2017-08-09 / Front Page

Grandson Charged With Choking Granny To Death

By Liz Goff
A 30-yer-old Ridgewood man who lived for five months with his grandmother’s decomposing body was charged last week with choking the elderly woman to death, prosecutors said.

Christopher Fuhrer, who was charged in October 2016 with improper body disposal, removing a body without a permit and failure to report a death is now facing additional counts of second-degree manslaughter’ recklessly causing the death of another person and concealment of a human corpse in the May 20, 2016 death of 85-year-old Erika Kraus-Breslin in her home at 67-08 65th Street in Ridgewood.
Police responding to a daughter’s request for a wellness check on her elderly mother’s Ridgewood home made a grisly discovery on October 5, 2016.
Fuhrer led police to a second-floor bedroom where they found the remains of Erika Kraus-Breslin, handcuffed and stuffed in 16 plastic garbage bags. The body was stashed in a corner of the bedroom, near a fan and surrounded by air fresheners to mask the odor, police said.
“The guy admitted right away that his grandmother died on May 21, and he never called 911 or family members,” a police source said. “He said he was afraid he would be forced to leave the home after she died.” Cops said the grandmother gave Fuhrer a place to live when he was 17, unemployed and with no place to call home.
Fuhrer told investigators he last saw his grandmother alive on May 21, when he went to her bedroom and turned her over to relieve painful bedsores, a police source said. Fuhrer said he found the woman dead when he went to check on her the next day.
Prosecutors said Fuhrer allegedly had “reckless contact” with Kraus-Breslin on May 21, 2016, compressing her neck and resulting in her death.
Fuhrer spent almost five months living with his dead grandmother’s decomposing corpse, which he stuffed into 16 trash bags and stashed in a second-floor bedroom at the home, prosecutors said.

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