Yep, you read it right....my YOUNGEST daughter discovered a body in the hotel we were staying at while attending the fair! Before I tell you the story, NO, she is not traumatized....she was actually mostly curious. Now, I don't know if life on a farm hardens you to the fact of life and death or not....but she clearly was not FREAKED OUT by it.
Ok, on with the story....on Sunday night, we went to a restaurant to eat...of course...took the usual side trip to Wal-Mart to get ME some drugs for the raging sinuses. (Yep, almost every show I get a severe attack of allergies)
After the trip to Wal-Mart, my husband dropped me off at the hotel and then went back to the fairgrounds to check the animals. On his way to the truck, he passed a window with the curtains open, but the sheer curtains were closed....he noticed a guy lying on the floor. He also noted that he was lying on something that HE thought was a GIANT heating pad. So, after looking, he comments that "that guy is either passed out drunk or DEAD"!
Now, fast forward to 6:00 in the morning....they go down to breakfast before heading to the fairgrounds. After eating, my daughter heads back to the room....which means walking right by the SAME window. She noticed him on the floor. Ok, the curiosity got the best of her and she backed up and stared into the window....
She even lowered herself to see UNDER the curtain....to see if the guy was ASLEEP. That is when she noticed he had a stream of blood coming from his mouth and his eyes were slightly open.
THEN SHE SAW THE GUN BESIDE HIM!!!
She couldn't convince her dad to go look...so, she goes to the next logical person....ANOTHER KID! Of course he goes with her....and they both determine that the guy is REALLY DEAD.
Finally, she convinces her dad to have a look....YEP, he was definitely DEAD.
They go to the hotel manager and the rest is history.....
Apparently, he was from a different town and completely planned this. The HEATING PAD was bubble wrap...so he wouldn't make a mess. The design on his SHIRT was really BLOOD...my daughter didn't realize this. He had shot himself in the heart. He must have died pretty instantly because he wasn't in the fetal position and didn't look like he had rolled around in pain.
How do I know this? Because the cops let me in to look....I know, I'm morbid....actually they would have let me take pictures....I'M NOT THAT MORBID.
I prayed for the man and his family. I prayed for the children that found him. I prayed for the police. I also prayed for the VERY DISTRAUGHT housekeeper who would have found him if my daughter hadn't done what she did.
So, the moral of the story is.....