Wednesday, January 11, 2006


Woman Who Died in ’03 Left in Front of TV

`A dead woman dressed in white was positioned in a chair in front of a television set for 2 1/2 years because she told her caregiver that she didn’t want to be buried and planned to return, the coroner said.

“Don’t show my body when I’m dead,” Hamilton County Coroner Dr. O’dell Owens said Monday in describing Johannas Pope’s wishes. “Don’t bury me. I’m coming back.”

Pope, 61, died Aug. 29, 2003. Her caretaker and friend, whose name has not been released, left the woman upstairs in the home with the television and air conditioning on while the body slowly decayed and mummified, authorities said.’

Some family members continued to live downstairs in the house since her death.’

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