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Homeless man lives with dead people for 15 years

Grave-squatting Serbian survives on foraged candles, garbage scraps and cigarette butts.

By Charyn Pfeuffer - MSN Living Editor Feb 14, 2013 8:12PM

The next time you find yourself complaining about the high cost of living consider this: You could always live in a cemetery. For free. That’s what a 43-year-old homeless man from Serbia has been doing for the past 15 years, reports the International Business Times.

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Former construction worker, Bratislav Stojanovic, has been sleeping in a garbage-filled concrete space, spanning only two square yards in Nis, south Serbia. After getting robbed by other homeless people on several occasions, he moved to the cemetery, a place with minimal (live) human interference.

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Stojanovic spends much of his time foraging for candles to keep his modest space warm and survives on a diet of food scraps he finds in the garbage.

From the outside, living a life six feet under looks like a lonely existence.

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"I had a friend who also lived at the cemetery, but he left as his grave was damp,” he told the International Business Times. "I had a girlfriend, also homeless, but she's gone. She died, but it is nicer to say that she's gone," he was quoted.

Living underground seems like a major lifestyle adjustment.

"I was afraid in the beginning, but I got used to it in time. Now I am more afraid of the living than of the dead," he told Reuters.

Read more of the rest of the story here.

What do you think of this unusual living situation?

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Feb 15, 2013 12:04AM
as unfortunate as it is some of these people are not the loveable bumb on 60's TV shows. My Dad tried to help homeless people, he tried to get them jobs. Most were just plain lazy, the rest tried to scam or rip him off. I am sure there are some people that are down on their luck and could use a hand back up. Most are good at coning ( con artist), just like you are good at your job.
Feb 15, 2013 12:04AM

Who cares? If he wants to be a dirtbag scum of the earth sack of crap, let him, We all make our own choices in this world.

Some people really have it rough, but I have lived it first hand and most all homeless people are there by choice and just expect pitty and free hand outs from the rest of us who are actual contributing members of society.


Feb 14, 2013 11:55PM
I wish I could do something to help this man.  I lost my job  4 years ago and am fortunate to live with my sister. I am 61 years old and no one wants to hire me.  I would be living in my car with my 4 cats because I can't even afford to pay rent.  I can only pray that God will send someone to help this man.  Fifteen years is a long time to live this way so he probably is fearful of anyone wanting to help him.  Lets hope he doesn't get booted out of the cemetary.  Just an FYI:  There are only bones and dust inside graves so he will be safe.
Feb 14, 2013 11:52PM
Proof positive!  We have more to fear from the living than the dead.
Feb 14, 2013 11:49PM
Some years ago I vacationed in Egypt.  In Cairo there was a section called the City of the Dead  (al - Arafa) if memory serves.  I believe 500,000 people lived in this cemetery as there was insufficent housing. I'm sure there remains hundreds of thousands there still.  I visited the site and it was well organized but had little electricity. 
Feb 14, 2013 11:47PM
He is doing what he feels he has to do. I am sure there are people in here in the US who are very close to doing the same, if they haven't all ready
Feb 14, 2013 11:46PM

He's not bothering anyone and he himself was robbed. If it's a way to survive and he seems to clearly not be bothering anyone, he does what he has too. Now if people say he is bothering anyone, i would find that very hard to believe. Where now the media has gotten into things.

People do what they have to in hard times. If you never had a place to stay, then you would make due with what you had too. People fail to realize that things happen to everyone. Nothing in this world is easy and for some people themselves make it hard on others. Sad as that maybe, it's what humans do to each other. Some make it harder, others don't try to get involved, then there are those who make it a game to have people suffer. Unfortunatly this is how things have become. Right, wrong or indifferent. People can't make others change, they have to want to for themselves. The more you push, the more they will come back at you in a way you don't want.

Feb 14, 2013 11:42PM

what did he do with the body that was burried there?


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