*Whew. I need a minute and be forewarned, you might too. The article you are about to read may easily be mistaken for a scene from an Alfred Hitchcock film detailing something Norman Bates-style. But alas, it’s not. Here goes: A fully intact skeleton, still wearing clothes, was found on the second floor of a woman known to be a hoarder.
The “body” may have been there for as long as 20 years, according to NYPD.
The real-life discovery was made by accident on September 15 by Josette Buchman, the sister-in-law of Rita Wolfensohn, an elderly woman who resides in the Midwood section of Brooklyn. Buchman had gone to the home to pick up mail and some of the woman’s belongings to take to her in the hospital.
Wolfensohn is legally blind. The skeletal remains were of her son.
Authorities say there is a good chance she didn’t even know the dead man was in the house.
Police sources told The New York Post that the “completely intact” skeleton was dressed in jeans, socks and a shirt, lying on its back on a thin mattress on the floor.
According to The New York Post article…
The room where the skeleton was found was immersed in cobwebs and garbage… as if “a garbage truck had dumped its load” inside, police sources said.
Authorities add that the room reeked of rotting food, yet not of decaying flesh.
And this is so very sad. Police say that when they questioned the ailing mother, she spoke about her son as if he had simply moved out.
The article states further…
The woman’s brother, Joseph Buchman, and his wife, Josette, (who found the skeleton) didn’t reveal where Wolfensohn is living now; but the couple was spotted on Saturday as they visited a Long Island assisted-living facility.
Wolfensohn’s husband Jessie passed away in 1987.
Joseph told The Post he hadn’t been close to Wolfensohn for years. Another relative said he wouldn’t comment on the grisly mystery until “after the funeral.”
Though authorities have made no positive ID of the remains, they do strongly believe they are of Wolfensohn’s son. Public records state the woman had two sons, Michael and Louis. Relatives said they had not seen Louis — who today would be 49 years old — in 20 years.
Michael died in 2003, at the age of 38, from natural causes.