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SUE H
10-23-2004, 08:22 AM
Maybe she was inspired by all of those home makeover shows?

Vacation leads to home makeover by squatter
Stranger greets Georgia woman returning from trip

The Associated Press
Updated: 1:34 p.m. ET Oct. 22, 2004

DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. - A woman came home from vacation to find a stranger living there, wearing her clothes, changing utilities into her name and even ripping out carpet and repainting a room she didn’t like, authorities said.

Douglas County authorities say they can’t explain why Beverly Valentine, 54, broke into an empty home and started acting like it was her own.

During the 2½ weeks the owner, Beverly Mitchell, was on vacation in Greece, Valentine allegedly redecorated the ranch home, ripping up carpet and taking down the owner’s pictures and replacing them with her own.

Mitchell was a complete unknown to Valentine, said Chief Sheriff’s Deputy Stan Copeland. He said he had no idea how Valentine knew Mitchell was gone.

“In 28 years, I’ve never seen something this strange,” Copeland said.

Valentine was being held in Douglas County Jail on a $25,000 bond, Copeland said. If convicted, she could face one to 20 years in prison. Copeland said Friday that he believed Valentine did not have a lawyer.

The case came to light when Mitchell, who lived alone, returned home Oct. 4 to find the lights on and a strange car parked in the driveway. Mitchell called police, who went in and found Valentine, who at first pretended she was renting the home.

Later, Copeland said, she admitted she broke into the house with a shovel and was squatting there. She was charged with burglary.

Authorities found a gun and $23,000 worth of Mitchell’s jewelry in Valentine’s car.

Valentine had the electricity switched over to her name and moved in a washer and dryer and her dog.

Copeland said she was even wearing some of Mitchell’s clothes.

“There’s a lot of people saying, ’What?”’ Copeland said.

Valentine was asked what to do with the washer and dryer she moved in, and Valentine said she didn’t care, so police will leave it up to Mitchell what to do with them, Copeland said.

© 2004 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

Bruce G
10-23-2004, 01:29 PM
Now that is funny! :D

I mean how do you react? Where do you start cleaning up? How do you collect on the carpet that is gone?

I wonder if the squatter will have the guts to sue her for the cost of labor and paint for the rooms she redecorated :D

Bruce G
10-23-2004, 01:37 PM
I hope you don't mind if I add to your thread:

http://www.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,4057,11153696^13762,00.html

Strip tease for inmates
From correspondents in Oslo
October 23, 2004

STRIP searches are no novelty in prisons - but stripteasers are.

That's what inmates at a Norwegian prison got yesterday - an erotic dancer as part of a monthly cultural evening organised by prisoners.

"We had approved the invitation to the woman. But none of us knew that the hired dancer could do more than just dance," prison director Kjersti Solberg said.

An inmate began the evening with a stand-up comedy act. Then the dancer started and within minutes had removed all her clothes before staff got her off the stage.

George.
10-23-2004, 02:28 PM
In Brazil, inmates are allowed what is called "intimate visits."

In other words, sex with a visitor.

There has been a problem, though, with women who use this "right" to deliver cell phones to their druglord "husbands" in jail - hidden you know where! :eek:

Stranger than fiction, indeed...

Meerkat
10-23-2004, 03:09 PM
I guess there's a reason why phone's are clamshell designs. :D

Boomkin Joe
10-23-2004, 03:16 PM
And in the Bilge, they keep up a whole half-naked women's gallery.

Phil Young
10-27-2004, 12:11 AM
"Call me" With the phone set to vibrate.

NormMessinger
10-27-2004, 08:31 AM
Originally posted by Boomkin Joe:
...half-naked....Half? Where'd you go to school?

Jack Heinlen
10-27-2004, 01:28 PM
Yep, that's one of the more peculiar stories I've read in quite awhile. One has to wonder what the thought process of the squatter was. Unless she's completely psychotic, or incredibly stupid, it could make a good follow-up article.

Everything but the remodelling and the appliances makes a certain twisted sense, and I'll bet happens with some frequency. But to redecorate and buy appliances is too weird!

Is this a mentally ill extension of identity theft? That child ain't right. Anyone see a defense taking shape? smile.gif