Vietnamese man dug up his deceased wife, placed the remains inside a plaster sculpture and has been living with her for 16 years.
It is never easy to deal with the loss of a loved one, but unfortunately, that is a part of life. When that happens, we need to accept that the person is gone and that there is nothing we can do about it.
But apparently, some people fail to understand this, like this Vietnamese man. Unable to cope with the loss of his wife, this man decided to dig up the woman’s remains and place them inside a plaster sculpture. After that, he’s been sleeping, in the same bed as her, for over 16 years.
It all started in 2004, at the time everyone believed that this shocking story was just a scam. But in the case of Le Van, the story is true and he did just that. Despite opposition from family and friends, he continues sharing his bed with his wife’s remains and has no plans to stop doing it anytime soon.
Le Van and his wife got married in 1975, a union arranged by their parents. Until then, the two hardly knew each other. But when Van returned from military service, they got married and soon fell in love. Together, they had seven children and lived a common and peaceful life until 2003, when the woman died, suddenly.
The husband was inconsolable with the loss of his wife, and in the beginning, he spent most of his time in the cemetery.
For the first few days, he was sleeping every night in the woman’s grave, until, months later, he decided that the best way to stay close to her would be to dig a tunnel in the grave, to sleep beside the corpse. Eventually, his family found out about it and forbade him to sleep there.
Disappointed, Van decided that if he could no longer sleep in the cemetery, he would have to take his wife’s remains home. And so he did. He made a hollow statue in the shape of a woman, of plaster, cement, glue and sand and placed his wife’s remains inside of it.
Then he placed the hollow statue on the bed and lay down beside it. And that is what he has been doing every night for the past 16 years.
When Van’s sons found out what he had done, they were furious and demanded that the body be taken back to the cemetery.
However, he refused to do so, saying he could not continue to live without her. Neighbors have not visited his home in years and some have even warned the authorities.
They claimed the man was spreading disease throughout the region. The police even tried to convince him to return the woman’s body to the cemetery, but he refused to do so.
The local authorities asked Van to bury his wife again and the man agreed. But some time later, people who live in the region complained that Van still kept the remains in the house.
“We did everything we could, but with the conservative nature of Van, the incident has not yet been resolved, ” said Tran Trong Sanh, mayor of the city of Ha Lam.