How creepy is this?

Discussion in 'Life After Brown' started by Channahon, Nov 8, 2008.

  1. Channahon

    Channahon New Member

    Three Relatives Found Dead In Evanston

    EVANSTON, Ill. (STNG) ― Evanston police are investigating why a 90-year-old woman was apparently living in a home with three dead siblings—one of which is believed to have died in the early 1980s.

    How and when the siblings died and their ages were still being determined Friday, said Evanston police Cmdr. Tom Guenther. The bodies were found Friday morning in a large home on the 1200 block of Judson Avenue, he said.

    "We know we have three deceased people," Guenther said. "We don't know how their deaths occurred."

    Anita Bernstorff, born in 1910, Frank Bernstorff, born in 1920 and Elaine Bernstorff, born in 1916 were all pronounced dead in the home Friday afternoon, a spokesman for the Cook County Medical Examiner's office said. Their exact ages could not be determined because it was not clear how long they were dead in the home.

    Anita Bernstorff was last seen alive in May of 2008, Frank Bernstorff was last seen alive in April of 2003 and Elaine Bernstorff was last seen alive in the early 1980s, authorities said.

    The Bernstorffs are believed to have died from natural causes, but autopsies are scheduled for Saturday. At least two of the bodies were skeletons and the third was very badly decomposed, according to authorities.

    Guenther said police were called by a senior advocate who had an ongoing relationship with the woman.

    Caroline Carlton, who lives across the street from the woman, said she last saw her neighbor passing out candy in the driveway on Halloween. Carlton said she had never been inside the house but from outside, it was well-maintained.

    When Carlton moved in two years ago, she said she believed there were three people living there. She said recently she only saw the woman.

    "She never ventured very far," Carlton said.

    Another neighbor, who didn't want his name used, thought that perhaps the woman didn't know what to do when her siblings died.

    "It could well be that she was not able to notify people or didn't quite understand," he said. "She isn't quite worldly."

    Evanston police responded to the 10:15 a.m. call with investigators from the North Regional Major Crimes Task Force.

    (Source: Sun-Times News Group Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2008. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)
     
  2. rod

    rod retired and happy

    "Lets let Grandpa kill her" ---------- scene from Texas Chainsaw Massacre:surprised:
     
  3. Monkey Butt

    Monkey Butt You can call me Chappy Staff Member

    Pretty creepy! :surprised:
     
  4. Channahon

    Channahon New Member

    Talk about having skeletons in your closet!! No wonder why no one ever went in her house over the years. Makes you wonder where her relatives were in the house.
     
  5. over9five

    over9five Moderator Staff Member

    And she had no problem with it when they.....errrr......got ripe?
     
  6. chev

    chev Nightcrawler

    It's creepy to think that people would keep a dead body in their home. The smell must have been unbearable. :sick:
     
  7. Channahon

    Channahon New Member

    You know I thought the same thing, so maybe the woman was in the medical field or an embalmer, who knows.

    Here's a follow up article.

    No Foul Play In Case Of Bodies Found In Home

    EVANSTON, Ill (STNG) ― Police do not believe the elderly woman found living in a north suburban home with three dead siblings was engaging in Social Security fraud, a police spokesman said Monday.

    Evanston Police Cmdr. Tom Guenther said there's currently no indication that Margaret Bernstorff, the 90-year-old woman living in a home with her siblings' remains, did not report their deaths in order to continue collecting their Social Security checks or other remuneration.

    Evanston police Friday found the skeletal remains of Anita D. Bernstorff, born in 1910; Frank A. Bernstorff, born in 1920; and Elaine B. Bernstorff, born in 1916, in a home on the 1200 block of Judson Avenue.

    Margaret Bernstorff has been moved out of the family home and into a senior care facility.

    Guenther said Monday the scene has been cleared and the house, which was tidy on the outside but in complete disarray inside, has been boarded up. He said police are continuing to investigate but at this point aren't considering criminal charges.

    The skeletons were examined Saturday by the Cook County Medical Examiner's office, but a full autopsy could not be done because of the bodies' state of decomposition, the official said.

    Elaine B. Bernstorff had not been seen since the early 1980s, when she was believed to be in her 60s. Anita Bernstorff was last seen alive in May 2008 at age 98, and her brother Frank was last seen in April 2003 at age 83, according to the medical examiner's office.

    Because their dates of death are unknown, officials don't know how old the three were when they died.

    Police were called by a City of Evanston senior advocate who had an ongoing relationship with the woman, Guenther said.

    Caroline Carlton, who lives across the street from the woman, said she last saw her neighbor passing out candy in the driveway on Halloween. Carlton said she had never been inside the house, but from outside it appeared well-maintained.

    When Carlton moved in two years ago, she said she believed there were three people living there. She said recently she only saw the woman.

    "She never ventured very far," Carlton said.

    Another neighbor, who didn't want his name used, thought that perhaps the woman didn't know what to do when her siblings died.

    "It could well be that she was not able to notify people or didn't quite understand," he said. "She isn't quite worldly."

    (Source: Sun-Times News Group Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2008. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)
     
  8. LiL"Comet"

    LiL"Comet" New Member

    Freaks!! You never know who your neighbor's are???? Remember the move "The Burbs":crazy::wacko:
     
  9. cachsux

    cachsux Wah

    Blast! They`ve uncovered the secrets of the Chicago voting system.
     
  10. Channahon

    Channahon New Member

    Ain't that the truth - especially when Old Man Daley was the mayor!!