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Florida Man Steals Dead Woman's Ashes, Threatens to Snort Them

Some people steal things for monetary and material gain. Others steal things because they are just truly horrible people who get a kick out of hurting others. Joseph W. Pointer, 51, of Lakeland, Florida, is apparently in the later category.

He allegedly stole a dead woman's ashes and then told the deceased woman's mother that he was going to snort the remains.


According to the Lakeland Ledger, Pointer had very briefly lived with Angela Speakman this month. After he moved out, Speakman believed that he stole the remains of her sister.

The sister had died in a vehicle accident in 2008, and Speakman shared her remains with her parents.

Speakman's mother claims that Pointer drove by her home last Wednesday and shouted, "I've got your dead daughter's ashes, and I'm going to snort them."

There are very few crueler combinations of English words we can think of off the top of our heads right now.

Pointer was eventually arrested and charged with grand theft. Apparently he did not actually get around to snorting ashes.

Amazingly, this is not the first time an arrest has involved snorting and the remains of the dead in Florida in the past few years. Last year, a Florida teenager broke into a home and snorted up the remains of the owner's deceased father and two pet Great Danes because he thought they were cocaine.

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