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Man Keeps Dead Mother In Freezer In Order To Collect Her Social Security Checks.


LA CROSSE, Wis. -- A man told police he kept his mother's corpse in a basement freezer for more than four years while he collected her Social Security checks, authorities said Monday.

Philip Schuth, 52, told police his elderly mother, Edith, died of natural causes in August 2000 but that he didn't tell anyone because he was afraid police would blame him, according to documents filed in court. An autopsy is set for this week on the body, which was found in ice in a sitting position.

In a bizarre and morbid way, this event underscores the unjust fact that Social Security benefits are not inheritable. Once you die, they are gone. Mr. Schuth, acting out his clearly anti-social, perhaps psychotic behavior, was actually making a very logical, rational, and reasonable choice from a purely economic perspective. He had a vested economic interest in perpetuating the lie that his mother was alive than in letting her rest in peace.

Posted by Will Franklin · 27 April 2005 12:30 AM


That is cold and calculating!... He really must have been desperate!...I have heard of cold blooded people but this is blood chilling! Bbrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.

Posted by: Zsa Zsa at April 27, 2005 06:59 AM

Freeze you scoundrel!

Posted by: Andy at April 27, 2005 08:14 AM

If our liberal friends don't do something soon about Social Security, we can expect to see more and more of this!...OK! you Dems. Quit giving us the cold shoulder about reforming Social Security. We are ready to put the heat on!...

Posted by: linda at April 27, 2005 08:34 AM

I guess this means he and his mother didn't have a very warm relationship! ... Possibly she wanted to be frozen just incase some day technology could somehow bring her back to life!

Posted by: Ora at April 27, 2005 09:26 AM

I'm melting...

Posted by: The Wicked Witch of the West at April 27, 2005 09:28 AM

This gives a whole new meaning to Frost Bite... I wonder if he has ever seen The Big Chill?

Posted by: Hal at April 27, 2005 09:53 AM

And the Dems. want to put Social Security on the back burner!... Hmmm.

Posted by: Zsa Zsa at April 27, 2005 09:18 PM