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Legally blind hoarder mum may not have known son’s body was in her home for 20-years

Crime WorldBy Morgan Flanagan Creagh
The home where a body was found near East 22nd Street
The home where a body was found near East 22nd Street

When relatives arrived to the home of Rita Wolfensohn to fetch her belongings and take them to hospital they made a discovery worthy of a Hitchcock film, according to reports in the New York Post.

The elderly Brooklyn woman was found to have been living with the skeletal remains of her son, possibly for as long as 20-years.

NYPD sources said that it’s possible that the legally blind hoarder may not have even known he was there.

Sister-in-law Josette Buchman found a “completely intact” skeleton, dressed in jeans, socks and a shirt lying on its back on a thin mattress on the floor in a bedroom inside Wolfensohn’s two-story Midwood home.

“It’s like some reverse ‘Psycho’ scene,” a law enforcement source said, referencing Hitchcock’s 1960 horror film.

Officers told the Post that the room in which the body was found contained so many bags and so much rubbish that it looked as if “a garbage truck had dumped its load” inside.

When police questioned the ailing woman, she spoke about her son as if he had simply moved out.

According to public records Wolfensohn’s husband, Jesse, died in 1987 and she had two sons, Michael who died in 2003 at the age of 38 and Louis, who today would be 49-years-old but hasn’t been seen in 20-years.

Authorities have not officially identified the body but believe the man was Wolfensohn’s son and that he died of natural causes. They would not provide a name.