year before his decayed body was found. "You could see his face. He still had hair on his head," the morgue assistant Jeff Bacchus said. The home's low humidity had preserved his body from decaying badly.

What is strange is Ricardo had not been heard from in over a year, since December 2005? So his body was found almost a year after his death. Interestingly, Ricardo was blind. Who was watching the television then? And how was the electricity not cut out in a year? A lot of unanswered questions remain.

How come nobody missed him in the past year? For this the only explanation was that Ricardo's wife died a long time back, and he lived alone. So no family there. Diane Devon, a neighbour said "We never thought to check on him. We thought Ricardo was in a hospital or nursing home due to his diabetes and eyesight."

If you thought this story was bizarre, read the next recent one.


Woman's dead body lies forgotten in her flat for 35+ years:

Hedviga Golik, a 42 something, Croatian woman makes tea for herself and sits down in front of the television to enjoy it . So why do you want to read about her? Because she never finished the tea. Sadly, she died in her chair soon after. What makes the story more poignant is the fact that this whole episode came to light only decades after the woman lay dead in her chair, without ever being found, uptill now (just last week).

Golik's mummified body was discovered some 35-40 years later when the tenants in her apartment building broke into her flat, hoping to divide the space of the unoccupied apartment between themselves, or at least to determine an owner of the empty flat. A police spokesman said "It was like stepping into a place frozen in time. The cup she had been drinking tea from was still on a table next to her chair. Nothing had been disturbed for decades, except for a few cobwebs that were found."

The exact date of her death is unknown. Different sources have different dates. According to the CNN, she died some 35 years ago. But the Scotland's Daily Record says Golik died in 1966, meaning that she was found after 42 years! Since Golik's body had been highly decomposed, there is no way of determining the exact dates of when or even how she died.

A lot of question's arise : How did she remain unfound for all these years? How come nobody missed her? Some of Golik's neighbours claimed she had talked about going abroad. Other stories say her apartment was never checked, despite a missing person being reported when she was not seen around.

What about the bills, who paid the bills for the flat rent and the electricity, etc? Digging deeper into the story, media sources found from the tenants of the same building that the building's guard had received the flat that Golika occupied as his salary instead of money, and had gifted it to his lover Golika. So there was no monthly rent.

But then what about the smell of the decomposing body? How did that go unnoticed? Experts said her apartment windows were open, minimizing the smell of her decay.

After hearing about the above two stories i wonder, is watching television that bad for you? Does it turn you into a mummified extinct dead!


Should we call it these two Croatian peoples co-incident bad luck? Here's another story that is doing the rounds in the media and the internet about a Croatian man.

Grandma mummifies while the grandson is oblivious to her death:

Tomislav Drazic bought a new home in Dugo Selo in northern Croatia. And this Croatian got more than he had hoped for. When he opened the house to check out his new abode, he found the mummified body of a women lying on the living room couch. Ouch!

The investigating police said the dead woman was the grandmother of the man who sold the house. He had inherited the property after his mother died when he was a young boy. The inheritor had never visited it and had no idea his grandmother had passed away or was staying in that house, to begin with. The 92-year-old granny had died 15 years ago.

Drazic, the 51 year old businessman had been out of the country, travelling for business. He had got the house through an agent, who obviously did not do his work properly. Who never even bothered to look at the house. Drazic was too shocked when he found the dead woman. When asked to comment all he could say was "I was looking forward to seeing the house for the first time but instead I got the shock of my life."

Again questions remain unanswered as to why the woman was left there? How come the grandson never looked for her, or was unaware of his granny occupying the inherited property?

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devin elizabeth 8 years ago from Vancouver, BC

Very mysterious indeed. How did you come across these stories? Are you a Bizarre Death Story collector?

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Rookie Expert 8 years ago from US Author

HaHa, no Im not! Had read about the Croatian woman who lay dead in her flat in the news paper, then the curious me went digging for more about the story on the internet! That's where i found the other two stories/ news articles. The first one is a bit old, the other two are relatively new and doing the rounds right now.

Thanx for your comment though. I do like to read odd and bizarre stuff, but i donot collect death stories.

atihcoor 8 years ago

This seems like the saddest way to pass away...unmissed for so long. Thanks for collecting these bizarre stories- very interesting read!

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solarshingles 8 years ago from london

These are quite good examples of how far could our alienated society reach. There are zillions of people living alone and just by plain statistics it is possible for such stories to happened. However, last two stories are especially wired and hard to comprehend, due to the people living very close by or in the last case, in which the estate agent had been dealing with property he hadn't even visited and properly examined.

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Awful Poet 6 years ago from The Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) (m-M)_0 = 18.41, or 48 kpc (~157,000

Such A Fine Hub.

Many Thanks

For The Awsome Read

cat 4 years ago

lol haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

Amber 3 years ago

Blind people "watch" TV. It's like a radio to them. They listen to it. Nothing mysterious about that.

Zora the Explorer 2 months ago

it it not common practice for homes to be 'rented' in Croatia. Usually, a person would own the property and they tend to mind their own business!

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