In a small town named Huangling, in Southen China, Xueming Tian didn’t want to be apart from his son. He didn’t want want to be apart so badly, that he put his son’s corpse in a freezer, in a scene which, to my mind, is reminiscent of Jason Vorheese’s mother-obsession.
“It makes me feel as if my son has never left me,” Tian said. “When my wife and I want to talk to him, we can just pull up some chairs, lift the lid and chat with him as if he had never been taken from us.”
His son had just begun college when they found out about his leukemia.
“We were devastated. We visited many doctors, but there was nothing else we could do. I just prayed we would not lose him,” Mr. Tian said.
“When he died, I just couldn’t face never seeing my child again, so we decided to put him in a freezer to preserve his body.”
Even more upsetting, this isn’t the first child death that has affected Mr. Tian:
“After the death of my daughter, I gave up my job so that I could spend more time with my wife and son.”
He also said that at first not a lot of people knew about it, and then rumors started to spread.
“Not many people knew at first what we had done as we did not want anyone to find out. We kept it a secret for a long time. But over the years, the news spread.”
When asked if they will bury him eventually, he said, “One day the time will come when his mother and I can no longer look after him and we will then give him a proper burial, but now is not the time. When the time is right, we will give him the most dignified burial and have a celebration of his life, and invite everyone to pay their respects to him. But later.”
I really hope I’m not the only person getting a sense of real-life Friday the 13th obsession from this man.