When sibling love is a little too strong

Everyone loves going to grandma’s and snooping around her house, checking out all the old stuff – junk and valuables alike.  You probably laugh a little to yourself at some of the ridiculous things your grandparents have kept over the years, but you were never too alarmed at what you found.

However, that is not the case for neighbors of Margaret Bernstorff, of Evanston, IL.  The Cook County medical examiner’s office confirmed that the 90-year-old was keeping the decaying bodies of her two sisters and brother in her home.  The bodies were discovered in the house on Friday – some covered with blankets.

The dead included Bernstorff’s sister Anita, who died in May this year at the age of 98; her brother, Frank, who died in 2003 at the age of 83; and her sister, Elaine, who died sometime in the late 1970s when she was in her 60s.  The police that all three died of natural causes, and as of now, no one has been charged with a crime.

According to The Chicago Tribune, the Bernstorff family lived in the home since the 1960s, while Margaret’s father was an assistant professor at Northwestern University.  Margaret’s father died in 1966 and her mother in 1974.  Since the death of the parents, all four siblings have lived in the house at different times.

Many of the neighbors commented that they were concerned for Margaret, but she did not warm up to the idea of anyone offering her help.  Some neighbors said they asked about Anita from time to time, but Margaret just told everyone that her sister was sick and staying in bed.


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