Corpse in 'old lady clothes' found in...

Corpse in 'old lady clothes' found inside North Hollywood home

There are 55 comments on the LA Daily News story from Dec 2, 2008, titled Corpse in 'old lady clothes' found inside North Hollywood home. In it, LA Daily News reports that:

The house and yard were stuffed halfway to the ceiling with trash and inhabited by a 48-year-old man, 26 cats, three opossums and at least one raccoon.

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AV Steele

Perris, CA

#42 Dec 4, 2008
WOW! I used to play in a band with Rob Hunt about 15yrs ago,He was a nice guy back then but the house was a mess.We had band practice in the garage and was never let in the house.I remeber meeting his mother one time,she seemed to be a nice lady.
Poor guy! He is really messed up in the head.
Connie

Orange, CA

#43 Dec 4, 2008
Bob wrote:
must be an illegal immigrant! Only illegals do things like this right Kathy?
Bob you are an ignorant piece of work,,,
russ

Long Beach, CA

#44 Dec 4, 2008
I worked with Bob for many years, and he sure in hell isn't some psycho killer. Most of you don't have a f'ing clue as to what, or who, you are talking about. Please remember that this is a real person in a tragic situation you are talking about not just some 30 second blurb on the news.
Toronto News Reader

Mississauga, Canada

#45 Dec 4, 2008
Thank you AV Steele and russ for your posts. When news circulates like this it's hard not to be sucked in by the intrigue. It's reaffirming however to see that the people involved were just that, people, not just a headline.

I hope things work out for Mr. Hunt and the animals that he lived with.
Bureaucratic Mess

Pasadena, CA

#46 Dec 5, 2008
Rob Hunt was just a rocking guy who did his 9-to-5 and never hurt a flea and loves animals, huh?

I'm sorry, a man who allows his mother to waste away into death in a house filled to the ceiling with filth and feral cats, possums and rats is not somebody I'd allow around my kids or myself. He probably needs mental help because there is something very wrong about this.
Vivian

Fontana, CA

#47 Dec 5, 2008
I have a child at the school in front of that house,,,,yes the house was messy outside but not to the point how they describe it on the news,,Its a tragic story,, especially for "us" who live in the neighborhood. I lived in North Hollywood for 6 years our neighborhood is not as bad as most of this idiots in here claim. Does anyone remember that creep that was having sex with corpses at a hospital like 15 years ago, he was from Burbank. things like this can happen anywhere!
Johnny

Yorba Linda, CA

#48 Dec 6, 2008
I knew Rob in the late 70's early 80's. He was a good looking kid in those days.
There were bands on both sides of the block. The White house next door and
the one all the way at the other end Book ending the block. He played drums
in both. We called it "The Neighborhood". The sounds of U.F.O,Rush, KISS,Queen
and many others were played by the kids on that block exactly like the records.
Sometimes the bands played in Rob's living room. He did play in a band that enjoyed
moderate success in the late 80's which I will leave nameless. Rock & Roll is a dangerous
business. Especially for the practitioner. It takes no prisoners. Some of us
have passed on. Rob I guess has gone in his way.
Do not judge him. For the record a gentleman and great Drummer. He Rocked.
As for imminent domain of the L.A.U.S.D. there is a crime to write about. Running
people out of their homes.
Kenny R

Yuma, AZ

#49 Dec 7, 2008
I went to Jr. & Sr high with Bob Hunt. He was(seemed) to be a good guy. I pulled out my 1979 Grant High yearbook and found what he wrote.
It was nothing unusual, but he did leave his phone number after his sig and said "friends til the end". I guess that still would have been a good number after all of these years. I hope he gets help.
JLT

Van Nuys, CA

#50 Dec 9, 2008
I worked with Bob for several years and he was a sweet, genuinely good guy. I even continued to see him once in a while after our company closed. This man doted on his mother, who was disabled. He took care of her every day, called home when he was out to make sure she was okay. I remember him being frantic during the North Hollywood Bank Of America shootout because that was very close to their house.
This is not an evil man. Mentally ill, clearly, but not evil. His whole life was dedicated to caring for his mother. As far as I know, there was no other family. I can only imagine that when she died, he snapped. He must not have known what to do anymore.
I lost touch with Bob over five years ago, as did everyone else I know from that group of ours that continued to socialize after the company's closure. I wonder if perhaps all of his friends stopped calling and he retreated into his isolated house with his mother, becoming a recluse. I wonder if, had we continued to call, you would not be reading this story today. I wonder how much culpability I, and those like me, have in this situation.
Instead of judging a man you have never met, please take this moment to reflect upon the people in your life who may need help and are not receiving it. Sometimes the simplest gesture can save someone.
Old Friend

Granada Hills, CA

#51 Dec 9, 2008
As someone who has managed to stay in touch with Robert through the good times and bad (and quite recently the very bad) I can tell you that he is okay and not as far gone as one would think. The truth will come out that there was absolutely no foul play here but it will be buried on Page 26 of the newspaper. These are the times we live in and Rob will be the first one to be cynical about it.

This is a noble, good hearted guy who gave up work to take care of his mom instead of shoving her into a nursing home. For better or worse, she has always come first in his life, he took really care of her as he did seven of those cats (the rest are feral living on the property). He fed those cats before himself on a regular basis. Right or wrong, he loves animals more than people.

He simply shut down when she died of natural causes. There were no ulterior motives, no financial gain, just a man so consumed with grief that he was emotionally paralyzed by his situation. It was just the two of them so when she died, there wasn't a sister or a husband or anyone to help him through the grief process. Those of us who knew assumed everything was taken care of.

I am as shocked as anyone that he could live in the house with her corpse but know in my heart it was because he was so heartbroken he just couldn't deal. Now my heart is breaking because I know why I couldn't get him to file papers to put the house in his name before it was too late.

He probably suffers from Hoarding disorder and depression amongst other things. He is finally getting the help he needs and, by some miracle, friends are finally coming to support him after years of being out of touch. It does my heart some good to read some of the kind words written here and I know it means a lot to this incredibly gifted, intelligent man.

Oh yeah and for the record, I allow him around my kids and they love him as did many of the kids he scooped ice cream for at Rite Aid. You'd be lucky to meet anyone with his kind of integrity.
Monique

West Hollywood, CA

#52 Dec 11, 2008
First of all I want to thank all of the people/friends who are posting positive things about Robert. I have known Robert now for about 6 years & he is a dear friend of mine. I actually just saw him a few weeks ago before Thanksgiving. He is a great friend & would give the shirt off his back for anyone. My mother passed away about 4 years ago & Robert was there for me. He came to me about a year and half or two to tell me that his mother had passed away also. He was so upset & I was there for him as well. This situation made me think of all the times I saw something strange on t.v. & judged people, now it has happened to my friend. This was clearly a lesson for me to not judge people... you don't know them & or the situation. Just because the news is saying things doesn't mean you know all the facts.
For the person from Encino, if you know of Roberts where abouts, please let him know I'm here for him any time. I tried to call but his phone went directly to voice mail. I don't want him to be embarrassed or feel that I am no longer his friend. You seem to have more information & have been in contact with him, please tell him my thoughts are with him.
FYI; I have talked with someone who works as a fireman who knows for a fact that there was NO FOUL PLAY to all you people out there that seem to think u know what & who you're talking about.
kat

United States

#53 Dec 12, 2008
All you people posting how good Robert is are in denial. GOOD PEOPLE DO NOT live with a corpse. HELLO!!!!!!!!!!

He snapped. He was good, sane, supportive, etc at one time but once she died but the guy snapped and is NOT NORMAL any more. PERIOD!
Monique

West Hollywood, CA

#54 Dec 14, 2008
kat wrote:
All you people posting how good Robert is are in denial. GOOD PEOPLE DO NOT live with a corpse. HELLO!!!!!!!!!!
He snapped. He was good, sane, supportive, etc at one time but once she died but the guy snapped and is NOT NORMAL any more. PERIOD!
Did u even read my post???? Did I mention anything about it being normal????? NO, I DIDN'T! What gives u the right to judge ANYONE! Are u God? Shut the f up! What is it that we are in denial about? We are not pretending as if none of this happened. You have no right to judge someone you've never met or do not know. Let's talk about judging people...... you're an IDIOT!!!!! If people were talking smack about you or your family and they have never met you, what are YOU going to do? Well, then again, you might not do anything because that's probably the kind of person you are.... ooops, there i go again....judging, just like you. Get a life loser!
Old Friend

Granada Hills, CA

#55 Dec 18, 2008
Monique, please don't feed the troll. Thanks for your posts and your friendship, I know it means a lot to Robert.
Rite-aid Ice Cream Lover

North Hollywood, CA

#56 Oct 25, 2013
Wow, to see all these comments coming from people who have no idea who this man is.
When I was younger, I would see him almost everyday.
Rite-aid was always the best place for ice cream in the area.
He would always greet me with a smile and would always ask how my family is doing.
How dare any of you judge someone you don't know.
He simply just shutdown from the death, not everyone knows how to grief, jerks!

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