Minnesota Man Lived with His Dead Brother and Mother for A Year

For over a year, Robert James Kuefler, a 60-year-old man from White Bear Lake, Minnesota, has been living with the decaying bodies of his 58-year-old twin brother, Richard John Kuefler, and 92-year-old mother, Evelyn Lucille Kuefler.

According to Mr. Kuefler, when both of his relatives died from natural causes in the same year, he couldn’t bring himself to move their bodies or tell anyone about his loss. "I was traumatized," he told The Associated Press. "What would you do?"

In a prepared statement, Dale Hager, the Captain of White Bear Police Department, announced that Mr. Kuefler – who repositioned the lifeless bodies of his family members – had been charged with interference of a dead body or scene of death.

Family members of Mr. Kuefler’s brother and mother noticed the lack of contact and began sending letters to the family home. Close to Christmas, Mr. Kuefler sent back letters – signed with his mother and brother’s signatures – to his relatives, telling them that ‘they’ were in poor health and had not been able to write or talk on the phone for the last few months.

Mr. Kuefler’s deception was only discovered when his neighbors noticed that there had been very little activity around Ms. Kuefler’s home and reported their suspicions to the police. According to the St. Paul Pioneer Press, the White Bear Police Department dispatched officers to the house when they received a report that the backyard was overgrown.

When the police officers entered the Kuefler home, they were met with a shocking sight: the mummified remains of Mr. Kuefler’s brother and the skeletal remains of his mother. Unsurprisingly, the police officers immediately suspected Mr. Kuefler of murdering his relatives and covering up the crime.

However, Mr. Kuefler, who works as a maintenance worker, insisted that Evelyn and Richard had died from natural causes. "I am not some nut ball," said Mr. Kuefler during a telephone interview. "People think I am, but I'm not. I loved them." After he refused to confess to murder, medical examiners finalized their results and sent them to the police department.

Unbelievably, the medical examiner reports showed that Mr. Kuefler’s mother and father had died from natural causes. At this stage, it remains unknown what actually caused the pair’s deaths.

While Mr. Kuefler’s mother was dead, he noticed that social security and disability checks had continued to be deposited into Evelyn’s account. However, although he was confident that no one knew about his mother’s death, Mr. Kuefler refused to cash out any of the money.

Federal authorities are currently investigating this claim, but so far, they are confident that he is telling the truth.

Nevertheless, White Bear Police Department still intends to file charges against Mr. Kuefler. "This is our way of introducing this case onto the court," said Captain Hager. "We do believe his actions violated the law. Moving the body of his brother disrupted the death scene…We're depending on our partners in the court system to make a good decision."

Source: WSBTV, Click On Detroit
Photos: Ramsey County Sheriff's Office, YouTube, Pixabay, Karen Neoh/Flickr

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