Only people dead inside could watch Hoarders and simply say, "they crazy!" Sure, there's insanity on parade, but by the end of most episodes, after all the human excrement has been shoveled away, there's usually nothing left but sympathy. For the sufferers. For their families. And especially for the poor Joes brought in to "extreme clean" these dens of disgusting.
But last night's season finale pretty much replaced all of that empathy with unshakable shock. In an epic outing of icky proportions, we met a man who hoarded live rats — more than 1,000 of them! — to make up for the pain of losing his wife. Sorry, that's not sad, that's something out of a damn horror movie. It's also apparently unsafe for the rats. Now, do you understand how twisted a sitch has to be to make rodents the underdogs?! And we're not talking Ratatouille-caliber cuties. These were like those hantavirus specials roaming New York. Yet there we were, feeling bad for the vermin who deserved better than the tragic conditions of their stanky captivity.
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