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This Hoarder Lived With Her Dead Son's Corpse for 20 Years

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An elderly Brooklyn woman, Rita Wolfensohn, was found on Sept. 15 to be living with skeletal remains, most likely of her son, for possibly as long as 20 years. Even more bizarre, she's a legally blind hoarder ––and it is quite possible that she didn't even know he was there.

Josette Buchman, Wolfensohn's sister-in-law, found the body while Wolfensohn was in the hospital. Buchman was supposed to pick up some of Wolfensohn's things and bring them to her.

But when she entered the house, she found that it was in complete disarray ––as if "a garbage truck had dumped its load" inside, police said. Police sources also told the New York Post that Buchman "found a 'completely intact' skeleton, dressed in jeans, socks and a shirt, lying on its back on a thin mattress on the floor." 

Police now believe that Wolfensohn may have no knowledge her son died in her home, as she apparently talked about him like he had moved out.

Authorities believe that is Wolfensohn's son, who would be 49 today, and that he died of natural causes.

The details of Louis Wolfensohn's death ––and Rita Wolfensohn's involvement–– remain a mystery. The home is now vacant and it is believed that Rita is in an assisted living home in Long Island.


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