Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Adult Twins Kill Mom and Live with Body
Homicide detectives say 48-year-old twin brothers were found living inside a southeast Houston home with the decomposing body of their dead mother on the floor. Both men have been charged with murder. Houston police went to the twins' home on Glenscott Drive near Hinman Street on Monday night to conduct a welfare check after a neighbor reported that the mother had not been seen in a while.
The officer was allowed to enter and found the body of 89-year-old Sybile Berndt. According to court documents, Sybile's son, Edwin Berndt, initially answered the officer's knocks said "everyone was fine and there was no need for the police at their home."
The officer insisted she had to see Berndt's mother and he let her into the house. The home was in "deplorable condition and smelled terribly," and the elderly Berndt was lying face down on the floor of the foyer, according to the documents.
Sybil Berndt was dressed in a nightgown pulled up under her arms and was not wearing underwear.
The body was in an advanced state of decomposition and insects were crawling around it, the documents said.