8 of the Creepiest, Craziest Things People Have Found in Their Homes

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Buying a new home is exciting, but you don’t want it to be too exciting—say, by finding a gravesite in your backyard. Not cool! For a glimpse of why you should never, ever skimp on your home inspection, check out this list of the most bizarre things new homeowners have unearthed on their property after moving in.

Dead chickens

During renovations in February 2015, the dream home of the Bretzius family in Auburn, PA, quickly devolved into the stuff of nightmares when they discovered their 1930s house had been insulated with dead chickens in the walls, along with spices and other “ritualistic objects.” Why? Experts theorized it was a form of Dutch folk magic known as Pow-wow, meant to ward off sickness, which is ironic because this discovery made homeowner Kaija Bretzius feel sick to her stomach.

“We were shocked, horrified, and disgusted,” Bretzius told WNEP News—even more so when she learned that excavating the carcasses would cost $20,000 (they started aGoFundMe for donations).

13 graves

When attempting to build a deck at the back of her house in Charlotte, NC, in June 2012, Roslyn Wright got a nasty surprise when she unearthed 13 gravestones. With graves underneath, naturally. Granted, Wright had been informed before buying the house that there was a graveyard somewhere out back, but the macabre discovery still gave her a turn.

“I never expected that they would be that close,” she told WSOC-TV. At least if a poltergeist arrived, she’d know why.

A lot of ammunition

The previous owner of this house was fully armed to fight off a zombie apocalypse. At least, that’s what the new homeowner figured as he posted images on imgur claiming he found a secret room containing tons of ammo, including thousands of bullets, military-grade gun crates, a defused grenade, and hundreds, if not thousands, of pennies. Maybe so they could be melted down into more ammo?

Just some of the ammo discovered in a secret basement room imgur

A ‘mammoth’ discovery

In June 2012 a man (identified only as “John” by ABC News) in Oskaloosa, IA, was walking with his two sons looking for blueberries near their creek. One of the sons pointed out what looked like a ball—but upon closer inspection, the father noted it looked like a bone. They started digging and what they found was big, very big. When they finished, John was holding a 4-foot long femur, which is believed to have come from a mammoth that lived 12,000 years ago. (OK, this one is kind of cool.)

The previous owner

When William Wilson bought a foreclosed home in Cape Coral, FL, he thought the home was empty. It wasn’t. It turns out the reason the house was sold at auction was the owner didn’t pay her taxes—but apparently no one ever checked to see why. So when Wilson entered his new home in November 2014, he found the corpse of the previous homeowner. We presume the house might need a psychic cleansing after that.

Home was revealed to contain the previous owner. News-press.com

An ‘odd’ fellow

A family in Leflore County, OK, happened upon a coffin while searching their barn out back—and within it, a 100-year-old skeleton. The bones, which were found in February 2015, belonged to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, who use skeletons in their initiation ceremonies. Yup, those are odd fellows, all right.

A medieval well

Colin Steer in Plymouth, England, had always wondered why his living room floor dipped in the middle, so he started digging. Three days and 17 feet later, he figured out why.

His home was sitting on top of a medieval well.

Further research and excavation revealed that the well dated to the 16th century and went down 33 feet. Crews also unearthed a sword that must have been tossed in centuries earlier.

“I love the well and think it’s fascinating,” Colin told The Telegraph in August 2012. “I’d love to find out who was here before us. I’ve got a piece of Plymouth’s history in my front room.”

A used body bag

In October 2015, a Detroit woman was cleaning out the garage of her newly purchased home when she came across a menacing find: a body bag, empty but for an “unknown male” tag. The funeral home across the street unequivocally states the bag isn’t theirs, but it’s definitely no super-size Ziploc. Local 4 Detroit tried figuring out who it belonged to and why, but doesn’t have any answers. We kind of hope it never does.

Body bag found in a Detroit home Click On Detroit

Posted by Craig Donofrio on realtor.com

 

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This Is the Scariest Open House Ever (Good Thing It’s Fake)

A lot of strange things have happened at open houses—agents have found voodoo dolls and naked couples, among many other odd sights. But how many times have mirrors cracked, microwaves sparked with static electricity, and pictures randomly dropped to the floor at an open house?

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At least once, at an open house at an infamously frightening setting: the home used as the setting for the first “Paranormal Activity” film. Marketers for the next film in the franchise, “Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension,” staged the faux haunted open house as a promotional stunt and posted a video of it to YouTube, to get some Halloween traction for the movie. (Guess it worked—we got sucked in.) They brought real people in and gave them a tour of terrifying shakes, sparks, and cracks that sent them screaming and scrambling out of the house.

How authentic was it? The open house–goers are suspiciously good-looking, and a few seem to be suppressing smiles. One assumes they had an idea that some kind of unusual activity was on the docket. Maybe they just weren’t expecting it to be paranormal.

As for as we know, the four-bedroom, three-bathroom home isn’t actually up for grabs.Our records show it was sold in February for $760,000.

Posted by Lisa Davis on realtor.com

5 Haunted Homes You Can Own Today

Priced from less than $100k to almost $5 million, these homes are perfect for would-be ghost-hunters.

Amid the countless blockbuster thrillers full of eerie lore and artificial gore, chilly mysteries also occur in real life. Some stories transcend the imaginary and seep into the woodwork of dwellings from bygone eras.

Whether you believe in ghosts or not, these homes carry bizarre histories with claims to match. Check out these five allegedly haunted homes for sale across the country — if you dare.

John Sowden House

5121 Franklin Ave, Los Angeles, CA
For sale: $4.799 million

It only makes sense to begin with this home at the epicenter of Hollywood. It has appeared in several films and was the suspected murder site of the infamous Black Dahlia homicide.

Built in 1926 by Lloyd Wright for painter/photographer John Sowden, the residence was bought in 1945 by George Hodel, the prime suspect in the 1947 murder of Elizabeth Short, better known as the Black Dahlia. Subsequent inhabitants have reported paranormal activity, and the TV show “Ghost Hunters” reportedly caught an apparition on video.

The Sandlin House

401 W Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda, FL
For sale: $1.150 million

Built in 1893 by one of Punta Gorda’s most successful early businessmen, this charming Victorian looks innocent — despite having a somber past. In 1909, owner James Sandlin’s daughter died in a freak accident on the front porch.

Current owners report that her presence remains, with footsteps sometimes heard in various parts of the home.

Pillars Estate

13800 W County House Rd, Albion, NY
For sale: $1 million

This Civil War-era home fell into disrepair in the late 20th century. As new homeowners began to restore it in 2006, they sensed spiritual activity — but report it as friendly. One such spirit is the Woman in White, possibly a former resident, Myrtle Carr, who loved the home.

The Turret House

550 N Cherokee St, Muskogee, OK
For sale: $94,500

This Queen Anne Victorian home isn’t far removed from the hands of the family who built it — the current owner purchased it from them.

The origination of the home’s paranormal activity, which includes music emanating from vacant rooms, has not been specified. The owner reports that the original owners’ niece passed away in the home, and unmarked graves could be nearby.

Haunted Castle House

841 Highway C, Brumley, MO
For sale: $195,000

Currently operated as a unique bed-and-breakfast, this Queen Anne Victorian has been witness to over a century of documented hauntings since it was built in 1850 by Dr. Walter Dixon.

Guests, ghost hunters, and paranormal investigation teams have visited the home, contributing to the abundance of ghostly reports. Many of the happenings can be credited to Mrs. Dixon, who mysteriously died at the top of the staircase.

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Abandoned behemoth with 46 bedrooms – or ‘more like 70’ – is for sale in Texas (where else?)

Now this is more like it! Don’t you think?

Forget Jackie Siegel and her biggest-home-in-the-nation Florida “Versailles” with its piddling 30 bedrooms or so, which was once on the market for $75 million unfinished.

This Texas structure is being marketed as a 60,175-square-foot “shell” of a single-family home on about 15 acres, with 46 bedrooms and 26 bathrooms — “more than enough room for the entire family inside and outside!” the listing says — for $3.5 million.

Those room counts are only estimates, by the way. “It’s probably more like 70 bedrooms,” listing agent Mona Miller tells the Houston Chronicle. “They’re not completed, so it’s difficult to tell.”

Rumors about this residence and its junior version next door, which is about half the size at a mere 32,000 square feet, have been circulating locally for going on a decade. They’re in Manvel, near Pearland, about half an hour’s drive south of Houston. In 2009 the Houston Press got a glimpse of the bigger one, which it dubbed“Pearland’s mystery mansion,” and judging from the current photos, the property has been essentially abandoned for the intervening six years.

Theater room perhaps??

There’s even an unfinished indoor pool.

Even Miller isn’t sure of the real story, but she’s heard that a physician and his wife started building the bigger structure in 2001 as a surgery rehab center, then turned their attention to building a smaller (air quotes) neighbor.

Old listing photos for Junior (shown at the bottom) show a furnished, finished and distinctly institutional-looking dwelling that was billed as being available for residential or commercial use.

The bigger behemoth now on the market was earlier floated as a “special purpose” property but apparently didn’t go over with prospective buyers. According to that listing, the property was “originally designed to be a senior assisted-living center, but was not completed.” No kidding.

The remaining photos — from a property listing from 2008 — show the smaller (air quotes) property next door. It’s about 32,000 square feet and was apparently built by the same physician and his wife sometime after they started and then dropped the 60,000-square-foot project in about 2001. They completed this one, as the photos show.

Originally published by Jennifer Karmon on Yahoo Homes.