An Ohio couple was living the DIY dream of renovating their own home floor by floor. When they got to the basement, they uncovered an array of amazing secrets and artifacts that would eventually call for a full-scale FBI investigation.
Hard At Work
As the couple moved downward to renovate their basement, they knew they were going to have a challenge on their hands. The walls were full of graffiti, the ceiling was drooping and the woods beams were warped. Whilst the basement didn’t look like much, they would discover in that room something that would change their lives forever.
Hidden In The Rafters
As the young couple tore down their ceiling piece by piece, they saw something hidden perfectly in the rafters. It was an old suitcase and obviously, someone had gone far out of their to way hide it there so perfectly. The homeowner stopped working and removed the suitcase from the rafters. He then called his wife from upstairs and the two marveled over the case. What would be inside?
The Case In Question
The case wasn’t big, but for its small size, it was quite heavy. Ideas turned in their mind as to what might be inside that old green suitcase. They agreed it might be better to open it outside as the contents could have been anything and they didn’t want it to damage the house in any kind of way.
They were of course very excited over the contents in the case, but before they opened it and found nothing inside, they wanted to prolong their excitement and decided to play a guessing game. They guessed that it could of contained a number of great things like old pictures, documents and even relics like sports cards. Guessing aside, it was time for them to discover what was inside and they opened it up.
Mystery In Wax Paper
At first glimpse, the couple didn’t see anything that would appear significant. They found three rectangular shapes wrapped in wax paper. The contents behind that wax paper drove the couple into a world of absolute excitement. They just needed to find out what was there. They began tearing the paper. What they would find would surely turn their world upside down.
Cold Hard Cash!
What they found was cold hard cash in the form of twenty dollar bills. That said, these bills were much older than the ones we deal with on a daily basis. The homeowner later told the newspapers, “These are all twenties! There may be a couple thousand here! We are freaking out at this point. This doesn’t happen to us! What do we do? Where are the cameras?” That was the reaction to one bundle, they had two more to unravel.
Cash Flowing In
The man described what made up the two other bundles. He said, “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 money came with an array of questions. Where did it come from? The bills looked like they were from the 1920’s and 1930’s. How old were the suitcases? Would there be more money hidden in the house?
Beneath the bundles of cash was hint that would answer all their questions regarding the age of the suitcase. What they saw was a copy of The Cleveland Plain-Dealer, the paper for the town that they were currently living in. The paper in question was dated March 25, 1951. This meant that the suitcase before them had been in hiding for 65 years. The couple wanted to know how much value money that old can have in our modern society.
Wanting to know if their money was worth anything, the couple contacted a lawyer. Some bills were star bills that had never been circulated and all the currency was over 70 years old. Luckily for them, the lawyer let them know that the money would actually be worth more now, approximately $23,000. The home owner posted a closing message on reddit with the idea that his wild ride was over, but little did he know it was really just all beginning. Things were about to take a startling turn for the young couple.
A Second Case
Over time the excitement died down and they went about their business renovating. Then the husband discovered what would appear to be a second suitcase. He brought it down and took a deep breath. He looked around and wondered if he’d discover other mysteries with this home which was built within the 1940’s..
What Was Hidden Inside
He refused to open it on the spot. He knew the right thing to do would be to wait for his wife to come home from work. As he awaited for arrival, he pulled out his handy camera and snapped a few photographs of the two cases together. He began wondering if the second case would contain a bundle of green joy like the first suitcase or be empty.
The couple snapped open the second case together and immediately discovered that they were thousands of dollars richer. The money wasn’t wrapped in delicate wax paper this time, but instead it was lined up in a very organized manner. The big question on their mind was how much money was in the case and what other surprises awaited them.
Rolling In The Dough
The case had more money in it than the first. They had just instantly earned themselves an extra $45,000. The couple felt absolutely blessed. That said, they weren’t going to blow the money on boats, cars and other things of luxury, they were going to put it towards their home. Little did they know, this second case was going to bring them closer to more mysteries, ones that would eventually call for the FBI.
These little surprises resulted in the young couple looking at their house with a new perspective. Thinking their might be more secrets hidden they began searching areas of the house they had often times overlooked. They discovered that what appeared to a utility access panel ended up being a secret passage way to a hidden room. This would be the biggest secret yet.
What they discovered wasn’t a utility access panel, but an entire room that could fit inside a number of people. The floor was covered with multiple carpets. It was obvious to them that the room hasn’t been used in decades. They wondered about its purpose and why someone would need a hidden room and what used to happen in the room.
While discovering money and hidden rooms can be a riveting experience, it also caused the couple some concern. They had been living in the house for several years and these discoveries were hitting them in an odd way. The man cautioned his wife to stay behind and he delved further into the room. On the other side of the room was another door. This new door was different as it was fastened with a lock that would prevent anyone from entering. What could possibly be sitting on the other side.
Breaking Down The Door
Despite any mystery that might have been waiting behind the door, he knew that he couldn’t turn around now. While heavy duty locks can be tough to break, he had more than enough tools to break through it. His curiosity would soon see him come face to face with a very shocking secret. What would it be? Was he headed for treasures beyond his wildest dreams or something beyond his wildest nightmares?
The man knew almost immediately upon opening the door that something was definitely strange about his home. The surprises were sure fun, but for several year he had thought that he knew his home. Firstly, one must take into consideration that the room was soundproof and covered in a white plastic tarp. There were also some artifacts from a time gone by.
The first artifact that the man found in the room was a brown briefcase. The biggest surprises would be awaiting him inside. Would the couple end up discovering more money in the case or perhaps something more amazing? Perhaps they would end up discovering something horribly disturbing.
Amazing Relics From The Past
The couple didn’t waste anytime and immediately opened the case. What they found inside were some relics from the past. It held two old watches, two rings, four silver ingots and dozens of envelopes that were stuffed with cash from a variety of foreign countries. Everyone wondered why someone would leave all these precious things behind. With that, the couple would discover something more and it wouldn’t be pretty watches or currency.
The brown brief case wasn’t the only thing that the couple found. Hidden in the furthest corner was a mysterious safe. Given the odd room that was sound proof and covered in plastic, the man began to get the idea that the safe would hide something horrible inside, perhaps a secret he wouldn’t want to discover. As it would turn out, he was correct.
The man began wrestling the safe open and when he finally flung open the door, he was welcomed with a note that simply warned him by saying, “Save yourself.” The man began to feel extremely uneasy. Was this a warning to him and his wife or was this just some kind of sick joke. Things were about to take a very horrible turn for this young couple, so horrible that the authorities would have to get involved.
A Second Warning
As he delved deeper into the safe, he saw a warning inside that said, “Do not.” Below that he saw an array of old video tapes. He felt pretty awful about the situation and could feel a disturbing feeling in his gut. The man slowly began the removing the tapes from the safe. Should he watch the tapes or just leave them be? Perhaps they would reveal the big secret about the hidden room.
Unmasking The Truth
The man studied the tapes. Oddly enough, the tapes seemed older than the two suitcases he found in his and older then anything in the brief case. The labels on the tape reveal practically nothing of what they would reveal. They were simply labelled as 194, 1195, 11195, IV, 95, V. The discovery was too strange for him and he decided he would dig any deeper. He tried putting them out of his mind but the called at him night and day and eventually he decided to unravel the mystery.
Playing The Tapes
After spending nights tossing and turning and dreaming about those tapes, the man finally decided that he had to play them and he brought them out. He popped the tape into his VCR and pressed the play button. The scenes displayed before him were images he’d truly never forget. They were absolutely horrible. Just what did that man see on those old tapes?
The man didn’t get through the first tape. He turned it off only a few minutes and immediately contacted the FBI. They showed up almost as quickly as he called and removed all of the tapes and launched a full-scale investigation. The young couple’s renovation of course had to be paused as their house was filled with agents. Nothing further has been released to the public and the world has been left in absolute speculation. We perhaps may never know the truth behind those tapes.