Friday, October 28, 2005; Posted: 2:06 a.m. EDT (06:06 GMT)
FREDERICA, Delaware (AP) -- The apparent suicide of a woman found hanging from a tree went unreported for hours because passers-by thought the body was a Halloween decoration, authorities said.
The 42-year-old woman used rope to hang herself across the street from some homes on a moderately busy road late Tuesday or early Wednesday, state police said.
The body, suspended about 15 feet above the ground, could be easily seen from passing vehicles.
State police spokesman Cpl. Jeff Oldham and neighbors said people noticed the body at breakfast time Wednesday but dismissed it as a holiday prank. Authorities were called to the scene more than three hours later.
"They thought it was a Halloween decoration," Fay Glanden, wife of Mayor William Glanden, told The (Wilmington) News Journal.
"It looked like something somebody would have rigged up," she said.
Welp, I sincerely hope this wasn't one of those cry for help deals where she figured that people, upon seeing her hang herself, would run over and save her in the nick of time. If it was, the timing for it was obviously a poor choice. Isn't it fun that there are always fun lynching stories right around halloween? I still remember last year's hoopla when some people claimed that a halloween decoration of a frankenstein hanging from a tree (one that had been displayed for years in various forms I might add) looked like a lynching of a black man to some whacked up passerbys. Of course then you had some radical black supremecist group and the rest of the wank squad rushing in to denounce the racial insensitivity that would have someone put up a halloween decoration that some idiots would perceive as being a hate crime. Thank god the homeowner didn't also use "niggardly" in a sentence. God only knows what would have happened then. It's too bad that defending your property with deadly force law hadn't been passed yet. I would have laughed my head off if these people had gotten a a shotgun shell each in the forehead.
Still, in this case you have to wonder how much longer she would have hung there if she had simply dressed in oversized overalls, wore a mask and a giant straw hat strapped to her head, and then stuffed her clothes with straw and had some of it hanging out. Of course, as we see with the example above, she would have had to have a casper mask just in case. No one could have a problem with hanging whitey after all. With the dip in the temperature, I figure decomposition would have been slowed to a crawl and she might have been up there for a week or so before someone realized it wasn't a halloween scarecrow.
Halloween just isn't what it used to be, even in the suburbs. Sad really. It was a general holiday back when I was a kid with people streaming about all over collecting candy and having fun. Now, most halloweens are like a ghost town of sorts as everyone goes to individual little parties indoors and there's no one on the streets. The obsession with safety and crap has killed what was always one of my favorite times of the year when I was a kid. A large part of the fun was roaming the streets to collect candy with friends and meeting up with other groups of kids and just being out a lot later than you should have been.
Oh well, I guess kids are still having fun in their nice and structured little halloween parties with the haunted house and the bowls of peeled grapes eyes and spaghetti guts. I just wish for when it was a simplier time.... And WTF is with those white pumpkins that people are buying? I was reading something that they're popular because white fits the decorating theme of most homes and thus are great as party decorations for adult halloween parties. What the hell is up with that?