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Mystery Solved: The Man Who Disappeared Into His Home For Over 60 Years Without a Trace

This is the story of a man who mysteriously vanished in his own house. In 1961, George Carroll disappeared in his Long Island home. His disappearance left great sorrow in the hearts of his four children. They were heartbroken, yet they didn’t know what to do or where to look for him.

As heartbreaking as it is, his disappearance was still a complete mystery until his youngest child, Mike, discovered something strange. After 60 years of wondering about his whereabouts, a finding in their basement brought shocking revelations that answered some of their burning questions. We suggest that you get settled and grab some tissue for this one.

A Brief Family History

Let’s start with the man who vanished: George Carroll. George was born in 1934, in one of the worst years of the Great Depression. It was the year when many people turned their backs on those who had promised a better future. The situation was increasingly dark and depressing. 

George married a woman named Dorothy, and they had four children: Patricia, Jean, Steven, and Mike. The four children were all so young when they got news of their father’s disappearance. The eldest, Patricia, was nine, and their youngest, Mike, was less than a year old. 

The Year is 1961

The year 1961 was a year to remember. This year shaped the world as we know it today in many ways. A truly remarkable event took place in 1961: Yuri Gagarin and a team of scientists conducted the first human space flight. 

In January 1961, John F. Kennedy was sworn in by Chief Justice Earl Warren as the 35th President of the United States. Kennedy was the United States’ first Catholic President and the youngest to be elected. During JFK’s inaugural speech, he encouraged his fellow citizens to “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.”

The Carroll Family in 1961

Of all the events of 1961, the most shocking event in the Carroll Family was the disappearance of their patriarch. This was the year their father vanished without leaving any clue. It marked the start of changes in their family, and not for the better.

Only their father’s absence and an abundance of unanswered questions were left behind. It was one of the most challenging times of their life for the children and for their mother. Given that they were so young at that time and couldn’t understand, they were all affected by the trauma in different ways.

Unanswered Questions

The children were left with nothing but questions, and so they turned to their mother for answers. Their mother, who was also shaken by what happened, could only offer sparse details to her children. As they grew older, they asked her multiple times for answers over the years.

But Dorothy would only say a few words about it. It seemed that their mother was unwilling to talk about their missing father. In a New York Post interview from November 2018, Mike said, “They always told me, ‘Don’t ask’… So I stopped asking.”

Dorothy’s Theory

George’s disappearance was a crisis for the family. Dorothy, who was also baffled by what had happened, was never able to give concrete answers to her children. Without any facts, Dorothy would occasionally tell her children that their father had left the house one night to get cigarettes and that he never made it home.

But there were holes in that story. For example, the children found their father’s wallet somewhere in the house. Why would he have left for the store without it? Their youngest son, Mike, who was only eight months old when his father disappeared, never believed it.

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Rumors Started to Spread - The First Theory

Since there were more questions than answers regarding George’s disappearance, rumors started to circulate around the neighborhood. When people don’t get answers to a mystery like that, their curiosity gets the better of them, and they start to believe their own speculations. 

The most popular rumor was that their father had left his family behind to fly to Korea, where he had been a decade before. George was one of the soldiers who participated in the Korean War between 1950 and 1953. It’s an odd theory, but it’s what took off.

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Theory Number Two

But the speculation did not end there. Instead, people began spreading another, quite sinister, rumor as time went by. George was said to have been buried under the family’s basement, which was being built at the time of his disappearance. People truly believed that his body would be found underneath the house.

If true, it meant that George had never left at all. It’s scary to think that his body might still be there, waiting for someone to discover it. Besides being a frightening thought, this rumor must have been painful for the family to hear and deal with.

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The Authorities Didn’t Know

Following George’s sudden disappearance, it was later claimed that no one had actually filed a missing person report. Consequently, the authorities were likely never aware of his absence. Despite their unanswered questions, his family began to move on in the following years.

If there was one person who could have reported that George was missing to the authorities, it was Dorothy. She was the only person who could do that, the only person who should have thought of doing it, but she failed to do so. But why?

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Dorothy’s Second Husband

Shortly after George’s disappearance, a man named Richard Darress moved into the Carroll family house. Eventually, he became Dorothy’s second husband, and the two had a son together. When you think about the timeline, it all seems a bit fast.

Unfortunately, their relationship did not last. Dorothy and Richard did not have a happy ending, as their marriage ended in divorce. We can’t imagine how difficult it must have been for the kids, first to lose their father and then see their mother go through a divorce.

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Darress and Dorothy’s Divorce

The splitting of Dorothy and Richard had nothing to do with the disappearance of Dorothy’s last husband. In 1983, Dorothy filed for divorce on the grounds that Richard had been unfaithful. She had already asked him to pack her bags sometime in the late 1970s.

Whether her suspicions were true or not is not certain. What is certain is that this must have added fuel to the fire when it came to neighborhood rumors. It must have been hard for the kids to go through all that.

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What Happened to Darress?

Richard Darress went to Mexico after his divorce from Dorothy, where he remarried. However, according to court records acquired by Fox News, Darress’ new wife sought a temporary protection order against him in 2000, before her divorce.

Although there’s not much information about Richard Darress, all of this raises uncomfortable questions about his relationship. The cheating allegationsand now the protection ordersay a lot about his character. As for Darress, he passed away in June 2018 at the age of 77.

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George Abandoning His Family Still Continues

The rumors about George abandoning his family were still going strong as his children grew older. It was because of Dorothy that many believed that George had left them of his own volition. It wasn’t clear why she thought of that in the first place, given that there was never any evidence to back the theory up.

And because she kept on giving the same answer to the question, the children stopped asking. In November 2018, her son Steven told WABC, “There wasn’t a lot of conversation about it. We grew curious about where he may be as grownups.”

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A Son's Search For Answers

Mike, the youngest son, bought the Carroll family house before Dorothy died in 1988. He still lives there to this day. As many memories were made with the rest of the family in that house, it’s just right that one of the family members should have it.

But it wasn’t just about memories for Mike. He began to wonder if the rumors about his father being buried in their basement were genuine after all those years of hearing them. We get it; there’s no harm in wondering. Better to know than to not.

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Mike Starts His Own Search

We can say that George and Dorothy’s children were deprived of answers simply because there were no clues whatsoever. Dorothy wasn’t able to share any information with her children. It’s not surprising that they wanted to uncover the mystery themselves.

“It didn’t happen overnight. It’s something that’s been spoken about for years,” Mike said of the theories that his father’s ultimate resting place was in the family basement, adding, “This is something that, as we got older, you know, we heard various stories.”

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The Digging Begins

Since Mike owned the family house, he could start doing whatever he wanted to do to it. In 2012, Mike decided to dig down into the basement to find some answers. It was a courageous act, knowing that the results could haunt him for the rest of his days, but he continued.

He was forced to abandon his plans shortly after excavation began. Mike informed News 12, “I was actually digging in the wrong place. So it got to the point where it became dangerous because I was afraid my house would collapse. So I stopped digging.”

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The Search Was On

Just because Mike’s first attempt was stopped by an engineering issue, he didn’t lose hope. Mike and his family never gave up their quest to find out the truth. If you are that desperate to find answers, no one can stop you from hunting for them.

Soon after they gave up their first attempt, they began again. This time, however, they recruited a team of experts to assist them. Not content to let other people do all the work, Mike did all of the heavy lifting, raising enormous concrete chunks out of the basement piece by piece.

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The First Clue

With the help of the experts, Mike and his family were able to find their first clue. Someone who worked with ground-penetrating radar was one of the people Mike got on board. This type of technology examines subsurface structures using electromagnetic radiation to create an image of what’s underneath. 

They discovered a mysterious mass six feet below the basement’s concrete floor using the ground-penetrating radar. It was a huge discovery because it exposed something that a mere human could never reach with their senses. Technology really is groundbreaking sometimes.

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Using All The Available Means

Yes, the first clue was helpful. But for Mike, it still wasn’t enough. Mike was willing to do anything to get to the bottom of his father’s disappearance. If we were in Mike’s shoes, we would also do whatever we could to find what truly happened to our father.

Following the advice of one of his sisters, Mike sought the aid of a psychic. Mike was eager to hear what the clairvoyant would say, even though he was more of a believer in science than the supernatural. Mike said to the New York Post, “There are, of course, premonitions, hunches, things like that.”

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Mike’s Childhood Ghost Encounter

Mike later disclosed to News 12 that he had seen “spirits” in his residence as a child. It’s typical for children to say they saw something only they could see. Childhood is a time when our imaginations have no limits. 

“My friend came over from Georgia and said, ‘Mike, I came out of your bathroom, and I saw a guy standing there, like, you know, the shadow of a man, standing up and coming down the stairs’But that’s beside the point,” Mike said, shuddering.

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What The Psychic Revealed

It may seem unlikely and unscientific, but there have been stories about psychics helping out in police investigations. Although some people are skeptical about them, psychics say that they can actually help to solve cases just like this one.

Mike got valuable information from his visit to a psychic. When asked about what transpired during the paranormal investigation, Mike told the New York Post, “There was a guy who came into my basement. And he went to the right place and said, ‘The energy is here.” 

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Mike and His Sons

To make matters more complicated, Mike suffered a stroke during the course of his investigation. But because his family was there to support him, the search continued in his absence. His two adult sons, Christopher and Michael Jr., took over.

Mike explained to News 12 how his sons got interested in the project: “I told my kids, ‘Guys, come here and help me,’ They’ve been watching me do this,’” he explained. “I think they felt bad for me because they knew this was important to me.”

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The Turning Point

It was just another day when Christopher and Michael Jr. hit the jackpot. As Mike’s sons were excavating the psychic’s specified site, they made a huge breakthrough. What they found was surreal. They couldn’t wait to let their father know.

Christopher and Michael Jr. discovered something they felt was interesting several feet underground. Imagine being them and being able to eagerly tell their father about it. We are 100% sure their father was thankful for what they did, not just because they found something, but because they were there for him all throughout the project.

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Mike’s Reaction

After his son notified him about their discovery, Mike rushed down to the basement. “It’s not easy for me to go up and down the stairs,” he said. But despite his limited mobility, he was eager to view the new discovery. “I actually got into the hole where they were digging,” Mike told News 12.

When Mike got down into the pit, he found what seemed to be the remains of a person. Given that Mike suffered a stroke not long before, we can’t imagine how he handled that situation. It must have been a great relief and a great tragedy at the same time.

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What Was Buried

The sight that Mike and his sons uncovered was gruesome. “He was twisted into a knot, weird-looking,” he explained. “He was lying twisted in the dirt… he wasn’t totally exposed either,” Mike told the New York Post. We can’t imagine what kind of person could treat a human body like that.

Mike didn’t forget to reach out to his siblings when he recovered from the shock. He made sure they were the first to know. They also alerted the police the next day (which actually happened to be on Halloween).

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The Real Investigation Begins

After contacting his siblings, Mike alerted the authorities about the discovery. He knew that by doing so, the police could finally help to put an end to their family’s misery. We think that calling in the police was probably something their mother, Dorothy, should have done all those years ago.

Before the Suffolk County Police Department could identify for sure who (or what) the bones belonged to, they would need to do a DNA test and maybe study the dental records as well. The police confirmed that the bones were indeed human.

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Mike’s Intuition

Mike was relieved that his role in finding his father’s remains was over. Even if the results from the police were still ongoing, Mike was certain that the bones he found belonged to his father. That kind of thinking makes sense, given the kind of rumors that had been around for all those years.

He told the New York Post, “[They’re] going to be [of] my father.” Mike continued by saying, “This is going to be a great thing for himto be emancipated from that place where he didn’t belong,” revealing that he took the revelations with a good attitude.

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Not a Single Doubt From Mike’s Heart

Mike was very confident that the bones belonged to his lost father. He was entirely at ease when they uncovered them. It was as though he could see his father in the distance, thanking him and offering him closure on all those years of pain.

“I felt a vindication for my dad. I felt like he was dancing in the sky,” Mike told News 12. And when the authorities confirmed that it was really his father’s remains, he felt that his father was watching from above with a smilethey found him, or at least what was left of him.

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The Big News

In December 2018, after a couple more months of testing, the officials from Suffolk County confirmed that the bones did indeed belong to their father, George. This was the news the Carroll family had waited on for over 60 years.

“The DNA was extremely well preserved within the skeletal remains, even after nearly 60 years,” county medical examiner Michael Caplan told Newsday. Mike and his brothers finally had definitive answers about their father’s fate after such a long time. 

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What Happened to George?

The discovery of George’s body was one thing. It dashed the rumors that he had left his family to fend for themselves all those years ago. However, one question remained: What really happened to him? Obviously, he didn’t climb into the hole after digging it himself.

After investigating the body, the police concluded that George had been murdered. According to the medical report, it was revealed that he had received blunt force trauma to the skull. However, experts suggested that the impacts may have been made after George had already passed away.

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The Investigation Aligns With the Psychic's Information

Finding out that their father had been murdered was quite a surprise for Mike’s siblings, but not so for Mike. Unlike them, he was not as taken aback by the revelations. The psychic Mike had hired earlier in his investigation clued him into this detail.

In December 2018, he told the New York Post, “The psychic informed me it was blunt force trauma,” adding, “She informed me it was a pipe, that he was buried after being struck in the head with a pipe.”

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Unfinished Business

“There’s so much unfinished business here. There’s a story behind the story behind the story,” Mike told News 12. While one question was answered, several more questions appeared. For Mike, this wasn’t the endit was just the beginning. 

However, Mike took some time to grieve with the rest of his family. Finding his father’s remains was initially his ultimate goal, and he achieved what he set out to do. After all his efforts, he deserved a good, long rest.

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Police Theories

The police, on the other hand, had their own theories, according to The Washington Post. They reportedly wanted to speak with Mike’s ex-stepfather, Darress, for example. However, they were unable to question him since he had recently passed away. As a consequence, Mike had maintained an open mind about it, telling Newsday, “I’m trying to avoid pointing fingers right now.”

If only they had found the body a little earlier, they would have had potentially more answers. And what of Darress? His sudden arrival to the family all those years ago was a little off; you have to admit. And of course, what about their mother? She seemed very nonplussed for someone whose husband had just disappeared without any trace. Questions, questions, questions. But Mike didn’t want to get wrapped up in creating false theories and blame.

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Life Must Go On

The Carroll family opted not to speculate about what could have happened to George while the police completed their investigation. They were just ecstatic to have found him after all these years. Mike told Newsday, “I feel great that my dad has finally gotten out of that nasty hole.”

Given the situation, we think that what Mike and his siblings did was the best thing to do. They had found their father. Although there were still questions, they had peace of mind. And sometimes, peace of mind is enough.

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Is It Time To Move On?

George’s disappearance happened long ago. Many of the other residents in the neighborhood had already passed away, and many had left to other places. The number of potential leads would have been endless.

Even Mike had doubts about solving his father’s case. In one of his interviews in the New York Post, he said, “Justice passed when we dug it up because we just interrupted the perfect crime. They almost got away with it.”

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A New Start

Finding his father was something Mike had always dreamt of doing. Now that he had, he needed to celebrate. He told the New York Post, “I tell my kids … we hit a grand slam in the bottom of the ninth, two outs,” adding, “We found our dad, so we won.”

It’s just comforting to know that Mike has been able to find solace in the answers which had been hidden for so long under the earth. If he hadn’t acted, he might have been left with this pain for the rest of his days. Finally, he can now move on.

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The Heartwarming Message of Steven

Steven, another one of George and Dorothy’s sons, was also relieved to have found his father’s remains. He was five years old at the time of his father’s disappearance. He was too young to understand what had happened. He never believed that their father had abandoned them like their mom told them all those years ago.

In November 2018, he told the New York Post, “I was surprised that he was here the whole time, and it’s wonderful. The grandkids can now say they found Grandpa,” he added. We know that they had been waiting all their lives to find out what had happened to their father.

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Mixed Emotions

Steven was still baffled by who would do this to his father, though he was grateful. We couldn’t bear to think about such an idea—who would do that to someone we loved so dearly? Someone may have done something horrible to their father in their house, but they had no idea who.

The memory of George’s final moments haunts Steven. In an interview with Newsday, he asked, “How does something like this happen? How do you get rid of someone and bury them in the basement and pour cement on them without anyone knowing?”

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The End of Their 60-Year Saga

There are still many questions regarding the discovery of their father’s body, and the siblings still desire to find out more information. The Carrolls can now begin to think about finally laying their father to rest. After all, they’d always wanted to give their father a proper burial.

They want to give him a military-style burial in Long Island’s Calverton National Cemetery. Mike mentioned to WABC, “I want him to be a soldier. I want him to get what he needs.” We wish Carroll’s family the best of luck finding real happiness and peace for the future.

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A 96 Year-Old Woman Surprises Everyone With A House Secret!

Two sisters, Gladys and Carla Spizzirri, are an expert team of realtors who were waiting with bated breath for the opening of this house. Yes, it’s not the first house opening, but something seemed sinister about this one. They braced themselves for the worse as they prepared to step into the unknown. What was really behind those doors?

What they happened upon was extraordinary, and they were dumbfounded. There had been tales, quietly spreading far and wide about the house, but, alas, these talented sisters would be the first to get a peek at what lurked behind the doors or even the walls of 148 Jane Street.

It Appears To Be A Typical Home

When you first see the house for sale sign and take a look at the exterior of the 148 Jane Street property, you would think typical. After all, it’s similar to the homes on this street in the beautiful Toronto Ontario community. Nothing stands out.

Only a handful of people had ever had the opportunity to cross the threshold into the house. The sisters were growing desperate to enter the decades-old house.

Hmmm...The House Price Is Below Market

Today was a typical workday for the Spizzirri sisters at the real estate agency which they co-owned. All the employees were busy doing their usual tasks having no information that anything outside the norm would occur.

It was only in 2009 that the sisters had begun working together. One is focusing on identifying ideal listings while the other is a beast at closing with clients. They were unbeatable!

Then The Phone Call Came!

With years of combined real estate experience, not much could occur that would startle these smart women. They were about to be proven wrong, however.

Something they had never seen in their years of experience was ready to greet the duo, something incredible. A sudden silence fell upon the office and then blurring…the life-changing phone call came and broke the rare moment of silence in the busy office.

Receiving A Call From A Stranger

Phone calls are a dime a dozen at their office, so this ring, interrupting the silence, seemed normal but who was on the line made things a lot different. The homeowner, Joyce, explained she was considering selling her house.

Joyce appeared skeptical yet adamant about selling her house. Amid the conversation, something slipped, which was a secret the sisters were not expecting to hear.

What Is The Big Secret?

The sale of a home is normally viewed as going forward to better things. However, for Joyce, the sadness in her tone suggested that she was doing this because she had to, not because she desired to sell.

Realtors have a knack for knowing when clients are not straightforward, and the sisters felt it was the case with this client. They’ve had clients hide bad things about their home to get it sold, was Joyce’s secret a massive roadblock to the house sale?

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They Decide To Accept The Challenge

What Joyce was hiding wasn’t the typical deteriorating condition or mildew…etc. Her secret was of greater significance that not only the sisters but the general community would find irresistible.

Gladys and Carla chose to take on the house sale. After all, they’ve sold some houses that other realtors couldn’t; this couldn’t be that bad. After years in real estate, they were about to come upon something extraordinary.

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It's Time For Something New

The sisters had been in the real estate world for many years, therefore, they felt convinced that they’d experienced must about everything possible or for the most part. The ladies were ready to deal with whatever situation came, face on until they hit upon 148 Jane Street.

They pondered what would greet them upon arrival at Joyce’s home for a tour. Despite some crazy guessing, they would be shocked by what they found in the house, but first, they needed to get into the house itself.

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The Moment Has Arrived

Together, the sisters had covered the real estate industry for three years, and they knew the city better than just about anyone. They were particularly renowned for buying and selling homes in the most popular neighborhoods in Toronto. Not only were they experts, but they also had the experience to go with their knowledge.

On occasions, the realtor sisters came across homes that required little preparation for sale. Would Joyce’shouse be one of them? They had no clue but were doubtful since Joyce did not seem excited about selling her home.

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Time Has Come To Move On

When Joyce spoke with the women, something surprising was brought up in the conversation that would influence how they viewed the property. It hinted at the surprise they were about to find as they walked in that front door. The woman interested in selling her home was 96-years-old.

Joyce was quite rational for her age and could hear a pin drop. Carla Spizzirri found it interesting because she was raised by her grandmother, who she had to shout for.

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The Amazing Thing Awaiting Them

The real estate agents were still not sure what was about to happen. It looked like every other house on the block, and it was nothing special. They were shocked by what was inside the house, and there was no hiding the reality.

Joyce said she has lived in this modest house for over 70 years now. The house had never been touched apart from a single kitchen remodel. The real estate agents anticipated a tough sell when they learned the news. Would the house be in such a bad condition that it would never sell?

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Bracing For Any Possibility

As Gladys and Carla reached the landing, they were worried about what they would discover. At her age, Joyce couldn’t care for a house. They prepared for the worst.

They were getting more and more nervous the closer the inspection day came. They were anxious about the cleanliness of the house and what they might find. Their worst fear was to be inside a hoarder’s home.

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At Least There's An Upside

The real estate agents were pleased with the property’s location, regardless of what they found on the inside. Properties we’re appreciating in the area. Location is an essential factor in real estate.

After Joyce hung up with them, the sisters started crunching numbers and calculating the potential sale price. It was over a large figure, and they realized they might have an ample money-making opportunity. They decided to check inside, so they could make it presentable.

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It Exceeded Their Expectation

Located in a secluded area of Toronto, Joyce’s home was ideal. In that neighborhood, the Spizzirri sisters had sold all their houses for high prices, but no one knew just how valuable Joyce’s family would be when put on the market.

By examining the numbers, the sisters had estimated the cost at just under a million dollars. It all banked, however, on what the interior entailed. Plus, Joyce had been quite hesitant on the phone. What if she changed her mind about selling her home?

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Will The House Be Sold or Not?

When Joyce had called, she seemed unsure about selling the house, which had Carla and Gladys worried. The older woman told them she intended to sell her house despite living there for 72 years, creating beautiful memories.

The way Joyce spoke sounded weird. Was the senior hiding a secret about her home, or was she mad about leaving her home? That would be a big issue for their firm.

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Now It's Time For The Big Reveal

The sisters had to go to 148 Jane Street and inspect the home before any big decision could be made. Homes often need extensive repairs before they can be sold, and inspections will determine how long it will take.

After setting up a tour of the house, they went over, but the sisters never expected to find what they did, and it was a scene that would have amazed anyone who entered that door.

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Making A Final Decision

At this point, the only information Carla and Gladys had to go off of was the address of the house and a photo of the exterior. It looked just like all the other houses on the street.

Joyce had made up her mind, for sure. She was selling the home, and only Gladys and Carla needed to come to see it in person. Finally, the day had come. When Joyce opened the front door, the pair were stunned to see the existence that had been hiding behind the door.

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The Interior Was Quite Spectacular

When the front door opened, the real estate agents were unprepared for what they found inside the house. The interior of the house was far from a hoarder’s lifestyle. Joyce took pride in her home and family.

The house was beautiful inside, but the detailed care was surprising. Everything in the home was perfect, including the decor and furniture, and there was more to come.

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A Ride Back in Time

Gladys and Carla were astonished to see how gorgeous the house was. The duo were in shock when they saw the condition of the house. They’d be able to get more money than they ever expected. There were even more surprises.

The home was a mid 20th century decor. The owners moved to the home at a time when the styles and designs were newly emerging.

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The Home Is Beyond Special

As the women moved through the house, they found each room even more extravagant than the last. The house was the cleanest and best maintained they had seen in their careers. It was a tribute to the past. no wonder Joyce was reluctant to leave.

Once the house was checked out, it was found that there was one huge problem, but they hoped it wouldn’t be a big deal.

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A Problem In The Midst

The entire home was decorated in a feminine design and color. Despite its incredible beauty, that one fact would influence the ones who wouldn’t be pleased with that pink and floral design.

Renovating would be expensive and would take a long time. That could change the high prices that the real estate agents had calculated. The purple, pink, and gold of each room would impact men walking through the door.

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There's An Outstanding Space

The most unusual room was in the basement, a design typically found in a man’s home, complete with a wet bar and elegant wood paneling. All it required was a few small improvements. It was apparent he spent some time there.

If Joyce’s husband had his own space to hang out, it was probably out of sight from the floral and pastel color scheme of the rooms upstairs. It was a place with few girlifying features.

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At The Back Of The House

The house was clean, but the backyard was unkempt. Someone had placed AstroTurf in the backyard, but there was no landscaping or care taken.

Despite one area of concern, Gladys and Carla were sure of a deal on the property. The only issue now was ensuring everything was in proper working order and ready to go for sale.

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Now Time For The Inspection

Even a charming house can have some severe problems. There might be mold and mildew or even rotting wood, but Clara and Gladys were confident the new listing would do well, seeing how well Joyce maintained it.

Despite their confidence and Joyce’s too, the patient’s outcome is always uncertain. We suspect there may be an issue that was not noticed for years. It was like a huge surprise when the inspectors showed up to check the house.

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What is Beneath It All

The inspectors began their work immediately, digging through every inch of the house. They checked everywhere, looking for surprises in the walls and under the house. It took them a long time, as they were so thorough. These findings surprised everyone.

The house was cleaner than expected. The house was in better repair than it had been when the original owners arrived. Joyce had cleaned and tidied her home so well, along with her husband, that she had made sure that all there was to do was to put her family on the market. This was a rare find.

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The Battle For The Purchase Begins

After Gladys and Carla returned to the office, they priced Joyce’s house for $699,000. Despite the high price, something exciting happened. A bidding war broke out as people went nuts over the well-maintained home. As soon as people saw the interior, they wanted to buy the house, which raised the price.

Interest in Joyce’s neighborhood built up quickly and then spread to people who weren’t looking to buy a house. These were folks who didn’t even plan to buy a property. But the house had them intrigued.

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A Place In History

The story of the fantastic house soon appeared on the news and all over the internet. Everyone became fascinated by the story. How a 96-year-old woman managed to maintain the beautiful spaces caught people’s eye.

The posters would appear to the casual observer preserved in museum status rather than an actual home. Inside, the house was perfectly reflecting the 1940’s. Joyce’s life in Ireland was boring, so she used “Ulysses” to escape.

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A Spanking New Kitchen

No major changes took place, except for one in the 1960s when kitchens were modernized. Joyce created a kitchen any chef would be proud of. Its original design did not allow it to work well in modern times.

Despite the last kitchen update occurring in the 1960s, all the appliances still functioned well. It makes sense that this section would be as well-preserved as the rest of the estate.

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So Where Would Joyce Go?

Her extensive house decorations indicated that she thought of herself as an interior designer. When Joyce left the beautiful space she had beautified for decades, where would she retire to?

The media learned that Joyce was selling her home so she could move to a retirement home. She wanted to be free of the work that came with maintaining and caring for a house. Before the surgery, she’d worked as a seamstress, but she had never worked as an interior designer.

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Things and Times Have Changed

148 Jane Street was Joyce’s home from 1942 to 2003. Then, the war was on everyone’s mind, and its impact on their lives had long-lasting effects. The couple bought a two-level brick house and renovated it into a home. Everyone wanted to know if the new owners would keep the building or do a massive remodel. It was a shame to destroy Joyce’s hard work, but it was the right choice for renovating.

Nobody knows what the new homeowners have done. The building is likely sold as the original listing no longer exists. The buyer doesn’t have to be restricted from doing whatever they want with the house. But everyone wants to keep the time capsule intact.

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Here Comes The Bad News

Unfortunately, there was bad news for whoever purchased the house that Joyce created. The interior is perfect, but not without the furniture. If they pass that law, it will change the design of the home a lot.

Joyce’s daughter inherited and took all the furniture as her inheritance, which is understandable, since most of it was memorabilia. While it made the house look a little less attractive, it will always have historic value.

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Standing The Test Of Time

Joyce first moved into 148 Jane Street in 1942 and lived there for 72 years. Despite all that living and having a child, she managed to keep her home looking so tidy. With her skills and imagination, the outside looked like a simple brick house but inside was transformed into a fantastic home.

The master bedroom still looks pristine, even though the room hasn’t been cleaned in years. The chairs look well taken care of and so does the bed, even though it has been around for a long time.

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The Very Pleasing Aesthetics

Joyce said her décor style was with a soft color palette and designs that matched. She seemed to enjoy pastel shades of pink, purple, blue, and aqua.

Everything in the house was selected with such a clear attention to detail, that nothing is unexpectedly placed. Towels, photo frames, and even the toilet seat covers in a room are chosen carefully to match the room’s design. Joyce had a passion for pink.

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All The Meticulous details

This house features wall-to-wall carpets and wallpaper covering all the decades of the post-war era. Ornate details and elements are just a few of the aspects that make this space unique. Then there are the furnaces, which keep the house warm in the cold Toronto winters.

Each room was carefully designed and decorated to blend well. It looks like something out of a museum, with custom cupboards and made-to-order hardware throughout the space. The master bedroom featured purple and lilac colors, with touches of aqua.

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Downstairs Is Just As Stunning

The house is stunning from the outside, but even the basement is beautiful. The laundry room is filled with wooden cabinets that look as though they were just put in. There is a full complement of laundry machines here. These machines are likely not from the same timeline as the rest of the house.

Joyce cared for her home, which made it stand out from others and required good maintenance to achieve. Just look at the images here, and you will see that this couple kept their things in good order.

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A Beautiful Bar and Lounge

Aside from appliances kept down in the basement, the beautiful wooden underground space features a lovely bar and lounge as well. This charming room offers owners with a great opportunity to relax after a long day of work or even host social gatherings.

This quaint home has a variety of amazing features, each more captivating and curious than the last. With the beautiful coloring, theming, and meticulous interior design found in each room, this charming home is full of personality.

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Might Make You Think Twice About Your Interior Design

While some might consider this home to be outdated or overly feminine, the overall interior design definitely deserves praise and admiration. The attention was fully in the details and perhaps these incredible pictures have even inspired you to rethink your own home’s design. 

If you’re looking for a unique, cozy, and vibrant feel to your home’s interior, then Joyce’s lovely room designs may be exactly what you need to consider. The style of these rooms may not be for everyone, but they are without a doubt charming to view.

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Pennsylvanian Man Discovers an Underground Secret After His Lawn Bubbles

Picture this: it’s a relaxing Sunday morning. Last night’s storm left behind a clear, blue sky. You’ve just come back from church, and you’re ready to put a little work into the garden while the sun’s out. As you make your way to the flowerbeds over the lawn, you hear a sound you’ve never heard before: a whispering hiss—and it’s coming from the earth beneath your feet.

This is the story of James Carlington, an unassuming resident from Pennsylvania, and how he unearthed a century-old secret from his very own backyard. What began for James as a garden-variety phenomenon soon led to the discovery of something huge. Read on to discover for yourself what James and his family found waiting for them just below the surface.

A Typical Sunday Morning

It was a typical Sunday for James Carlington and his wife, Sarah. They got up, ate breakfast, and attended the morning service at church. There were a few chores to do around the house, but besides that, it was the perfect day to set aside for rest and relaxation.

After James and Sarah were done with the housework, James started to think about the garden. It was still damp from last night’s rain, but since the sun was shining, it looked like prime time for pruning.

A Great Day for Gardening

The weather is fairly moderate in Cambridge Springs, Pennsylvania, but that’s not to say that the town doesn’t see its fair share of storms. It had been raining hard last night. The grass and leaves still glistened with raindrops. An energized wind still rushed through the air.

Last night’s storm had kept James from getting a good night’s sleep, but that was all well and good. He changed his Sunday best for a shirt and pants and put on his old pair of gardening gloves. 

A Call From the Grass

Maintaining his garden gave James a lot of peace and joy. He was proud of his work. Sarah said that he often got lost in his own world while gardening. It was his way of recharging from the day-to-day demands of work.

But that Sunday, before James had even set eyes on his prized flowerbed, he heard something strange. There was an odd hissing noise. He called Sarah, who was still inside the house, and asked her if she’d heard it too. As it turned out, she had.

A Mysterious Sound

James examined the outside walls of his home, then inside, to no avail. Both he and his wife were puzzled and a little concerned. The hissing noise might be the result of a leak. It could be the sound of an animal. The two continued to search up and down.

Of course, the sound wasn’t coming from the house. It was coming from underfoot. James’ yard was usually kept trim and tidy, and since he hadn’t spotted anything moving over the top of the grass, he hadn’t taken a better look. 

The Hunt Was On

After examining every pipe, every appliance, and every nook and cranny, James and Sarah finally took their investigation back outside, where the noise seemed to be getting louder. It didn’t occur to them that the hissing noise could be coming from so far away from the house.

But eventually, James and Sarah traced the hiss to a corner of their backyard. It took them a second to see it, but after a moment, Sarah spotted it: a great big green lump the length and width of a person or a large animal sticking out of the earth.

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The Earth Was Gargling

Of course, it had been difficult to see from the house. But now, up close, the grassy lump was practically bursting. Neither James nor Sarah had ever seen this before, certainly not in their backyard, anyway.

The lump was definitely moving. It wobbled back and forth. Could there have been something alive under the grass? Maybe snakes or lawn pests? After a moment in shock, James did what any man would do in his situation: he poked it.

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It’s Alive!

James put his best foot forward and touched the lump with his toes. In response, it jiggled back and forth like the mattress of a waterbed. It seemed to be filled with liquid of some kind. James walked around to the other side and gave it another poke.

After a few times pressing the grassy mass, James and Sarah took turns pressing into it to see if they could flatten it out. But the green pimple still stood firm no matter how many times they pressed their feet into it.

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Like a Trampoline

James decided to stab the bubble, hoping to pop it and release whatever was inside. But the lump was too spongy, and his foot alone was not enough. James decided to step things up a level.

James lept on top of the mound with all of his weight. Just like it had looked like a waterbed, it felt like a waterbed too. He sprang onto the center and hopped up and down while his wife watched from the side.

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Thick Skinned

James continued to jump on the mound as if it were a trampoline. James even started to enjoy himself. But no matter how hard or how high he jumped, the mound would not burst. It was more solid than it had first seemed.

Rather than burst out, the liquid inside shifted from place to place. When James stepped off, the lump reformed back into its bubble shape. 

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Get Your Camera!

As James worked, Sarah was capturing these strange happenings from the sidelines. They’d tried poking it, jabbing it, and even jumping. It was evident that it would take something more to flatten this bump.

James went to the house and returned moments later with something sharp. Once again, Sarah raised her camera, expecting to see a geyser or at least a leak. By then, they’d attracted the attention of their neighbors over the fence.

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Poke Away

Sarah joked that there was actually a nest of snakes waiting for them to make an opening, but nothing deterred James from his mission. He took his umbrella and began carefully digging into the soil, expecting a spring of liquid or an explosion of water and mud.

But once again, for all his poking, the mound only jiggled back and forth. Their neighbor went back into his house. James and Sarah were once again left scratching their heads.

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The Right Tool for the Job

Sometime later, their neighbor took a turn, using gardening tools. They poked on top and around. With a little effort, they managed to break through the skin of the lump, at long last. 

The lump slackened as it released all the pressure beneath. As the water poured out, it looked unusually clear. The lump began to flatten. But the story is far from over.

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Puncture

As James stood on top of the lump, victorious, he watched as his feet sank into a pool of clear waterthe rain from last night’s storm, he figured. At last, the grass had been lowered back onto solid earth.

James tread around the lump to help push the water out. As it did, the water flowed out onto the lawn, where it began to pool. The water kept coming and coming.

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The Floodgates Opened

After James opened up the mass on his lawn, the flow of water would not stop. It looked as if a pipe had been burst. But at no point had James stuck anything solid. Where was all this water coming from? What was going on?

A never-ending spring wasn’t the only thing waiting for them under the surface. Sarah continued to snap photos while in a state of shock and amazement as their whole yard began to fill up with water.

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Like a Burst Pipe

For half an hour, the water just kept coming. While their yard was filling up, James decided to investigate the lump. He wanted to know what was underneath out of curiosity. This curiosity led to quite the find.

As this was happening, his wife Sarah was wondering whether they had a serious problem on their hands or not. The flood had been expanding out to their neighbor’s yard too. But while she was in the middle of her pondering, she heard her husband call her over. He’d found something else.

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The Black Thread

James noticed what looked like a piece of black plastic protruding out from under the grass. He tried to pull it out, but it would not come. No matter how hard he tried, it wouldn’t move an inch. It seemed attached to something under the earth. 

James, Sarah, and their neighbor started to wonder what it could be. Did it hold treasure, or worse, a dead body? Either way, without further digging, there was no way to know, and until the water went away, they would just have to wait.

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While It Drained

After a little while, their pool of water drained out into their neighbors’ yards, where it was absorbed into the earth or evaporated. James and Sarah were still curious about the contents of the black bag, and so they investigated further.

They returned to the spot where the lump had first appeared. They began digging around the black plastic. Upon closer inspection, they realized that the plastic was made of thicker stuff than that of a garbage bag. It was also much bigger.

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The Net Widens

James grabbed a shovel and started digging around, hoping to find the other side. But every time he lifted the earth, the plastic seemed to reach further and further. It seemed to go on and on.

In fact, it seemed to cover the whole yard. After a time, James has almost uncovered the whole plot of grass, and still, he could not find the edge. Whatever it was covering, it had to be enormous.

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This Thing Is Huge!

After examining the black plastic bag, James realized that it must have been there for years, maybe even before they bought the house. He tried to carefully extract it, but still, it was spread too far and too wide.

Eventually, James realized that the “bag” must have covered all corners of his yard. It was no mere bag but a cover or tarp. James went to work uncovering every inch. What could such a large tarp possibly be hiding?

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To Every Corner

James dug up little samples all over his yard. It turned out the black tarp covered just about every inch of the garden. James had never seen such a thing. He walked back to the spot where the lawn lump was still flattening out. 

Out of simple curiosity, James reached into the hole made earlier and cut through the black plastic with a knife. As he cut through, he felt an object: solid, rough. He got to work clearing the rest of the earth around it. 

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Striking Something Solid

When he was done, James had uncovered something remarkable. He stood over old wooden planks. They looked to have been buried there long ago. Try as he might, he could not loosen them. They were fixed in place.

There was also a strange smell. The planks weren’t just covering that spot. Like the plastic tarp, they seemed to cover quite a wide area. At this point, James was worried that he would have to get the police involved.

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Down the Rabbit Hole

First the lawn lump, then the huge plastic tarp, and now a mysterious floor running beneath the garden. The mystery went deeper than he would have ever imagined. They had no idea what they would find if they kept on digging.

Before he went any further, James recalled his house’s blueprints. He wanted to check if there was any mention of old flooring in his home’s original design. In the meantime, he continued to clear away the surrounding earth.

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Sarah’s Outrage

While all this was happening, James’ wife Sarah was out on errands. When she pulled up to the house and saw the mess in the garden, she was horrified. When James called her over, however, her outrage turned to confusion. 

She found James by the hole, smelt the strange odor, and saw the buried planks. She didn’t know what to make of any of it, but she left her husband to his work. It wasn’t long before something even stranger turned up.

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The Hatch

Not far from where the lawn lump had first appeared, James made a startling discovery. While digging around, he uncovered a handle on the planks. It was old and decayed, but it was a hatch. James figured there must also be a latch mechanism too.

Time and moisture had eroded the wood and the iron, but there was no mistaking it. The tarp and the earth would need to be cleared away if they wanted to get it open. James grabbed his shovel.

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Never Before Seen

James and Sarah were a thorough and careful couple. When they were planning to buy their house, they had even gone over the building’s blueprints. When they were making their assessment, there was nothing about a buried floor or an outside basement.

This was something that they’d never seen before. They had no idea what was hiding beneath the hatch. One thing was certain: they were going to get answers.

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Unearthed Mystery

James got back to work with the shovel and started digging. He cleared an area around the hatch and cut a square out of the tarp. Just as they thought, there was a latch mechanism on the other side of the handle.

As he was digging, James imagined what lay on the other side. Could it be buried treasure? Or the entrance to a secret war shelter? Or a creepy, underground dungeon? Maybe it led to a system of tunnels. His imagination was racing. Pretty soon, his work was done.

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Secret Staircase

Finally, James finished his digging. With great effort, he turned the hatch over and looked inside. At the bottom was an old staircase covered in dirt and stone. It looked as if it was falling apart. The couple was in shock.

With their hearts racing, James asked Sarah to hold his ankles while he crawled in to get a better look. James climbed in, attempting to be as gentle as he could be in case the stone fell apart under his weight. The further down he went, the less he could see.

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An Underground Vault

James and Sarah grabbed their flashlight from the house. With courage and care, they made their way down the staircase. To their surprise, the tunnel opened up as they approached the bottom. What they found was amazing.

James was shocked to see what looked like an old wine cellar. There were even a few empty bottles lying around. By the smell of the place, it seemed as though it hadn’t been used for a long time. 

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Where Was This on the Blueprint?

The place seemed to have been hastily abandoned. It smelled worse than sour milk and fermented fruits. The glass bottles on the floor were covered in heavy dust. As they explored, one question ran through their minds: Why didn’t anyone tell them about this secret wine cellar?

As far as they could remember, the blueprint of their house had no information about this hidden addition at all. James picked up one of the dusty bottles. To his surprise, the date on the bottle was almost a century old.

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One Hundred Years Old

With a clue as to the cellar’s age, the couple hit up the local library and consulted professional advice. They’ve since learned that the wine cellar was kept a secret by its builders for the one simple reason: they never got the necessary planning permission.

Had the local authorities known at the time, the original owners of the house might have faced large fines or worse. To save themselves money and time, they had simply covered it all up with a black sheet and earth. 

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Why the Coverup?

Okay, the secret cellar was hidden to save money. But why was it covered with plastic? Why not just cover it with soil? Well, it’s not quite as simple as that. The soil on their lawn was not all that deep.

And a thin layer of soil doesn’t hold much water. The plastic was used to retain water for the grass. Without it, the rain would have seeped through into the cellar, causing more damage.

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Buried Alive

If they hadn’t covered the cellar, its original owners would have had to have torn up the roof and filled the pit with an enormous amount of dirt. But it was because of the plastic tarp that their lawn bubbled in the first place. 

Given the time period, the house’s original owners were probably in a hurry to cover up their secret wine stash. After all, the United States had just entered the time of prohibition. We can just imagine their sadness as they closed the wine cellar hatch for the last time.

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A Quick Fix

Instead of demolishing and creating a new lawn, which would have been expensive and laborious, the original owners probably decided to just put a black cover over it so they could pour soil on top and plant grass seeds, pretending as if nothing was hidden below.

This is the cheapest and easiest way to keep the appearance of a lawn. Their plan seems to have worked. The cover lasted for so many years, at least until James and Sarah discovered it in the 21st century. 

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Lawn Blisters

Naturally, the couple was worried about the grassy bubble that appeared on their lawn. Did the cellar have anything to do with it? Actually, it didn’t. The black tarp was the real culprit. As it had trapped so much rainwater, the lawn above began to swell.

This is typical of lawns that come pre-laid with plastic covers underneath and is a common problem. The correct name for this phenomenon is “lawn blister.” It’s rare, but it can happen. Using plastic covers can be cheaper than properly filling a space with soil, but it does have its drawbacks. 

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How It Happened

What happened to James’ yard had something to do with the storm that happened the night before they discovered the wine cellar. Since there was an excessive amount of water, it built up under the plastic sheet. 

But James was never in danger, even if he’d jumped, poked, or prodded on the blister. It was just water and nothing else. The worst thing that can happen with a lawn blister is a small flood, which happened to James and Sarah. 

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The Legend of the Lost Cellar

Finding a long-lost, secret underground wine vault isn’t a regular Sunday pastime for most people. It certainly would have been an interesting story to tell around the watercooler on Monday morning, back at the office. We’ve always loved the idea of finding a hidden treasure like that, but it’s even more special when you think about how it was right in their backyard!

What would you do if you found something like this? Would you keep it a secret or make it the talk of the town? If you ever see a lawn blister in your backyard, just remember: you probably aren’t sitting on anything as uncanny as James and Sarah’s discovery, but who knows?

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Stranger Than Fiction

As much of a hassle as it was that James and Sarah had to deal with a buried wine cellar in their backyard, it was certainly a story. Although unusual, they were not the only ones to discover something strange lurking around their house.

Read below to learn about a couple who made another shocking discovery in their home, right beneath their feet.

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A Viral Post to Imgur

A man began to post on the website Imgur that he had discovered something unusual one day when he began to renovate his basement. The man said he was ripping up parts of his basements’ dusty ceiling when something caught his eye.

The man noticed that there was something concealed in one of the wooden panels between the top of the basement and the bottom of the ground floor that he did not recognize.

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Strange Suitcases

The man pulled at the strange parcel and uncovered two small and unassuming green and gray suitcases. According to the man, his initial thought was that he had stumbled onto a lost collection of sport cards or some other form of collectibles.

According to the poster:  “I took the box outside and gathered the wife. It has something inside, but not heavy like coins or gold bars. Might get lucky though. Could be old sports cards.”

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Not Quite Sports Cards

The man and his wife were puzzled at what the mysterious boxes could contain. When they opened it, it’s safe to assume that they were gleefully surprised at what they found!

Inside the boxes was a large amount of cold hard cash. The wife and husband therefore got to skip the hassle of selling old sports cards and skip right to the good stuff.

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The Treasure Inside

Each box had three packages wrapped in wax paper and was lined with a copy of the Cleveland Plain Dealer newspaper, dated March 25, 1951, which might be assumed that is when the packages were stored.

A clue! Surprisingly, another thing that the couple noticed was that all of the bills were dated between 1928 and 1934. Very odd indeed…

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An Insane Amount of Money

But how much money did the couple find in these mysterious boxes? Any free money is a welcomed addition. To find an extra hundred dollars would be miraculous to find in your home, heck we would even take a random tenner floating around! But this is not what the couple found.

In the first suitcase the couple found a grand total of $23,000 inside! According to the man , “We are freaking out at this point. This doesn’t happen to us.”

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And In the Second Box?

Can you imagine finding an extra $23,000 in your walls? What a great day to renovate your basement. But what about the second box? At this point any money on top is just a cherry on top of a cherry on top of a cherry.

Inside the second box the couple found a whopping $22,000 on top of that. Collectively this couple randomly came up on a total of $45,000. We are jealous!

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Specialty Bills

To add even more to the mystery the bills inside the cases were not all just standard everyday bills. While the first case was all fifty dollar bills (imagine!) that wasn’t the most intriguing part…

According to the man: “Some of the bills were rarer than others, Some brown notes, a gold certificate and some star notes that were uncirculated.” How odd. It really makes one wonder where these bills came from.

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What To Do WIth the Money

After finding $45,000 a lot of us would run to the nearest car lot and drive off with a shiny new car to parade around town. Or perhaps we’d be booking our next vacation to Hawaii, Portugal, or Africa? Either way, we’d be having a jolly time with our new lump sum.

However, our original poster was a lot more responsible than most and he and his wife made more reasonable and financially solvent choices. The man said: “We are boring people and have been dumping our extra money to pay off our mortgage and that is ehre this money will go too.”

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Posting Anonymously

The man posted under the screen name Branik12 and stayed anonymous to share his story. This could be due to the fact that usually when people find large swaths of money they are expected to turn it into the police once they do.

However, it is hard to imagine finding money lining the walls of your own home and feeling any sort of urgency to turn it over, so we understand why they did not.

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