Homer Lusk Collyer (November 6, 1881 – March 21, 1947) and Langley Collyer (October 3, 1885 – March 1947) were two American brothers who because compulsive hoarders, and hermits.
The brothers are often cited as an example of compulsive hoarding associated with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), as well as disposophobia or Collyer brothers syndrome, a fear of throwing anything away. For decades, rumors concerning the rarely-seen, unemployed men and their home at 2078 Fifth Avenue at the corner of 128th Street, in Manhattan. They obsessively scoured garbage piles for newspapers, books, furniture, and many other items. They protected their hoard with booby-traps in corridors and doorways of their home, to protect against intruders.
Both were found dead in their Harlem brownstone, surrounded by their100 tons of rubbish that they had amassed over several decades.