In 2011, five teens in Florida snorted the remains of a human man and two dogs thinking that they had scored some cocaine or heroin before realizing they had made a horrible mistake. In 2015, a group of Missouri teens almost mirrored that situation when they burglarized a house in November.
The ringleader was 17-year-old Devin Gesell who pulled off the heist with unnamed 15 and 16-year-olds to help him. Gesell claims to have acted as lookout as the two younger boys pocketed what they could. They stole $825 in cash and $2,000 in other items.
Included in their booty was a box tat contained the ashes of the father of homeowner, Debora Matthews. The burglars assumed that the ashes inside the box was cocaine. After tasting the substance to test it, the teens discovered that they didn’t have cocaine. They ended up dumping the contents of the box on the side of the road as they drove away.
To make matters worse, Matthews believes that the boys are related to her (and her father). “I’m very upset because of the minors. I mean, [they] were his grandsons,”said Matthews. “They did that to their grandfather. They didn’t even realize it was their grandfather’s ashes. I just couldn’t believe that they would take the ashes. But you know, they were kids, and, I guess, just stupid.”
St. Peters police eventually caught up to the trio and arrested them. Gesell faces charges of burglary and theft. Good thing they weren’t caught with cocaine. Maybe if he sits for a minute, he can get his life together.