Woman, 91, Lived With Bodies of Husband, Sister

Pennsylvania nonagenarian found death 'hard to take'
By M. Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 5, 2010 2:40 PM CDT
A Pennsylvania woman lived with the embalmed corpses of her husband and her twin sister, police say.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – A 91-year-old Pennsylvania woman busted for sharing her home with the embalmed corpses of her husband and twin sister says she "felt differently about death" than people who "have a terrible feeling" about her living arrangements. Jean Stevens won't say who exhumed the bodies and considers the actions of the person who blew the whistle on her "dirty, rotten," she tells the AP.

State police haven't decided whether to charge Stevens, and the county coroner calls the case "very, very bizarre." James Stevens died in 1999; Jean's sister June—who was married to James' brother—died last October. Their bodies were found "in some state of decomposition," a state trooper tells the Daily Review of Towanda. "Death is very hard for me to take," Jean Stevens says. Explains a psychiatrist who specializes in the elderly: "She's beating death by bringing them back." Click here for more on the odd case.

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