By Nick Nunn
James Nichols died of natural causes in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., a couple of months ago at the age of 82.
At the time of his death, his wife, Joann, was still in the house.
Wrapped in a sheet.
In a plastic storage bin.
Behind a fake wall.
And she had been missing since 1985.
It isn’t clear in reports whether or not James Nichols, who originally reported her missing, was ever a suspect in the case, but the cops up in Poughkeepsie now have the smallest shred of evidence that might blow the case wide open.
According to CNN, Captain of the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department Paul LeComte stated that, “It’s now safe to say James Nichols is a suspect in this case.”
Yes. That would have been useful to know before he died.
The body of Joann, whose arms had been tied behind her back before decomposition, was also missing part of the right side of her skull, which appeared to be due to blunt force trauma.
The case, according to LeComte, had been reviewed annually since 1985, but, apparently, no one thought to conduct a thorough enough search of the Nichols house to find a fake wall that was obviously noticeable by the members of the police department that were looking for James more than 25 years on.
In the event that the police department does get enough evidence to convict James, they fully intend to pull him back out of the ground, beat his body like the dead horse that it is, and show all of the other would-be murderers in Poughkeepsie what the police force is willing to do to criminals:
Let them live a long, free life, and then punish their remains after they die.