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  • Thieves Show Up To Ransack Hoarder’s Long Beach Home

    07/10/2012 6:22:17 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 29 replies
    CBS) ^ | July 7, 2012 11:00 PM | Ed Mertz
    LONG BEACH (CBS) — Officials report that thieves are ransacking a Long Beach home. That in itself would normally not be news, but the crooks are stealing from a hoarder. And not just any hoarder. Police and neighbors say thieves and junk scavengers have been stealing from Antonio Gorospe. Thursday, Gorospe allegedly shot a code inspector in the face before a seven hours-long barricade situation. Police ultimately got him out with tear gas, knocked a wall down with a tractor and a K-9 unit. Our cameras were rolling when the dog took him down. What are they stealing from Gorospe?...
  • Man dies in fire at home piled chest-high with debris (Hoarder(-cide?) Alert!)

    03/10/2011 12:03:13 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 24 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 3/10/11 | Daniel Lovering - Reuters
    PITTSBURGH (Reuters) – An elderly man was killed when his home, piled high with debris, burst into flames and he was unable to escape through a crammed door, firefighters said on Thursday. Firefighters trying to battle the blaze pushed their way into the home jammed with pizza boxes and other detritus and found the body of John Rabusseau, 77, early Wednesday morning. "He was a hoarder, which they attribute to part of why he died because he couldn't get out the door," said Crystal Rosensteel, a records clerk at the Pittsburgh Bureau of Fire. "They actually had to force the...
  • Dead Body Found in Hoarders Home. Missing Mother?

    03/10/2011 6:53:58 AM PST · by stillafreemind · 9 replies
    Yahoo/AC ^ | March 10, 2011 | Sherry Tomfeld
    The body didn't appear to have injuries or trauma. There was an orange juice container found inside the plastic wrap that the body was in. The container was marked with a 2003 date but authorities aren't sure if the woman had the container with her when she died or if it fell into the wrap because of the hoarding conditions of the house.
  • Body of Las Vegas woman found in clutter at home

    08/28/2010 8:42:32 AM PDT · by libstripper · 57 replies
    Associated Press ^ | August 27, 2010 | OSKAR GARCIA
    LAS VEGAS (AP) — A four-month search for a missing Las Vegas woman came to a ghastly end this week when her husband found her corpse in their home amid a labyrinth of squalor that had been impassable even to search dogs.
  • Police Seize Over 300 Guns from Rockford Home

    08/12/2010 11:06:13 AM PDT · by crusadersoldier · 257 replies · 1+ views
    Police say a 67 year-old man owns the home and the weapons. He is a legally registered gun owner. "At the current time we're taking the firearms for safe keeping as evidence until we can further investigate this," says Deputy Chief Lindmark. Neighbors say even though the weapons may be legal, they still pose a security threat to their neighborhood. Woods' says, "Even if he's a registered gun owner or not, that just seems like its too many rifles."
  • Houston Hoarder of the Century Estate Sale

    07/24/2010 7:49:35 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 67 replies
    margiebeeglesales ^ | July 23, 2010 | n/a
    Mostly pictures.
  • 40 Dogs Siezed After Found Living In Filth

    07/13/2008 7:30:55 PM PDT · by MaryFromMichigan · 15 replies · 559+ views
    NEWSCHANNEL 3 ^ | July 12, 2008 - 11:04PM | NEWSCHANNEL 3
    Over 40 dogs were seized from within the residence.Investigators tell NEWSCHANNEL 3 that the homeowner would cover her back yard in newspapers, then shovel them into piles once the dog feces was a half foot deep.We spoke with Sheldon's niece and she said, "[Helen] doesn't realize how bad it is. All this stuff you see around here, this has been this way for a long time." Sheldon's niece added that her aunt suffers from a mental illness.
  • Living in squalor: Basically, it's your choice

    08/21/2005 1:53:58 PM PDT · by Past Your Eyes · 6 replies · 809+ views
    New Hampshire Sunday News ^ | August 21, 2005 | Shawne Wickham
    Does someone have a right to live in squalor? Under New Hampshire law, the answer is yes — but only to a point. Two recent cases, in which town officials took action against homeowners in Warner and Andover, have garnered front-page headlines, and led some to ask why someone didn't step in earlier. But the reality is that New Hampshire's laws allow folks to pretty much live as they choose, so long as their lifestyle doesn't threaten their own health or that of others. Elliott Berry is a housing expert at New Hampshire Legal Assistance, which has represented homeowners in...
  • Researchers Find Clues to 'Pack-Rat' Urge

    12/18/2004 7:05:24 AM PST · by MississippiMasterpiece · 87 replies · 6,588+ views
    WebMD Medical News ^ | Dec. 17, 2004 | Miranda Hitti
    Attention, pack rats: science may have figured you out. Researchers say they've found an area of the brain that seems to govern the urge to collect. For most people, collecting is a perfectly healthy behavior. It's an outlet for expressing passion for just about anything, such as stamps, wine, art, shoes, or Elvis memorabilia. Collecting is also common among animals, and not just for food. It's been observed in creatures great and small, from mammals to insects. For instance, some birds can't resist aluminum and bright objects, while hamsters gather glass beads when given the chance. But in rare cases,...
  • Four Dogs Die From Neglect, One Dozen Rescued (Michigan)

    07/14/2008 4:57:36 AM PDT · by MaryFromMichigan · 5 replies · 139+ views
    WWMT TV Kalamazoo ^ | June 24, 2008 - 10:51PM | NEWSCHANNEL 3
    Second sad story about abused dogs in the state.
  • 52 cats taken from Elkhart woman's home

    03/13/2010 2:27:28 PM PST · by Chet 99 · 31 replies · 675+ views
    52 cats and one dog were removed from the home of a 76 year old Elkhart woman Tuesday by Elkhart Police Department's animal control officer and Humane Society workers. Elkhart Humane Society Assistant Director Rachel Dennis says the cats and dog are all in poor health, suffering from respiratory problems, matted eyes and infested with insects. Adult Protective Services was called to assist the 76 year old woman who was living in the feces covered trailer. The woman is now living with a family member. Elkhart Police say a maintenance worker at Four Season Trailer Park flagged down an animal...
  • House Of Filth: Nearly 100 Cats Found In NJ Home

    03/28/2009 7:53:47 AM PDT · by alice_in_bubbaland · 68 replies · 2,028+ views
    wcbstv.com ^ | Mar, 28, 2009 | Sean Hennessey
    SPCA Officials Stunned After 2 Feet Of Feces Found In Room Of House Located In Million-Dollar Community Officers Say It's One Of The Worst Cases Ever Reported Reporting Sean Hennessey CHESTER TOWNSHIP, N.J. (CBS) ― One New Jersey SPCA official said it was probably the worst case he's ever seen.
  • Authorities investigate how Valrico woman found among cats, clutter came to live that way

    06/30/2009 5:28:23 PM PDT · by Chet 99 · 14 replies · 3,357+ views
    VALRICO — It took 15 minutes to get through the front door of a $300,000 house. Investigators used broomsticks and mop handles to push away debris. From inside a gated Valrico community, they removed a frail older woman and some of her cats — eight dead and 15 alive. Hillsborough County Animal Services said both the woman and the cats appeared neglected. The Department of Children and Families was summoned, to see whether 74-year-old Alice Santy, a woman who showed signs of hoarding, needed help. Now, the Sheriff's Office is investigating to see how Mrs. Santy, who is married, came...
  • Hoarder Dies After Becoming Lost in Maze of His Own Trash

    01/08/2009 7:34:02 PM PST · by RDTF · 97 replies · 1,917+ views
    Fox ^ | Jan 8, 2009 | Sun UK
    An eccentric loner in Britain hoarded so much trash he had to burrow through it to get around his home — then got lost in the maze of tunnels Friday and died of thirst. Human mole Gordon Stewart, 74, had filled his rooms up to the ceiling with 10 years’ worth of garbage and clutter, making it impossible to walk around. -snip-
  • Shopaholic spinster found dead under 3ft of unopened goods

    01/08/2009 8:31:36 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 24 replies · 1,282+ views
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | January 9, 2009 | James Tozer
    A spinster who obsessively hoarded clothes died in her home after a mountain of suitcases fell on her, burying her alive. Joan Cunnane, 77, owned 300 scarves as well as thousands of trinkets and valuables. They took up so much space in her bungalow that she had only a 2ft-wide path to get around them, and her car and garage were packed with other goods. After she was reported missing earlier this week, it took police searching her home two days to sift through her possessions. Miss Cunnane was eventually found buried under a 3ft pile of cases in a...
  • Children Pulled From a House of Filth

    12/29/2009 9:08:57 PM PST · by Sam_Damon · 29 replies · 1,450+ views
    WTRF-TV ^ | December 29, 2009 | Crissy Clutter
    AMSTERDAM, Ohio -- Deputies found garbage wall to wall inside the Amsterdam home and now one parent is facing charges. The 10-year-old girl and 6-year-old boy are in the care of a foster parent tonight and the father is facing a charge of child endangerment. Sheriff Fred Abdalla said me he did not arrest the mother because she is pregnant with the couples third child.
  • Woman suffocates under piles of clutter in home

    01/09/2006 6:22:49 AM PST · by plain talk · 264 replies · 6,422+ views
    Local6.com ^ | Jan 7, 2006 | Local 6.com
    A woman in Shelton, Wash., who was reported missing by her husband, was found dead under piles of clutter in their home, where she suffocated to death, according to police. Shelton Police Chief Terry Davenport said the home was so cluttered that police officers' heads touched the ceiling as they climbed over the clutter. Authorities found the body of 62-year-old Marie Rose buried under clothes after 10 hours of searching. She reportedly suffered from a condition known as hoarding. Rose's husband believes she fell while looking for the phone in the house this week and suffocated. There were so many...
  • The Paper Chase

    10/26/2003 2:52:19 PM PST · by sarcasm · 8 replies · 23,750+ views
    The New York Times ^ | October 26, 2003 | FRANZ LIDZ
    y father never had much use for fairy tales. The fifth of five brothers raised in a one-bedroom tenement on the Lower East Side, he preferred real-life grotesqueries. And so at bedtime, I would listen raptly to his urban horror stories, tales that filled the dark with chimera, bogeymen, golems.The most macabre was the tale of the Collyer Brothers, the hermit hoarders of Harlem. In lugubrious tones not unlike Boris Karloff's, my father described the vague aura of evil that had endowed the four-story brownstone on the northwest corner of Fifth Avenue and 128th Street for much of the 1930's...
  • So Much Clutter, So Little Room: Examining the Roots of Hoarding

    01/04/2004 6:17:43 AM PST · by TroutStalker · 202 replies · 4,953+ views
    The New York Times ^ | Sunday, January 4, 2004 | NINA BERNSTEIN
    The cases never cease to fascinate: reclusive people trapped by their own accumulations, in rooms made unlivable by floor-to-ceiling heaps of newspapers, books and saved objects — from twist ties to grand pianos.Some pass into legend, like the Collyer brothers, "the hermit hoarders of Harlem," who in 1947 were buried by the piles of urban junk that filled their four-story Harlem brownstone. But even less extreme examples, like that of the Bronx man rescued on Monday after being trapped for two days under an avalanche of magazines and catalogs, haunt the public imagination.Such compulsive hoarding is being recognized as a...
  • 20K Pieces Of Mail Found In Mailman's Philly Home

    05/13/2010 7:06:58 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 43 replies · 1,898+ views
    CBS 3 ^ | 5/13/2010 | CBS 3
    , bills and even a college acceptance letter from 2007 were among 20,000 letters found inside the garage of a Philadelphia postal carrier. When the mailman missed several days of work in April, postal officials went to his Port Richmond home and found tubs and tubs of undelivered and unopened mail. The postal worker, who has yet to be identified, worked out of the Bustleton station in Northeast Philadelphia. The neighborhood most impacted is located near Castor Avenue and Benton Street. One of those affected was desperate to receive a $900 check in December 2007. The letter just arrived on...
  • The danger of hoarding

    02/29/2004 12:18:45 PM PST · by EvaClement · 7 replies · 445+ views
    USA TODAY ^ | 2/18/2004 9:57 PM | Joyce Cohen
    <p>For 25 years, a difficult-neighbor problem plagued Curtis and Elaine Colvin of Seattle. The neighbor's home and lawn resembled a junkyard. Finally, last spring, the elderly man was taken out of state by relatives.</p> <p>Konstantinos Apostolou bought the house — and sent in five men to clear the floor-to-ceiling junk. "It was the most disgusting thing I've ever seen in my life," says his son, George Apostolou. There was nowhere to walk, except for a narrow "goat path" connecting the rooms. The men hauled out seven Dumpsters' worth of clothes, books, magazines, spoiled food, firewood, car parts, tires, bank statements and 50-year-old tax records. "I feel bad for the guy," says Apostolou. "I'm sure he was ill."</p>