TX - Sybil Berndt, 88, left to die, decompose after fall, Houston, 10 Jan 2011

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  1. wfgodot

    wfgodot Former Member

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    Egad. And don't miss the disturbingly identical pair of mug shots at....

    Twins accused in death of mother, 89 (Houston Chronicle)
    (more at chron.com link above)
     
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  3. easttexas

    easttexas New Member

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    I am sickened. That poor lady.
     
  4. LadyL

    LadyL Well-Known Member

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    well now someone can sell her house and provide her with a funeral while those disgusting twins can rot in prison and be grateful if they ever get to see a football game of their choice again

    she lay there dying as she turned 89, knowing her own sons would not help her (& probably did more than they're admitting in contributing to her "fall" IMO)

    I wonder if she had other kids ...
     
  5. OneLostGrl

    OneLostGrl I'm going against the grain- I'm going sane

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    O m g ! !
     
  6. wfgodot

    wfgodot Former Member

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    We'll see if the mental health issues the twins must apparently have will
    mitigate punishment regarding the degree of their culpability in this case.

    It only takes a little sanity to call 911 though.
     
  7. wfgodot

    wfgodot Former Member

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  8. Wagara

    Wagara Wishin' and hopin’ and thinkin’ and prayin’...

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    WOW...sometimes there are no words.
     
  9. tlcya

    tlcya Well-Known Member

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    I've got nothing I can post without a hefty TO

    :sick:
     
  10. Tinsamd

    Tinsamd Justice for Shaniya!!!!

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    A girl at work was telling me about this today. She said that as she was reading the story, she kept waiting for them to report that they (the twins) were mentally incapacitated, & it never happened.

    The article I later read on foxnews advised that they didn't have the money to help her, etc. Blah, blah, blah... Then came the news of the $700K! WTH!?

    http://www.foxnews.com/us/2011/04/1...ther-3-months-charged-murder/?test=latestnews

    Bless her heart!!! :-(
     
  11. Quiche

    Quiche New Member

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    What a horror show. :mad:

    Those men do look like they've got mental issues going on-- kind of slack in the facial tone. idk Maybe they're just evil.
     
  12. wfgodot

    wfgodot Former Member

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    Comprehensive, lengthy Houston Chronicle article:

    Twins arrested after mother's body found in home
    (much more at link above)
     
  13. peeples

    peeples New Member

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    very odd story..
    1 twin was gifted
    they usually kept themselves up, but had let themselves go recently since their mother died. or rather they let her die...
    Very blank when talking about her.
    They never married or had children from what I can find...
     
  14. wfgodot

    wfgodot Former Member

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    Defense attorney: Twin murder suspects are 'scared'

    As for that earlier-reported $700,000....
    Insanity defense, here they come:
    The stuff of horror movies:
    (Much more at KHOU link above)
     
  15. Filly

    Filly KICKING AND SHINING

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    It boggles the mind.

    Oddly enough three things stood out to me in that first article.

    1.) They basically both have the same name. Edward/Edwin. Were they both called Ed? If not was it easy to differentiate when called to?

    2.) Matching flannell PJ bottoms. That image is disturbing enough without having to read how they left thier poor mother.

    3.) They have not left the house in months surviving on junk food. Oh getouttahere. How many chips did they eat each day? At some point you have to go out of the house.

    Poor, poor lady.


    *****When asked why they didn't help their mother they replied "She didn't ask us to".*****

    Honestly although I am my mother's caretaker and my brother's are extremely helpful in making that possible I swear if my mother does not ask them for something they are clueless. That's a tough one as my mom is old school and has all this pride that if someone wants to do something for you you shouldn't ask.:banghead::banghead::banghead:

    Sorry for the vent.

    O.K. you live with your own mother's rotting corpse after ya let her die alone on a floor and you have flies all over the place and this does not bother you? Something up with that.
     
  16. Tuffy

    Tuffy Not really that tough...

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    I heard this story on the radio this morning. They said that she had been there three months, and that her body was covered with insects. The authorities said the smell in the home was horrific.

    This wasn't a case of these two choosing to ignore her. Anyone would have been extremely aware that there was a rotting corpse in their home. This is in Houston. It's hot down here. Last week it was in the 90s.
     
  17. wfgodot

    wfgodot Former Member

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    Relative says twin murder suspects are mentally disabled

    (much more with video, at KHOU link above)
     
  18. jjenny

    jjenny Well-Known Member

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    It wouldn't be hard for me to believe they had some sort of mental retardation. They lived at home with mama. As far as I can tell neither one held a job. It's probably their mother who was their caregiver, not the other way around. They should really determine at what level they are functioning before putting them on trial, IMO.
     
  19. Sonya610

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    I agree. I do not know why people are so quick to say "they are evil". They are obviously severely disabled in some way. Living on junk food for 3 months while stepping over a bloated rotting human corpse? That is NOT cruel or cold-hearted that is just plain mentally disabled!

    Sheesh if the authorities had not come these two could have starved to death in another 2 months when the food ran out.
     
  20. peeples

    peeples New Member

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    How do we explain the 1 twin being gifted then???
     
  21. wfgodot

    wfgodot Former Member

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    I agree wholeheartedly. When the food ran out, though, at least one of the twins can drive:

    Also, one of the twins was seen in the period after his mother died, at the family farm near Danevang TX - 90 minutes from Houston, so I imagine a trip to an ice house for junk food would have been do-able:

    http://www.khou.com/news/Relative-says-twin-murder-suspects-are-mentally-disabled-119819259.html
     

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