Saturday, October 23, 2010

Creepers Kill German Man, Eat His Corpse

30-year-old Mark Voegel did not bring visitors to his apartment because he kept a large collection of insects and lizards, many of which were very aggressive and highly poisonous. When the heating elements on the container holding his "pet" black widow spider exploded, releasing it and its termite prey, the spider bit Voegel, killing him.

When authorities arrive, they described a scene like that from "a horror movie." Voegel's body was stretched over his couch, in the process of being eaten by the 200+ insects and lizards he kept inside. Lizards ripped chunks of flesh from his corpse, which bird-eating insects then carried into their nests. Spiders, termites, and various insects crawled from the victim's mouth and nose, and termites had devoured far more than his flesh. His body was found only after neighbors complained of the smell.

Experts say most of the creatures in Voegel's apartment would never have been allowed in a residential home.

© C Harris Lynn, 2010

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