They were working on the renovation of their ‘40s home and made an amazing discovery. After they finished the first and second floors, it was time to work on the basement. However, they had no idea that they would stumble into something that required the help of the FBI.
Demolition In Progress
They felt intrigued by what they found there and began to dig deeper into it. However, there was nothing that could have prepared them for it. Yes, their discovery led to a visit from the FBI. But why?
They began to hack at the walls of the basement. That was the moment that the husband found graffiti spread across the room. The basement renovations had been full of surprises from the very beginning.
A House Full Of Secrets
The homeowner could not believe what he was looking at. He saw a lot of shocking drawings and writings all over the place. Not once did he think that things would take such an unexpected turn.
Stuck In The Ceiling
He found something located between the ceiling and the subfloor. He went over for a closer look, but it was hard since it was lodged right between the rafters. He needed to use his strength to pull it towards him.
Found Something Strange
The homeowner did not pay a lot of attention to the surroundings. He had been trying to clean the area and hammering through the walls. He made sure to document each step of the way with his camera.
He managed to demolish part of the wall when he began to do the same thing to the ceiling. As he went on, he found something unbelievable. In there, he saw a huge bulk of an object. It was a suitcase!
Waiting For The Reveal
It was green and grey in color. Someone must have left it over there to keep it hidden. He reached for it and felt shocked by how heavy it was. Why was a suitcase like this one be this heavy?
One Heavy Suitcase
He felt the need to go through this with a lot of caution. He started to get feverish thanks to the excitement of the hidden treasures hiding in the ceiling. He inhaled and kept going.
The Big Reveal
He then called his wife and opted to wait for her to come home. There was no way he was letting her miss out on such a big reveal. Of course, it was also a good idea to have her there if things went wrong.
What Could Be Inside?
He could tell that someone out there went to the effort to hide it. But why? As he waited for her to come home, he took a closer look at the suitcase. What could possibly be inside it?
Big Dreams In A Little Suitcase
It was pretty small, but it was clearly hiding big mysteries. He started to dwell on what might be hiding inside of it. No doubt, he was going to find something valuable and important inside of it.
Maybe It was Nothing
For him, it was completely mind-blogging to find something like this. He could not wait to take a look inside the suitcase. When his wife arrived home, he told her what exactly he found.
We are sure that it felt just like Christmas day for this guy. After all, he was planning to unwrap a mystery like this one. They got together and wondered what might be hiding inside this box.
Could there be cash inside? Maybe they would find cards or jewelry in there. They had low expectations for it. He likely thought it would be nothing more than old sports cards. He was very wrong about that.
Unwrapping The Mystery
Together, the couple opened the suitcase they found. Nothing seemed too unusual. They saw wads of wax paper around rectangular objects. At this point, they did not have a clue what was inside of them.
Full of Money
However, they thought differently when they brought out the bundles. Things started to make more sense. They began to unwrap them, but what did they find inside? We are sure you can wager a guess.
Speechless Over The Money
He began to peel off the wax paper off the bundles. That was the moment that it hit him. This was money! The bundle contained a large stack of $20 bills. Mind you, it was the first of many.
So Much Cash
They started to look at the dollar bills even more and noticed how old they must be. It was shocking to see just how much cash was hiding in there. Who could have left all the money in this place?
And More Money
“These are all twenties! There may be a couple thousand here! We are freaking out at this point,” the man later told journalists, “This doesn’t happen to us! What do we do? Where are the cameras?”
They were excited to start unwrapping the others. What were they going to find in there? Were any of them going to be more valuable than the first one? They were still in awe as they looked at the bundles.
At First, It Was Funny
The two of them began to hope that the other bundles contained the same thing. They were excited when they peeled off all the waxy layers. This time, they found $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!” the husband said later on.
Dating The Cash
They found stacks of mystery money in this part of the house. In the beginning, they thought this was funny but realized that this was no laughing matter. Where and who did all the money even come from?
From the 1950s
Where could all this money have come from? The bills let them know that they were kept there for quite some time. They dated back to the ‘20s and ‘30s, but did this mean that was when it was hidden?
A Pleasant Surprise
They looked into the matter even more and things started to become clearer. Everything was clearly old. Yes, this was true for both the money and the suitcase. They wanted to find out more things about this.
They Had A Normal Life
The couple retrieved the bundles of money and got another surprise. This time, it helped answer some of their questions. They found a newspaper lying at the bottom of the suitcase. What did it say?
The date on the newspaper showed that it came from the 25th of March 1951! It was an issue of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, an old newspaper. They were in awe at how old the paper was.
Had To Contact The Authorities
Apart from this, it showed them that the person had access to a local Cleveland newspaper. They were both excited and surprised at their find. However, how much would the money be in today’s currency?
More Things To Uncover
They could not believe how lucky they were. What made things more amazing was that the bills were star bills. Yes, they did not ever make it to the markets! They came from more than 70 years ago.
What an amazing find. They were shocked and surprised, so they talked to a lawyer. Their attorney helped them find out how much the cash was worth. Apparently, the money is now valued at $23,000!
Back To Work
After a week, they decided that it was better to just go back to their normal lives in the meantime. While it was exciting, it was enough for them. They had no idea that it was not over just yet.
And Here We Go Again
Even the folks who find $23k in the ceiling still have to finish working on their home renovation projects. The DIY genius could not believe it when he saw a second suitcase waiting in his ceiling. What now?
Heavier Than The First
He was once again alone when he found this second suitcase. He could not hide how thrilled he was about it. How could it be that he missed this one after finding the first? He waited for his wife again.
The New Suitcase
“This was a wild ride for us, and I hope you all enjoyed it, too,” he posted 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 made sure to catch everything on camera. However, he did not have a clue that there were more surprises in store for them in the future. Of course, it was merely natural that they got curious about it.
The Search Continues
Could there be more mysteries hiding in the walls of the house? They could not just leave the basement as it were since it was only halfway done. They had no choice but to keep on looking!
A Bigger Fortune
They then learned a thing so shocking that they even got in touch with the FBI. The owners of the home were aware that they must keep going with this renovation. This was what they chose to do.
The Wait Is Over
The wife entered the door and then they opened the suitcase. Like the first suitcase, they found that this one was full of thick wads of cash. Are you ready to hear just how much they found inside?
What Else Was Hiding Here?
They had no idea that these bundles of bills were not the last of it. After they returned to work, this man saw one more case hidden in the rafters. Did he find the same thing inside of it?
What They Found There
Now, it would be impossible for him to forget about what he found in the first one. Still, they tried to be optimistic. The suitcase had something else inside of it, however. The did not find wads of money.
The Final Count
Just how many suitcases were they going to find as they went on with the home renovation? He knew that there must be more valuables and precious items there. He waited for her to come home again.
The suitcase was identical to the last one that they found. Could it be that the suitcase also had the same contents? The couple did not waste a single moment as soon as she arrived home.
A Secret Door
At last, the excitement from the suitcases subsided. They went home to finish working on the house. It was then that they found a strange door in the second floor. What could possibly be behind this door?
Finding Hiding Spots
The case was chock-full of money lined up tidily. The two of them gasped. How much money did it have? What else would they find in the house? The second windfall was even more than the first one!
He Felt Nervous
They were totally shocked by the turn of events. How lucky was this couple going to get? They got it appraised and found out that the batch was worth about $45,000. Yes, they were made for life!
What Else Would They Uncover?
They were surprised and amazed yet again. However, it only made them feel more determined to go on with the improvements and home renovation. They kept going to see what else they would find there.
Another Big Mystery
As they continued to work in the basement, the couple could not help but wonder if there was anything else in the house. Still, it did not occur to them that they would need to call the FBI.
Full Of Secrets
They were aware that this house was full of secrets. This couple was motivated to continue exploring their house. They only felt more motivated when they figured out the next place to look. Where was it?
Tearing Down The Door
The realtor told them about a secret door that housed the hot water heater. Something told the couple that it was the perfect place to store a small but valuable object. Where they right about this?
He Found More Mysteries
They chose to look behind the door. Their gut had been correct because it was where they found a huge secret. They opened the white and tiny door. This was the moment they realized they were deceived!
They Were Fooled
This room allegedly for the “water heater” was only a ploy to trick the new owners into thinking that it was a normal place. When the door cracked open, they could not believe what they saw there.
The room behind the door was even bigger than they had in mind. There were carpet pieces around the place. It led to one more surprise. The husband asked his spouse to stay back. What would they find?
Door Number Two
He started to wonder what would happen and came up with many theories. What was hiding behind the door? We want you to come up with the craziest theory possible. That was what they were doing.
Sadly for them, this door had a master lock and a bolt to keep it secure. He was not going to back down. He wanted to see what was hiding behind the door. He went downstairs to open it with a hammer.
They Couldn’t Handle This Alone
Aside from this, it was clear that the room was in use for a fair amount of time. Someone also tried to hide it, no doubt. It was in pretty bad shape since it was so dark and moldy inside.
The homeowners had actually been residing there for quite some time already. However, it was the first time they ever went down here. But why was it soundproofed so heavily anyway? That can’t be good…
More Mysteries Down There
They then assumed that it was for something bad. In particular, it must be related to a crime. The floor, ceiling, and walls were covered with a white soundproofing tarp. What could be the reason for this?
What They Found
What could have been hiding down there? We are already aware that he likes to do things DIY. His curiosity makes a lot of sense to us. However, he had no clue that his house was so full of mysteries.
Full Of Jewels
What did they find in the secret room? There was a briefcase on the floor. The husband felt hesitant and paused to collect his thoughts, but his curiosity was overwhelming enough that he got the briefcase.
The Strange Safe
When you find a hidden place in your house, it is reasonable to think that something is off. Can you believe that this adventure began as a fun home renovation project? What a sinister turn it has taken!
He found a number of shocking items in the briefcase. He saw envelopes filled with various currencies, rings, watches, 4.1 oz silver ingots, and a jewelry box. Who could all of these things have belonged to?
What Was Going On Here?
He saw another door inside the room. It bothered him that it came with a white plastic tarp and soundproofing. The place did not sit right with him at all. It was what a torture chamber looked like!
A Terrifying Note
They kept inspecting the room and found something that helped them make sense of it all. The pair continued to explore the items there. However, they soon figured out that they had to get help.
He Was Terrified
What else did they find inside the room? The most important that they saw was an old brown briefcase. They had a lot of luck with the first two suitcases. Could luck still be on their side this time? Let us find out.
One More Warning
They soon found out that they were way off the mark. What they found inside the bag was not good at all. Of course, the couple did not fail to document everything that they found in there.
An Unsettling Detail
Who could blame them? It was an experience that they would not want to forget. What else could be in that room? At last, they opened the case and had a peek. They saw expensive antique jewelry in there.
They Needed The Police
But there was one more thing there. There were envelopes full of money from other countries. They went on with their investigation and saw a black Sentry safe. But what could possibly be inside of it?
Some Disturbing Footage
What do you think could be inside of a safe in an already secret room? The room was full of mystery and secrecy, no doubt. The husband felt intimated. He truly doubted that it would only have normal items.
An Investigation Of Epic Proportions
He was aware that this was not something he was going to be happy about. So far, they have found valuable items. However, he knew that a room this secure would contain far darker secrets than that.
The FBI Is Here To Help
He was right when he thought that. He tried to push the thoughts away as he opened this safe. Upon cracking it open, he saw a note that made him feel even more worried. It read, “Save yourself.”
How Can You Be Sure?
The words on the note were already ominous. However, what made a chill run through him was the rough penmanship and black ink used to write it. Who would leave this note for him to find?
They Got Lucky
Now, the only way he could learn about the truth is to keep going. There was no backing out now, but the next thing he found was definitely out of his comfort zone. They had to call the authorities.
This guy felt intrigued and kept digging deeper into the other things inside the safe. What he found next made them feel unsafe. He found a bunch of tapes that came with one more note: “Do not.”
The records he found were videotapes. He would have to watch them if he wanted to learn more about the truth. He then took out the tapes in the safe and gave them a closer look. What did they contain?
The husband was surprised when he saw that they were newer than everything else they have found. He was scared to see this for some reason. The tapes had numbers on them. They looked like labels.
There was a tape that did not have a label. Five of those six tapes came with tags. Was this some sort of sick game an old homeowner came up with? It was getting so out of hand that they called the police.
The husband could no longer keep his curiosity at bay. This was the reason he ended up watching the tapes. He could only look at them for several seconds and decided that the authorities should see it.
The FBI ended up confiscating them. No one else even knows what the footage had. The only ones to know are the maker, the agents, and the owner. It was something the husband wished he could forget.
We have a feeling that no one else will know what the hidden tapes contain. The media believes that they contain footage of crimes that went down in that soundproofed room. It remains a big mystery.
The investigation raised a number of questions about this property they were living on. What was up with all the money, the valuables, and those hidden tapes? Who used to live in that house anyway?
Do you think there are more secrets waiting to be found there? What do you think it is going to be like if you find these things in your home? Are you even sure that nothing like this is hiding in your own home?
The couple sure got lucky that they did not get hurt when they discovered all of these things. They knew well enough to call the authorities. After all, there was no way they could deal with this on their own.
There is nothing new about finding interesting stuff in old homes. In fact, a lot of people who moved into these places have made a lot of strange discoveries. This guy bought a property after the original owner died. He thought it was a great deal because it was sold as-is for pennies.
Ready To Explore
He was excited about the purchase and began to explore it. When he checked out the basement, he saw a sheet of plywood on the wall. Strange. It contained guns, ammo, and even a hollowed-out grenade! He also saw a huge safe and a chest full of pennies.
This British couple had been going through the basement when they saw a 1830s Victorian kitchen. It was stocked with pans, pots, a cooking range, and seats for 20 people. There was also a cookbook from that time!
Wally and Linda DeForest moved into this new house without knowing what they would see there. She had been unpacking in the basement when she made a huge discovery. She called up her husband to inform him that there was a torpedo there. While skeptical, Wally confirmed that she was right!
The Green Torpedo
There was a huge green torpedo in the basement. The couple talked to a vet who told them it was a mortar or lightweight anti-tank weapon from the Korean and Vietnam War. The authorities soon arrived to take it away. The truth was that many people kept these things as souvenirs.
While you can make fascinating discoveries in your basement, there are certain things you do not want to find. Pat and Diane Farla had been living in an old Victorian house when they decided it was time to solve a mystery on their property. After some wine, they went to check out the grate in the basement.
They took off the iron grille and saw a hole big enough for a small child to go through. In there, they discovered a cellar that seemed like a chapel! Historians helped them date it back to the 1700s. Their theory was that it was a Catholic Church used when Catholics were getting executed and persecuted.
In 1963, this man was renovating the house when he discovered a hidden room after knocking down one of the walls. While exciting enough, he kept finding one after another! It was actually an entire underground city called Derinkuyu. It was formed by a network of tunnels made by the Hittites.
RIGHT BEHIND YOU
While it can be creepy to find old photos in your new house, it is even creepier to find one that asks you if you can see “him.” Talk about terrifying! This is a valid reason to sell the place and move away, right?
Talk about an amazing find! This family discovered a Norman Rockwell painting in a fake wall in the Vermont house of their late father. He kept a fake one on display so that his wife would not get the real one in the divorce settlement. The family later got $15.4 million for it! In New York, another guy found a Michelangelo work worth $300 million behind the couch. It had been there for a while – 27 long years!
31 Love Letters
This sister and brother from Nova Scotia had been renovating their house when they found 31 love letters from a WWI soldier in the walls! They managed to track down their relatives and give them back.
This man had just moved into his new house when he made a discovery. There was a sheet of wood on the wall that seemed out of place. He found a secret room when he tore it down. There was a box of ammunition together with other weapons in there.
There is nothing new about finding a safe in the basement of your new house. A safe in the backyard is not all that strange either. However, a safe hiding in the kitchen wall is something else altogether.
That was what happened to this guy. He found $50,000 in cash, a copy of “A Guide for the Perplexed” by the E.F. Schumacher, and a bottle of bourbon. What a strange collection of items, if you ask us.
As a plumber was going through the rubble of a bathroom during a renovation, he struck gold. There was something shiny in there. It was a gold brick worth $50k! He chose to let the homeowners have it.
These contractors were renovating an Arizona property when they found $500k in cash. It was hidden in military ammunition containers. They claimed it, but the homeowners wanted it for themselves. In the end, the court declared that it was the rightful property of the heirs of Robert Spann, the man who put the money there. He passed away 11 years before the discovery of the cash, which went to his children.
Clifton’s Cafeteria is an old establishment in Los Angeles. Located in a historic building, the owner had been renovating the bathroom when he found a lit neon light! Experts believe that it had not been turned off in 77 years. If so, it holds the record for the longest one in the world! They think that it was first switched on in 1935 when the place was converted into a diner. However, the owner soon realized that it was the reason he paid about $17k in electricity. Neon lights often work for only up to 40 years.
This couple in Hungary saw top-secret Nazi documents hidden in the walls. They were renovating the home when they found more than 6,000 of Third Reich documents. They detailed things about the holocaust, including a Jewish census count and designated homes for them before they could be transferred to ghettos in Budapest. Scholars valued the finding since they were rare as the Nazis did their best to destroy them. The person in charge must have opted to hide them instead. The census dated back to 2 months before the occupation of Hungary. 600,000 Hungary Jews died in the holocaust.
As they were cleaning the garage of their grandmother, this mother and son discovered an unexploded hand grenade. The military had to come in to take care of it. They saw that it did not have a fuse nor explosives. The late 91-year-old woman was married to a WWII soldier. Since the grenade still came with a pin, the Australian military had to evacuate the area while they took a look at it.
Secret Spy Stash
It is not every day that you learn that the previous homeowner was a secret agent. This “unassuming” elderly lady was actually a spy! The new family found out about it after seeing spy-related things in the house. There was a machine gun, confidential photos of Berlin during WWII, and telegrams from the War Office and Secret Service. She was Eileen Burgoyne and died at the age of 9. She was a shadow agent who worked in Gibraltar, Spain, Africa, and Germany. She also worked during the Cold War.
You Found It
When they saw a foreclosed house in the foothills of the Appalachian going for $75k, Jason and Kerri Brown thought that the 2-bath fixer-upper was a bargain. They had no idea that it was actually a nightmare! After moving in and working on the renovations, Kerri discovered a hidden passageway and room hidden in the bookcases. She saw a note from the old owner that said, “You Found It.” It then narrated how this house came with a mold problem that made people sick and forced them to move out. The family then moved out and sued everyone who had any involvement in the sale of the house.
A Redditor called Nuke Storm bought his new house and discovered a hidden room in the attic corner. He was not informed of this and only noticed it while moving in. He knew it was creepy because the door was around four feet high and came with a metal grate. He opened it and found a small bed, a single light, and foam padding on the wall. However, there was no doorknob from the inside! Whoever stayed there had no way of getting out unless it was opened from the outside. How terrifying is that?
Wall Of Snakes
Amber and Ben Sessions saw a house in the American countryside for only $180k. They thought that the 5-bed house was a steal until they found out it had a garter snake problem. In fact, the house always looked like it was moving because of all the snakes. They started to get suspicious when they heard all the rustling in their walls. Upon uncovering a side panel, Ben was shocked by how many snakes were there. The place was on top of a snake hibernaculum. The last owners abandoned it after they realized that it was a lost cause. The Session family moved out 3 months later and filed for bankruptcy.
Amanda Reddy removed the baseboard on the kitchen of her Cape Cod home from the 1910s when she saw old postcards from 1907 to 1909. They were written out to one Mayme Berneck. She thought the postcards had only fallen behind but found out that they were actually nailed to the wall instead.
They found a copy of Action Comics No.1 in the wall while renovating a Minnesota house! They got $175k for the 1938 Superman comic book. It was wrapped in newspapers and served as insulation. This comic did not have its back cover, which is why it was rated 1.5 out of 10. In 2011, a near-mint copy graded at 9.0 was sold for $2.16 million.
This mover noticed a 6-foot-long wooden box with 3 small boxes that fit inside of it. The boxes came with openings on the opposite sides and metal railings that made sounds like a train track. He was confused until he learned that the owner of this house was a magician!
It can be unsettling to see things that should not be there in a private home. Can you imagine what it would be like if you saw a straight jacket made out of leather? There was even a leather mask to match!
Here is one more creepy thing. While they were moving houses, they found a box filled with male and female ventriloquist dummies. There were fully assembled dolls, but others were broken. Needless to say, the movers said that it made for a “pretty unsettling” sight.
In 1502, an Italian statesman hired Leonardo da Vinci to paint the Battle of Anghiari. In the 1550s, Giorgio Vasari got commissioned to paint over it. He could not bring himself to do this, which is why there are theories that they built a false wall over it to preserve the original work.
Two months after he purchased a house, Calvin Oshowy saw that it was full of bats. They were in the walls, attic, and even the ceiling. He had to work hard to seal off all the entry points. On top of this, he built a bat sanctuary outside so that they would hopefully come there inside of the house.
Belongings Of A Fallen Soldier
Kerry and Cindy Cremean bought a Texas house and got a shock when they found a military burial flag in the garage. A veteran, Kerry was reduced to tears because, to him, it felt like holding the life of a person in his hands. This couple looked for the family of the fallen soldier and found out that he died in a car crash in 1980. He is survived by his three daughters.
After he moved into his new apartment, he found a trapdoor in front of the bathroom. He did not think it was going to be a huge deal but found stairs there. He found out that the house was built on top of an English monastery. There were passages down there that led to a dungeon-like room.
This Russian figurine was discovered in an attic in upstate New York for 70 years. It was a rare Faberge one that Nicholas II himself commissioned for his wife Alexandra in 1912. Reports say that there are only 50 of these items in existence. It was sold at an auction for $5.2 million.
Peanut Butter Jar
It is common to find junk or garage in old homes, but there are times when you see interesting stuff. We cannot decide if this is trash or treasure. How do you feel about a peanut butter full of old corn? It came from the mid-70s!