I love my mom so much you guys, but if she died I would so NOT keep her skeleton lying around my house like this woman in Brooklyn did. Especially if I had my own daughter in the house. Especially under a pile of garbage bags. From The NY Post:
The rotting corpse, believed to be that of Susie Rosenthal, 61, was discovered Monday under a pile of garbage bags in the Borough Park apartment she shared with her daughter Chava Stirn, 28, according to the sources.
Police had been called to the apartment at 3 p.m., after neighbors reported a foul odor and an unexplained leak, sources said.
When cops approached Stirn, she was acting “erratically” and was taken to Maimonides Medical Center for a psych evaluation.
It’s a terribly sad story and I’m sure some sort of meNtal illness is involved but I have a morbid fascination regarding things like this and I have so many questions, mainly WHY? WHY WHY WHY? It’s so strange. I keep my garbage in our garage so the raccoons cannot eat it and in this heat when there are any food containers in it I can’t even deal with the smell so I have no idea how you have a human corpse in the place where you EAT and SLEEP and live that way. Did she just have a huge attachment to her mom? Was she afraid to alert the authorities? Was she worried a burial would be too expensive? So many questions! I can’t even deal with having a full garbage can in my kitchen much less a dead person in my house.
As tragic as this story is and as much as I want my own children to love me I should probably draw up a will so it can read things like IF I DIE DO NOT KEEP ME IN THE HOUSE CALL THE CORONER because I’m also so vain I really don’t want people to see me rotting either. So strange. I hope this poor lady gets the help she needs and I also hope someone writes a book about this case because I’m nosy and I need to know details.
UPDATE: Welp, we have more details, and this case gets even weirder and sadder and weirder than before. According to the NYP:
A Brooklyn woman spent three years living in a cramped apartment with her dead mom — propping her up at the dinner table and sleeping next to her skeleton every night, The Post has learned.
Chava Stirn, 28, even dressed like her mother — wearing the same black outfit and shoes that 61-year-old Susie Rosenthal had on when she died.
And because eating with her dead mom wasn’t quite enough:
Stirn set Rosenthal’s bones on a bed of trash bags in the kitchen of their Borough Park apartment, a law-enforcement source said.
For the slumber parties, she dragged a chair into the kitchen to snooze next to the corpse — leaving her twin bed covered in stacks of paper.
The article states the mom may have been dead for THREE years.