Who was William Wedell? NYC man found dead with mother played a role in Woody Allen's 'Crimes and Misdemeanors'

The 64-year-old William was identified by his sister. Their mother, 95-year-old Agnes was found on the couch while William was found in his bed in their luxury apartment by authorities


                            Who was William Wedell? NYC man found dead with mother played a role in Woody Allen's 'Crimes and Misdemeanors'
It is not believed by authorities that there was any 'foul play' and there is a medical examiner already investigating the cause of William and Agnes' death (Getty Images)

MANHATTAN, NEW YORK: On Saturday, January 30, the bodies of a 95-year-old woman and her 64-year-old son were found in NYC. The mother and son were found in their apartment and were discovered when a family member alerted the cops after she was unable to get in touch with them. According to Daily Mail, it is "believed" that the mother had died before her son who had been dead for 48 hours (two days). On Sunday, January 31, the mother and son were identified as William Wedell and Agnes Wedell.

What happened to William Wedell and Agnes Wedell?

The bodies of William and Agnes were found in their apartment which is reportedly in the Tate building at 535 West 23rd St, in the Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood. William, according to Daily Mail, was identified by his 61-year-old sister Julianna Wedel. Agnes was found on the couch and William was found in his bed in the luxury apartment.

Investigators reportedly believe Agnes had died a week before William, "at least". She showed signs of decomposition. William, according to authorities, died two days before the bodies were found. It was also revealed that it was a younger sister, Christine, who had called authorities for a wellness check because it was known that Agnes was not keeping well.

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Julianna told New York Post,  "My brother mentioned that our mother’s health was declining before the holidays. He said she wasn’t eating, sleeping more. So, we figured natural causes. My brother, that was the shocker!". She added, "He might have had a heart attack, we don’t know." She also revealed to the publication that a younger brother had died from a “hereditary kind of thing" — a congenital heart condition. 

As of now, according to Daily Mail, it is not believed by authorities that there was any "foul play", and there is a medical examiner already investigating the cause of William and Agnes' death. “We’re still waiting to hear back from the medical examiner. He said they would contact us when they found the cause,” Juliana had told The New York Post.

While one unidentified neighbor first thought was Covid-19, another neighbor said, "The police were here but there was no sense of anything sinister, they were so matter-of-fact about everything." 

William was taking care of his mother while they lived together and his sister revealed that he would be doing errands such as grocery shopping. “They were kind of like the mother and son that were connected at the hip. They’ve lived together in that apartment for about 20, 25 years," Julianna told the Daily News.

“When he spoke to my sister, he wasn’t coughing or mentioning any issues. He was tending to my mother, doing the shopping and all that, so maybe he was exposed. We really don’t know," she added.

Juliana revealed that Christine had gotten worried. "She texted him and she said, ‘Bill if we don’t hear from you, we’re going to do a wellness check." While Christine did try to get the super to open her brother's and mother's apartment on Friday, he was not able to enter the apartment. So, the police were called the next day.

Who was William Wedell?

William, according to family members, was an actor and had a small role in Woody Allen's 1989 film 'Crimes and Misdemeanors' and 'It Could Happen to You' that starred Nicholas Cage. William had moved to the Big Apple in the 1980s where he had worked as a waiter, revealed Juliana.

She also said that after Willliam moved from Chicago to Manhattan in order to start his career in acting, his mother had followed him there. Agnes had moved from Illinois to live with William, 12 years prior. They had been living in that apartment in which they were found for decades.

Woody Allen and Alan Alda in 'Crimes and Misdemeanors' (IMDb)

William, who is called Bill by his family, was proud to get his card as a member of the Screen Actors Guild, "it was his dream", said his sister. Describing her brother as "quite the character," she added, "A lot of people go to New York to be actors, and it doesn’t work out for everyone. But to read about his acting accomplishments in the paper, he would like that. It will make him smile up in heaven."

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