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 it was something quite valuable. The bundle was actually a big stuck of $20 bills. Little did they know that there was so much more to come.
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. They began to wonder what the motive was for storing so much money in their home and who was responsible.
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. Turns out they did not have the same result that found before. This time was a bit different.
The second package actually had something different and there were about to find out what. It started to get out of control, with each package the amount was increasing, first twenties, then fifties, and finally the third with 100s!
Dating The Cash
They thought this must be a joke and couldn’t believe what they found. Once the realized it was not a joke at all, they began to think about what they were gonna do with a sum of money like this. They had never seen so much money in their whole lives!
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 until something soon became clear to the two of them. Everything they found was clearly old which motivated them to look into it more to understand what it was doing in their home. What they found out will blow you away.
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!
What Else Would They Uncover?
They were surprised and amazed at the same time. However, it only made them feel more determined to work on the home. They wanted to keep working at it. Who knows what else they would find?
Another Big Mystery
As they continued to work in the basement, they were wondering if this house was hiding even more secrets. Not once did it occur to them that they would need to contact the FBI later on.
Full Of Secrets
They now knew that this was a house full of secrets. The couple had a lot of motivation to continue exploring the house. Their motivation only got bigger when they figured out the next place to look.
Tearing Down The Door
They found a secret door that housed the water heater. At least this was what the realtor told them. They had a gut feeling that it was the perfect place to hide something small but valuable.
He Found More Mysteries
They looked behind the door. Their gut had been right all along. This was actually where they saw the biggest secret yet! They opened the small white door and saw that the realtor had lied to them.
They Were Fooled
This was not a room with the “water heater.” That was a lie the realtor said to make buyers believe that it was only a normal house. When they cracked open the door, they were shocked by what they saw.
This hidden room was even bigger than they had in mind. It had been decorated with the use of carpet pieces. There was another surprise there. He told her to stay back. They had no idea what was in there.
Door Number Two
He started to wonder, and his thoughts were all over the place. What was behind the door? We cannot imagine what it must be like to live in your house only to find out it had a part you did not know about.
Sadly, the door had been shut by a master lock and a bolt. The man was not planning to give up just yet. He was eager to figure out what was there. He rushed downstairs, took a hammer, and pounded it!
They Couldn’t Handle This Alone
Apart from this, they could see that the room was in use for a fair amount of time. Someone clearly worked hard to hide this place. It was in pretty bad shape. Not only was it dark but it was also moldy.
While the homeowners had been staying there for several years already, it was the first time they ever ventured there. But the real question is why would anyone need to soundproof a room like this one?
More Mysteries Down There
They jumped to the worst conclusion possible right away, of course. All the floors, walls, and ceiling had been covered with white soundproofing tarp. But what kind of noise had they been making down here?
What They Found
What was this place anyway? We know now that the husband tends to do things DIY. His curiosity makes perfect sense to us. He did not know what this part of his house was. Any ideas, folks?
Full Of Jewels
This secret room was not empty. There was even a briefcase lying on the floor! He felt hesitant and stopped for a quick moment to simply collect his thoughts. This did not last all that long, however.
The Strange Safe
Now, we all know that places with similar hiding places usually mean that something is off. It began as a fun home renovation project, but things quickly went down a sinister path after they opened the lock.
What things were in the briefcase? They found an old wooden box, watches, rings, 4 1 oz silver ingots, a jewelry box, and envelopes full of money from all over the world. Who owned these things anyway?
What Was Going On Here?
The door led to one more door. This was the room that came with the heavy soundproofing and white plastic tarp. Something about it did not sit right with him. Could it possibly be a torture chamber?
A Terrifying Note
As they kept looking around the room, they found something that cleared up several things about the room. As they explored its relics, they did find out that it was time for them to contact the authorities.
He Was Terrified
They started to find more odd stuff inside this room. First, they found an old brown briefcase. They had been so lucky with the first two suitcases that they thought their luck would just keep going.
One More Warning
However, the couple would soon figure out that they were off the mark. They did not find anything good inside the bag. Like in the basement, they simply took a couple of photos and documented it all.
An Unsettling Detail
This was an experience that they would not like to forget. They felt curious about everything hiding in there, which was why they opened the case and took a peek inside. Inside was an assortment of valuables owned by some individuals. They saw expensive antique jewelry: watches, a ring, and 4 silver ingots.
They Needed The Police
There was something else there too. They found envelopes filled with money from different countries. They kept investigating and found a black Sentry safe in the corner of the room. What could this mean?
Some Disturbing Footage
What was hiding in this secret safe in an already secret room? The room was full of mystery and secrecy. He began to get intimidated as he knew that there was zero chance it contained common items.
An Investigation Of Epic Proportions
No doubt, it would contain something he would not like to see. Everything inside looked valuable, but there must be a reason that it came with so many security measures. What secrets did this room hold?
The FBI Is Here To Help
They were not wrong about this. He then put the thoughts in the back of his head and looked inside the safe. Upon opening it, he saw a note that verified his suspicions. It said, “Save yourself.” How ominous.
How Can You Be Sure?
The wording was already bad enough, but it felt even more sinister thanks to the rough penmanship and the black ink used to write it down. Who could have written this? What did these words mean?
They Got Lucky
He was aware that the only way to find the truth would be to keep going with the investigation. After this, they saw more mystery items that made them feel very uncomfortable. It was time to call the cops.
This man was very intrigued and kept digging deeper into the safe. However, he felt unsafe after seeing the next item in there. He found several tapes with a handwritten note. It said, “Do not.” Uh-oh.
The records were in videotape format. If he wanted to get to the bottom of this, he needed to watch them. What was he going to see? This man took out the tapes inside the safe and inspected them.
He was taken aback after noticing that they looked a lot newer than the other things there. He was scared after noticing this, but it did not tell him anything else. On the tapes, there were a series of numbers that seemed like labels.
There was one tape that did not have such a label, however. Five out of six came with tags. Did someone make them for a game of sorts? It was getting out of control. At last, they wanted to call the authorities.
The homeowner could no longer contain his curiosity. It was how he found out what was inside the tapes. After taking a look at them, he called the authorities. He wanted them to come over right away.
The FBI confiscated the tapes. What they contained remains a secret between the agents, homeowners, and the makers. In the end, the curiosity of the husband led to a discovery that he would rather unsee.
It is likely that we will not ever find out what the hidden tapes contained. The press has theorized that it was likely footage of some kind of crime that took place in the soundproofed room. What do you think?
This investigation then led to a lot of questions about the place. Everything from the hidden bundles of money to the mysterious tapes was very suspect. Just who were the people who lived in this house?!
Could there be more secrets waiting to be uncovered? How would feel if you found the same items in your house? Perhaps the most pressing question is… can you say there is nothing like this in your home?
The couple was lucky that they did not get hurt from making these incredible discoveries. It was a good thing that they had the presence of mind to call the cops. This was truly a unique experience for them.
It is nothing new to uncover things like this in old homes. In fact, a lot of people who moved into a new place often find strange and even unsettling discoveries. Let us now take a look at the story of this man who just bought a new house. The original owner passed away, and it was sold as it was.
Ready To Explore
The new homeowner was thrilled to explore his new house. When he got to the bottom of the basement stairs, he found plywood on the fall. He would soon find out that it was a secret room full of ammo, guns, and even an emptied grenade. There was also a safe and chest full of pennies in there!
This British couple had been going through their old family home’s basement when they saw this. It was a Victorian kitchen in perfect condition! Dating back to the 1830s, it was stocked with pans, pots, a cooking range, and seating for 20 people. There was even a cookbook full of Victorian recipes in there.
Wally and Linda DeForest also found something strange upon moving into their new house. As she was unpacking in the basement, she claimed to have found a torpedo down there! Wally was skeptical upon hearing this but soon saw that his wife was not wrong. Whoa.
The Green Torpedo
Indeed, they found a green torpedo in the basement. They then spoke to an army veteran and were told that it was either a lightweight anti-tank weapon or mortar from the Vietnam and Korean War. The authorities also came to take it away. The DeForests learned that folks kept bombs as souvenirs!
It must have been fascinating to discover these things in the basement. Some people have found different items. Pat and Diane Farla lived in a Victorian house in England. The basement came with a weird grate in it. Finally, they decided that it was time to look into it more one night after having wine.
They took off the iron grille and saw a hole big enough for a small person to crawl through. It led to a cellar that looked like a chapel! They asked historians about it and found out that it dated back to the 18th century. The room is believed to be a hidden Catholic Church when Catholics would get persecuted.
In 1963, this homeowner was renovating the house and knocked down a wall only to find a hidden room behind it. This was exciting, but then he found one more and then another… He discovered an entire underground city! Derinkuyu is easily one of the strangest archaeological findings of the 20th century. It was an ancient city composed of underground tunnels that housed Hittites.
RIGHT BEHIND YOU
It can be creepy to find old photographs in your new place. However, can you imagine finding one asking you if you can see “him”? Talk about terrifying! We would have moved out of there as soon as possible.
Here is one more spectacular find. A family discovered a Norman Rockwell painting behind a fake wall in the Vermont house of their late father. He had a fake one on display so that his wife would not get the original one after the divorce. He never mentioned it, and it was sold for $15.4 million. Something similar happened in New York when a man found a $300 million painting by Michelangelo behind his couch. The artwork had been forgotten for 27 years before he stumbled upon it!
31 Love Letters
In Nova Scotia, a pair of siblings had been renovating the house when they discovered 31 love letters from a World War I soldier in the walls. They were able to track down the writer and returned it to the grandkids of the couple in question!
He just moved into his new place and found something odd inside. He saw a sheet of wood on the wall that seemed out of place. After taking it down, he saw a secret room with ammunition and weapons!
It is not new for people to discover a safe hiding in the basement of their new property. A safe in the backyard is not that odd either. However, let us just say that it is unusual to find one in the kitchen wall.
That was what happened to him. He found a safe with a bottle of bourbon, a copy of “A Guide for the Perplexed” by E.F. Schumacher, and $50,000 in cash. Can you imagine how bizarre that must have been?
As this plumber shoveled through rubble during a bathroom renovation, he struck gold. He saw a shiny object and took it. In his hand, he saw a gold brick. It was worth $50,000, but he gave it to the owners!
Here is another interesting find. Contractors working on an Arizona home renovation found $500,000 in cash inside military ammunition containers. They then claimed it as theirs. However, the homeowners contested this. The court ultimately disagreed with them both and ruled that it should go to the heirs of the original owner, Robert Spann. He died 11 years before that, so his money went to his daughters.
Clifton’s Cafeteria is an old Los Angeles establishment located in a historic building. After deciding to renovate the bathroom, he saw a neon light that was still on! Experts believe that it had been on for 77 straight years, which is a world record. The owner thinks that it was first turned on in 1935 when the building got converted into a diner. However, the owner soon realized that he paid about $17,000 in electricity thanks to this. Neon lights are known to work for 40 years at most, so this baffled experts!
A Hungarian couple was amazed after finding confidential Nazi documents in their walls. They found more than 6,000 of these Third Reich documents that detailed the holocaust, came with a Jewish census, and designated homes where they could be transferred before getting moved into Budapest ghettos. Scholars valued this rare find. The Nazis destroyed most of these documents, but the person in charge of these hid them instead. The census was taken 2 months before the Nazi occupation of Hungary. The official numbers of Hungarian Jews killed in the holocaust come up to 600,000.
As they cleaned out the grandma’s garage, this mom and son duo saw an unexploded hand grenade. It had to be removed by the Australian military. They later learned that it did not have a fuse and emptied of explosives. The house had been owned by a 91-year-old woman married to a WW2 soldier. The grenade still had the pin with it, which is why they closed off the area and evacuated residents.
Secret Spy Stash
It is not every day that you learn that a secret agent used to live in your house. Who would have thought that an old “unassuming” lady had such an interesting life? A family found this out after renovating their house. They saw spy-related items that look like they came from a video game or movie! Not only was there a machine gun, but there were also classified photos of Berlin from WW2 and telegrams from the War Office and Her Majesty’s Secret Service. She was Eileen Burgoyne and died at the age of 98. She was a shadow agent throughout Africa, Spain, Gibraltar, and Germany. It was believed that she was hired and helped with the Cold War effort after WWII.
You Found It
After discovering a foreclosed house in a town located at the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, Kerri and Jason Brown were thrilled to get it for only $75,000. They thought it would be a bargain, but they had no idea that it would be a nightmare. After buying it, they began to renovate the place. While moving bookcases in a room, she saw a passageway leading into a hidden room. There was a chilling note titled “You Found It”, which revealed the serious mold issue of the house. It made the kids sick, which was why they had to move out. The Browns then moved out and sued everyone involved.
A Redditor called NukeStorm got a new house and found a room hidden in the corner of the attic. He was not informed about this and noticed it while moving in. He could tell that this was a creepy room. The door was around four feet high and came with a metal grate. He opened it and found a small bed, foam padding on the wall, and a single light. There was no doorknob from the inside, so it meant that anyone staying there was locked in. The house was in a sparsely populated area, which made it creepier.
Wall Of Snakes
Ben and Amber Sessions discovered a house in the American countryside for $180,000. They thought it was a dream but realized that this 5-bedroom house had a garter snake infestation. It was so bad that the ground around the house looked like it was moving thanks to the snakes. They got suspicious when they kept finding more snakes and heard rustling sounds in the walls. When he opened a siding panel, he could not believe how many snakes came out. This was how they learned that the house was located on top of a snake hibernaculum. Three months later, the Sessions moved out and filed for bankruptcy.
Amanda Reddy removed a baseboard from her kitchen in her 1910 Cape Cod house when she stumbled upon a 100-year-old surprise. She took out the postcards and saw just how old they were. They were written to Mayme Berneck and dated back to 1907 and 1909. Amanda thought that the postcards just fell behind, but a closer inspection revealed that the cards were all nailed to the wall.
While renovating a Minnesota home, they found a copy of Action Comics No. 1 hidden in the wall. The 1938 Superman comic book was sold for $175k at an auction. It was discovered among newspapers and used as insulation for the house. It was graded 1.5 out of 10 thanks to the detached back cover. In 2011, a near-mint copy of the same issue was graded at 9.0 and sold for $2.16 million. Whoa.
While at work, this mover took note of a six-foot-long wooden box that fit three smaller boxes inside. The boxes had openings on opposite ends and metal railings that clicked like train tracks. He had no idea what it could possibly be, but everything made sense when he found out the owner was a magician!
It can be rather unsettling when you find certain items in a private house that should not be there. Take this mover who stumbled upon a leather straight jacket. It even came with a matching leather mask!
We bet you would also be a little freaked out if you find a box filled with male and female ventriloquist dummies in your new house. Some were broken, while others were fully assembled. “Pretty unsettling” does not even begin to cover it.
In 1502, an Italian statesman hired Leonardo da Vinci to paint a scene from the Battle of Anghiari. In the 1550s, Giorgio Vasari got commissioned to paint over it. However, he could not bring himself to do so. Many believe that a false wall had been built over so that they could preserve the artwork.
Two months after Calvin Oshowy bought a house, he discovered that it was full of bats. They were in the walls, the ceiling, and the attic. He had to put in a lot of work to seal all entry points and even built a bat sanctuary outdoors in the hopes that they would stay there and leave his house alone.
Belongings Of A Fallen Soldier
Veteran Kerry Cremean and his wife Cindy got a house in Texas. They were surprised to discover a military burial flag in the garage. The find brought him to tears because it felt like he was holding the life of someone. They took to Facebook to look for his family. In the end, they learned that the soldier died in a car crash in 1980 and was survived by three daughters.
After he moved into his new apartment, this man found a trapdoor right in front of the bathroom. He pulled open the door to see what was down there. He did not think it was a huge deal until he found the stairs. This was how he learned that this house was built on top of an old monastery with underground passages leading to dungeon-like rooms.
A house in upstate New York came with an attic that was hiding a Russian figurine for almost 70 years. It was a Faberge figure commissioned by Czar Nicholas II himself in 1912. It was a gift for his wife, Alexandra. It is believed to be one of 50 models in existence. It was sold at an auction for $5.2 million.
Peanut Butter Jar
A lot of items you see in old homes are useless junk or pure garbage no one bothered to throw out. However, you sometimes find interesting things there. We cannot decide if this is trash or treasure. What do you think? This person stumbled into a peanut butter jar filled with old corn from the mid-70s.