Whose Skull Is It, Anyway?

28 Jul

When I was a kid I couldn’t understand WHY my mom always seemed to be watching “the News.” To me it was dull & boring & not nearly as exciting as 77 Sunset Strip, Mayberry RFD or any of the wonderful TV shows back in the day. We only got 3 channels back then & only had one television so it seemed doubly rude of her to tie up the TV watching something so boring.

Fast forward a number of years & there I was working out at the YMCA; trotting along on the elliptical; pedaling my way to nowhere on the recumbent bicycle. It was boring & the time seemed to drag until I bought some ear buds & started watching the news on the bank of TVs that adorned the walls.

Somehow I got sucked in & became a “news hound.”  Now my husband comes into a room where I’m watching TV … the News … & says, “Are you watching the News again?” & of course I am. I want to know what happened while I was sleeping or out at a nurse’s luncheon or buying groceries. I know exactly how he feels because I remember being totally baffled at my mom’s constant “News gazing.” At least my husband has the option to go to another room where there is also a TV & watch whatever he wants.

So I was reading “the News” & a story caught my attention. A partial human skull was found along the banks of the river just down the road a bit from where we live. No other remains have been found & no identification has been made. Truly a newsworthy story & one that presents a local mystery.

But here’s where the story gets strange &, well, downright creepy. The partial skull was found by a couple apparently out taking a stroll along the river. They found this unusual item in May but didn’t mention it until July when they showed it to a friend. The friend immediately notified authorities (Well, YES …).

My friend posted on social media that she didn’t understand why anyone would think this behavior was acceptable. “WHO would discover / run up on human remains and NOT alert Authorities??!!!????”

Someone else said of the couple sharing their find with a friend, “Wonder how the conversation began….’Oh by the way, we found this head’ … hmmm?”

My friend remarked that she didn’t think this was covered under “Finders; Keepers” guidelines.

You know how something just sets you off in a weird direction & you can’t help yourself or stop the responses that fly out of your mouth or off your fingers onto the keyboard? Well, this whole thing just got me going &, meaning no disrespect at all to the previous owner of the partial skull, I couldn’t help wondering what you would do with a partial human skull for two whole months before showing it to a friend … “Let me show you this arrowhead we found down by the river.”

So where would you KEEP it? Would it actually become a keepsake or memento of your river bank walk? Did they display it on the piano among family photographs or in the china cabinet alongside grandma’s dishes or use it as a candle holder for atmosphere beside the bed??? Perhaps it was used as a lampshade or a small magazine rack or a somewhat unusual bowl for Fido’s Trail Mix. I mean, honestly, where WOULD you keep it … in the bathroom closet beside the toilet paper?????????????????

“Hey, Mom … where’s the toilet paper?”

“In the closet beside the partial human skull, Jimmy.”

Did they clean it up? How did they present it to their friend…as part of an unsolved crime? Did they realize what they had or the significance of it? I just can’t imagine finding something like that & not leaving it where it was & notifying the authorities immediately. But that’s just me. Maybe to the couple who made the gruesome discovery, it wasn’t gruesome at all or simply did NOT compute.

While I am at a loss to understand what the couple might have done with it for two months, I don’t understand taxidermy either, although this is obviously very different. A partial human skull is not necessarily a display item … for most of us, anyway. Maybe they were saving it for Halloween.

Regardless, I hope the authorities find out who the rightful & deceased owner of the partial skull was, what the reason was for his / her demise & see to it that he /she finds a final resting place; hopefully with all body parts reunited.

Meanwhile, those other remains are still “out there” just waiting to be discovered while taking a quiet walk along the banks of the river or maybe through the local woods. Maybe they already HAVE been found, possibly by yet another laid back couple who are keeping them to pass along to their progeny; a remembrance of that day when they took that walk by the river ….

I plan to be a little cautious when visiting new acquaintances that live along the river. I’m carrying an extra roll of toilet tissue with me in case I’m visiting my new friends & the paper holder is empty.

I would NEVER want to chance asking, “Mrs. Campbell (there are lots of Campbells in our area) do you have more toilet tissue … you seem to be out?” because I fear the answer just might, on the off chance be, “It’s in the closet right beside the partial human pelvis.”

I’ve assured my husband, human skull notwithstanding, I will still be watching the News …

empty paper holder




13 Responses to “Whose Skull Is It, Anyway?”

  1. cooldragon July 28, 2015 at 9:08 pm #

    I don’t watch, read or listen to any news. In fact, I haven’t watched any TV for 10 years and I never ever listen to the radio. I do thumb through our local weekly newspaper but mainly for the crossword. Any stunning, earth-shattering news will pop up somewhere on Facebook anyway…


    • heimdalco July 28, 2015 at 9:17 pm #

      That’s probably smart, John. I just like to know what’s happening & keep up with current events. That use to be very important when I was doing the TV show.

      I actually got up at 2:30 a.m. & removed this blog entry from Facebook where it was also posted. The discussion I was having with my friend about the partial skull find was removed from Facebook & I decided maybe my blog entry would offend someone … sigh. But I’m holding onto it & may repost it eventually.

      Thanks for reading it, John … hugs


      • cooldragon July 28, 2015 at 9:22 pm #

        I think the story is fascinating… I might have been tempted to hold n to the skull for a bit too!!


  2. heimdalco July 28, 2015 at 9:33 pm #

    This afternoon’s news said they are still looking for more body parts / remains but have found none. The partial skull has been sent to the State Medical Examiner’s office for examination. Actually showed the part of the river where it was found.

    Law enforcement obtained the skull from the couple by having to issue a search warrant of their home. Something isn’t right about this entire thing … the couple & their possession of the skull & their reluctance to give it up. It’s almost as though they had it as a trophy & may have been involved in the demise of the skull’s owner. It’s a very weird story …


  3. Willy July 29, 2015 at 2:12 am #

    My wife… just when you think you know her humor she seems to have another facet (or… she’s becoming like me but with better grammer. 🙂 Thanks Linda … the story may not be over yet.


    • cooldragon July 29, 2015 at 2:18 am #

      Willy, you are peculiar, so why aren’t you writing?


      • heimdalco July 29, 2015 at 3:30 am #

        He actually DOES write occasionally for our newsletter. His humor is really cool when he lets it out, John …hahaha


      • cooldragon July 29, 2015 at 3:37 am #

        I know, Queen of my Heart… he’d have to be seriously weird to be your partner!!!


    • heimdalco July 29, 2015 at 3:29 am #

      Thanks for getting up with me at 2:30 a.m. when I was worried about posting this. You ROCK!


    • heimdalco July 29, 2015 at 3:54 am #

      Thanks for getting up with me at 2:30 a.m. when I couldn’t decide about posting this …


  4. heimdalco July 29, 2015 at 3:51 am #

    Cooldragon … you hit the nail on the head … LOL


    • cooldragon July 29, 2015 at 3:59 am #



  5. Anthony Moshonas August 1, 2015 at 2:38 am #

    LOL : ) Maybe they wanted it to me a Keepsake ?


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