The Phoenix

Monday, January 29, 2007

Mummy Dearest

Sometimes, the thing we're looking for is right under our noses...

Vladimir Ledenev was 68 years old when he disappeared from the face of the earth back in the beginning of 2000. He was a broken man. His pension was miniscule, he had spent four years in a Russian jail for battery, and he turned to drinking after his mother died a decade prior. He also suffered from tuberculousis.

Vladimir's son searched for him. His nephews did as well. Neighbors were concerned. And Mr. Ledenev's debtors were quite eager to find him. Six years went by, and they couldn't find him.

Why oh why didn't they look in his apartment?

The housing management of the apartment building grew weary of the large debt of rent money Vladimir owed, so they finally broke down his door. And sitting in a chair, with his head on his arm, was the mummified body of Vladimir Ledenev.

The man had been dead for more than six years.

You can imagine that when they opened the door, the foul stench nearly knocked them out. They were horrified to find Vladimir still sporting a plaid shirt, sitting at the kitchen table with an empty vodka bottle. The newspapers near his mummified body were all dated 2000.

So how the hell? Six years ago, wouldn't the amazingly putrid smell from his decomposing dead body be a pretty big clue as to Vladimir's whereabouts?

"We didn’t smell anything," a neighbor confided. "Maybe there was no smell because he died in winter; the temperatures were very low at the time. Besides, the guy was very thin, he looked like a mummy while still alive."

Now the question is, who's going to clean that shit up?


Anonymous oceallaigh said...

The image right below that of the mummy? "The luxurious interior of Vladimir Putin's plane". And right below that: "USA To Spend Wealth of the World on Iraq and Afghanistan Wars."

Pravda needs a new compositor. Or maybe they meant that.

1/29/2007 8:36 AM  
Blogger Curare_Z said...

This is troublesome on so many levels. his family "searched" for him? Some how, I doubt it....

But it is pretty cool that he just mummified over the years. :-)

1/29/2007 9:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh how lovely.

1/29/2007 10:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Didn't the landlord want to re-rent his space? I don't think anyone was really looking very hard for this guy.

1/29/2007 11:10 AM  
Blogger Pixie said...

EWWW thats horrible.
I cant believe they never even thought to look in his home, what idiots.

1/29/2007 11:44 AM  
Anonymous Bruce said...

If they need someone to clean up the scene, they can call that fat guy from CSI... and no, I'm not talking about William Petersen.

1/29/2007 1:49 PM  
Anonymous stephanie said... going off what kc said...the landlord just let his rent slide for 6 years? Hmmm....

1/29/2007 1:56 PM  
Blogger angel, jr. said...

I'm baffled!!

1/29/2007 2:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Six years is a long time to let a renter be a mooch. He must have lived in one hell of a dive. That would also account for the inability of the neighbors to smell anything.

1/29/2007 4:26 PM  
Blogger Jamie Dawn said...

I have a super acute smeller. I can smell a dead mouse just moments after it has squeaked its last squeak. I would MOST CERTAINLY have smelled that poor, wretched man had I been his neighbor.

I can't believe no one thought to check where he lived! That makes no sense at all.

1/29/2007 5:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

what kinda idiots ignore his home as the first place to search?


1/29/2007 7:32 PM  
Anonymous delmer said...

Didn't something like this happen in Germany 10 or 15 years ago? A guy died and they only found him after his bank account was emptied by the auto payments that went to rent and utilities. By the time they found him he'd been reduced to skeletal remains. It appeared he'd died of heart attack in front of the TV.

I heard it on the radio ... which doesn't mean it isn't urban legend

1/29/2007 8:23 PM  
Blogger Jay said...

I think I may move to his country - if they let you live there 6 years without paying rent, it's right up my alley, dead bodies or not.

1/30/2007 3:00 AM  
Anonymous NWG said...



1/30/2007 9:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


That stuff freaks me out. Yikes.

1/30/2007 12:53 PM  
Blogger Sherri said...

Ok, there is one thing that is totally bugging me. What apartment manager in their right mind allows someone to get 6 years behind in their rent??????

1/30/2007 12:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


sorry, this just struck my funny bone today!!

1/30/2007 1:57 PM  
Blogger Lloyd Irving Bradbury said...

Good Way to go So who paid the rent?

1/30/2007 2:52 PM  
Blogger Stacy The Peanut Queen said...


Six years???


1/30/2007 3:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do they pay you well to clean up this sort of thing?
I'll do it.

1/30/2007 3:56 PM  
Anonymous oceallaigh said...

Tim - talk to this guy ...

1/30/2007 4:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Aw...that's so sad. He died alone and no one cared.
Jerk or not, no one really deserves that.

1/30/2007 9:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When I lived in Sandusky I remember a foul stench began to emenate from a nearby apartment. Every day it seemed to get worse. Then one day I walked by the door was open and the apartment was being cleared out. The occupant had apparently died. That was after only ONE WEEK.

So I really don't get the 6 years thing. Are the Russians really that olfatorily challenged?

1/31/2007 9:53 AM  
Blogger cube said...

What about the rent piling up for 6 years? Don't they have evictions in Russia? I smell a rat ;-)

1/31/2007 11:06 AM  
Blogger Pixie said...

Just had to stop by to tell you that Fox news have only picked up on this story today!

Go Phoenix ahead of the game as ever ;)

1/31/2007 4:52 PM  
Blogger The Phoenix said...

It's obvious no one was really making a real effort to find Vladimir. It really is kinda sad.

Pixie, I try!!!

1/31/2007 5:49 PM  
Blogger Michelle said...

Yeah, i reckon thats how long my family would spend searching for me!

1/31/2007 6:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gross. What is WRONG with people?!

1/31/2007 6:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope his relatives didn't hire a private investigator to find him.

They should leave the apartment as is and give tours; recoup some of their lost money.

2/01/2007 5:10 AM  
Blogger goldennib said...

That last anon was me.

Nessa (Goldennib)

2/02/2007 6:06 AM  
Blogger Amie said...

How could they not check his apartment? Isn't that the first place to look?? Wow, the stupidity of people never ceases to amaze me.

2/02/2007 9:10 AM  
Blogger DaBich said...

Blogger ate this comment too Grrrr!

This is terribly wrong....why didn't his family or friends check on him????wvhmbfd

2/05/2007 3:39 AM  
Blogger The Phoenix said...

You know. It really is sad he died alone. I feel bad for him now.

2/07/2007 10:30 AM  
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