West Allis, WI – While possibly under the impression that he wasn’t important to anyone, David Carter, 41, reportedly used a 9mm handgun to take his own life in his house in a Milwaukee suburb in 2007.

More than four years later, on January 23, 2012, his ‘skeletonized’ remains would be found by a real estate worker from the Milwaukee County treasurer’s office and a locksmith who arrived to inspect the home after it had been awarded to the county in a tax foreclosure.

In the years since his suicide, Carter reportedly never paid a bill, retrieved his mail, mowed the lawn, or cleared snow. His mail undoubtedly included the expected late payment and cancellation notices. These, of course, went unanswered.

According to news reports, near the time of his death, Carter quit his job as a nuisance control officer for the City of Milwaukee and told co-workers that he planned to ‘move to New Mexico.’ Never having been to New Mexico, his coworkers were unaware that the phrase “I am moving to New Mexico” is a completely reasonable euphemism for “I am going to shoot myself in the head and allow my bloodied and lifeless corpse to rot in stench and darkness.” It’s an easy mistake to make.

The City of West Allis did their part by cutting the unkempt lawn and shoveling snow – all while tacking it on to the unpaid property taxes that would eventually lead to foreclosure and the discovery of Carter’s remains. At some point, Carter’s water was shut off after a neighbor reported seeing water running out of the house – presumably from a broken pipe. The utilities were shut off due to lack of payment. The mail carrier stopped his mail when it began piling up. Local police said they were never asked by anyone to check on Carter’s welfare.

Carter reportedly had no siblings. His mother was dead and he had never met his father. The medical examiner’s report says Carter has a teenage daughter. He had never married and the girl’s mother said that Carter told her in 2005 that he did not want to be in their lives anymore.

Interviewed after his death, people described as friends and acquaintances said that Carter was “smart,” “generous,” and “funny.”

Clarence, the angel in IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE, said “Strange, isn’t it? Each man’s life touches so many other lives. When he isn’t around he leaves an awful hole, doesn’t he?”

Well… not always…

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