Monday, April 11, 2011

Twin Sons Found Living With Mother's Severely Decomposed Body

Police in Houston were shocked after when they paid a welfare call on the home of a woman who hasn't been seen or heard from in months. When they went to the home, they found the body of 89-year-old Sybil Berndt -- who appeared to be dead for weeks, possibly months -- lying face down in the living room. Her grown twin sons Edward and Edwin Berndt, 48 (pictured, below) were living in the home. Police said the smell was unbearable. The twins -- who look a lot crazy -- were taken to the Houston Police Department downtown for questioning, but police believe the woman died from natural causes.

Update: Detectives said the brothers told them that their mother had fallen down and died. The brothers told police that they were watching the BCS Championship game on Jan. 10 and their mother came in ranting and raving. She then fell down, the brothers told investigators. Police said the brothers told them that they decided to leave her on the floor because they did not have the money to get her medical treatment. The brothers told detectives that Sybil Berndt was conscious and able to speak for about a day, but she did not ask for help. According to court documents, the brothers did not give their mother any food or water. Sybil Berndt died on Jan. 13, the day after her birthday. "Edwin said they didn't have the money to bury her, so they didn't call the police because they didn't want to go to jail," the court documents state.
Investigators said they checked Sybil Berndt's bank records and learned that she had $700,000. source

Here are the sons Edward (left) and Edwin.

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