• Rod Kackley

Chopped Up Body In The Basement


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Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018: Grand Rapids, Mich. police respond to a report of "a suspicious activity involving possible foul play" in the 900-block of Franklin SE at 4:30pm EST. It's not the best neighborhood in this West Michigan community, but it's not the worst, either. Lots of two-story wooden homes dating back to World War Two. Plenty of renters, and enough crime to keep the cops busy 24/7. This crime is going to be one of more interesting in recent memory.

After waiting hours for a warrant, officers carefully go into a large home converted into a couple of relatively inexpensive apartments. It doesn't take long to dial up this investigation from "suspicious activity" and "possible foul play" to something much, much worse.

Officers discover a couple of human body parts just outside a stairway to Apartment #2, the home of Jared James Chance. Inside Jared's apartment detectives find "several areas of blood" and "articles that could have been used to dismember a human body" along with some bloody rags and bottles of cleaning solutions.

Now, as for that body, Shocking True Crime readers, where's the rest of it? Police find it in the basement of the structure.

Chance was arrested, Sunday, and charged with the mutilation of a dead body, and that is probably just the beginning of the charges that could put Jared James Chance behind bars for the rest of his life.

Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018: The GRPD is back in the neighborhood, looking into a dumpster. Looking for more evidence? You can bet on it. And they must have found something. A GRPD truck took the dumpster way after it was wrapped in plastic.

Now then, the body. Who is it, or better put, who was it?

Nobody knows, at least not at the time this article was written.

But dear Shocking True Crime readers, here's a clue we can't ignore: a woman described as an "acquaintance" Jared's was last seen with our suspect Nov. 30 and has not been seen since.

Could she be the victim? More to come, I am sure. -- Rod

As Jared James Chance surely found out; Mary Eileen Sullivan discovers chopping up a human body is no easy task. Disposal is even tougher. But she learns. In the end, Mary Eileen proves that with a gun, a chainsaw, a bag of cement mix, and a little bit of water for mixing; there's no end to what a woman can accomplish.

The only other thing she needs is a deep, dark basement and a prayer that the plumbing won't break. After all, bad pipes mean a visit from the plumbers, and there's no telling what they might find in the basement.

The Coffee Shoppe Killer is based on a shocking true crime story. The names and location have been changed, some characters created for fictional purposes and dialogue added that's a creation of the author. But the shocking crimes that occur, and the manner in which they take place, in The Coffee Shoppe Killer, are 100 % true. In other words, this sh*t really happened!!

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