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In bizarre news out of Southern Michigan, Linda Chase told authorities that she watched NASCAR with her dead companion, Charles Zigler, for MONTHS.

All the while cashing his benefit checks.

Yeah, she’ll be going to prison for a LONG time, though she insists she kept the “NASCAR corpse” around for only a few months, not a year as police allege.

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Jackson, Mich., police last week found the remains of Charles Zigler in a chair in the living room. Officials believe the 67-year-old died in December … 2010.

Chase, 72, says it was only a few months ago, however, and that she had no role in his death. Zeigler “just fell asleep,” she says. Makes perfect sense then.

Linda says she kept the body clean and dressed and talked to it while watching NASCAR on TV. “I didn’t want to be alone,” she explained. Obviously.

“I’m probably going to prison,” she told her local newspaper, apparently resigned to her fate. “But I told [police] the truth. I didn’t lie about anything.”

Whatever helps you sleep at night.