Man who kept his dead mother mummified for 13 years known as 'Vampire'

Man who kept his dead mother mummified ‘in perfect condition’ on his sofa for 13 years was known locally as ‘Vampire’ and ‘would talk to her as they sat watching TV’

  • The 76-year-old man, named as Marian L., dug up his mother’s grave in Poland
  • The corpse was found on a pile of newspapers dating back as far as 2009 

A grieving son who kept his dead mother’s mummified corpse ‘in perfect condition’ on his sofa for 13 years was known locally as ‘Vampire’ and would allegedly talk to her as they sat watching TV.

The 76-year-old man, named only as Marian L., dug up his mother’s grave in the small town of Radlin, southwest Poland, and took her body to his home and placed her on the sofa in front of his TV.

For more than a decade, Marian L. would allegedly sit talking to his mother’s mummified corpse and even attempt to feed her as they watched TV together. 

Locals said they know very little about the pensioner, describing him as a loner who avoided contact with people. They even called him the ‘vampire’ as many didn’t know his name.

His mother’s mummified corpse was finally found after the 76-year-old’s estranged brother-in-law decided to visit him at his home. 

Marian L dug up his mother’s grave in the small town of Radlin, southwest Poland. Pictured: A general view of the area in Radlin  

The brother-in-law noticed Marian L. wandering around outside the house ‘looking mad’ and decided to call paramedics.

When they they entered the property they found the mummified corpse lying on a couch on top of a pile of newspapers dating from 2009.

Before Marian L. was led away from his home, he told the paramedics that he had to say goodbye to his mother, reports Fakt news outlet.

Police spokeswoman Małgorzata Koniarska said: ‘We received a report in connection with the disclosure of the body from a family member of the owner of the apartment.

‘The policemen went to Ul. Rogozina in Radlin. In the part of the house belonging to an elderly man, a mummified corpse was discovered.’ 

Joanna Smorczewska from the District Prosecutor’s Office said: ‘According to the DNA content, the mummified corpse is that of a woman, Jadwiga L., who died in January 2010, and thus Marian L.’s mother. 

‘It was established that the grave of Jadwiga L., where she was buried on January 16, 2010, remains empty.

‘It is likely that the man dug up the mother’s body immediately after its burial and then mummified it and the body has remained in this house since 2010.’

It is thought that Marian L. who lives just 300 metres from the cemetery may have taken the corpse home on his bike.

Head of the district prosecutor’s office Marcin Felsztyński added: ‘Everything indicates that the man must have used some chemicals to mummify the corpse.

‘The smell of mothballs was noticeable.’

The body was apparently in ‘perfect condition’ regardless. His mother will be reburied.

Locals said they know very little about Marian L. One told local media: ‘Weird, I’ve lived here for so many years, I don’t know if I’ve ever seen him.

The cemetery where his mother was buried is 300 metres from his house in Radlin

‘Everyone knows each other, but nothing is known about him, only that he treated night as day.

‘He would go out in the evenings, get on his bike and go somewhere. And that’s how it seems all my life.

‘My husband is from here, he said that when they were children, they were afraid of him. When it was late and they saw that he was going out, that he was riding that bike, they would run and hide.’

Another said: ‘I didn’t sleep for a week when I found out. It’s so gruesome, how is that possible?

‘He never worked anywhere, he walked around the dumpsters, collected things that had been thrown away.’

Another said: ‘He always left the house at night, took his bike and went into the unknown.’ 

Prosecutor spokeswoman Joanna Smorczewska said: ‘Marian L. Has been charged with desecrating a corpse.

‘At present, however, due to his health condition, due to the fact that he has been in the hospital for over a month, he will be examined by expert psychiatrists who will give an opinion on his state of mind.’

Although the initial discovery was made in February, the news is only now being reported following the suspect being charged with desecration of a corpse.

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