Authorities say relatives of a deceased Tehama County woman cremated her remains on a makeshift barbecue and continued collecting her retirement checks.
Ramona Allmond's daughter and grandson were arrested Sunday on suspicion of embezzlement, elder abuse and disposing of a body without a permit, among other charges. They are being held at the Tehama County Jail in Red Bluff on $30,000 bail, with arraignment set for Thursday. The grandmother's daughter and grandson described the dead grandma as a "crochety old bitch who was just taking up space and needed to move on." The grandson told police the old woman had once called him a toad and frequently insulted family members and guests with obscene gestures.(See file photo above)"It was just time for the old biddy to take that long hike to eternity. Nobody liked her. Her own dog bit her. I'd say it's good riddance if you asked me."
Sheriff's Capt. Paul Hosler says the 84-year-old Allmond likely had died of natural causes, though investigators are still trying to determine the cause of death.
Detectives say the daughter also fashioned a two-inch piece of her mother's skull into a necklace. Hosler said Ray took a photograph of Kathleen Allmond wearing the necklace, as well as a beaded wire tiara that she believed would ward off radio waves, to post on a social networking Web site.
"It gets really weird when you have a piece of mom's skull hanging around your neck," Hosler said. "I'm not aware of any religion that allows you to burn your family members in the backyard and collect their pension."
Investigators said they kept collecting her monthly retirement checks amounting to more than $25,000 since the elderly woman died in December.
Det. Richard Knox said they may have been trying to honor the woman's desire to die at home and be cremated.
Deputies arrested the pair after the dead woman's son asked deputies for a welfare check because he had not heard from his mother since December. Hosler said his suspicions were further aroused last week when he called and Kathleen Allmond pretended she was the 84-year-old woman.