Flagstaff, Arizona | A person was arrested this morning by deputies of the Coconino County Sheriff’s Workplace for illegally stuffing the physique of his deceased spouse and exposing it in his residence’s front room.
51-year previous Maurice Paterson is a famend taxidermist who earns a dwelling by stuffing animals destined to be saved as searching trophies or pet memorials.
In line with the police report, when his spouse Mary died of breast most cancers two years in the past, he determined to memorialize her in his personal distinctive approach.
Mr. Paterson stuffed his spouse with unimaginable care earlier than dressing her up and inserting her in a sitting place on her standard sofa.
Frank Robbins, a good friend of the accused, says the phantasm was so excellent that he didn’t even know that Mary was lifeless.
“The police advised me she had been lifeless for a minimum of two years, however I’ve to confess I by no means observed even when I noticed her dozens of instances. I had at all times seen her silent in her nook, watching television.”
Coconino County Sheriff’s Workplace spokesman, Captain Dale McPhee, says they had been tipped off after an accident lastly revealed the lady’s situation.
“A pizza supply man known as us after he by accident bumped her very evenly, inflicting her to fall flat on her face and leaving certainly one of her glass eyes rolling on the ground.”
Mr. Paterson faces extraordinarily critical felony prices of desecration of a human corpse and abuse of a lifeless physique.
If discovered responsible on all prices, he faces a complete of 20 years in jail and a advantageous of $150,000.
His trial is ready to start in January on the Coconino County Superior Court docket, in Flagstaff.