In a classic case of “Will He or Won’t He Get On That Plane”, an intrepid mother and daughter team tried to take their deceased father Willi for his ride into the sunset. Did the women Kill Bill, or were they simply trying to Free Willy?
Hilarious. Sad, but hilarious.
DID WILLI CHECK OUT AT THE CHECK IN?
April 7, 2010 – 12:14PM
Two women say they unwittingly tried to take the corpse of a family member home via a major British airport, claiming they had no idea the man was dead.
But police are investigating whether the wife and daughter of the 91-year-old man, identified as Willi Jarant, put him on a flight from Liverpool to Berlin so they could hold a funeral in Germany without paying £3000 ($4900) repatriation costs.
The women were detained at Liverpool John Lennon Airport “on suspicion of failing to give notification of death”.
Both women deny the accusations, saying Mr Jarant was alive when they left home.
“Willi had Alzheimer’s and had not been in good health and wanted to go back to Germany to die,” Anke Anusic, 41, Mr Jarant’s daughter, told the Daily Mail.
“He was alive in the taxi and when we arrived at the airport. He had eaten breakfast that morning. At least eight people saw him alive that day.
“We had booked a wheelchair and a taxi and he must have died as he was wheeled into the airport.”
An airport worker told the Mail that Mr Jarant was “in a big coat, a pair of sunglasses”.
Another worker said he became aware of the situation after Mr Jarant’s face touched his while he was trying to help Mr Jarant out of the taxi.
It is believed the pair had ferried the corpse in a taxi from their home in Oldham, north-western England, to the airport in Liverpool.
“The older lady told me that he was elderly and frail and also very tired so I would have to lift him out of the taxi and into the wheelchair,” he said.
“I immediately felt unsure about the situation but I did my best to help by carefully lifting the man from his seat. To my horror his face fell sideways against mine. It was ice cold. I knew straight away that the man was dead but they reassured me that he ‘always sleeps like that’.”
Gitta Jarant, 66, Mr Jarant’s wife, said she planned to complain to the German embassy over the incident.
The pair have not been charged. They have been released on bail until June 1, pending a full investigation.