[caption id="attachment_2454" align="aligncenter" width="425"]On the bedroom wall, 1 of 2. On the bedroom wall, 1 of 2.[/caption] Read Part I here. The visual chaos of a ransacked, abandoned home is hard to get around. With a patina of grime covering broken entertainment centers, overturned couches, and discarded papers, finding a semblance of an active human life is difficult. Add to that a fetid blend of rotting garbage, a wet basement, and various blends of human and animal waste, and the entire foreclosure stew seems further from what most of us consider decent housing. But then you see the boots. These don't make sense in here. And next to the boots is a plastic garbage bag full of used prophylactics. A belt hangs on the wall. Amid the whirling aromas is a faint hint of a man's musk. Someone's been here recently. [caption id="attachment_2455" align="aligncenter" width="640"]On the bedroom wall, 2 of 2. On the bedroom wall, 2 of 2.[/caption] More so than the musk, though, was the cutting stench of human  waste. The source wasn't hard to find. Like Toucan Sam teaches, "Follow your nose! It always knows!" [caption id="attachment_2456" align="aligncenter" width="640"]On the kitchen floor. On the kitchen floor.[/caption] The nose led to the kitchen, where a large cooking pot served as a toilet. It's not uncommon for us to find containers full of human waste in a home. People often remain in their homes long past when the city cut power, water, and sewer services. Other times, someone comes in off the street seeking shelter. These people still have physiological needs. We find the results. [caption id="attachment_2460" align="aligncenter" width="640"]In a bedroom. In a bedroom, jars of urine line the dresser.[/caption] As you might imagine, all of this produces a highly unhygienic environment . filthy kitchen counterVermin take over. Filth builds upon filth. [caption id="attachment_2462" align="aligncenter" width="640"]A kitchen drawer. A kitchen drawer.[/caption] There was nobody there when I showed up. When did they leave? Will they be back? Do they want to come back?      

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