Claim: A burglar discovered a suicide in the home he’d broken into.
Origins: On 19 June 2013 a would-be burglar in
Said encounter prompted the young man to run screaming into the night, with neighbors of the deceased hearing him
shout “He’s dead, he’s dead.”
The affrighted burglar raced to his mother’s home a few doors away and from there telephoned police to report the grisly find and turn himself in.
Police arrested the man for the break-in burglary but released him later that morning. Hamilton city tactical
The deceased took his own life and had been dead for no more than a day.
This real-life occurrence of a burglar’s encountering a suicide while going about his business shares a few similarities with an urban legend that dates to at least 1979. In that
Barbara “good fences make good neighbors and happy burglars, and sometimes the two are the same” Mikkelson
Last updated: 23 June 2013
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