Dead Man With 1.5K Guns 'Thought He Was Alien Spy'

Mystery man left arms cache, many questions
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 24, 2015 5:41 AM CDT
Dead Man With 1.5K Guns 'Thought He Was Alien Spy'
Stock photo unrelated to this story (sorry, guys). Guns line the walls of the firearms reference collection at the Washington Metropolitan Police Department headquarters.   (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

The death of a Los Angeles man in his car has led police to a huge stash of firearms and an even bigger pile of strangeness. From what cops can piece together, Jeffrey Alan Lash claimed to be a spy—sometimes a hybrid human-alien spy—and just before he died in his car on July 4, he told his fiancee that government agencies would take care of his body, the Guardian reports. She left town on his orders and called police two weeks later after discovering his rotting corpse was still in the vehicle in the upscale Pacific Palisades neighborhood. Police found a stash of 1,200 firearms in the apartment they shared—which has now risen to 1,500, according to the Los Angeles Times—along with $230,000 cash, explosives, and 6.5 tons of ammo.

Police say the weapons were legally acquired and that out of 14 vehicles registered to Lash, they've found eight in various LA locations—including an SUV that can drive underwater, the AP reports. The partner of Lash's late father tells the Times that he was a loner and that she lost touch with him years ago and didn't know where his money came from. Police say Lash had late-stage cancer and that foul play is not suspected in his death. He had told his fiancee that his illness was caused by chemical weapons exposure on a secret mission, reports the Guardian, which notes that the "tentative conclusion" investigators have reached is that he was so caught up in a fantasy world of spying that others around him started to believe it. (Read more Los Angeles stories.)

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