Every week I look through all of the news outlets looking for the crazies that make most of us look sane…well let’s say, saner. AND each week I tell myself “it just can’t get any crazier than this” but then it does. This week was no exception.
Have you all been following the Goat Man story out of Utah?
Utah authorities are working to identify a man spotted dressed in a goat suit among a herd of wild goats in the mountains of northern Utah.
The photographer who snapped blurry photos of the individual, dubbed “goat man,” told Fox affiliate KSTU-TV that he spotted the man Sunday as he was descending Ben Lomond peak, about 40 miles north of Salt Lake City.
“He was clumsy, working his way down the cliff trying to catch up with the rest of the herd,” photographer Coty Creighton told the station. “With the binoculars, I could clearly see it was a guy dressed up in a homemade goat suit. The man appeared to be acting like a goat while wearing the crudely made costume, which had fake horns and a cloth mask with cut-out eye holes. It was real creepy.”
Creighton said the man appeared to be wearing heavy gloves so he could crawl on his hands and knees. He also said that at one point, the man lifted his mask and looked up at him for several minutes.
“He kind of slouched down, like was getting nervous or was feeling really self-conscious,” Creighton added. “He actually got off his hands and knees and sat on the hill for several minutes until he thought I was gone.”
Phil Douglass of the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources said Friday that the person wearing the goat suit is doing nothing illegal, but he worries the man is unaware of the dangers.
“My very first concern is the person doesn’t understand the risks,” Douglass said. “Who’s to say what could happen.” He worries the goat man might be accidentally shot or could be attacked by a real goat.
Douglass said wildlife officials received an anonymous call Thursday from an “agitated man” after the sighting was reported in local media. The caller simply said, “Leave goat man alone. He’s done nothing wrong.” (who might that caller be, I wonder???)
Then…this week, the Goat Man is identified….sort of.
Last Friday, a 911 call to the Jackson County (Michigan) Sheriff’s office started an investigation that led to an unfortunate discovery.
Barb Ziglar called the sheriff’s office to ask them to check on the welfare of her uncle Charlie.
It turns out the Charles Ziglar was gone…like in dead but not missing…gone. His mummified body was discovered in his recliner, in his living room, in his home with his long time companion, Linda Lou Chase.
It appears that Charlie died sometime around Christmas of 2010 in his chair and Linda Lou just let him be. Well..not entirely, I guess…she put a blanket over him.
Chase went on to say that Charlie just went to sleep and she didn’t want to part with her dear friend. “It’s not that I am heartless. I didn’t want to be alone.” She said she liked watching NASCAR races with her deceased friend. She went on to say that he never smelled bad as she cleaned and dressed him regularly. (EEEEWWWWW)
The 72 year old BFF had the presence of mind, however, to endorse and cash his social security and pension checks for the last 18 months.
It is unclear if Lucy Lou broke any laws other than the forgery of the checks. There doesn’t seem to be any other laws on the books that would apply to this situation. Jackson police Lt. Chris Simpson said the police are still trying to determine the actual amount but it is believed to be more than $28,000.00. Simpson doesn’t believe Lucy Lou will serve any real time in prison due to her age although the charges could warrant about 14 years in prison. Michigan doesn’t have any specific laws concerning mummified boyfriends left in their recliners watching NASCAR.
An autopsy showed that Charlie died of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
Michigan doesn’t have any specific laws concerning mummified boyfriends left in their recliners watching NASCAR. I think maybe Michigan better work on being more detailed when writing their laws.