| The Maunula Mummy |
|Name(s)||The Manula mummy|
|Age||55 years old (at death) would be 77 years old (today)|
|Site||Found in apartment in Manula, Helsinki|
The man was born in 1938 in Helsinki, Finland. He had a very strained relationship with his father, and had lost his mother in the middle of the 1950s, which sent him into a depression. He had dropped out of school at a young age, due to having to repeat multiple classes over and over again. This man was known for moving around frequently, as he was said to have moved house to house quite often, and was usually alone, but would occassionally have romantic partners. The man had a wife at one point, with whom he had two children.
However, he did commit several theft crimes which got him thrown into prison for most of the 1960s. After his prison sentence, he managed to escape from prison. His troubles didn't end there; for he had found himself living alone in the apartment he would later die in. He relied heavily on financial support from the social bureau. The man was later diagnosed with a myocardial infarction.
The man would not be discovered until 6 years later by the maintenance staff on his bed in April 2000, after they had entered his apartment to install a smoke detector. They had attempted to knock on the door, obviously getting no reply. The staff had to use a master key to get inside the apartment, only to discover his mummified corpse on his bed. The staff notified the police, who were able to conclude that the man died some time around April 1994, due to the dates on the mail scattered across the apartment floor.
His mummification was due to dry air and good air conditioning within his apartment. Plus the factor that he had been left in that environment for 6 years or so.
The Maunula mummy caused alot of uproar in the public eye about lonely people and how they could possibly be helped or how to prevent certain events such as this from happening again. Not to mention, there was debate on whether the social bureau should have checked to see if he was okay or if it was his right to be left alone to live out his life however he wanted without being checked on.
Maunula mummy. (2015, January 5). Retrieved January 13, 2016, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maunula_mummy