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Florida man mistakes dead woman for a mannequin and throws body into a dumpster

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The Daily Mail reported a story today about a man who had mistaken a dead body for a mannequin. Ronald Benjamin, 61, a Florida man, worked third shift as a desk clerk at a senior citizen apartment in St. Petersburg, Florida. After taking a smoke break around 4:30 a.m., he came across the corpse of a 96-year-old woman who had jumped to her death from her 16th floor apartment.

Benjamin thought the corpse was a mannequin and part of a gruesome April fool’s prank. He then asked a newspaper delivery person to help him throw the “mannequin” into a dumpster.

Benjamin said he saw blood on the ground, but it looked fake. Several hours later, a maintenance worker found the corpse in the dumpster and called authorities who found a suicide note in the woman’s apartment.

The deceased woman had arrived from England after WWII. Although Benjamin will not be charged with any crimes, he lost his job of nine years. He said the corpse looked as if it had a rubbery face mask, which could have resulted from early stages of rigor mortis before he discovered the body.

Read more about this strange story at the Daily Mail website.

Marc Hoover is a freelance writer and author of two books “You Need a Cellmate, Not a Soulmate” and “21 Things you Gotta Know About the NFL.” Click on the links to buy his books or contact him about this story or anything else at augustlake@fuse.net. Marc also has a website for family members to write messages to their deceased loved ones. Visit Letters Beyond Heaven to either share or read personal letters to beloved family members and friends.

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