Man Slept Next To Dead Wife for 5 Years

Posted on December 3, 2009

A Vietnamese man dug up his wife’s body, molded it with clay into a female figure and put it in his bed so he could hug it every night for the past five years.

The man, 55-year-old Le Van from Ha Lam in the central Quang Nam province, is seen below with his wife’s remains and his son.

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According to reports, Van began by sleeping upon his wife’s grave after she died in 2003. He said that a year and a half later he decided to dig a tunnel next to his wife’s grave so he could sleep beside her away from the rain and wind.

However, neighbors and local authorities found out about the practice and persuaded Van to stop. Subsequently in November 2004 Van returned to the grave, dug up his wife’s corpse and brought it home, where it remains today.

Van’s son, photographed below with his mother’s corpse, is said to hug her body before going to bed each night.

His father told the Lao Dong newspaper that his neighbours dared not visit him for years, but have since grown more accustomed to the idea and will now pay him a visit from time to time.

“I’m a person that does things differently. I’m not like normal people,” he was quoted as saying. “My wife’s body only passed away but her spirit still accompanies us. I have no fear when it comes to sleeping with her at all.”

Local authorities are said to be planning an inspection of the case because of new sanitation laws that rule a body must be cremated or buried, and that burials cannot be carried out in residential gardens without approval.

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anounymous022
anounymous022



i hate that he left me to another woman ,but i really love he and i don't want any thing except he i had to look for help to get he back when i saw a post of one on the internet how this man Doc Obodo help get her lover back ,and if any one needed his help should contact  Doc Obodo @ templeofanswer@hotmail.co.uk or call +2348155425481 i did and lo and behold 2days later he call me and started pleading for me to take he back

Brianna Brookshaw
Brianna Brookshaw

I must say I get how he loves her but come on man live and let die she's probably looking down at you from heaven and is like honey we've talked about this put my body back in the ground and move on. But hey props for being differnt just don't expect me to come visit.

Brianna Brookshaw
Brianna Brookshaw

I must say I get he loves her but um live and die dude shes probally looking down from heaven being all like kay honey we've talked about this put my body back in the ground and move on.

Candy Dandy
Candy Dandy

This is sick and hilarious at the same time, smh.

aqewgw
aqewgw

True love but in an awkward way.

Nancy
Nancy

I can understand why this story looks creepy but this man shows he truly loves his wife. He TRIED to sleep next to her grave and in the tunnel but after a year and a half, he couldn't stand it. The fact that he covered her body in clay to restore her is interesting...but again, preservation. The poor little boy even hugs his mother...awh, this story is so sad. =( Poor men here know how it is to lose a woman when men mistreat them these days.

amber
amber

There's nothing creepy about it, it may be unhealthy, but other that, it's sweeter than anything. Those of you who have never lost someone close to you may think so, but I, along with others who have the same experience would find this very sad and touching.

Tasya
Tasya

It has positive and negative sides actually. I mean, that man must be loved his wife so much that he couldn't possibly let her go. But it's bad because death is part of our life. We must face it. People will come and go in our life right ? But it is hard to let go of someone we really love. I just hope this man could face the reality someday and move on.

Chris Treewizard
Chris Treewizard

wow can't believe this is happening.... Love make people do crazy things and this one is .... you decided

Jule
Jule

this man is disturbing. he is ill. he need help! loving your wife is one thing but putting you son through sickel mind like him is even SICKER!!!

dick hugmywang
dick hugmywang

its a lil sad but ppl deal with death all kind of ways even in a wierd way. the boy huggin her b4 bed is sad too cuz i bet he doesnt really remember his mom. im sure 7 outta 10 ppl would hug there moms body shell(corpse) just because your memorys of her will drive you to it point is dont judge his behavior until your in his shoes(there shoes)

Crystal
Crystal

I don't understand how people can think this is sweet. Really? Death is a part of life, it's unfortunate but you need to let go and heal. You can keep that person in your heart but you need to respect the dead and let them rest in peace. And he is psychologically disturbing that little boy. He deserves to understand that he doesn't need to have his mother's corpse in his home in order to love her. There are memories, pictures, stories. Not dead bodies though! That child is too young to understand right now that this is not normal. When he gets older he will become confused and become just as incapable of dealing with emotions as his father is. Not sweet, not romantic, it's disturbing and that man is mentally ill. I'm sure his wife would not have wanted this for her son to be a part of.

HMW
HMW

I feel bad for his wife, with his inability to let go. If there were any sort of afterlife, she couldn't possibly want this for him. I feel worse for their son, though, having to live through this and hug his mother's corpse. It's sweet, though, he loved and still loves his wife.

valo
valo

ill be honest, this is by far the most romantic and heartbreaking story i ever heard. it show unconditional love and complete loyalty. and i know im gonna get some bad replys and comments on saying this but i have to say whats true to me, with my wife, if the time came and she passed away i would do the same thing, and if not allowed id have a home graveyard behind my home and visit her daily. even plant her favorite rose bush beside her

Sofia Champion
Sofia Champion

Because I really always knew that my little crime Would be cold, that's why I got a heater for your thighs! And I know, I know it's not your time! But bye-bye! And a word to the wise, when the fire dies You think it's over but it's just beguuu-u-uuuuun, Baby, don't cry... You had my heaaart, at least for the moooost part... 'Cause everybody's gotta die sometime! We fell apart, let's make a new start 'cause everybody's gotta die sometime, yeah, yeeeeahhh!

nocturnesthesia
nocturnesthesia

Apparently this isn't unheard of... Google Elena Hoyos, that's just slightly creepier than this.

Lena
Lena

Til death to us part and beyond I suppose. He must have REALLY loved her!

Choas
Choas

dont the body stink? how he gonna smell dat

Sez U
Sez U

Bunch of Morons!

jewmuff94
jewmuff94

i woulda fucked her corpse before it got cold

sofia
sofia

He dug her up about a year and a half after she died, she would be pretty much only a skeleton by then. I think bodies stop stinking after they're done rotting.

Vee
Vee

yea how about the smell of the body? how can they eat? i mean, it has to smell even if its wrapped up....i wonder how it looks like if he took the wrap off...ughhhhhhhhhh

Lil Mrs. Rissa
Lil Mrs. Rissa

Thats really sweet but me personally i wouldnt do no crazy shit like that.. but you are right he's in love and i understand and i love my man with all my heart and thats never gone change.. but i wouldnt do no crazy shit like that.. but everyone does deal with things different ways and he was so in love that thats the reason why he dug her up,, people thats talking shit really dont know what its like you must not know what love really is and dont have feelings. just insensitive... why dont yall give the man a fucking break.. i feel for him but still i wouldnt do no shit like that..

Eddle
Eddle

This is sure bittersweet.

Henry
Henry

thats just downright sad in a good way, i mean hes in a love, hes like Monk in the tv show :-]

Greg
Greg

Man walks into a bar and says "My wife is so cold..." Bartender says "Good evening, Mr. Van!"

miss le
miss le

sweet,sad,loving, yet creepy and gross

Anom
Anom

I kinda its kinda sweet.

Kristine Smith
Kristine Smith

would u eat him outta that urn to lmao i seen on strange addictions this lady ate her husbands ashes

Rhonda Lynnett
Rhonda Lynnett

Idk. I wouldn't think of doing that. LOL. If I had to, I would cremate her and put her in an urn. That'd be good enough for me.

T.Ev.
T.Ev.

it's been a skeleton for a while before he covered it in clay.

sarah chan
sarah chan

i don't understand ?what are u talking about?

Shahrina
Shahrina

And do you like Hannah Montana? I like her very much cos she is pretty. I have her guitar video game,magazines,poster,file,2 bag,sticker,pen,puzzle,cards and her game boy.

Shahrina
Shahrina

i hope he had a great time with her!

shahrina
shahrina

yes it is realy gross but isn it smells?

JayJay
JayJay

yes it is sweet! very very sweet!

Greg
Greg

Man falls onto the snow and says "Wow! the snow is really cold!" A person walks by and says "I'm sure it's not as cold as your wife, Mr. V!"

Greg
Greg

Man walks into a store and asks for a refrigerator.. The cashier responds "Do you want some clay with that?"