CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: Season 11, Episode 5

House of Hoarders (21 Oct. 2010)

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Nick accidentally stumbles upon a badly decomposing dead body in the home of a mother with a severe hoarding disorder, but that is only the first of a number of grisly surprises the team finds in the house.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Catherine Willows (credit only)
David Hodges (credit only)
Dr. Priscilla Prescott
Mrs. Marta Santiago
Julian Santiago
Alisa Santiago


After stench complaints from the neighbors, the home of pathological hoarder Marta Santiago, who was ordered by the court to vacate the premises in a few days, helped by one daughter, it's searched. Nick's shoes become evidence by stepping into a terribly decomposing corpse, later identified as the missing other daughter. After everything is thoroughly searched, more remains are found while the team and a psychologist look into the dysfunctional family, which also includes son Julian Santiago. Written by KGF Vissers

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It is said that the victims died of arsenic poisoning, and eventually the source of the arsenic (rat poison) was found in the house.

However, on the cans of poison it says "brodifacoum". Brodifacoum is an organic compound devoid of arsenic, related to naturally occurring coumarin and its semi-synthetic derivatives like warfarin, which are more or less potent anticoagulants. Arsenic is a metalloid element that can be found in elemental form, alloys, and organic or inorganic compounds, in a variety of industries and uses, and its main mode of causing poisoning in the body is inhibition of ATP synthesis. See more »


Sara Sidle: Take a left at the sewing machine and a right by the Mason Jars.
Greg Sanders: [looking around] Which sewing machine?
Sara Sidle: Just follow the North Star!
[Shines her torch on the ceiling]
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Serious Cleaning Issues
21 December 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Have you ever been in a house in which the occupants hoard a bunch of things? I have - once - and I never went back. It was too freaky. You could hardly find space to walk in their house.

That's the case in this episode, except a lot worse than I experienced. Included in this woman's house of junk were two dead bodies! This turns out to be a story with a lot of family "issues," starting, of course, with the woman who lives in the house. Among the dead is a daughter of the woman. She's been dead a week and doesn't smell or look too good. "Nick" is the first to discover the body. He, "Sara" and "Greg" are the main CSI agents working the case, which gets more and more bizarre as it goes along.

However, I found it pretty fascinating. What some mentally-ill people do can be interesting, I say that just as a statement of fact, certainly not deriding anyone's condition. It's actually pathetic....and very sad.

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