It’s 1 am right now and I am going to write about a case that bothered and saddened me for last year. A skeletal remains of a 35 year old woman found in a apartment in London on her sofa that was surrounded by Christmas presents wrapped in shiny sheets,layers of dust everywhere,and TV and heater still on. police found her skeleton after three years of her death!!!
We are going to talk about Joyce Carol Vincent. a woman in her thirties found dead in her bedsit apartment and her death goes unnoticed for three years. Her body was so badly decomposed that police had to identify the body by comparing dental records. Joyce dead on sofa,telly still on for three years showing BBC Chanel, stale food in refrigerator expired in 2003 and dirty dishes piled up in sink!
I first read about her in some psychological paper. Image of a newspaper titling ‘Woman dead in flat for three years: skeleton of Joyce found on sofa with telly still on’ and I had goosebumps only reading the title. police did not find much in this case. but a reporter thoroughly researched about her and found some information about her. but there are number of different stories about the case and no one knows for sure,which one is right. I read everything I could find about her and I will share the links in the end of this article.
But the facts about her case is not what i want to talk about. The only fact that a beautiful,young woman dies in her home and in this chaotic world,nobody notices her death for years,this thing,this fact of ignorance is what horrifies me the most. Some say she was in abusive relation some years back of her death and that led her into eventual isolation. Some say that she was physically sick and she died because of her physically degraded state. and Some say that she was so lonely that nobody even bothered to check up on her for years.
The image I found of her last stage still haunts me. Lets discuss if she isolated herself deliberately. Was there no one there she could talk to? Some of the people knew her reported that slowly ,over the period of time she stopped calling and replying to their calls. but did no one felt the need to actually ask her about her isolation? no friend cared to visit her place to see if she was okay? even if she decided to isolate herself, did nobody felt the need to help her through the situation? it bothers me that we are so much indulged in our own lives that a death of a friend,a neighbor ,a colleague and a human being can go unnoticed and uncared for years.
And if it was a loneliness, how can one not have any friends in city of population of roughly 8 million? Is this hectic world and chaotic lifestyle making our emotions blunt? and Is this where the humanity is leading? after her news,people talked, made a leading news, discussed it as a mystery and went back to their lives. this post is not about the factual of her life but about my insecurity of how thick and obtuse we are becoming in this era.
And in the end I just ask a one thing from you. Please just help out a friend. Don’t let their depression,isolation and sickness go unnoticed and uncared for. Your kindness might save a life somewhere someday! be compassionate,because this is what the world needs now!
links for the case-