Thomas Bednar was arrested and charged yesterday after the discovery of 78-year-old Judy Bednar’s body inside her Chelsea home about 10.30am.
Homicide Squad detectives arrested the 53-year-old man near his home, which was in close proximity to his mother’s house.
CCTV from Ms Bednar’s home has revealed tense conversations between the mother and son.
“Hello Judy, I would like to know why you lied last year to say I was crazy,” Mr Bedner said in a video of one of their last altercations.
“She slams the door in my face and walks away.”
Mr Bednar is an only child and previously worked as a taxi driver and published a book.
A diagnosed schizophrenic, he lived alone, 750 metres from his mother.
Ms Bednar’s neighbours have expressed their sadness at the loss of the Holocaust survivor.
“She was a nice lady,” family friend Ilana Cohen told 9News.
“My heart breaks for what happened to her, that’s terrible.”
9News has confirmed Ms Bednar had asked police for protection a week before her death.
She’d shared vision captured on her CCTV over concerns for her safety.
Her son refused to face a magistrate in an after hours court hearing last night.