All of us at Don’t Get Bit spend our time on the blog trying to both keep you prepared and informed about the Zombie Apocalypse. So once again we bring to you… “This is How It Starts”. In today’s edition, Two men took friend’s corpse on boys’ night out. Robert Jeffrey Young, 43, and Mark Rubinson, 25, discovered their friend Jeffrey Jarrett dead but delayed reporting the find to police so they could first have a free night out. While keeping Mr Jarrett’s body in their car, they stopped at a Mexican restaurant in Denver, used their friend’s ATM card and withdrew $400 at a strip club before finally reporting him dead. The men, who are now free on bond, have been charged with abusing a corpse, identity theft and criminal impersonation. It’s unclear how Mr Jarrett died, but the men have not been charged with his death.
The bizarre scenario is reminiscent of the 1980s movie Weekend at Bernie’s, in which two men discover their friend dead and maintain a façade that he’s still alive while staying at his home for the weekend.
One of Mr Jarrett’s relatives, who asked not to be named, told the Denver Post Mr Jarrett had invited Mr Young, a former college friend, to stay with him for a few months while he had money struggles. It is thought that on August 27, Mr Young arrived home at about 11pm and found his friend unresponsive.
Rather than call authorities, however, he went to see Mr Rubinson at a restaurant where he works to tell him about the find. The pair then went back to Mr Jarrett’s home, loaded him into Mr Rubinson’s car and took the body with them to Teddy T’s bar and grill, where they drank on his tab while the body was hidden in the vehicle.
‘Young stated … that it was obvious Jarrett was dead while all three are at Teddy T’s,’ Denver Detective Ranjan Ford wrote in the affidavit. The went on to eat at Mexican restaurant Viva Burrito and withdrew $400 on their dead friend’s card at strip bar Shotgun Willie’s, where they stayed until closing time. Only then did the pair report their friend dead by flagging down a police officer at 4am.
‘This is a bizarre and unfortunate crime,’ Denver Police Department spokesman Sonny Jackson told the Denver Post. ‘This isn’t anything you want to have happen to a loved one. You want them treated with respect in death.’ The relative of Mr Jarrett, a father who sold real estate, added: ‘We just want to make sure they’re prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.’