Collyer Brothers

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During the 20th century, just what exactly did these two brothers accomplish? Absolutely nothing.
—Cover page

The Brothers Nobody Knew: Collyer Brothers (誰も知らない兄弟『コリヤー兄弟』 Dare mo Shiranai Kyōdai "Koriyā-Kyōdai") is the third chapter of The Lives of Eccentrics series, written by Hirohiko Araki and illustrated by Hirohisa Onikubo. It was originally published in the second issue of Manga Allman in 2002.

Summary

The story narrates the life of the Collyer Brothers: Homer (born 1881) and Langley (born 1885). Although they attained notoriety, they accomplished exactly nothing of note except hoarding goods in their home.

Their life is narrated through a series of interview. A seller recalls selling to the Langley a car although he doesn't know what Langley did with the car afterwards. An old woman named Ms. Bender recalled that she was engaged to Homer but that he abruptly ended their relationship. A real estate agent explains how the Collyer brothers lived in Harlem which was then a rich neighbourhood, but that the influx of black people drove the elite away. One of Langley's old classmate then tells that the Collyer brothers' father, a doctor, abandoned his family. This caused the brothers to disconnect themselves from the world. Finally, a shopkeeper narrates how he dealt with the brothers and used to sell them more than a hundred oranges each week to cure Homer's blindness; Langley then stopped buying oranges and bought newspapers instead.

It is revealed that the interviewers are a duo of burglars who are interested in the Collyer brothers and their family fortune. Convinced that the brothers are hiding a huge fortune despite their strange way of life, the leader decides to sneak in the house with his acolyte. After breaking the front door open, the burglars find the way barred by a mass of furnitures, which the leader interprets as a barricade against intruders. With all the windows barred and the backdoor blocked, the burglar must find a way through the furniture.

The acolyte finds a tunnel behind a drawer but it is revealed to be a trap coverd in cacti. When they finally cross the first barrier, the acolyte finds a dollar bill on the floor but when he tries to pick it up, his finger is bitten by a rat that was trapped under the bill. Angered, the acolyte decides to go first in a tight passage just so he can reach the Collyer brothers first and avenger himself. However, he steps on a piano key he triggers another trap and an ice pick pierces his leg and he eats a couple of firecrackers that explode in his mouth. As the acolyte gesticulates, he triggers another trap and is covered in a flammable liquid. It explodes, but the leader manages to survive and reach the Collyer brothers' room. However, when he opens the door, he discovers the corpse of Homer before he's crushed by a car.

When the police finally investigated the house, they found Homer's corspe and determined that he had died of starvation. For his part, Langley had been killed by one of his traps. The value of all their possessions was estimated to be 100,000 dollars from the sales of their property and the money was given to a relative.

For unknown reason, the story jumps to a doctor who recalls an incident in which a man had to see her wife die from diabetes. To preserve his tranquility, he hid his wife's death and buried her beneath his house. He wasn't found out until years afterwards.

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