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The buyer of an apartment outside Paris was shocked last week by the
discovery of something more at home in haunted houses on Halloween: the
hanging, mummified body of the previous owner, who killed himself eight
The dead man, who was about 40 years old, had severed
ties with his family in Cambodia and was last heard from in 2005 when he
filed a complaint after being fired from his job as a security guard,
Agence France-Presse reported. He had hanged himself with a sheet.
flat, in the eastern commuter suburb of Bussy-Saint-Georges, had been
repossessed by a bank and was sold at auction, police and judicial
sources said. The buyer bought the property sight unseen and needed a
locksmith to enter.
"The body was in perfect condition, as was the apartment," one source told AFP.
could not immediately explain why the body had not decomposed and
putrified or why neighbors in the four-story, 20-unit building did not
detect or report any foul smells.
Some residents said that they
thought the previous owner, who was not identified, had returned to
Cambodia, or that the apartment was abandoned.