WBEZ | hoarding http://www.wbez.org/tags/hoarding Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en 2 died trying to escape cluttered Pekin home http://www.wbez.org/news/2-died-trying-escape-cluttered-pekin-home-104929 <p><p>PEKIN, Ill. &mdash; Fire officials in central Illinois say an elderly couple likely succumbed to smoke inhalation as fire gutted their cluttered home.</p><p>The Pekin Daily Times <a href="http://bit.ly/ZSVh0c" target="_blank">reports</a> that 79-year-old Sam Garland and 75-year-old Barbara Garland died Sunday in a Pekin home that was packed with items due to her hoarding habit.</p><p>Pekin Fire Department Assistant Chief Brian Cox says the combination of heat, smoke and virtual walls of junk that met firefighters at the home&#39;s doors made rescue efforts impossible.</p><p>Authorities say the home&#39;s main floor and ceiling collapsed in flames, sending tons of debris into the basement. The Garlands&#39; bodies were later found in the basement.</p></p> Tue, 15 Jan 2013 08:53:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/2-died-trying-escape-cluttered-pekin-home-104929 Suburban Chicago bird hoarder pleads not guilty http://www.wbez.org/news/suburban-chicago-bird-hoarder-pleads-not-guilty-104192 <p><p>AURORA, Ill.&nbsp; &mdash; The defense attorney for an Aurora man who house was found filled with nearly 500 birds says that weeks later there are still birds in the residence.</p><p>Defense attorney Roderick Mallison said Tuesday that there are still birds inside the Aurora home that David Skeberdis &quot;has not been able to capture yet.&quot; Skerberdis pleaded not guilty Tuesday to one count of misdemeanor animal hoarding. Authorities discovered in October that his home was filled with hundreds of birds. It also contained mounds of garbage, bird feces and bird seed.</p><p>The <a href="http://bit.ly/R5v3cB" target="_blank">Daily Herald reports</a> that the 57-year-old Skeberdis&#39; town house has been condemned. The house held finches, canaries, parakeets along with 120 dead birds.</p><p>Skerberdis has acknowledges his bird collecting got out of control.</p></p> Tue, 04 Dec 2012 16:10:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/suburban-chicago-bird-hoarder-pleads-not-guilty-104192 Charges filed against Aurora bird hoarder http://www.wbez.org/news/charges-filed-against-aurora-bird-hoarder-103716 <p><p>Misdemeanor animal hoarding charges have been filed against an Aurora man whose home was filled with more than 400 birds.</p><p>The DuPage County state&#39;s attorney&#39;s office said Tuesday that 57-year-old David Skerberdis was ordered to appear in court Dec. 4.</p><p>The charges come after Aurora authorities last month investigated a report of multiple birds visible in Skerberdis&#39; home.</p><p>Authorities say that along with 478 birds, Skerberdis&#39; home contained mounds of garbage, bird feces and bird seed, and had potentially hazardous mold counts.</p><p>Skerberdis started collecting birds seven years ago, and he acknowledges his bird collecting got out of control.</p><p>Skerberdis could face six months in county jail if convicted of the hoarding charges.</p></p> Wed, 07 Nov 2012 09:27:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/charges-filed-against-aurora-bird-hoarder-103716 The poetry of consumption – and hoarding http://www.wbez.org/series/dynamic-range/poetry-consumption-%E2%80%93-and-hoarding-102276 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/hoarders%20flickr.jpg" style="height: 620px; width: 620px; " title="Why do some of us have so much stuff? (Flickr/BuzzFarmers)" /></div><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="http://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F59070057&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Kristin LaTour&rsquo;s mother-in-law owned seven crockpots. Varying in age and size and dating back to the 1970s, they represented not just the woman&rsquo;s love of slow-cooked stews, but her proclivity to collect beyond the point of reasonableness. &nbsp;</p><p>Of course, as <a href="http://www.kristinlatour.com/">the Chicago poet</a> tells the story, she and her husband did not know this crockery awaited them, along with piles and piles of other domestic items, when they went to clean out their recently deceased family member&rsquo;s house. Luckily LaTour was somewhat prepared. &ldquo;I&rsquo;ve lived with hoarders,&rdquo; she told an audience at Chicago&rsquo;s Woman Made Gallery, speaking of her own mother and grandmother. &ldquo;So I&rsquo;ve been thinking about this a lot.&rdquo;</p><p>The result is an untitled poem that is equal parts family memory and an episode of&nbsp;<em>Hoarders:</em></p><p style="margin-left:.5in;"><em>My grandmother saw fit in her unfitness<br />To stock her used tissues neatly into folder squares<br />And tuck them into bedroom and kitchen drawers</em></p><p style="margin-left:.5in;"><em>A bag full of cake mixes from the 1960s in a bedroom closet<br />A cabinet of jam leaking sticky black in the basement<br /><br />We sift through debris of empty jeweler&rsquo;s boxes<br />Empty, unopened bottles of perfume<br />And in our sighs, knowing, she was always this crazy</em></p><p>You can hear LaTour&rsquo;s funny, moving read of the poem in the audio above.</p><p><a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/dynamic-range"><em>Dynamic Range&nbsp;</em></a><em>showcases hidden gems unearthed from Chicago Amplified&rsquo;s vast archive of public events and appears on weekends. Kristin LaTour spoke at an event presented by Woman Made Gallery in June. Click</em>&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/amplified/culture-consumption%E2%80%94poetry-reading-100155"><em>here</em></a>&nbsp;<em>to hear the event in its entirety.&nbsp;</em></p></p> Sat, 08 Sep 2012 06:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/dynamic-range/poetry-consumption-%E2%80%93-and-hoarding-102276