When you’re buying a house, you never know what you can find and no one knows it better than the homeowners in our stories today. They all took leaps of faith in buying homes they wanted to make their own, but instead, found surprising treasures, for lack of a better word, within their depths; treasures which may have changed the way they look at people’s homes forever.
They include everything from body parts to crime scenes and jewelry to living people. If you’d like to read about some of the most shocking things people found inside their home after purchasing, just keep reading.
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40. A Frenchman
I had purchased an apartment in South Korea back in 2012, having just moved there for work. The agent handed me the keys, which I, in turn, gave to the movers. The agreement was that they would move everything into the apartment while I flew back to Spain to settle my debts and close my bank accounts. I was away for three days, in which time the apartment had been filled up as per the plan. Having spent well over three days traveling non-stop, I was so tired that when I got to my new place, I pretty much fell asleep the moment I got in the door. I woke up later that day after nine hours of sleep to a crashing sound in the kitchen. Groggily, I got up and went to investigate.
There, standing at the sink, was a man stripped to the waist and smoking a cigarette. It turns out that he had been given the keys by the movers, who thought he was me. This guy had no idea what was happening, but he had made himself at home for the night. I never found out the whole story, as I speak limited French and limited Korean. He left within two minutes and didn’t come back.
39. Feeling Toothy?
My friend’s dad bought a place to use as a rental property that used to be a dentist’s house. This dentist apparently brought home all the teeth he pulled.
The mailbox was on a concrete pillar, but this concrete did not use pebbles as aggregate. It was full of human teeth. Hundreds, maybe thousands of them.
38. A Melted Body
My dad moved into an apartment and the whole place had its nice original wood flooring from the 1940s except the living room, which had carpet. It was kind of a bummer because the wood looked nicer. There was one problem, though. When it got warm, the living room smelled really bad.
My dad decided to investigate and eventually peeled the carpet up to find a large black stain on the subfloor; a black stain so large a person could lie inside it. It turned out that the last tenant died and melted in the living room and all they did was pull the hardwood up.
37. Creepy Adult Stash
I was taking down some old ceiling tiles in my basement one fine summer day. Things were going surprisingly well- there were no bugs, mice or asbestos. That was until I shifted the tile that was directly above the boiler. I saw something rolling off the tile and felt it hit my shoulder. I looked down and in a small pile of dust and paper debris was a wooden phallus. It was a sizable and clearly used, wooden adult toy. Now, I was still holding the tile above my head and realized that it was heavier than the last few had been.
I definitely wasn’t expecting an enema, old and yellowed male contraceptives or the mouse nest made with shredded adult magazines that contained all of the previously mentioned items. It was like I was holding a platter of nightmares. But I think the worst part of all of that was when started to dump it all into the trash. I noticed there was a book under the nest. And that was just the start of the stash I had uncovered. The next tile held far more books and magazines. The basement still gives me the creeps sometimes.
36. DEA Raid Site
When we settled into our home, we found a snake anti-venom kit behind the toilet tank, in a house in suburban Minnesota. It featured a leaflet about how to use anti-venom serum, a razor blade, and a small bag of white powder.
Later on, my elderly neighbors told me all about the different DEA raids that took place there.
35. A Voodoo Doll
I’ve lived in my house for ten years, but until recently had never been in the attic. It’s a push-up hatch, rather than a pull-down/ladder combo, so it wasn’t very accessible. There was a weird smell one day, and I was afraid something might have passed away up there. So I pulled out a ladder, lifted the hatch and poked my head up there to check it out. Right next to the hatch in the attic was a huge pile of what looked like stuffing, but turned out to be a gigantic six or seven foot stuffed person.
It was the biggest voodoo doll that ever was, but it was all white. I tried moving it around a bit to get it out of the way, but it was insanely heavy and hard to move. It’s torn in places, possibly from having needles shoved in it and full of 100 years of dust and stuffing. I just left it there, closed the hatch and called it a day.
34. A Lovemaking Dungeon
My house has a two person jacuzzi tub with mirrors on three walls around it. When I was looking at the house, there was a four poster canopy bed with a mirror inside the canopy. Needless to say, the previous owner had some wild adventures there, but that’s not even the half of it. When I was moving in, I found that the basement had a bar with cuffs on either end hanging from the ceiling and two eye bolts in a board on the floor that would have made a perfect place to tie someone up spread eagle.
There’s also a room that used to be a bar that has a dropped ceiling and the lights are above with clear panels that let the light thru. I was moving ceiling tiles to change a bulb and got hit in the face by what I’m guessing was a homemade swing that was bolted to the rafters above. I’ve been in this house 15 years and I still occasionally find a secret panel in a wall or some clue that lets me know just how kinky the former owner was.
33. A VCR Surprise
I found a VHS tape from a defunct rental store in the basement. Someone stashed it away in the wood boards of the ceiling and left it there after moving. Part of me felt I was about to get cursed by the ghost from The Ring but popped it into an old VCR anyways.
I started it at the halfway point and found some crazy adult scene from the ’80s. I couldn’t stop laughing at the absurdity of it.
32. Ashes, Ashes
My friend’s dad found an urn full of ashes in the basement of their house. The urn had a plaque on it with the word “baby” and a picture of an angel. The previous owners had left the urn there with the ashes of their baby.
My friend’s dad displayed the urn in their living room. They eventually sold the house and moved away, but her dad took the urn with him. He displays it on his mantle.
31. Secret Agent Business
My mom bought her house 12 years ago, but last year, my mentally unstable brother kicked the front door down. The door had a giant metal lock on it, which broke off and a bunch of little papers and cards fell out of it. Among them were CIA ID badges, business cards that had to do with cryptography, and other things that had to do with the CIA.
A few days later, I thought I would look through the house in search of more CIA stuff, and stumbled upon a WWII explosive round under one of the floorboards in the attic. That week was just wild.
30. Satanic What Now?
We rented a house once and my parents found what looked like satanic symbols inside the closet in my room, written behind the sliding glass mirror. The landlords told my parents they found dead chickens inside the closet, but I guess they didn’t see the writing. I don’t remember this because I was a baby, but apparently, after we moved in, people kept coming to the house asking if we knew the old owners and if they were still around.
This happened for a couple of weeks until eventually, people stopped coming. My parents think the people who used to live in the house were dealers or something, but I’m not sure; I think something else was going on.
29. Party Leftovers
When we moved into our house, we found a dead duck in the freezer that was shot the night before, when the son of the owner threw a party final goodbye party.
Also, there were a lot of pants in all different shapes and sizes. Apparently, people went home naked.
28. Evidence For A Divorce
Shortly after buying my house, I was tearing down the drop ceiling in the basement. An envelope fell out and I was praying for money. Instead, it was a collection of emails, receipts, and nude pictures from some guy to the 55-year-old woman we purchased the house from.
There wasn’t a husband at closing, so I think it is safe to assume that this was evidence the ex-husband collected for the divorce.
27. A Nice Chunk of Change
After moving into our new house, we found around $14,000 behind the toilet.
Apparently, the person who lived in the house before us did not believe in banks.
26. Phone Recordings
We found a box hidden in the vent and it had 30 or so cassette tapes of recorded phone conversations.
The previous owners were going through a divorce and the husband tapped the phones to catch his wife cheating. It made for good entertainment that summer.
25. Harry Bailey
My friend moved into his new house only to find a secret room. The room was completely soundproofed and had twelve outlets/plugs. The house was owned by an ex-murderer/psychiatrist who used electrotherapy to “cure” a multitude of mental illnesses. In the process, he killed more than people. We can only assume what that room was used for.
While they were renovating, they found the lower jaw of an elderly woman and the police couldn’t identify who it was. The psychiatrist’s name, however, was Harry Bailey.
24. Getting Catty
When we bought our house, we had no idea it would be something out of a Pet Sematary film.
We found a mummified cat with a shoelace in its mouth, in one of the crawl spaces; the home was built in 1911.
23. The Arsenal
My aunt bought a house in a small, poor town down south. Being well off with a good job, she was able to get the house of her dreams; it was an old, late 1800s/early 1900s house. Inside the walls, in cupboards behind boards, were guns and ammo.
She ended up finding over 100 weapons from every time period imaginable and thousands of rounds of ammo. It still creeps me out for what they were being collected for.
22. A Treasure Trove of Toys
The first house my family bought in Florida back in 1988 had custom built cabinets in the garage FILLED with kids toys, board games, and a totally sweet Strawberry Shortcake banana seat bicycle.
The previous owners had no children and nieces or nephews, so it was a bit weird. But that garage was a gold mine. And I learned how to ride a bike with Strawberry Shortcake’s face against my butt.
21. Cash Money, Baby!
My family bought a house when I was a kid that had an underground wine cellar under a trap door in the lounge room. The door was hidden under a couch when we inspected the house, so we didn’t find it until we actually moved in.
When we opened the door, the cellar was flooded with a few floating wine bottles and a floating toolbox. The toolbox had $10, 000 inside.
20. Butt Business
We’ve been living in our house for about three years now. Recently, I was cleaning the bathroom closet and I must have reached into a nook I hadn’t managed to before because I found a frayed old toothbrush and an adult toy meant for the behind.
I had been getting clean in a room with someone else’s booty apparatus and what I fear may have been its cleaning utensil for THREE YEARS.
19. An Upsetting Find
My find was actually something that appeared after I had spent money on the house; it wasn’t there before purchasing. I bought it, brand new and everything in 2004.
Three months later, I found my now ex-wife sleeping with another man in it.
18. Razor Blade Realness
We found razor blades- the double-edged ones from the old razors from back in the day. They were in the walls when we opened it up to repair a busted pipe. I noticed a pile of debris in the wall and luckily happened to be wearing gloves. I reached in to grab whatever it was and throw it away and pulled out a handful of blades. And there were several handfuls.
I later learned a feature of the mid-century modern bathroom was a blade disposal slot in the back of the medicine cabinet. I just thought it was super gross and creepy. So if you are going to move a bathroom wall in a mid-century modern house, be on the lookout.
17. A Lucky Find
My friend and his wife were buying a new house despite being in a huge amount of debt already. The lady was selling cheap because her husband had died and she was moving to an old folk’s home. She took some of the furniture and whatever she needed and said, “Everything in the house is your’s now.”
It turns out the husband was a jeweler and worked out of his house. In random nooks and crannies, they found gold rings and necklaces, and even a bag of small diamonds. He called up the lady to ask if she wanted any of it and she said no. So my friend pawned most of the stuff and paid off his debt.
16. Possible Crime Scene
Once, I rented a house with a few college friends for a year. There was a room in the basement with a bunch of old boxes that we asked our landlords to get rid of, but they refused.
We ended up taking care of it ourselves and found an old claw foot bathtub with blood and handprints on the inside. We had no idea what to do except try to get out of the lease.
15. Leopard Print
Exploring our house led us to find a man’s leopard print, G-string thong. We found it behind a built-in drawer, beneath the linen closet. The previous owners had been here since the 1970s, and so did the thong too.
All we know about the guy was that he was a misogynist who treated his wife like crap. He never had kids and was unfriendly to the neighbors. It’s amusing to imagine him sporting a banana hammock. RIP you old kinky bastard.
14. A New Pet
When we moved into our house, we found a Great Dane. A very large Great Dane. The former owners had him tied to the tree in the back yard.
We called them to ask when they were coming to pick him up, they said we could have him. He turned out to be the best dog we ever had.
13. He Had A Good Time
I rented a home and cleared out the attic to get some space. There was an old box there, so I phoned the landlord to ask if it belonged to him. He came over, we found out it wasn’t his, so we both opened it.
There was a photo album of a marine in the Vietnam War and loads of naked women and him doing….umm. Let’s just say he had a good time.
12. Funeral Parlor Fun
My parents bought a home that used to be a funeral parlor almost 100 years ago. My dad had never questioned why there was a second bulkhead that went nowhere and when there was a busted pipe they finally had to cut it open
Inside, we found a small walled off room that had hundreds of old bottles, odd equipment, chemicals/perfumed salts, stained glass windows from the original building and a few old ledgers and accounting books. My parents had no use for it and a local antique shop owner/town historian happily took it when we offered.
11. An Old Dusty DVD
The place I’m currently in came with a huge computer desk that the landlords didn’t want. I figured I could use it and was running wiring for the speakers when I found a dusty DVD with no writing on it.
I popped it into my computer and it had several naked photos of my landlady in various poses, doing various things. That woman looks horrible naked.
10. Feeling the Love
We found a stash of love letters inside a bedroom wall, bound with ribbon. They were between the married woman of the house and a married man from the next town over and included some postcards and brochures of trips they had taken together.
They dated between 1895 to 1905. We also found a rusted up revolver in a bathroom wall. These people sure loved hiding things in their walls.
9. An Old Friend’s History
An old friend of mine grew up in the house I now own. I had no idea, but he struggled with severe mental illness which started around the time we were in high school. His mom left a few boxes behind in the garage when they moved and one of them was filled with all his old arrest information, letters from his parole officer, and most depressingly, a letter from the judge recommending he be remanded to a psychiatric facility instead of prison.
Apparently, he lived his adult years in a home for schizophrenics and died a few years ago. The whole thing was just very sad.
8. Harmful Elements
We happened to find plutonium in the backyard- you know, the radioactive element that’s extremely dangerous if inhaled and can boost the risk of getting cancer.
The Center for Disease Control came and got it. Our neighbor, who was a geologist, told us not to touch it. We still have no idea how it got there.
7. A Dungeon
We went to explore this house and lo and behold, we found a dungeon; I kid you not. There was no record of any basement in the 120-year-old history of the house, so we were more than shocked. When we moved in we had the floorboards looked at and one of them needed replacing. When we pulled up the board, we found a 6-foot deep cellar, with a rusted iron Victorian bed and a meat hook attached to it. We also found a wooden chest filled with heavily corroded iron tools and some old jam jars.
Nobody had any idea it was there. Our surveyor even told us he was concerned the floor was too low-lying before we bought the house. The cellar even had bricked up doors and an internal window leading to underneath our garden.
6. A Sharp History
When we moved into our new place, we found knives hidden everywhere. We bought an acreage and the previous owner had skinning knives stashed all over the place. I found 11 of them around the property over three years.
Also, there were a bunch of weird wooden rabbit cutouts in one of the outbuildings.
5. A Furnished Apartment
A pipe leaked and ruined a wall in a building that happened to be one of the oldest schools in the city; it was a beautiful property. The workers had to pull down the ruined wall and behind the wall, they found a door.
A fully furnished apartment was there. It had a coal-burning stove to heat it, early 1900s appliances and decor. It was where the caretaker of the school.
4. Body Parts and Stuff
When my family moved to Salem, my dad bought an old Victorian house that used to belong to a doctor.
The attic was a goldmine for kids! It was filled with creepy scientific specimens which my dad threw out as soon as he found it. The best thing was a human fetus in a jar.
3. The Confession
Our neighbors found a confession note in a wall while remodeling their home. It said something about how one of the previous owners had killed his wife while he was in a drunken rage and then buried her body under the house.
Our neighbors gave the note to the local police. The house was old and the police couldn’t find any evidence to verify that the confession was legit. They didn’t investigate much since the possible crime had occurred many decades ago with no living relatives and no Jane Doe’s body.
2. Sexy Exchanges
My wife and I bought an 1880’s old house. Last summer I trekked into the attic to throw away all the junk to see what I could find. The woman who lived there before us had a lusty penpal who fought in Vietnam, but was not the man she married.
There were some pretty steamy exchanges between the actual descriptions of the Tet Offensive being described in the first person, as it was actually happening.
1. Snake Stuff
I’m not a house buyer, but I was an inspector. I was crawling around in the crawlspace under a house looking for water and insect damage. I’m used to finding random things under houses, but this time I saw what, to me, looked like a pile of stockings.
Curious at what stockings may be doing so far under a house, I crawl over to inspect, only to come face to face with the biggest molted snakeskin I’ve ever seen. I scrambled out of there like my butt was on fire, and put in my two weeks notice the next day.