Their Home Renovation Led To An FBI Investigation

Published on 10/27/2020
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A couple from Ohio was in the midst of renovations on their new home when they stumbled upon something incredible. They had just completed the first and second stories of their home and were beginning renovations with the basement. Little did they know a surprise was in store. They began to demolish the basement, as they hacked the plywood away. Suddenly, something caught their attention.

Demolition In Progress

They were curious about what they had found and decided to investigate further. They never in their wildest dreams expected that their findings would lead to an FBI investigation, what had they found?

Demolition In Progress

Demolition In Progress

The walls were being chipped away and the husband had exposed some graffiti that was spread across the entire room. Well, this was a little weird. However, this was just the start…

Chipping Away

The owner was in absolute awe as he pulled back the wallpaper which was exposing more and more graffiti, drawings, writing, and lots of it Little did he know that this was the start of a series of surprising finds.

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Chipping Away

It became noticed that there was some type of object lodged between the subfloor and the ceiling. As he went a little closer he saw that the object was stuck between the rafters, placed perfectly in fact. He had to solely grab the object and lodge it forwards, as he pulled it towards himself…

A House Full Of Secrets

The homeowner was not so aware in the beginning and not very attentive. He kept on and cleaned the area around him as he went along. However, he did document each and every step which became very useful in the long run.

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A House Full Of Secrets

Some of the walls had already partly been destroyed as he began to break them down further. As he continued on, he came across this truly remarkable discovery. Turns out the object was a suitcase!

Stuck In The Ceiling

It was green and grey, it had clearly been hidden with intentions of never being found. As he managed to lodge it free he realized it was incredibly heavy. Why would a suitcase of that size be so heavy?

Stuck In The Ceiling

Stuck In The Ceiling

He felt a bit uneasy and somehow knew to be careful with it. He was feeling rather hot and bothered with excitement, what hidden surprises could possibly be in the suitcase? He took a couple of deep breaths and continued.

Found Something Strange

He called his wife and told her about his discovery. He did not want her to miss out on what could be inside. Secretly, he also wanted her to be there in case something may have gone wrong.

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Found Something Strange

After all, someone had gone to some serious lengths to hide this green suitcase and why? As he waited patiently for his wife’s return, he inspected the suitcase and was still astonished at just how heavy it was.

Mysterious Suitcase

The suitcase was rather small, but the mystery was huge, maybe what was inside it would be too. He simply pondered and wondered what could possibly be in this random suitcase. He thought it must be of value and importance if it was hidden so carefully and so strategically.

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Mysterious Suitcase

He was still in disbelief at what he had found, it was pretty crazy. He genuinely needed to find out what was in this suitcase! The instant his wife arrived home- he explained what he had found.

Waiting For The Reveal

It must have felt just like the holiday season, he was about to unwrap a surprise he knew nothing about. The couple huddled together and there around some ideas of exactly what could be inside this treasure chest.

Waiting For The Reveal

Waiting For The Reveal

Would it be money? Jewels? Gold? The couple had low expectations and thought maybe it would just be filled with old collectibles, like sports cards or something. They were wrong, very wrong and in awe at what they had found…

One Heavy Suitcase

The couple opened the suitcase said by side, nothing seemed unusual at first. They found stacks of wax paper, they were rectangular shaped. At this moment, they still did not have an inkling of what was actually hidden in the suitcase.

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One Heavy Suitcase

It was only as the par removed the bundles that it all started piecing together. The couple began unwrapping the wads and removing the wax paper. They had finally come to the real contents, what was it?

The Big Reveal

He peeled off the waxy material bit by bit. When it suddenly became clear that they were looking at money! The bag had been hiding tons of $20 bills, it was packed with wads just like that one.

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The Big Reveal

As they inspected the bills closely they realized that they were really old. They simply could not believe the amount of money they had in front of them. Questions started to roll in, who, how, when?

What Could Be Inside?

“These are all twenties! There may be a couple thousand here! We are freaking out at this point,” the husband later told the journalists. “This doesn’t happen to us! What do we do? Where are the cameras?”

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What Could Be Inside?

They were totally excited o unwrap all the bundles and see exactly how much was in the bag. Were all the bundles the same thing or were some more valuable than the one they had just discovered? They were taken aback as they stared at the bundles.

Big Dreams In A Little Suitcase

They prayed that they would find the same thing in all the other bundles. They eagerly carrier do unwrapping the additional bundles. However, there were not $20 bills but $50 and $100 notes instead.

Big Dreams In A Little Suitcase

Big Dreams In A Little Suitcase

“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 said later on. Their minds were racing and they had tons of unanswered questions.

Maybe It was Nothing

This husband and his wife had just found stacks of money in their home, in the beginning, they thought it was rather funny. It soon became known that was actually no joking matter. Seriously, where had this money come from and who had put it away so mysteriously?

Maybe It Was Nothing

Maybe It Was Nothing

Where had this money originated? The notes indicated that they were hidden ages ago, they dated back to the ’20s and ’30s. How many years, decades had it been since that era? And what was the value of the cash?

Christmas

As they looked into the matter further, it became known to the both of them. All the factors involved, the money and the suitcase were both very old. However, the couple still wanted to find out more details about the money.

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Christmas

They took out the bundles from the suitcase and found another clue to answer their questions, a few of them at least. A newspaper was spread out at the bottom, it was dated and the couple just looked at the paper and each other in amazement.

What’s Inside?

The date was written in clear print: 25 March 1951. The paper was from a newspaper named the Cleveland Plain Dealer. It was a paper that was from those times and really old. The couple were in utter shock.

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What’s Inside?

Besides that, it was a local newspaper and obviously from that town. The couple were ecstatic with their new find and amazed. However, the question was still, exactly what was the value of the money was in the current currency?

Unwrapping The Mystery

The couple were in shock that they had gotten so lucky. The next incredible aspect was that a few of the bills were star bills, meaning that they had never actually made it on to markets. These bills were from more than 7 decades prior.

Unwrapping The Mystery

Unwrapping The Mystery

What a great find! They were both surprised and amazed, they contacted a lawyer so that they can further evaluate how much the money is worth. The lawyer said that the estimated value of the cash on today’s market was $23,000.

Full of Money

After a long week filled with celebrations, lawyers and simply recovering from their astonishing find, the couple decided it was time to get back to normal day to day life. They were ecstatic but it had to come o an end at some point. However, the couple did not know that there was more in store…

Full of Money

Full of Money

Regardless of finding such a surprise, a valuable one too, they had to complete their renovations on their home. This DIY genius was once again in total disbelief when he stumbled upon another suitcase that was waiting in the ceiling…

Speechless Over The Money

The husband was home alone once more when he found the second suitcase. He was in disbelief and riddled with excitement. How had he missed the second suitcase when he found the first one? He anxiously awaited his wife’s arrival, to open the next suitcase.

Speechless Over The Money

Speechless Over The Money

“This was a wild ride for us, and I hope you all enjoyed it, too,” the man explained when he wrote up on Reddit about the story. “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.”

So Much Cash

He once again had his camera in hand and captured everything. He never thought that he was going to find another surprise little did he think in the same place as before. Naturally, he became more curious.

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So Much Cash

Could it be that even more mysteries were hidden in the walls of their home? Well,  they also could not just leave the basement in its destructive state. They made the decision to keep looking and see what they could find.

And More Money

Little did they know that their next find would lead to the FBI’s involvement. The couple wanted to finish up on their renovations, thus, they decided to continue with the process. I mean the house was certainly not going to fix itself up.

And More Money

And More Money

As soon as his wife walked through the door the pair scurried to open the suitcase. Just as the first one was, it was packed with cash. This couple’s luck was on a streak that’s for sure, the value of this suitcase was even more…

Endless Cash

Little did they know that there was more than cash this time around. When the husband got back to work for the second time, he found another hidden surprise. This would be the third time, what could possibly be in the third case?

Endless Cash

Endless Cash

After finding treasure not once but twice they were extremely enthusiastic about their next find. Although this suitcase was different, it did not hold wads of wax paper or wads of money, but something else…

At First, It Was Funny

They simply wandered if they were going to keep finding more and more of these as they continued renovating. He had a strong feeling that whatever he did find would be just as valuable if not more. And so o0nce again he waited for his wife to come home.

At First It Was Funny

At First, It Was Funny

This bag was identical in appearance to the last one and this made him think that it might have the same condiments. He wondered and waited, as soon as his wife arrived home they burst it open.

Old Money

This case was neatly packed with money. They could not believe it. How much money could it be now? They had to know if anything else was hidden in the house. This amount was way larger than their first find!

Old Money

Old Money

The couple truly could no understand where this luck had come from. Would they be even luckier? Once again it was appraised and they learned that this case was valued at $45,000. The couple had run into a proper fortune.

Dating The Cash

They were in utter disbelief, they were over the moon with excitement. This made them even more determined to keep searching and keep going with their home improvement tasks. They were eager to see if there was more that could be discovered.

Dating The Cash

Dating The Cash

The changes in the basement were underway but they could not help but suspect that maybe elsewhere in the house was a hiding spot. Well, their next find would lead to the FBI’s involvement- they really never thought it would go this far.

From the 1950s

They were fully aware that the house was covered in mysteries and surprises, ones they simply had to reveal. They thought and thought about where their next spot to look would be, where else could something be hiding in the house?

From the 1950s

From the 1950s

The excitement from the previous find had just subsided, the couple were once again working on their home and this is what had led them to find a strange door on the second floor of their house. They had always wondered what was behind the door. As they opened the door they felt strange about what they saw.

A Pleasant Surprise

The door was supposedly covering where the water heater was, the realtor had told them it was nothing special. Their guts said otherwise, they felt that it was the perfect hiding place, if something valuable were to go anywhere it would be there.

A Pleasant Surprise

A Pleasant Surprise

So, the couple decided they would take a look. Their instincts were correct and they had found the biggest find of all. As they opened the small white door it became crystal clear that their realtor was not only deceitful but a liar.

They Had A Normal Life

It’s too bad that the door was shut with a master lock and secured with a bolt. However, the man didn’t want to give up just yet. He really wanted to find out what was behind that door. He rushed downstairs to get his hammer and he started pounding.

They Had A Normal Life

They Had A Normal Life

He found out that the room was used for a while before that. They also realized that someone did their best to hide it. Naturally, realtors tried hiding it all in order to attract a new homeowner. He saw that the room was in awful shape.

1951

Inside the room, it was moldy and dark. They had been living in the house for several years by this point, and they had never been inside the room. They noticed that the room was actually soundproofed.

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1951

There was one unsettling reason that came to their minds. The couple couldn’t help but wonder if there was a crime committed inside that room. The entire ceiling, floor, and all the walls were completely covered in soundproofing tarp.

Had To Contact The Authorities

There were no good reasons why people wouldn’t want to be heard inside that room. He was fascinated by what could possibly be hidden inside. The man had a bit of a knack for all things DIY, so his curiosity got the best of him.

Had To Contact The Authorities

Had To Contact The Authorities

He didn’t expect his home to be full of lies and mysteries. Especially since he’d already been living there for so long. There was something inside that secret room. It turned out to be another briefcase. It was right there on the floor in plain sight.

More Things To Uncover

The man hesitated for a moment and stopped to collect his thoughts. Still, he couldn’t help it, the curiosity was too much for him. And so, he went ahead and grabbed the suitcase. Everyone knows that places that have built-in hiding spots are always a bad sign.

More Things To Uncover

More Things To Uncover

The couple began their renovation project for fun. However, it now seemed that everything was taking a rather sinister turn. At last, he was able to pick the lock and peek inside. The items in the briefcase surprised him. Once he got it open, he saw a wooden box, envelopes full of money from multiple countries, a jewelry box, rings, watches, and four 1 oz silver ingots.

Never-Ending Findings

They couldn’t help but wonder why such valuable possessions were hidden. What were they hidden from? Who were they hidden from? All the door did was lead them to a second door. The secret room had a white plastic tarp covering almost every surface inside.

Never-Ending Findings

Never-Ending Findings

When they entered the room, they could tell something was very wrong. He couldn’t shake the feeling that they might have entered a sort of torture chamber. Of course, that’s something he’d only ever seen in movies. The couple kept on looking around. They saw something that gave them a hint to what might have happened there in the past.

Back To Work

They kept on looking at the items left behind. Soon, they realized that they needed to get in touch with the authorities as soon as they could. The couple found even more strange items inside the room. As usual, there was yet another brown briefcase.

Back To Work

Back To Work

Seeing as the previous cases contained cash, the couple thought this third briefcase would be the same as the first two they had found earlier. They thought luck was still on their side. In time, they would find out that they were incorrect.

And Here We Go Again

For now, they saw there was nothing interesting inside the briefcase. Just as they did when they were renovating the basement, the couple took photos of everything they found, documenting all the things they discovered.

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And Here We Go Again

It was definitely one experience the two would never be able to forget. The couple was curious to find out what was hidden. And so, they proceeded to open the case and take a look inside. It was full of someone’s valuables.

Heavier Than The First

There was some antique jewelry, including rings, watches, and silver ingots. It also had some other strange items. The envelopes inside were full of money in various currencies. When they kept on looking, they saw a black Sentry safe hidden in the corner of the room.

Heavier Than The First

Heavier Than The First

As they found more, they felt themselves become more and more on edge. The couple couldn’t help but wonder what was hidden inside the secret safe which was inside a room within a secret room. It was becoming too much for them.

The New Suitcase

He started feeling intimidated by the entire ordeal. Both of them were sure that this time around, they wouldn’t be finding anything like money or jewelry. The man knew by this point that this wasn’t something they would be happy to have found.

The New Suitcase

The New Suitcase

All that was inside the safe seemed to be valuable. The room itself was more than secure, that was certain. It felt like there were even more secrets they would find out about. Despite their hesitation, he put his fears to the side and began opening the safe.

Same But Different

Once he was able to crack it open, the first thing he found was a note. All that was written on it were the words “save yourself”. While the words on their own were already alarming, the penmanship made it even creepier.

Same But Different

Same But Different

The two words were written roughly in jet-black ink. It looked like someone scribbled it down in a hurry. This of course made everything seem a lot more sinister. They couldn’t help but wonder who wrote the note. What did they mean by it?

The Search Continues

The only way for them to find out the truth behind all these mysteries was to keep going and try to find more clues. Just when they finally decided to keep looking, he decided it was high time for him to involve the authorities.

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The Search Continues

The man was very curious, in deed. Since the curiosity was killing him, he dug deeper in the safe, seeing what more was there. He looked at the items one at t time. Soon, he began feeling unsafe. Inside, he found some VHS tapes with a handwritten message that said “Do not”.

A Bigger Fortune

If he wanted to find out what was on those tapes, he’d have to simply watch them. He couldn’t help but wonder what he would find out if he did. He took out all the videotapes in the safe and took a closer look at them.

A Bigger Fortune

A Bigger Fortune

He was surprised to see that they seemed to be much newer than all the other items he had found up to that point. He felt a chill run down his spine whe he noticed this. He wasn’t sure why that was.

The Wait Is Over

The tapes were marked with a series of numbers. However, one of the six tapes was not labeled like the rest were. It had no label at all. He wondered if this was simply someone playing some kind of joke on whoever found them. Was it all some twisted game?

And The Wait Is Over

The Wait Is Over

By that point, the situation was already getting out of hand. He decided it was time to get in touch with the authorities. The homeowner couldn’t contain his curiosity any longer, he had to find out what was going on.

What Else Was Hiding Here?

At last, he discovered what the hidden tapes contained. After looking at the tapes for just a few seconds, he decided to call the authorities. He requested they come to his house as soon as they possibly could.

What Else Was Hiding Here?

What Else Was Hiding Here?

He knew without a doubt that the FBI would confiscate the tapes. No one knew what was inside them. The only ones who did were those who created them in the first place, let alone him. Now, the agents would find out for themselves.

What They Found There

This entire hunt made them all see something they wish they never had. It was a possibility that they would never find out what the mysterious tapes contained. The media speculated that the tapes contained footage of some horrific crimes that took place inside the soundproof room.

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What They Found There

Still, the whole thing remained a mystery. Very few people knew what was inside those tapes. The investigation raised plenty of questions regarding all the other items the homeowners discovered in the house. With the money, the safe, and the hidden tapes, it was all becoming strange.

The Final Count

They couldn’t help but wonder what kind of people used to live in that house. Did the house have even more secrets that were waiting to be uncovered? What would you have done if you had been finding all these things in your own house?

A Secret Door

A Secret Door

More importantly, are you certain there isn’t something in your house right now that you aren’t aware of? This couple got very lucky that they made it out safe and unharmed. They made the correct decision in contacting the authorities. They knew it was something they couldn’t handle on their own.

Big Secrets

Thanks to this, they had quite the story to share with their friends and family. Discovering all these interesting things in older houses is rather common. In fact, it’s more common than you’d think. All the same, there were times people moved into new houses only to find some creepy things.

Big Secrets

Big Secrets

One similar story is about a man who bought a house. When the original homeowner passed away, the real estate agents decided to sell the house as-is. The new homeowner eagerly explored his house. He made his way to the basement to find out what was there.

Finding Hiding Spots

At the bottom of the stairs, he found a weird sheet of plywood attached to the wall. He took it down after realizing it was hiding a secret room. Inside the room, there were all kinds of guns and ammo. There was even a hollowed-out grenade.

Finding Hiding Spots

Finding Hiding Spots

The man even found a huge safe as well as a chest of money that was full of pennies. One British couple rummaged through the basement in their old family home. While renovating, they came across a perfectly intact Victorian kitchen that dated back to the 1830s.

He Felt Nervous

It was fully stocked with a cooking range, pots, and even pans. There was enough seating to accommodate twenty people. As if that weren’t enough, they also found a cookbook containing Victorian recipes. When Linda and Wally DeForest moved into their new house, they weren’t aware of what they’d find.

He Felt Nervous

He Felt Nervous

As Linda was unpacking in the basement, she couldn’t believe what she had found. She quickly called her husband and told him she’d found a torpedo in the basement. Wally didn’t believe his wife. However, he came down and discovered that she was telling the truth.

What Else Would They Uncover?

The couple found a heavy greed torpedo in their basement. Before doing anything, they decided to consult an army veteran. It’s good they did. He told them it was either a mortar or a lightweight anti-tank weapon in the Korean and Vietnam War. The authorities were called to remove the bomb.

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What Else Would They Uncover?

The DeForests were shocked. They asked how a torpedo could have ended up in their basement. They got told that it might have been kept as a souvenir by a veteran. Discovering old artifacts is definitely fascinating, that’s for sure. While most times, these things are found in basements, that isn’t always the case.

Another Big Mystery

All the same, there were times people found some outrageous items. Diane and Pat Farla lived in an old Victorian house in England. They always wondered what the strange grate in their basement was for. That is, until they decided to look into it one night.

Another Big Mystery

Another Big Mystery

The two discovered an iron grille. They saw the hole was just big enough for their nephew and his friend to crawl through. They discovered a cellar on the other side. In fact, it looked like a chapel. And so, the couple asked historians about it and found out that the room dated all the way back to the 1700s.

Full Of Secrets

It was thought that the room was used as a secret Catholic Church when Catholics were getting persecuted and executed. A homeowner in 1963 decided to renovate his house. As he did so, he accidentally knocked down a wall.

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Full Of Secrets

He stumbled across a hidden room. And so, he began exploring. He found one room after another. It seemed to go on for a while, turning into an entire underground city. Derinkuyu was one of the strangest archeological discoveries in the 20th century.

A Secret Door

It was an ancient city formed by a massive network of underground tunnels. The Hittites lived there. Finding old photos in your new house was creepy enough in itself, but one new homeowner found a message that asked the finder if they could see “him”.

What They Found There

What They Found There

Naturally, this increased the fear factor quite a bit. It was enough of a reason to sell the house and move far, far away from it. Another family had an incredible find when they came across a famous Norman Rockwell painting in Vermont.

Tearing Down The Door

It was well hidden behind a fake wall in their late father’s house. The father kept a fake version of the painting on display in the house. This was so his wife wouldn’t get her hand on it when they were getting a divorce.

Tearing Down The Door

Tearing Down The Door

He never once mentioned the painting – even on his deathbed. The painting ended up selling for $15.4 million in an auction. Another similar thing happened in New York. A man forgot he had a $300 million Michelangelo painting behind his couch. He only remembered it 27 years later.

He Found More Mysteries

One brother and sister from Nova Scotia decided to renovate their house. While they were doing so, they found a stash of love letters. They were written by a WWI soldier. There were 31 letters in total hidden inside the walls.

He Found More Mysteries

He Found More Mysteries

And so, the siblings looked up the names written in the letters. Somehow, they managed to return them to the grandkids of the couple. Another person recently moved into a new home and found something strange. He saw a sheet of wood on a wall that looked out of place. After taking it down, he found a secret room. Inside, he found weapons and a box full of ammunition!

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