Hoarder’s home contains mother’s mummified body

Here’s a story that will make you want to tidy your home: Relatives cleaning up after a deceased hoarder in St. Louis found the mummified body of the hoarder’s mother wrapped in plastic and a curtain.

Spring cleaning at an unidentified hoarder's home.

Looks like it's time for some "spring cleaning."

Police say Gladys Jean Bergmeier, 75, died Feb. 7.  A relative digging through the pack rat’s home found the body, presumably that of the “long-unseen” Gladys Stansbury.

No one in the neighborhood could recall seeing Stansbury in the last 20 years. An orange juice bottle found wrapped up in the plastic with Stansbury’s body had an expiration date of 2003, but forensic specialists think the garbage may have wormed its way into the plastic years after the woman’s death.

“It appears (Bergmeier) couldn’t let go (of her mother),” a neighbor said. “This woman always had excuses as to where (Stansbury) might be. As time went on, people just stopped asking.”

A neighbor told authorities she thought something had happened to Bergmeier when she called after “The Young and the Restless” went off the air Feb. 7 and no one answered.

Another neighbor said Bergmeier became a loner after her husband died in 1989.

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Old Geezer

March 10th, 2011
1:48 pm

One person’s garbage filled hoard is another person’s burial plot.


March 10th, 2011
3:25 pm

Reminds me of the movie Psycho…

Martha Stewart

March 10th, 2011
4:20 pm

That picture cannot really be the hoarder’s home? How could the neighbors not notice a landfill next door?


March 10th, 2011
6:03 pm

So, she kept her mom’s corpse? Sounds quite normal to me…


March 10th, 2011
6:45 pm

It’s really poor taste for you to put a picture of a garbage dump in the caption for this story. These hoarders have real psychological issues, and comparing their compulsion to a garbage dump is really poor taste.


March 10th, 2011
7:03 pm

Another example of people being afraid to get involved, ask questions, help so we just look the other way. Very sad.


March 10th, 2011
7:06 pm

I save my feces, but otherwise I’m quite normal.


March 10th, 2011
7:33 pm

I wish I still had my Momma.


March 10th, 2011
8:36 pm

My mother is always with me. I ate her. I beat the kids with the bones and have made a suit with the skin. Don’t judge me.

the spirit moves

March 10th, 2011
9:00 pm

Hoarders are so precious, they treasure all of life’s little wonders!

martha stewart

March 10th, 2011
10:27 pm

martha stewart

March 10th, 2011
10:28 pm

I’m so stoned I feel like a corpse wrapped in ganja


March 11th, 2011
12:00 am

My in-laws were “hoarders”; we just called them slobs. They never threw away anything. Old plastic Coke bottles, broken flower pots, old metal STOP sign posts, old rusted shovels they bought at yard sales. You name it, they had it. Did the dishes about once a week. For them it started around retirement really bad. The kids were gone and lived in other states. Got so bad that after a few years we just stopped visiting. They lived in Conn. They had to come see us if they wanted to visit. Cleaning out their house literally took weeks and dozens of trips to the town dump. Funny thing though..our house is spotless with a place for everything. We are very happy!

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March 11th, 2011
7:26 am

Some of you are just idiots! The picture shown is what happens after a hoarder collects too much stuff. The residence is deemed uninhabitable and a danger (no kidding!) and is condemned. Then they bring in the bulldozers. This is what is left – landfill looking, once the roof,walls etc of the house are gone.
Do you never watch the show hoarders? It is fascinating, yet gross. My Mother-in-law had the propensity for this, but it just turned out she was dang lazy. I think a lot of these cases is just severe laziness, with a smothering of psycho on top.


March 11th, 2011
7:47 am

Which is more entertaining this story about the hoarder or the comments that follow – thanks for giving me something good to read while I drink my coffee on a Friday morning!


March 11th, 2011
8:41 am

Very poorly written article. Seriously? Good god…what is this world of journalism and coming to?


March 11th, 2011
8:41 am

Typo…What is this world of journalism coming to…? ha!


March 11th, 2011
9:03 am

There’s a country song in there somewhere.

The Big Bopper

March 11th, 2011
9:14 am

These hoarders have real psychological issues, and comparing their compulsion to a garbage dump is really poor taste.

I see. So comparing their “compulsion”, which involves collecting garbage (or far, far worse in some cases) is “in really poor taste”, but keeping a mummified body in your home is not?

Right. WTF??


March 11th, 2011
9:31 am

There has got to be a better way to stop these HOARDERS. Babying them just does not work.


March 11th, 2011
9:31 am

BFD, I save my belly button lint in a jar…about half full so far.


March 11th, 2011
9:45 am

Hannibal, sisceriona, I’m watching you…..


March 11th, 2011
9:47 am

You are right, Joseph. Perhaps they should have photoshopped a gravestone in the photo.


March 11th, 2011
10:16 am

So is this house in foreclosure? I’m looking to diversify and I’m considering rental properties. Seems like a nice place and it’s already being advertised.


March 11th, 2011
10:29 am

I want to see A&E Hoarders deal with that one!

Norman Bates

March 11th, 2011
10:30 am

“Relatives cleaning up after a deceased hoarder in St. Louis found the mummified body of the hoarder’s mother wrapped in plastic and a curtain.”

So, um…does this mean that keeping mother around is a bad thing? If I bury her who’ll help me run the motel?

J-Dog 62

March 11th, 2011
10:33 am

I have to agree with the Big Bopper by saying ” Whiskey Tango Foxtrot” this story is so sad. It is a shame that some people end up this way or are this way all their lives. We check on our neighbors
on a regular basis,and we tell them that if they need us for anything do not hesitate to call us.

Barbara Winslow

March 11th, 2011
1:58 pm

Never–NEVER– drink orange juice past the pull date; it’s just not worth it!