An extreme case of compulsive hoarding was the Collyer bros in New York 1947

Compulsive Hoarding Disorders can reach serious levels, as in the well-known case of the Collyer brothers. It happened in the United States, in 1947.

It all started when the neighbors alerted the police because it had been a long time since they had seen them leave their house, nor give the slightest sign of life. The authorities were unable to enter his house, neither through the door nor through the windows, due to the enormous number of objects that prevented access.

In the end, they could only open one entrance through the terrace. There were so many objects everywhere that it took 6 hours to find the first body. The second was only found up to 18 days later, despite the fact that it was only a few meters from the first. One of the brothers had died from the collapse of thousands of books and newspapers that fell on him. The other brother, who was blind and paralyzed, later died of hunger and thirst, since he was never able to make his way to fetch water or food.

This is without a doubt one of the saddest cases of compulsive hoarding we ever came across, and illustrates the dangers of compulsive hoarding.

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Source: Wikipedia