This couple from Ohio had been working on the renovation of their ‘40s home when they stumbled upon the unthinkable. They were done with the first and second stories of the house, but it was time for them to work on the basement now. They had no clue what was waiting for them down there.
Demolition In Progress
They felt intrigued by the thing that they found after hacking at the plywood. However, it did not even occur to them that their discovery would mean launching a federal investigation. What did they find?
They began to hack away at the walls of the room. This was when the husband found graffiti all over the room. Even from the very beginning, this part of the house offered them a lot of surprises.
A House Full Of Secrets
The homeowner could not believe what he was looking at when he pulled at the wallpaper. He was shocked by the drawings and writings all over the surface. This was only the beginning for them.
Stuck In The Ceiling
They found something lodged between the ceiling and subfloor. He looked at it closely, but it was hard since the object was stuck between the rafters. He had to use his courage and strength to retrieve it.
Found Something Strange
The homeowner had not been paying all that much attention to the surroundings. He just kept working hard, cleaning the area, and hammering through it all. He made sure to use his camera to document it.
Parts of the walls had been demolished when he began to take down the ceiling as well. As he kept going, he found an incredible secret. He would later notice a huge thing up there. It was a suitcase!
Waiting For The Reveal
It was green and grey. Someone must have stored it there so that no one else would find it. He took it down but felt astonished by how heavy it was. What could be inside a suitcase like this one?
One Heavy Suitcase
His gut told him that he must proceed with caution. He started to get feverish just because he felt excited by what hidden treasures were hiding there. He took a deep breath and decided to keep going.
The Big Reveal
He called his wife about this discovery and waited for her to come home. He did not want his significant other to miss out on something like this. Aside from that, it was good to have a companion just in case.
What Could Be Inside?
Someone went through great pains to keep this suitcase hidden. But why? As he waited for his wife to return home, he started to survey the suitcase. He had no idea why it was this heavy.
Big Dreams In A Little Suitcase
It was rather small, but the mysteries hidden inside it must have been huge. He started to dwell on what was hiding inside the luggage. Without a doubt, it must be something super important or valuable.
Maybe It was Nothing
It was mind-boggling for him to find something like this. Of course, he was excited to see what was hiding inside the suitcase. As soon as his wife got home, he told her everything that he knew.
We bet it felt just like Christmas for this guy. He was finally going to unwrap something as special as this discovery. Together, they talked about what possibilities there were. What was inside this box?
Would they find cash? Jewelry? Cards? This renovator tried to lower expectations. Maybe it was full of old sports cards. It turns out that this was nowhere near the mark. What he found there will shock you.
Unwrapping The Mystery
The couple opened it together, but it was not like anything seemed off. They only saw wads of rectangular objects wrapped in wax paper. By then, it was still one big mystery to the husband and wife.
Full of Money
It was when they took out the bundles that it all clicked for them. They began to unwrap the wax papers they saw inside the suitcase. They were holding these things in their hands, but what were they?
Speechless Over The Money
He began to peel away the waxy material. That was when he realized that it was money! The bundle was actually a big stuck of $20 bills. This was only the first bundle among the bunch. Whoa.
So Much Cash
They looked at the bills even more and realized that they were old. They could not believe just how much cash there was inside. Who could have put all the money in there? And why?
And More Money
“These are all twenties! There may be a couple thousand here! We are freaking out at this point,” the later told journalists. “This doesn’t happen to us! What do we do? Where are the cameras?”
They were both eager to start unwrapping the rest of the wads. Were they going to find the same thing all over again? Did they see anything even more valuable? The woman and man looked on in awe.
At First, It Was Funny
They hoped to at least find the same thing with the other bundles. Excitedly, they started to peel away the layers of wax paper. This time, they did not find $20 bills but $50 and $100 bills instead. Whoa.
“The second package didn’t have any twenties. It was all fifties! What is going on here? There could be 5 grand here! Wait! The third package is 100s! This is out of control!” he later said. What was happening?
Dating The Cash
They found stacks of mysterious money in their own home. They initially thought it was funny but realized that it was not a joking matter. Where could all this money have come from? Who hid it there?
From the 1950s
But where did all the cash even come from? The state of the bills meant that they had been hidden there for a long time, maybe ever since the ‘20s and ‘30s. But just how much money was even there?
A Pleasant Surprise
They looked into the matter more. Something soon became clear to the two of them. Everything, from the suitcase to the money, was old. They were very eager to get to the bottom of things, of course.
They Had A Normal Life
They took out the bundles from this suitcase but got another surprise. It did, however, answer some of the questions they had. They found a newspaper at the bottom of the suitcase. What date was on it?
The date on the paper showed them that it came from the 25 of March 1951. It was from an old publication known as the Cleveland Plain Dealer. They could not believe just how old it was.
Had To Contact The Authorities
Apart from this, it was an issue from a local Cleveland newspaper. They were excited and surprised to find out more about this discovery. However, exactly how much would all that money be worth now?
More Things To Uncover
They just could not believe it. What made things even more amazing was that some of the bills were star bills. It meant that they did not make it to the markets! They came from more than 70 years ago.
What an amazing find. They were shocked and surprised, which is why they contacted a lawyer to help them. According to the lawyer, the money that they found is worth about $23,000 in this day and age.
Back To Work
After a week of celebration, lawyers, and surprises, they decided to simply go back to their regular life. While overjoyed with their incredible find, enough was enough. However, this was not the end of it.
And Here We Go Again
Even those who find $23k in the ceiling will have to finish their home renovations. The DIY genius was in disbelief when he discovered yet another suitcase in the ceiling. What was going on here?
Heavier Than The First
This renovator had also been alone when he found this second suitcase. There was no way he would not get excited! How could he have missed this one after finding the first one? Again, he waited for his wife.
The New Suitcase
“This was a wild ride for us, and I hope you all enjoyed it, too,” he said on Reddit. “We are boring people and have been dumping our extra money to pay off our mortgage, and that is where this money will go too.”
Same But Different
He documented it all with the use of his camera. However, he did not know that there were more surprises in store for them. It was just natural for them to feel even more curious than they were.
The Search Continues
Was it possible that there were even more mysteries hiding in this house of theirs? Of course, they could not just leave the basement in its half-finished state. They had to keep on searching some more.
A Bigger Fortune
After this, the homeowners knew that they had no choice but to finish the renovation of the house. This was exactly what they chose to do. However, they would get an even more shocking discovery soon.
The Wait Is Over
His wife walked through the doors at last. They opened the second suitcase and found even more thick wads of cash. Just how much money did they find inside of it this time around? Let us find out.
What Else Was Hiding Here?
They had no idea that these wads of bills had not been the only thing hidden in their home. After getting back to work, this man saw one more case hidden between their rafters. What was it now?
What They Found There
There was no way for them to forget the treasure they found, so they remained optimistic about this finding. The suitcase did not have the same thing inside of it. They did not find money in wax paper.
The Final Count
Would they just keep finding more of these things as they keep going with the renovation? He knew that it was likely going to be some other valuable items. He could not wait for his wife to get home again.
This suitcase looked exactly like the last one that they found. Could it be that it was hiding the same thing too? They did not want to waste a single moment as soon as she arrived home.
A Secret Door
At last, the excitement brought about by the money-filled luggage subsided. It was time for them to work on their home even more. It was then that they stumbled upon a strange door on the second floor.
Finding Hiding Spots
The case was full of money arranged in an orderly manner. They gasped. How much money was inside this one? What else was hiding in their house? The sudden windfall was even greater than the first time.
He Felt Nervous
They were shocked by just how lucky they got. Their fortune was proving to be even more unreal. They appraised their findings and found out that this one was worth around $45,000. Yes, they were rich!