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Man entombed for 27 years in chimney to get funeral
AP via MSNBC ^ | 8-12-11

Posted on 08/12/2011 3:43:34 PM PDT by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis

ABBEVILLE, La. — The narrow, brick chimney of a Louisiana bank became his tomb for 27 years and now Joseph Schexnider will be laid to rest Sunday in a proper grave with a proper farewell by his family.

Still, his brother Robert wonders, how did he wind up in that chimney? Didn't anyone hear any cries for help? Was it a robbery attempt gone awry, an accident or something more sinister?...

[snip]

"Everybody has an opinion," said Lt. David Hardy, chief of investigations for the Abbeville Police Department. "But no one has evidence to say one way or another."

If Joseph Schexnider did cry out for help, no one heard his pleas. The stench of death was never detected.

The decades rolled on until last May when a construction worker helping turn the bank's vacant second floor into offices tugged some fabric out of the chimney and was showered with old clothes and human bones.

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From the way the skeleton was recovered, Hardy said it appeared Schexnider went into the 14-inch-by-14-inch chimney feet first. Because the chimney narrowed sharply at the bottom, he then was apparently unable to maneuver his way back out.

There was no way out at the bottom of the chute, which ended in a 3-inch opening to a narrow fireplace on the second floor of the bank building.

"He was stuck with nowhere to go," Hardy said. If he had called for help — Hardy points out — he would have been 20 feet above the street, and encased in bricks.

"His voice would have been carried up and away from the street," Hardy added.

(Excerpt) Read more at msnbc.msn.com ...


TOPICS: Dimensional Doorway; Miscellaneous; Weird Stuff
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1 posted on 08/12/2011 3:43:35 PM PDT by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis
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To: DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis

Hold ma beer and watch this sh**.


2 posted on 08/12/2011 3:46:04 PM PDT by occamrzr06
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To: DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis
Was it a robbery attempt gone awry, an accident or something more sinister?...

Nawwwwww. Couldn't have been a bank robbery...

3 posted on 08/12/2011 3:48:01 PM PDT by TomServo
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To: DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis

He’s dead Jim.


4 posted on 08/12/2011 3:48:01 PM PDT by crghill (You can't put a condom on your soul.)
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To: DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis

That must have been a rough way to die.


5 posted on 08/12/2011 3:49:31 PM PDT by politicalmerc (The whole earth may move, but God's throne is never shaken. I think I'll stand by Him..)
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To: DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis

I get claustrophic just reading this.

ick.


6 posted on 08/12/2011 3:50:17 PM PDT by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem.)
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To: DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis

Was he reported missing shortly after December 25?


7 posted on 08/12/2011 3:50:26 PM PDT by Fester Chugabrew (minds change)
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To: DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis
From the article:
His brother won't guess why Joseph went into the chimney, but acknowledged in his final days in town that Joseph had gotten in "with a bad crowd." He was carrying no burglary tools when found or anything to carry away money if he had planned to rob the bank.

Plaisance said he could see it as a misconceived burglary plan on Schexnider's part, however.

"He was the kind of guy who would do things without really thinking them through," Plaisance said.


8 posted on 08/12/2011 3:52:12 PM PDT by Bubba Ho-Tep ("More weight!"--Giles Corey)
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To: Fester Chugabrew
Was he reported missing shortly after December 25?

Oddly enough, in 27 years, nobody ever even bothered to report him missing.

Talk about adding insult to injury.

9 posted on 08/12/2011 3:52:21 PM PDT by Gena Bukin
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To: Gena Bukin

I wonder if after all that, they wound up cremating the body?


10 posted on 08/12/2011 3:53:45 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Bubba Ho-Tep

Yep.


11 posted on 08/12/2011 3:53:53 PM PDT by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis (Want to make $$$? It's easy! Use FR as a platform to pimp your blog for hits!!!)
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To: Jewbacca

Positional asphyxiation. You read similar stories once a year or so.


12 posted on 08/12/2011 3:56:32 PM PDT by Bubba Ho-Tep ("More weight!"--Giles Corey)
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To: Gena Bukin

The article says he was always a drifter who spent time traveling with a carnival. The family assumed he had just taken off again.


13 posted on 08/12/2011 3:58:30 PM PDT by Bubba Ho-Tep ("More weight!"--Giles Corey)
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To: DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis
Starved/suffocated to death and was dried out by the updraft...

Thief Jerky.

14 posted on 08/12/2011 4:00:17 PM PDT by TexasNative2000 (The Tea Party didn't start the fire - they sounded the alarm!)
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To: DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis
a construction worker helping turn the bank's vacant second floor into offices tugged some fabric out of the chimney and was showered with old clothes and human bones.

EWWWW!!!!

15 posted on 08/12/2011 4:00:51 PM PDT by SIDENET ("If that's your best, your best won't do." -Dee Snider)
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16 posted on 08/12/2011 4:04:38 PM PDT by Charles Henrickson (I'm just a Poe boy . . .)
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To: TexasNative2000
Thief Jerky.

*Snicker-eew*

17 posted on 08/12/2011 4:06:55 PM PDT by libertarian27 (Agenda21: Dept. of Life, Dept. of Liberty and the Dept. of Happiness)
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To: DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis

I guess he died when he caught the flue.


18 posted on 08/12/2011 4:07:57 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis
The worst part of this story?

He missed Ronald Reagan's second term.

What a pity.

19 posted on 08/12/2011 4:08:48 PM PDT by Lazamataz (Why did you post this, and why did you post it on Free Republic?)
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To: DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis

Holy Crap!! looking at a tape measure,14X14 and tapering in!!! that guy had to be drunk to go in there!


20 posted on 08/12/2011 4:09:26 PM PDT by Cheetahcat ( November 4 2008 ,A date that will live in Infamy.)
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To: Bubba Ho-Tep
"He was the kind of guy who would do things without really thinking them through,"

Put it on his tombstone.

21 posted on 08/12/2011 4:10:33 PM PDT by Charles Henrickson
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To: TexasNative2000
Thief Jerky.
LOL - you owe me a keyboard, Tex.
22 posted on 08/12/2011 4:12:12 PM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: politicalmerc

Horrid, isn’t it? Who knows how long he was alive in there. (shudder)


23 posted on 08/12/2011 4:13:02 PM PDT by A_perfect_lady (Islam is as Islam does.)
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24 posted on 08/12/2011 4:13:25 PM PDT by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are here! What will you do?)
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To: DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis

At least he’ll have a nice soot to wear ;-)


25 posted on 08/12/2011 4:13:44 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis
Still, his brother Robert wonders, how did he wind up in that chimney?
Still waiting for family to comment that he was a good guy, just turning his life around, studying for GED ....
26 posted on 08/12/2011 4:15:38 PM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: dfwgator
Okay, that thar was funny, I don't care WHO ya are.
27 posted on 08/12/2011 4:16:23 PM PDT by Lazamataz (Why did you post this, and why did you post it on Free Republic?)
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To: DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis
"Was it a robbery attempt gone awry, an accident or something more sinister?... "

He was trying to be The Stork.

28 posted on 08/12/2011 4:22:10 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis

Hide n Seek champion


29 posted on 08/12/2011 4:22:46 PM PDT by Stormdog (A rifle transforms one from subject to Citizen)
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To: Paladin2
"Was it a robbery attempt gone awry, an accident or something more sinister?... "

It is clear liberalism is a mental disorder rendering a person incapable of making clear value judgments. This is why Casey Anthony walks amongst us still.

30 posted on 08/12/2011 4:25:02 PM PDT by central_va ( I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: dfwgator
..died in the bank's chimney in 1984

Hope he got to see the Tigers win the World Series.

Guess Goose Gossage wasn't the only one sh#t'n bricks that year.

31 posted on 08/12/2011 4:27:53 PM PDT by RckyRaCoCo (I prefer liberty with danger to peace with slavery, IXNAY THE TSA!)
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To: RckyRaCoCo

Maybe he was a Cubs fan.


32 posted on 08/12/2011 4:30:43 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis
It appears the way he was stacked in the chimney prevented anyone from hearing his bellows.

Leni

33 posted on 08/12/2011 4:38:16 PM PDT by MinuteGal (Too Bad Those of Us who Work for a Living Have to Support Those who Vote for a Living)
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To: dfwgator
Maybe he was a Cubs fan.

Now it all makes sense.

(vented...his frustration?)

34 posted on 08/12/2011 4:43:15 PM PDT by RckyRaCoCo (I prefer liberty with danger to peace with slavery, IXNAY THE TSA!)
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To: DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis

From the story, seems like the guy was simple and on the verge of being homeless. I hate to think some guys enticed him to get into the chimney to rob the bank, and ran off when they realized he was stuck and they couldn’t get him out.

In any case, an awful way to die.


35 posted on 08/12/2011 4:47:39 PM PDT by I still care (I miss my friends, bagels, and the NYC skyline - but not the taxes. I love the South.)
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To: TomServo

Technically it would have been a burglary.


36 posted on 08/12/2011 4:47:50 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Islam is the religion of Satan and Mohammed was his minion.)
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To: DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis

Years ago a black dude was found in a chimney of a store on Gratiot Ave. in Detroit, Michigan. I guess these dudes are never very bright to think they can rob a store by going down one of these death traps? Their deaths have to be very horrible anyway.


37 posted on 08/12/2011 4:49:08 PM PDT by zbogwan2
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To: DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis

Hearth attack?


38 posted on 08/12/2011 4:49:29 PM PDT by Boiling point (Cain / Palin 2012)
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To: TexasNative2000

That was a gud ‘un.

LLS


39 posted on 08/12/2011 4:49:52 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer (Certified Al Palin Hobbit Terrorist)
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To: zbogwan2
Years ago a black dude was found in a chimney of a store on Gratiot Ave. in Detroit, Michigan.

Well if he wasn't black before, he certainly was black afterwards.

40 posted on 08/12/2011 4:50:36 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis
This happened in Finland, too.

Mummified man found in Finnish chimney

June 14, 2010

AFP

The mummified body of a man thought to have died 20 years ago has been found in the chimney of an industrial building in Finland that was being demolished, media reports say. Identification papers found in a wallet in the man's pocket indicated that the body belonged to a man aged around 57 who had disappeared in 1991 and was declared dead in the early 2000s, tabloid Ilta-Sanomat reported on Monday.

"The police are investigating whether the man was placed in the chimney or went there himself," criminal investigator Juha Juurinen told Finnish news agency STT. Advertisement: Story continues below

The chimney, in a factory in the city of Vantaa near the Finnish capital, had not been used for decades, and the body was found on Sunday as construction workers tore it down.

© 2011 AFP
http://news.smh.com.au/breaking-news-world/mummified-man-found-in-finnish-chimney-20100614-yadz.html

41 posted on 08/12/2011 5:01:01 PM PDT by FreeAtlanta (Fight for Liberty)
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To: zbogwan2

Then there was that lady doctor in California who tried to break into her ex-lover’s house this way. Found her dead and dripping 3 days later.


42 posted on 08/12/2011 5:01:30 PM PDT by A_perfect_lady (Islam is as Islam does.)
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To: TexasNative2000
Thief Jerky.

Hilarious!!

43 posted on 08/12/2011 5:01:31 PM PDT by GoldenPup
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To: Boiling point

“Hearth attack?”

O-OOOOOWWWW!!!!


44 posted on 08/12/2011 5:01:54 PM PDT by tanuki (O-voters: wanted Uberman, got Underdog....)
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To: FreeAtlanta
Mummified man found in Finnish chimney

I am finnished with this thread.!

45 posted on 08/12/2011 5:38:37 PM PDT by mlocher (Is it time to cash in before I am taxed out?)
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To: mlocher

lol, me too. What a way to go.


46 posted on 08/12/2011 5:51:30 PM PDT by FreeAtlanta (Fight for Liberty)
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To: Bubba Ho-Tep

You dont have to be dumb to get stuck and die in a chimney.

“A doctor has died after she tried to sneak into her lover’s home by sliding down the chimney. Dr Jacquelyn Kotarac’s decomposing body was discovered three days after she went missing in Bakersfield, California.”

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1307975/Woman-dies-stuck-lovers-chimney-tried-break-home.html#ixzz1UrUApFYu


47 posted on 08/12/2011 5:53:06 PM PDT by CGalen
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To: CGalen

You can’t be very bright either


48 posted on 08/12/2011 6:17:32 PM PDT by vwbug
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To: DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis

The cask of Amontillado.


49 posted on 08/12/2011 6:33:11 PM PDT by BusterBear
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To: BusterBear

Argh..... I hate that story. Poe sure had a thing for writing weird/disturbing stories....


50 posted on 08/12/2011 6:39:07 PM PDT by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis (Want to make $$$? It's easy! Use FR as a platform to pimp your blog for hits!!!)
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