Dead Man Left for Days on Balcony After Neighbors Assumed Body Was Halloween Decoration

250px-Jack-o'-Lantern_2003-10-31The Halloween-related crime and tort stories have begun early this year. A 75-year-old man, Mostafa Mahmoud Zayed, was left decomposing on a balcony in Los Angeles for days because neighbors thought he was a Halloween display.

Zayed died from a gunshot to one eye and was left slumped over in a chair on the third-floor balcony.

This is not the first such case of a corpse being mistaken for a display. At one German gallery a couple years ago, people walked around a body of man for hours. People thought the body was a piece of art. He turned out to be a suicide case.

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7 thoughts on “Dead Man Left for Days on Balcony After Neighbors Assumed Body Was Halloween Decoration”

  1. Life imitates TV: There was an episode of Bones that depicted corpses found in theme parks with Horror Houses, and another was found in a cornfield maze that looked like a scarecrow.

    Checking out what is on this blog on a Saturday night is MUCH more entertaining than TV!!

  2. There was a news report 20? years ago in Boulder, Colo. that a body was found hanging from a noose on a schoolyard swing set. It was also mistaken as a Halloween decoration at first.

  3. rafflaw,

    That’s part of the realism and cops and the bad guys (hard to tell the difference) shoot with rubber bullets.

  4. That is one realistic Halloween display. Didn’t the stench of the dead body give them a clue that the realism was real?

  5. In this day and time and all of the life like things. This does not surprise me in the least.

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