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Do you believe that someone would have to have a mental illness to do this?

Man lives with dead body for a week:

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. -- A California man was found living with the badly decomposed body of a woman after neighbors called to complain of an unusual smell coming from inside the man's studio apartment, police said Wednesday.

Santa Cruz police officers found the 30-year-old woman's body after entering the apartment at about 7 p.m. Tuesday. Investigators haven't been able to establish how the woman died because of the deteriorated state of her body, authorities said.

Investigators also haven't determined how long the woman had been dead, but Santa Cruz deputy police Chief Steve Clark said he was comfortable saying it had been at least a week.

The apartment's resident, 63-year-old John Clauer, was in custody on a no-bail parole hold based on a prior drug conviction, Clark said.

It wasn't clear if Clauer and the woman were sharing the apartment as roommates or if they were romantically involved. Investigators were questioning neighbors and canvassing the area to try to figure out the relationship between the two, Clark said.

"If it is indeed a homicide, then he becomes a suspect," Clark said. "He could also be charged with failure to report a death as appropriate."

Clauer has had what Clark described as a "storied history" with Santa Cruz police, having been arrested previously on drug and alcohol related offenses, though it wasn't clear how much time Clauer had served behind bars.

Clauer didn't have an attorney by Wednesday evening.

An autopsy was planned for later this week. The woman's name hasn't been released.


Asked by amazinggrace83 at 2:05 PM on Apr. 28, 2011 in Politics & Current Events

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Answers (9)
  • I would say so, I've been to crime scenes and bodies have a gut wrenching smell that is undescribable! Hopefully he gets the help he needs.

    Answer by yesmaam at 2:13 PM on Apr. 28, 2011

  • Necrophilia.

    Answer by jewjewbee at 2:06 PM on Apr. 28, 2011

  • Maybe he was too high to make the right choice?

    Answer by SalemWitchChild at 2:10 PM on Apr. 28, 2011

  • no. he might have just been scared with nowhere else to go. Poor guy and poor woman.. how sad!

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:06 PM on Apr. 28, 2011

  • possibly a mental health problem...maybe not one that he has normally but it might have come on bc of the death of the lady...more than likely if he was on steroids he wouldnt be to high to figure out what to do but if he's on something else it could have been the drugs...either way poor lady...

    Answer by ramita at 2:16 PM on Apr. 28, 2011

  • Ummm....YES!!!


    Answer by LoriKeet at 4:14 PM on Apr. 28, 2011

  • To some degree anyway.

    Answer by itsmesteph11 at 4:47 PM on Apr. 28, 2011

  • Seems likely- 30 year olds usually do not die of natural causes. If so, I hope he gets the help he needs- If not, prosecute to the full extent of the law (if foul play is involved).


    Answer by Sisteract at 7:07 PM on Apr. 28, 2011

  • Don't know. I've heard a couple of stories about an elderly person keeping their dead spouse in the house as a secret because they are afraid if they cant pay burial expenses they will be "taken away" from their loved one. It's sad.

    Answer by Kitkat61277 at 11:35 PM on Apr. 28, 2011