Hoarder found dead under piles of garbage

A Texas man’s home was stuffed with so much garbage it took five days to find his body, police say.

Police went to the home of 67-year-old Skip Bynum after he missed church, but there was so much debris in the home they couldn’t find him, reports The Dallas Morning News.

Search dogs were initially unable to locate Bynum, potentially because of the competing odors from the bodies of two dogs and a raccoon. A Chihuahua was found alive.

Searchers cut holes in the roof to gain access to rooms blocked by 12-foot high mounds of refuse that contained milk jugs full of urine.

A search dog found the body days after a cleanup crew was hired by the city to clear the home.

Neighbors, now worried about an invasion by an “army of rats,” never complained about the home’s condition. In 2012, city officials visited three times to tell Bynum to mow his grass and he did.

A former friend described Bynum as a “a jovial little guy” who liked model trains and had trouble parting with stuff.

The mother of a woman who lived across the street said, “It’s just a very sad thing to think this was going on. The outside of the house looks manageably kept.”

She said no one wanted to meddle in his life or get him in trouble.

“It’s pretty hard in this country,” Ann Thrasher said, “to know when you should intercede and when you’re being nosy or interfering with people’s lives.”

Why do people hoard possessions until they can no longer use their home?

Research suggests only about 18 percent of hoarders have an obsessive compulsive disorder. Brain scans indicate hoarders place too much value on their possessions and face anxiety whenever trying to make decisions on what to toss or keep.

A health article on Time.com says “it’s not that hoarders are slobs or obsessive collectors. Rather, it’s that they have problems making the kinds of decisions about their stuff that others would consider reasonable.”

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21 comments Add your comment

BenDaho

March 31st, 2014
9:51 am

He may not have had O.C.D. but there was something definitely wrong with the dude.

gadem

March 31st, 2014
10:01 am

very sad that he had no one to check on him. I wonder how long he had been dead.

Maude

March 31st, 2014
10:38 am

Jugs full of urine shows something he was lazy as well as a hoarder. Yes nthere was something very wrong with his mental state.

The Geezer

March 31st, 2014
11:21 am

Some people have more trouble than most dealing with anxiety and will utilize unhealthy behavior to avoid encountering it. Avoiding anxiety is one of the major reasons for illegal drug use.

bloodbike

March 31st, 2014
12:10 pm

Wow. No words can explain how sad this is. I actually think my daughter (19 years of age) has some tendencies towards this now. I’ve been working with her concerning how she tends to keep so much stuff in her room and her closets that should either be thrown away or giving to Goodwell. She leaves for college pretty after this summer and I plan on getting rid of so much stuff its not even funny.

Dolly

March 31st, 2014
12:15 pm

@bloodbike: I hope your daughter gets it under control. Dorm rooms are really tiny and her future roommate(s) may not be happy having a roommate who can’t throw anything away.

MrLiberty

March 31st, 2014
12:45 pm

1892 Veterans have committed suicide so far this year. Seems like a far more important headline than some dead hoarder.

Maybe if we brought all of the troops home to actually defend America instead of fighting wars to promote the interests of the oil, banking, natural resources, and big business cartels for a change we wouldn’t be throwing away so many human lives for the sake of nothing. Surely there has to be a better way than the way we are going.

bulls_3y3

March 31st, 2014
12:52 pm

Mr Liberty: it’s called 9/11 where our citizens, financial center, military and government were attacked, killed and destroyed. That is defending America!!!

DawgNole

March 31st, 2014
12:53 pm

There are MANY betters ways to “actually defend America,” Mr. Liberty. Politics/politicians, disgustingly, prevent our country from implementing them.

Dwayne

March 31st, 2014
1:28 pm

Mr.Liberty drives an import.

Hidden Agenda

March 31st, 2014
1:37 pm

I think Mr. Liberty hit the nail on the head.

The last time I checked, 9/11 happened because we have been meddling in the middle east for the past 100 years, overthrowing governments against the popular will of the people, propping up dictators, imposing sanctions that killed 1.5 million people, and otherwise not taking care of issues at home. I certainly don’t see how destroying and occupying Afghanistan has anything to do with a crime that (if you believe the story) was committed by folks from Saudi Arabia. And Iraq certainly had nothing to do with 9/11 despite all the lies and suggestions from Dick Cheney to the contrary.

You didn’t see a lot of suicides from the WW2 veterans because they had good reason to see their fight as just. Can’t understand why anyone would view our wars since WW2 as anything other than global adventurism against sovereign nations that never did us any harm.

Bernie31

March 31st, 2014
1:46 pm

why is it when you see the faces of these WAFFLE HOUSE Lovers, they always are GOOBERS! why is that? Filthy and disgusting…always Rural Americans with Families.

what is going on with GOOBERS of America? If that had some Obamacare they would get some Care and treatment.

DawgNole

March 31st, 2014
1:58 pm

Co-sign with “Hidden Agenda” and “MrLiberty.”

Well said–and painfully true.

Tim

March 31st, 2014
3:37 pm

I’m very confused how an article about a hoarder dying elicits comments about 9/11 and defending America.

Bumper

March 31st, 2014
4:15 pm

I completely agree with Mr. Liberty – we need to bring our troops home to actually defend America.

Instead of traipsing around in some third world country that loathes us and that will destabilize the moment they leave, the troops could be deployed along our southern border to defend the United States against the influx of illegal aliens.

MrLiber

March 31st, 2014
4:34 pm

MrLiberty

March 31st, 2014
4:43 pm

Tim- because George also posts links to other stories, one of which I certainly felt was more worth talking about than a dead hoarder. The links are at the bottom of his story. Clearly I touched a nerve and exposed the significant dichotomy in thought regarding the use of our military.

TimB

March 31st, 2014
5:32 pm

I understand, Mr. Liberty. I guess I just wouldn’t be tempted to change the course of a discussion just because I didn’t like the topic.

Brace4impactz

March 31st, 2014
8:30 pm

I had a neighbor who was a hoarder. Really nice guy, could fix anything, and collected everything. Most of the other neighbors isolated and avoided him. I only went in his house once (helping him install a large appliance) and I remember feeling sadness. He obviously had issues, but for me it was difficult not to like him.

Waiting for Hedley

March 31st, 2014
9:06 pm

I know two hoarders. Interesting people always have their quirks and are never boring.

GREY GHOST

March 31st, 2014
9:24 pm

Glad they got to the BOTTOM of this story.