Police: Identical twins dead in recliners since 2011

Smartphones make it possible to contact friends and family at any time from almost anywhere.

Despite the social media magic of Facebook and Twitter, there seems to be a trend of people dying in their homes and being forgotten — sometimes for years.

Just up I-75 in Chattanooga, the badly decomposed bodies of 63-year-old identical twins Anthony and Andrew Johnson were found sitting in recliners in their home, reports the local NBC News station.

Investigators said the men likely died three years ago. The most recent receipt found in the home was for Coca-Cola purchased in early 2011.

An autopsy revealed no signs of foul play. Toxicology reports are pending.

Neighbors believed the home was vacant and helped maintain the yard, says the Chattanooga Times Fress Press. The postal service quit delivering mail because they thought the home was empty.

A family member tried to visit the home in 2011, but the door was locked and police would not help her enter without a key without seeing something “suspicious.”

Another family member with a key asked police to visit the home March 29 and the bodies were discovered.

Family members, who have declined comment, described the men as “hermits.”

The Johnsons lived in the neighborhood since buying the house in 1984, but quit paying property taxes in 2011.

A 73-year-old neighbor said she remembers seeing the men doing yard work every fall.

“Even when they were raking leaves, they would be side by side,” she said. “Like they were helping each other, like they needed each other.”

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Shawn

April 4th, 2014
9:49 am

With family like theirs who needs enemies? The family completely sucks!!!!

wrestler

April 4th, 2014
9:51 am

So it took a family member with a key 3 years to check on their family member????? Remind me to not be part of that family….

Shawn

April 4th, 2014
9:51 am

One relative didn’t have a key, cops wouldn’t break in, relative never checked back. FAIL!

Another relative had a key but didn’t check on the twins from 2011 until 2014? COMPLETE FAIL!!!

FAMILY SUCKS!

Greg

April 4th, 2014
9:57 am

I’ll defer insulting the family to you guys and lend another perfectly reasonable theory (at least in my mind). It’s possible that they may have forgotten that they even had a key to the residence and found it when they were doing their spring cleaning.

My Three Cents

April 4th, 2014
9:58 am

I would be dead for weeks before anyone including kids would be checking on me. Just the way families are these days.

Businessman

April 4th, 2014
9:59 am

Doesn’t sound like checking on them would have done much good.

Observer

April 4th, 2014
10:11 am

In a nation of 300+ million people there are no end of odd stories to be exploited.

But what has this to do with … smearing Republicans? Isn’t THAT your editor’s default daily assignment over at the partisan AJC?

George Mathis

April 4th, 2014
10:14 am

Observer – I don’t recall smearing Republicans in this or any other column. Sometimes when we read between the lines we see things that aren’t there.

Observer

April 4th, 2014
10:22 am

George — I was channeling your other AJC colleaques.

Brace4impactz

April 4th, 2014
10:23 am

I’m lucky, the way people borrow money from me, I’d be missed in about 3 hours.

Bumper

April 4th, 2014
10:25 am

I’ll bet the twins’ family members would have visited more frequently if they’d suspected that Anthony and Andrew had money.

George Mathis

April 4th, 2014
10:32 am

If you see examples of such a thing outside the opinion pages and opinion writers, let us know. We strive to play center field and eliminate perceived bias.

I have learned from writing this blog, and by getting immediate feedback in comments and e-mail, that people from different political camps can read the same thing and think it is biased against their group. Some of the complaints are valid and I will go back and make changes … but sometimes the shortcomings of our “leaders” deserved to be called out.

For example, in today’s links, I point out a U.S. senator cluelessly attended the wrong hearing. That’s funny no matter what party he belongs to!

Observer

April 4th, 2014
10:38 am

George — Spoken like someone truly aware of just who it is that signs his weekly paycheck. But thanks for the laugh!

George Mathis

April 4th, 2014
10:38 am

I was speaking honestly. Feel free to email me examples of what you describe to discuss.

Maude

April 4th, 2014
10:48 am

How could “family” let two people be dead for all these years and never check on them. I feel so sorry for these two men.

Litt

April 4th, 2014
10:50 am

Damn, a recliner that is so comfortable that it kills you. I want one!

Obama

April 4th, 2014
10:58 am

This event was caused by the mean spirited, evil Republican Party.

Myke Hawke

April 4th, 2014
11:06 am

Where is Bernie31 to share with us a racial taint to this story?

coj

April 4th, 2014
11:14 am

Litt, you made my day with your humorous comment. And anyone who thinks this story is politic must have cheese for brains.

The Geezer

April 4th, 2014
11:18 am

At least they were comfortable in their recliners and had each other.

Mark

April 4th, 2014
11:25 am

Litt: “Litt

April 4th, 2014
10:50 am

‘Damn, a recliner that is so comfortable that it kills you. I want one!

My Father expired in ‘97, in his recliner, doing the thing he loved best — watching his beloved Atlanta Braves games.

I was so thankful it was a peaceful passing for him, after suffering two World Wars, and the Korean war.

My Father had well-earned a quiet death: in his own home, in his own comfortable chair, enjoying his favorite entertainment.

His Loving Son,

Mark

Observer

April 4th, 2014
11:46 am

Thanks, George, for clarifying your politics (10:32 am;10:38 am) for the rest of us. Any chance the two geezers died fruitlessly waiting for the AJC to admit its transparent pro-Democrat bias?

The Geezer

April 4th, 2014
11:59 am

Read the story that you linked to today: Grandmother ‘was put in morgue freezer while still alive’

That would be an interesting story to write about. My grandmother always said never go to a hospital if you are sick They will either make you well or they will kill you. Looks like she was right on this one.

Denise

April 4th, 2014
12:06 pm

@Observer…you truly have too much time on your hand. I will assume that you are an older, retired person. Maybe you should consider spending time at a senior center. I am in no way being mean…I am serious. If you continue down this path, you will surely go to an early grave. You don’t have to though…just find some peace in something in your life.

RC

April 4th, 2014
12:15 pm

I wonder if they decomposed identically?

Hidden Agenda

April 4th, 2014
12:27 pm

George, sadly far too many Americas think EVERYTHING is a choice between either republican or democrat. If you support consistent principles of liberty, freedom, respect for the constitution, respecting the rule of law, etc. then folks from both camps accuse you of being from the other if you disagree with their opinions.

For example – if you support personal freedom, personal responsibility, and getting the government out of your life, the republicans will agree with you if the issue is economic (generally) but condemn you if it has to do with re-legalizing marijuana or drugs in general. Same goes for issue of marriage. Democrats just the opposite (generally). Meanwhile the personal freedom, personal responsibility, and small government principles don’t change from issue to issue.

From where I sit, the problem appears to be the inherent schizophrenia that is embodied in the beliefs of those who support the two major parties, and the fundamental reason why so many are dropping those parties in favor of an “independent” label.

I personally have seen a much more balanced and consistent “bent” from you on topics, but my beef continues to be that most of the other stories you list deserve more attention from your readers than the ones you choose to highlight with details. But hey, it’s your blog. I at least appreciate the links so I can read these other stories too.

15-20% non-payment for Obamacare??? Wow, that’s a real success story for you. LOL.

Bernie31

April 4th, 2014
12:40 pm

Observer @ 10:11 am – You know like everyone else here knows these two were Republicans. lol!
Two old crazy Brothers who are all to themselves is the First Clue.

Two more TEA KOOKS who will not be screaming “I wan MUH KUNTRY BAK”. This is the path of a LOT of them everyday. The Eternal Silence of the Grave. The thing that has been so confusing to me about that WAR CRY is Who took it and where did they go with it and for what purposes?

uh…huh,

hello

April 4th, 2014
12:48 pm

Wow, its Obamas fault

romeo

April 4th, 2014
12:49 pm

Man this is terrible and really strange ,and sad at the same time. I think these guys were lovers .

Mick Dee

April 4th, 2014
1:56 pm

Someone should run some toxicology tests on that Coca Cola.

Nancy

April 4th, 2014
2:14 pm

Your wife’s off your back about getting a job, Bernie—and you’re back on her computer?

Observer

April 4th, 2014
2:17 pm

Thanks for reading, Denise. I actually have TWO hands but, yes, I’m retired.

Jessica

April 4th, 2014
3:05 pm

Remind me to get a set of keys made for my closest relative.

Billy

April 4th, 2014
3:18 pm

Things like this happen. We live in an imperfect world. Relatives did try to check, police did what they do to ensure that privacy was chosen above what could have been a nosey or unwelcome intruder. The two men were unusually close companions and hermits. I can’t believe they both died at the same exact time, unless it’s a carbon monoxide problem or similar poisonious gas. Maybe they both ate tainted food. Toxicology reports will determine what happened, but it needs to be investigated in case there is foul play.
And to the editor, there IS leftist bia in the media, all of it, even FOX news; LOL, if the leftist people who parrot complaints about it actually watched it, they’d agree with most of what is said on there moreso than any legit conservative would. No doubt about that whatsoever….

LegolasMirkwood

April 4th, 2014
3:22 pm

Brings to mind the old indian sitting down on the side of the trail. Here. Here is why I stop.

Growing, living, working together for so many years it’s kind of poetic. Yes, this IS a comfortable place to stop, isn’t it.

Wasco

April 4th, 2014
3:41 pm

I think Observer has forgotton the old adage that “it is better to remain silent and have people think you are a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.”

Sometimes news is just news. Your paranoia and insecurity are showing.

If you hate the AJC so much, why bother to read and comment?

Observer

April 4th, 2014
4:07 pm

I’d not heard that adage before. I’m not surprised that you have. Perhaps repeatedly?

Isotope Finney

April 4th, 2014
4:07 pm

This is sad but at least they were together.

Denise

April 4th, 2014
4:10 pm

@Observer…okay with your two hands, find something to do to be a blessing to someone and stop being so angry. It’s toxic and like I said…will kill you before your time. Start your day listening to my new favorite song…”Happy” Maybe that will help you. God Bless your heart and soul.

@@

April 4th, 2014
7:02 pm

I’d be willing to bet GM watches Dexter. Into the macabre.

Kelly Brown

April 4th, 2014
7:35 pm

This must be a suicide or perhaps carbon monoxide poisoning. No way two people park themselves in recliners and die of natural causes at the same time.

Bernie31

April 4th, 2014
9:53 pm

Paging Dr.Nancy, You are Needed in the ER for a removal of a foreign body..from a Cavity. It seems your Head has gotten stuck somewhere Dark.

uh…huh.

Minute Man is waitn fer ya…that little blue has a limited time frame…after he put a buzz on after those 6 Beers just to Look at You.

Observer

April 4th, 2014
11:02 pm

You are the same Bernie31 quoting Scripture today on the Get Schooled blog, right?

Hillary's Food Taster

April 5th, 2014
12:21 am

Even worse they were watching The View. Something fishy about this. If you don’t pay your property taxes your house would be seized (stolen) by the county. If you don’t pay the IRS tax you’ll be in the clink. And it doesn’t take 3 years.

Watchful Eyes

April 5th, 2014
12:36 am

I fully expect to die this way. My only child doesn’t visit me and hasn’t in 12 years. Maybe people from my Sunday school class will notice when I stop showing up…..

Waiting for Hedley

April 5th, 2014
7:12 am

The Anthony and Andrew Show, weekdays on 99x.

Terry

April 5th, 2014
8:31 am

This is so sad, but in today’s world many families don’t bother to communicate with each other. Unfortunately, many children only call or visit their parents or grandparents when they want something – money, a place to live, etc. This has happened in other areas so it is not unique at all. What is so sad is the true loss of the family connections. I have a brother who did what I call a “drive-by” to visit his mother. He is retired, but never had the time to have a true visit with his mother. Now she is gone and sometimes I wonder how he lives with the fact that she wanted to see him and he rarely came by. It will probably only get worse as more incidents like the death of these twins occur and it will be discovered by outsiders, not the family.

Bernie31

April 5th, 2014
4:02 pm

Observer @ 11:02 pm – Ahhhhh…. you see the duplicity of your Brand of Christianity do you not?
We Learned well from your Tribe….The difference is we actually put the word in practice while you and your ilk only give it Lip service and when the Cameras are turned on.

uh…huh.

Nancy

April 5th, 2014
4:50 pm

Race-baiting & vulgarity is a more natural fit for you, Bernie. Quoting the Bible really isn’t.

Found a job yet?

Bernie31

April 5th, 2014
6:49 pm

Nancy @ 4:50 pm – Paging Dr. Nancy maybe you would better served by saving your advice for Your Beloved Republican Governor. for a Jury of 12 said they smelled a RAT. Hating on the Poor & needy will not favor any Blessings being so Cruel and Mean Spirited.

But hey…this how your Ilk Rolls.

Ever wonder why Your Husband closes his eyes …At that Moment.

Next time you will think about it and KNOW, it is NOT YOU, He is Thinking Of!

uh…huh.