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article image'The Holy Woman': Pensioner's 'mummified' remains found in closet

By Anne Sewell     Oct 30, 2013 in Odd News
Borgo San Dalmazzo - The corpse of a 68-year-old tarot-reading woman has been found in the bedroom closet of a villa. The body was wrapped in bed sheets and was sitting upright in a chair, with her left hand resting on her knee and her right hand raised in blessing.
The gruesome discovery was made on Sunday by the woman's son-in-law, in a villa in Borgo San Dalmazzo, near Cuneo in northern Italy. The shocking discovery has upset the whole village.
According to La Stampa (in Italian), the deceased woman, Graziella Giraudo, had been dubbed the "Holy Woman" due to her ability to predict the future using tarot cards and to heal people.
She had been sharing the three-floor house with the mother of her son-in-law, Rosa, who used to assist Graziella with her tarot reading sessions, by welcoming clients into the house. (Italian language) reported that apparently Graziella was separated from her husband and two children, and everyone thought that she had been away for about 4 months on what her family believed was a trip.
Reportedly, Rosa recently died of cancer and in the days leading up to her death, apparently dozens of people visited the home to pay her their respects. Little did they know that the body of Graziella was hidden away in the closet of the small bedroom all that time.
It was only after Rosa's funeral on Sunday that the corpse of Graziella was found in the closet, embalmed and wrapped in linen bed sheets and cotton like a shroud, with her left hand resting on her knee and her right hand raised in blessing, and her face in a good state of preservation.
According to La Stampa, Graziella had apparently been ill, but continued to read tarot cards and Rosa was “always by her side, welcoming and attending to visitors."
Rosa had told Graziella's son and daughter-in-law that she had left on a trip "but would be back."
Rosa herself was described as someone who liked to “live privately”. A theory is that possibly Rosa concealed the death in order to continue receiving Graziella’s pension.
Police have now seized the house and have opened an investigation into the matter.
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