Haredi Woman Lives In Small Apartment With Body Of Dead Mother – For Up To 3 Years
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com
A haredi woman in Borough Park, Brooklyn lived in a small, cramped apartment for up to three years with her mother’s dead body, the New York Post reported today.
28-year-old Chava Stirn reportedly propped her mother’s dead body up and ate dinner with her every night. She also slept next to her mother’s skeleton.
Stirn dressed like her mother, as well, wearing the same black outfit and shoes her mother Susie Rosenthal was wearing when she died.
Stirn kept the bones of Rosenthal on a pile of trash bags in the kitchen.
The horrific and bizarre situation was only discovered when the apartment building’s superintendent needed to investigate a leak Monday afternoon, police sources told the Post.
Stirn would not let him in and emergency workers eventually had to break down the door.
When they finally gained entry, the reportedly found Stirn sitting in a chair, disheveled, amid waist-high heaps of trash, police sources reportedly said, noting the body could have been there for as long as two to three years.
For years, Stirn never left the apartment and refused to allow anyone to enter, neighbors – who frequently heard strange noises and screaming coming from the apartment – told the paper.
“When I listened, she was screaming…[She yelled] ‘I kill myself, I kill myself!’” Malka Lerner, a 41-year-old neighbor, told the Post.
Lerner apparently never called police.
“I never saw her or her mother. They never came out. I never saw the door open,” another neighbor said.
A relative would occasionally leave food for Stirn at the door.
Stirn thought Rosenthal had “left her there to die,” a police source reportedly said.
She was reportedly taken to Maimonides Medical Center for a psychiatric evaluation.
The cause of her mother’s death is yet to be determined.