We all love a good episode of Hoarders - the shocking filth, the families at the end of their rope, and the people risking their own health by hanging onto things they don't need but are compelled to keep. It looks dangerous, but luckily when it comes to real-life cases, there have been very few people killed by hoarding - the Collyer brothers are two exceptions.
Born in 1881 and 1885 in New York, Homer and Langley Collyer were the children of wealthy yet slightly eccentric parents. They moved to Harlem, where they slowly began to pull away from a community that failed to understand them, and a world they just had no use for. Their lives began as somewhat normal, but as they began to bury themselves in their family mansion, they began to create an elaborate nest for themselves- surrounded by booby traps and secret passageways to keep themselves safe.
On the surface, the facts about the Collyer brothers paint a tale of two hoarders. While that's true, it's also much more than that. It's the story of a debilitating mental disorder, and the unbreakable bond between two brothers who had no one else in the world but each other.
Homer Was Found 10 Hours After He Died - It Took The Police 5 Hours To Get Inside
Homer Became Blind, So Langley Took On The Job Of Caring For Him
Langley Was Ironically Killed By His Own Traps
As Harlem Began To Change, The Brothers Didn't Change With It
A Police Officer Had A Huge Shock When He Investigated The Collyer Home
The Brothers Had Hoarded A Huge Variety Of ItemsPhoto: ObsoleteOddity / YouTube