Neighbors say they thought three elderly brothers who shared a home in Seattle were weird but harmless. What police have found in the home, however, suggests that the Emery brothers were extremely disturbed and potentially dangerous individuals. Police say former Seattle Children's Hospital janitor Charles Emery, 82; Thomas Emery, 80; and Edwin Emery, 79; were arrested after a relative found obscene materials while cleaning out their garage and called authorities. Police say they searched the home the brothers have shared since 1962 and found a vast amount of child pornography, along with girls' underwear and notes about the "kidnapping, torturing, raping, and murdering of young girls," the Seattle Times reports.
Police say the relative who contacted them said two of the brothers had abused her and another relative as a child, the Washington Post reports. Authorities say Edwin Emery was investigated after "child erotica" was found on a computer he brought in for repair in 2013 but he was never charged, despite the fact that he admitted to abusing two female relatives. Seattle Police Capt. Mike Edwards says the writings found in the brothers' extremely cluttered home "express desires to kill children." KIRO 7 reports that police are now investigating whether the brothers acted on those desires, looking into possible links to missing-persons cases and digging around the home.