Shocking Things People Found in their Wall in the Last Decade
The 15 MOST SHOCKING Things People Found in Their Wall in the Last Decade
In recent news, homeowners pried away siding on their house to find bootlegged alcohol from the Prohibition era.
It appears the owners knew that a bootlegger built the house back in the day, so to find contents hidden away that confirm that story is exciting. The story didn’t stop there, though.
It turns out the bootlegged alcohol is actually worth about $1,000 per bottle!
This got us thinking, what other objects hidden behind walls have been found by homeowners?
Here is a list of shocking things people found in their wall in the last decade.
#15: WWI Love Letters
One man found love letters from a WWI soldier hidden in his wall. While they don’t necessarily have monetary value, they probably meant much more to the recipient at the time they were received.
Assuming they were read before being hidden away behind the walls!
#14: Action Comics #1
One of the most valuable comic books of all time was found hidden in the walls of David Gonzalez’s home. This comic book (image below) sold for an incredible $175,000 at auction.
How many properties would you buy after finding this in your walls and selling it for that amount?
The reason it sold for so much? It happens to be the comic book with the very first appearance of Superman. Pretty neat!
#13: A $15M Painting
This is a cool story.
Two brothers were going through their deceased father’s home when they found something hidden in the walls.
It was a Norman Rockwell painting (right) valued at many millions of dollars. The catch is there was already the same Norman Rockwell hung on the opposite wall.
Two paintings of the same thing, one hidden and one hanging on the wall for display.
Apparently, the father had hidden the original from his wife during a divorce and instead hung a self-painted FAKE!
Say what you want, but the father/husband must have had a steady hand for the fake to never be noticed as such.
#12: Secret Tunnel Filled With Black Mold
This is an interesting one.
New homeowners stumbled upon a secret door in their new home that led to a hidden tunnel filled with toxic mold — so much so that the previous owner left a note saying they had to move because the mold was so bad.
The note read:
Hello. If you’re reading this, then you found the secret room. I owned this house for a short while and it was discovered to have a serious mold problem. One that actually made my children very sick to the point that we had to move out.
The mold that the tunnel and home contained was Stachybotrys, which is referred to as toxic black mold.
Not something you want to find after purchasing a new home!
#11: Briefcase, Money, and a Creepy Note
A homeowner on Reddit found something shocking in his new home.
In addition to a hidden crawl space, he found an old briefcase, some watches, videotapes, and money. There was also one creepy letter that read: “Save yourself.”
I feel like there are two camps here. Camp one finds a note like this and, though startled at first, might make some fun out of it by trying to find the backstory on who left it there and why.
Camp two would treat this note the same as Ace Ventura treats bats by getting the hell out of there.
Whatever camp you fall in, that’s a heck of a discovery.
#10: Cold Hard Cash…and Bourbon
A couple found a 50-year-old safe hidden in the wall with $51,000 inside. $51,000! Can you imagine?
This story and others like it really make you think about how much money is hidden behind walls.
Who knows — it could even be enough to increase inflation!
Other contents in the safe were a bottle of bourbon and a book titled A Guide for the Perplexed by E.F. Schumacher.
#9: Leonardo da Vinci Artwork
Finding artwork of any kind within your walls would be exciting. It would likely send you on an endless quest trying to find the no-name artist who used to rent or own the home, eventually leading to you hanging the painting somewhere to share a quick story when you have guests over.
Imagine the no-name artist being Leonardo da Vinci!
That’s what happened in Italy when researchers discovered one of the artist’s “lost” works had been hidden behind a fake wall that was painted over.
See #5 here for more details.
#8: Harvard Human Bones
In 1999, Harvard thought they had a Crimson-style murder on their hands when human bones were found in the wall of a chapel.
The true story behind these bones is that the building wasn’t always a chapel. Prior to converting, the building held studies of science and medicine. The bones were used to create a skeleton for examination purposes.
While it didn’t turn out to be nearly as scandalous as predicted, it was still shocking to find human bones during a renovation project.
#7: Hidden Toxic Waste
Finding toxic waste anywhere tends to be bad — b
Finding hidden toxic waste in your new home is much worse.
One owner paid $266,000 for their new home just to find hidden toxic waste, which lead to a cleanup that cost millions of dollars.
Apparently, if the old homeowner cannot be found or has passed, then the new homeowner becomes responsible for cleaning up the waste. This article says the old homeowner, the one likely responsible for hiding toxic waste, died many years ago.
It will be tough to find ROI on that deal!
#6: A Live Missile
In April 2011, a man was remodeling his bathroom when he stumbled upon a very active weapon of warfare.
The Wisconsin native found a live Korean missile with a five-inch explosive head on it! The prior owners of the home were in the Korean War and collected “souvenirs” from it.
Though a great piece of history, the whole being active thing doesn’t sit well with me. I would call the authorities and calmly exit the building.
There have been reports of people finding mummified cats and even large beehives within their walls.
I’m sure you’re thinking, Ok, that’s not too bad.
People have also reported finding hundreds of bats located behind their walls. You can be an animal lover and handle the mummified cat, a few big beehives, and even some spiders…but BATS?!
No way. Not happening. I’m running for the fences on them just like Ace Ventura!
#4: Royal Decapitation
In 2010, a journalist in the UK followed clues that led to finding a 400-year-old skull in the attic of a French tax collector.
The skull was taken from its grave in the 1800s during the overthrow of the monarchy. Then it was placed in the attic of a house.
The things people did back then…am I right?
#3: A 100-Year-Old Ouija Board
Ouija boards are creepy on their own, but one found in an abandoned house behind the walls? Downright terrifying.
According to the construction worker who made the discovery, the board was concealed in a wall and positioned with its writing upside down.
I’m not sure if the upside-down part is superstitious at all, but if finding something upside down were a sign of bad things to come, it would probably be a Ouija board!
Let’s hope he left it where he found it…
#2: Dead Bodies
This one is the most shocking of all. Or is it, if it’s #2 on our list? It’s certainly nearly the most shocking.
In 2013, the body of a woman missing for 28 years was found behind a false wall in the basement of her Poughkeepsie, New York home.
Her husband, who reported her missing in 1985, is believed to have committed the murder, though he died just a few months before the body was discovered and was never questioned.
I’m not sure how many dark basements you’ve entered in your investing life, but I’d say this would be the absolute worst-case scenario.
#1: Live Children
At the end of our list is truly the most shocking thing someone has found in their walls — a living child. Yes, a person found another living person, a child, alive and in the walls. This is not a “Oh, he was in there hiding for a few hours” situation.
This is a child who was hidden against his will inside the walls of a house until someone discovered him.
Two years after he disappeared with his mother, 6-year-old Richard Chekevdia was discovered hidden in the walls of his grandmother’s home in Illinois.
Ricky disappeared in 2007 after a contentious custody dispute between his mother, Shannon Wilfong, and his father, Michael Chekevdia. After reports by police stating that the boy had rarely been allowed outside and a judge finding that Ricky had been denied access to medical care, education, and contact with his peers, the police went looking.
Following up on a tip, they approached the boy’s grandmother’s house, where they found Ricky and his mother crouched in a hiding place behind a bedroom dresser.
The hiding place had been custom-built for the two of them. Wilfong and the grandmother were charged with multiple crimes, and the child was removed from the hiding place.
What Could Be Hiding Behind Your Walls?
That’s it for our list of the most shocking things people found in their walls in the last decade. Have you found anything in your walls you think should have made this list? Leave it in the comments and perhaps you will make our next list!