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    WI - Edith Schuth, 86, found dead in freezer, La Crosse, 15 Aug 2000

    Little boy complains that man strikes him in the head
    Parents go to complain
    Father of little boy shot
    15 hour standoff with police
    Police find body in man's freezer- believed to be his mother.
    A search of the states database of criminal court records shows a clean record.

    http://www.duluthsuperior.com/mld/du...r/11472250.htm
    Just when I think that I have seen the most depraved things a human can do to another human, somebody posts a new story...........

    Why is it that when a custodial parent fails to provide for a child it is called neglect and is a criminal matter. But when a non custodial parent fails to provide it is called failure to support and is a civil matter?


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    Quote Originally Posted by mysteriew
    Little boy complains that man strikes him in the head
    Parents go to complain
    Father of little boy shot
    15 hour standoff with police
    Police find body in man's freezer- believed to be his mother.
    A search of the states database of criminal court records shows a clean record.

    http://www.duluthsuperior.com/mld/du...r/11472250.htm
    Sounds like uncontrolled schizophrenia and a need to have a home...like his mother's! Was he an only child?

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    Neighbors have reported that the man's mother disappeared suddenly about 2 yrs. ago. Phillip Schuth told them he put her in a nursing home.

    http://www.kansas.com/mld/kansas/new...s/11480456.htm
    Just when I think that I have seen the most depraved things a human can do to another human, somebody posts a new story...........

    Why is it that when a custodial parent fails to provide for a child it is called neglect and is a criminal matter. But when a non custodial parent fails to provide it is called failure to support and is a civil matter?


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    Quote Originally Posted by concernedperson
    Sounds like uncontrolled schizophrenia and a need to have a home...like his mother's! Was he an only child?
    Bet it turns out not to be a homicide, but instead that he didn't want to give up the Social Security check his mother was getting.
    Just when I think that I have seen the most depraved things a human can do to another human, somebody posts a new story...........

    Why is it that when a custodial parent fails to provide for a child it is called neglect and is a criminal matter. But when a non custodial parent fails to provide it is called failure to support and is a civil matter?


    "Just when the caterpillar thought its world was over, it became a butterfly" ~ Michelle Knight

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    Just when I think that I have seen the most depraved things a human can do to another human, somebody posts a new story...........

    Why is it that when a custodial parent fails to provide for a child it is called neglect and is a criminal matter. But when a non custodial parent fails to provide it is called failure to support and is a civil matter?


    "Just when the caterpillar thought its world was over, it became a butterfly" ~ Michelle Knight

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    Quote Originally Posted by mysteriew

    This is one wierd case. I think the man has serious mental problems and that he did kill his mother (could be wrong-if she was in her 90's, it may have been natural causes). The booby trapped house shows a paranoid mind, imo.

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    Just when I think that I have seen the most depraved things a human can do to another human, somebody posts a new story...........

    Why is it that when a custodial parent fails to provide for a child it is called neglect and is a criminal matter. But when a non custodial parent fails to provide it is called failure to support and is a civil matter?


    "Just when the caterpillar thought its world was over, it became a butterfly" ~ Michelle Knight

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    Man accused of keeping dead mom in freezer speaks about his case

    Philip Schuth's mother walked him to school every day, even in high school, and made him his favorite foods when they got home.

    He never lived apart from her, so when Schuth found his 86-year-old mother dead, he says he panicked. He was afraid authorities were coming for him.

    That's when investigators say Schuth put his mother, Edith Margorie Schuth, in a chest-style freezer in the basement of their French Island home. They say he filled the freezer with ice, which eventually hardened into a solid block.
    http://www.duluthsuperior.com/mld/du...s/12271121.htm
    Just when I think that I have seen the most depraved things a human can do to another human, somebody posts a new story...........

    Why is it that when a custodial parent fails to provide for a child it is called neglect and is a criminal matter. But when a non custodial parent fails to provide it is called failure to support and is a civil matter?


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    WI - Body of Edith Schuth, 86, found in freezer, La Crosse, 15 Aug 2000

    This is interesting reading.

    He didn't cry for days.

    His mother's body was still warm when he found it the morning of Aug. 15, 2000.

    He panicked. His mind raced. "Oh no, I've lost her. Everybody's coming to get me. What am I going to do? What am I going to do?"

    Days later, he was at a table when he finally started blubbering and couldn't stop. He bawled and bawled until one day he was at a window, sobbing so loudly a man in the driveway next door heard him.

    So he went to the basement.

    Weeks passed, then months. The hair on top of his head fell out in clumps. He lived on Spam, tuna sandwiches, Little Debbie snack cakes and cold beans he stockpiled on rare trips to the grocery store.

    His box-shaped house with the flat roof had been falling apart for years. Water seeped through the roof, trickled down the walls and shorted out the wiring. The electricity went out room by room, until all he had was the basement and three outlets on the second floor.

    The water heater quit. So did the furnace. After the water was shut off, he dragged 20-gallon plastic drums into the yard to catch rainwater. He kept six in the living room and two in his bedroom. In the winter, he shoveled snow into them, melted it with a space heater.

    Often, he pictured himself dead, lying on an autopsy table.

    "I just wanted to be alone," he says.

    And in his loneliest moments, Philip Schuth would disappear into his basement and stare at that freezer.

    Investigators say Schuth put his dead mother, 86-year-old Edith Margorie Schuth, in that freezer the day she died. An autopsy would show her kidneys and heart gave out. They say he filled it with ice, which during the next 4 years hardened into a solid block.

    They say he confessed, that he did it because he thought he would be blamed for her death. They say he had no job and needed her Social Security checks to keep the house.

    Against his lawyer's advice, Schuth has given more than three hours of telephone interviews to the Tribune during the past two weeks. He wants to set the record straight, he says, about his life, his family, the case and some of the events on Friday, April 22, the day he could hide no more.

    Two boys were in Schuth's backyard that afternoon at 1330 Bainbridge St. in Campbell, Wis., a town of 4,400 wedged between the Mississippi and Black rivers. The boys were tearing apart his steps, Schuth says. Police say he came out and smacked 10-year-old Josh Russell on the side of the head.

    Randy Russell Jr. and his wife, Melissa, went to confront Schuth, who was in the backyard. And then, according to police, the man who had spent most of his life trying not to draw attention to himself pulled a handgun from his pocket and started pulling the trigger.

    Just like her only son, Margie Schuth never made friends easily. She never became a U.S. citizen, never trusted Americans, never got a driver's license, never really let go of her native England.

    She didn't love her husband, James Schuth, who Philip says was sexually abusive and had a violent temper.

    Where would she go? She had no family in America and none in England that wanted her. She had no experience to get a job.

    Her husband told her she had no right to own property as a foreigner, and if she divorced him, she would be out on the streets with only her "little bastard."

    Philip graduated from Logan High School in 1971 and from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse 3 years later, but never moved out of the house. He refused to leave his mother behind, to abandon her as he felt he'd done his grandmother in England, the one who had gone crazy after they left, who begged for change on street corners and didn't even recognize Margie or Philip when they went back to visit. She had died, among strangers, in a dump of a nursing home.

    When a black spot formed on her face, she was scared chemotherapy would turn her into a walking skeleton, like Hubert H. Humphrey and John Wayne had looked in the end. She pulled her hair over the spot, so doctors wouldn't notice.

    She had high blood pressure and would collapse on her bed. The room would spin like she'd had too much to drink.

    That's what their deaths would be like, she told her son, with the world spinning, surrounded by strangers who didn't care if you lived or died, as had happened with her mother. She told him there was no afterlife, there couldn't possibly be enough room in heaven for everyone.

    After she died, images would come to Philip. He saw his own corpse on an autopsy slab, ready to be cut open. He pictured Jim Schuth's penis. He envisioned his grandmother, raving in a nursing home.

    He heard his mother's voice, describing death.

    He lived in fear. More than once, he says, his house was broken into, that kids would throw snowballs and shoot BB-guns at him as he walked.


    The full story here

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    This is such a sad tale. What is scary is that there are other poor souls like him wandering around out there.


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    ............very sad, indeed.

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    Anyone else think he may fall within the spectrum of autism?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Linda7NJ
    Anyone else think he may fall within the spectrum of autism?
    He is too articulate and verbal. Maybe more Asperger's syndrome.
    Just when I think that I have seen the most depraved things a human can do to another human, somebody posts a new story...........

    Why is it that when a custodial parent fails to provide for a child it is called neglect and is a criminal matter. But when a non custodial parent fails to provide it is called failure to support and is a civil matter?


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    Man Who Stored Dead Mother In Freezer Sentenced To Seven Years

    LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) -- A recluse who kept his dead mother in his freezer and shot at his neighbors when they came to his door was sentenced to seven years in prison Monday.

    Philip Schuth, 53, was sentenced for attempted homicide, reckless endangerment and concealment of a corpse.

    Schuth told investigators that his mother died of natural causes in 2000, and an autopsy confirmed that. Schuth, who never had held a real job, said he hid her death because he was afraid authorities would blame him and because he wanted to keep collecting her Social Security checks.

    He was arrested in April after an all-night standoff with police ...The standoff began when Schuth shot at a couple and their 10-year-old son after they confronted him over whether he had hit the boy.

    During negotiations with police, Schuth said he had his dead mother in a freezer in the basement...

    "Obviously it's a very serious crime. On the other hand, he had some unique issues in his upbringing that contributed to it which are probably treatable," District Attorney Scott Horne said, referring to Schuth's isolated childhood and hermit-like existence as an adult. "We all learned how to deal with minor conflicts because we're taught and brought up to do that. He wasn't."

    Schuth has said he fantasized about being married to "Alias" star Jennifer Garner. At his sentencing, he said: "I apologize to Jennifer Garner and her pool boy Ben Affleck for involving them in my fantasies."


    whole story: http://www.ksdk.com/news/us_world_ar...?storyid=88108

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    To me, that's a sad story all the way around.

    I feel sorry for him and his mom.
    I wonder if he'll have to pay that social security back?
    I wonder if he could've been collecting some sort of benefits from her being deceased that he didn't even know about. What's he going to do when he gets out? He needs to be in some sort of institution I think, not really a prison. He needs help. I don't think he did anything wrong really except shooting at people and hopefully he didn't hurt them. Smacking the child isn't nice either but they were trespassing on his property, tearing up his stairs, right? Don't you have a right to defend your own property?
    If they had a problem with him hitting their child, allegedly, why didn't they let the police handle it?

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