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A Blind Woman May Have Accidentally Lived with Her Son's Corpse for Decades

Authorities found a fully-intact skeleton lying on a mattress inside the woman's home—still dressed in socks, jeans, and a T-shirt.

by VICE Staff
Sep 26 2016, 8:03pm

Photo via Flickr user Chris Brown

Earlier this month, authorities stumbled upon a scene out of a modern-day Faulkner story, when they found a fully-clothed skeleton resting among the many possessions inside a hoarder's Brooklyn home, the New York Post reports.

When the elderly woman, Rita Wolfensohn, suffered a fall in September, her sister-in-law, Josette Buchman, popped over to grab some belongings to take to the hospital. That's when Buchman came across the skeleton lying on a mattress on the second floor of Wolfensohn's Midwood home—fully intact and still wearing socks, jeans, and a T-shirt.

"It's like some reverse Psycho scene," a law enforcement source said after the sinister discovery.

But unlike Norman Bates, authorities believe that Wolfensohn—who is also legally blind—may have been living with the corpse unknowingly for a couple decades. It's not clear yet who the remains belong to, but investigators believe it might be her son, Louis, a former tax driver who relatives say they haven't seen in 20 years.

Police believe that, whoever the guy is, he most likely died of natural causes.

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