Alzheimer’s patient lived with dead husband for weeks

Last week we learned the disturbing tale of a woman whose death in her home was not discovered for 6 years.

Today, news out of Alabama is that a woman suffering from Alzheimer’s lived in a home with her deceased husband for a month.

Family and friends had not heard from Jessie Claude Kirby, 75, and Doris Kirby, 78, for several months, and asked Decatur, Ala., police to check up on them. Decatur is in north Alabama near Huntsville.

Doris did not open the door for police, but officers were able to peer into the home’s windows and see the body of Jessie on a bed.

Police entered the home and found Doris in poor health. The bodies of two dogs, which may have starved to death, were also found.

The local coroner said Jessie died of natural causes and foul play is not expected.

Doris Kirby was hospitalized.

The world is a big place, and these two cases probably are not indicative of a trend, but someone needs to devise a better method of checking up on seniors and those who live alone.

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10 comments Add your comment


March 10th, 2014
8:53 am

I would say that dead for weeks is “in poor health”!


March 10th, 2014
8:55 am

“Police entered the home and found Jessie in poor health”. Well, I wouldn’t say he was in poor health…I’d say he was in NO HEALTH, seeing that he was dead and all.

George Mathis

March 10th, 2014
9:00 am

Whoops! I better fix that. Thanks.

Frederick Douglass

March 10th, 2014
10:14 am

They found “Doris” in poor health…..ah she’d be the live wife.


March 10th, 2014
10:20 am

Check on your family members!


March 10th, 2014
12:26 pm

If you lived alone with cats or dogs…especially cats…and you expired do you think they’d starve anytime soon? It’d be a scene worthy of The Walking Dead.

The Geezer

March 10th, 2014
12:58 pm

Bernie31, your hatred has become your sickness.

I pity you.

George Mathis

March 10th, 2014
2:02 pm

Bernie31, please chill dude.


March 10th, 2014
4:20 pm

Stop in the name of the law!

Henry said numbingly, dodge the bullet, you shall be known to term elect.


March 10th, 2014
5:13 pm