First time public was aware of Hoarders. 1947: The Collyer brothers were wealthy and eccentric. Here their brownstone building is searched by NYC police after their bodies were found amid 130 tons of trash they had hoarded. It appeared that Langley had been crawling through their newspaper tunnel to bring food to his paralyzed brother & one of his own booby traps fell down & crushed him. Homer, blind, paralyzed & dependent on his brother, starved to death.