Aat Uncle Bob’s Self Storage in Pensacola, Florida, an auction winner made a grisly discovery. Inside the pungent smelling storage locker were hundreds of human organs, sitting, some for over a decade, in formaldehyde-filled containers. The organs included lungs, hearts, and brains as well as some tissue samples. Disgracefully, many of these organs were stored in disposable fountain drink cups, and were pilfered from private autopsies at local funeral homes. The mad man behind the whole wicked collection, Dr. Michael Berkland, had previously been sacked from his job due to a dispute regarding autopsy records. One has to wonder whether this was an extreme case of hoarding, or if the bad doctor had something more sinister in mind for the hundreds of organs and tissue samples he had gathered for ten years. The collection seems obsessive and methodical, but not as if Berkland cherished his enormous organ collection… he let it go to auction after all. Charges against Berkland have not yet been filed but he may go down for breaking several statutes which outline how one is to dispose of biomedical waste as well as human remains. Buyer beware at the next storage auction you visit! And maybe try not to bid on the units that smell like rotting brains!
We’ve covered stories here at INeedStorage about uncanny and unique uses for storage units, whether they be past or present. Throughout our time covering news stories about Self-Storage and the plethora of facilities that dot the American landscape, we’ve repeatedly mused about the possibility of individuals or whole families living in a storage unit. While this seems wholly impossible- (where would you go to the bathroom?) one woman named Jodi Jill is claiming that she spent over ten years of her life calling a single 10×20 storage unit home. Not only did Ms. Jill grow up in this storage locker in Loveland, CO, she allegedly shared it with three siblings and her two parents. While Ms. Jill contends that her tale of her storage unit-cum-home is one-hundred percent factual, several skeptics question how a family could live undetected for over a decade in the cramped, dark, dankness of a storage unit. Jill maintains that the facility managers and security knew of her family’s residence in the storage facility, but failed to report it or take action against the family. While one may be reminded of Flowers in the Attic by Jill’s fair hair and complexion combined with the fact that she almost grew up in secret, it is relieving to see Jill living a life of normalcy all these years later. We wish Jill and her family members the best, and hope that whoever wins the Presidential election spend serious time considering the welfare of families, including their shelter.
Bizarre stories seldom stop flooding out of Florida and this one is no exception. When one thinks of theFlorida Keys images of sun, sand, and an emerald archipelago come to mind… which is why this tale of a truck driver-looking individual (who rocks a seriously creepy grin in his mugshot) stealing a bag of sex toys from his employer’s storage unit is so jarring. We don’t know what it is about storage units that attract the most bone-headed robbers, but they seem to do everything from locking themselves in the units they’ve broken into to storing their stolen goods at the SAME facility they were taken from. Truly, it may be said that storage facilities bring out the worst in America’s absent-minded crooks. The sex toy thief, Mitchell Tice, was sold out by his own girlfriend.. one Ms. Pshantel Scott. Ms. Scott recalls that before Tice was apprehended by police he had come home and “had place a bag of dildos under their bed.” According to Scott, Tice blatantly admitted to her that the bag of sex toys had come from his employer, and more specifically from his locked trailer. The robber, who perhaps could have earned the name ‘Robin Wood’, also stole two laptops and a wig from his employers storage locker. Tice was inevitably arrested, charged with two misdemeanor counts and one count of felony burglary and is being held at county jail until his $4,000 bond can be paid. The most awkward element of this story is the fact that Tice’s employer and his wife, restaurant owners, were just sitting on a treasure trove of sex toys. Where would they sell these toys? Pleasure Parties? Or were they hoarding them in case of a nuclear fallout? We at RentAStorageLocker only hope that the stolen toys that Tice got away with were brand new and not second-hand. This brings up an interesting question about purchasing storage units or anything second hand… at what point does one man’s trash stay one man’s trash? Or will people find value in any old or used object regardless of how intimately said object was employed previously. Maybe we should just chalk this one up to Florida.