So did a particularly strong murderer kill Maddux, move the cumbersome stuff blocking the chimney, and stuff his body in there? If so, no one can prove it. While there have been rumors that a currently incarcerated man once bragged about killing Maddux, there was no sign of trauma on his body and no hard evidence of foul play. So officially, his death is still considered to be an accident and destined to remain the only story involving a chimney more traumatizing than Phoebe Cates' monologue from Gremlins.
A Human Heart Is Found In A Ziploc Bag, And No One Knows Where The Hell It Came From
In August 2016, a pair of EMS workers were taking a break at a gas station convenience store in Norwalk, Ohio when their work followed them there in a rather grisly way. They noticed a Ziploc bag in a nearby field, which it turned out contained a heart. A human one, too (with 95 percent certainty). Well shit, someone's getting fired over that one, right?
It Gets Weirder ...
Things took on a creepy vibe when officials tried to match the heart up to a body and just ... couldn't. Even after the story got coverage in the media, no one ever came forward to claim any misplaced body parts. Norwalk is a small rural town not known for many homicides or violent crimes, and there were no reports of any grave robberies or dead bodies which were missing their tickers.
Worse yet, since the heart was fresh and had few signs of decomposition, it had likely been removed from its owner shortly before the workers stumbled upon it. Investigators looked into the possibility that the heart might have been lost accidentally during transit, as it's not uncommon for organs to be transported after autopsies. Who knows, maybe there was some dude waiting for a heart transplant somewhere, awkwardly checking his watch and saying: "I'll give him another 20 more minutes, but that's it." However, unless there were serious budget cuts in local organ donation services, it's highly unlikely that anyone would have been transporting a human heart in a Ziploc bag.
So obviously, the most terrifying explanation here is that some serial killer lost one of his trophies, and there's a murder victim out there who had their heart removed and has still not been found. That, or the Thuggee cult now has branches in rural Ohio.
Norwalk Police Department "We've issued an APB on a Mr. Mola Ram. Last known location: the Norwalk Temple of Doom."
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