Some homeowners think they have it bad when they find a second layer of awful wallpaper under the hideous layer that’s already on the walls of their recently purchased home. Imagine moving into a new home and finding dozens of chicken carcasses behind your walls. That’s exactly what greeted one Pennsylvania family when doing some renovations to their new house. The Bretzius family was installing wall insulation when they came across the gruesome guests, according to The Sun (U.K.) article “Family make[s] grim discovery behind their walls while doing renovations to their home.” The animals had been in the home for some time: They were wrapped in newspapers from the 1930s and ’40s.
The deceased animals were not the only things hiding in the Bretzius’s walls. The family also found half-used spices and other oddities. “We were shocked, horrified and disgusted,” family matriarch Kajia Bretzuis told the local Pennsylvania news station WNEP, where this story was first reported. After some sleuthing, the family found out that the mixture of findings were probably used in a Dutch healing ritual known as “pow-wowing.”
Unfortunately, the Bretzuises are not the only ones to be surprised by weird findings in their new homes. In fact, they are among a number of homeowners to be included in the Realtor.com article on the subject, “8 of the Creepiest, Craziest Things People Have Found in their Homes.” Like the Bretzuis’s morbid discovery, other homeowners came across not-so-pleasant findings in their newly acquired properties. They include:
• a backyard with 13 headstones in the spot where the homeowner began digging to build a deck;
• a secret room full of ammunition in a basement;
• a 12,000-year-old mammoth bone near a creek owned by an Iowa family;
• a casket with a 100-year-old skeleton still in it in an Oklahoma barn;
• a medieval well beneath a homeowner’s the living room in Plymouth, England;
• a used body bag with the tag “unknown male” in a garage in Detroit.
The most surprising find of the eight, however, was the corpse of the previous homeowner found by a Cape Coral, Fla., man who had bought the foreclosed home — much worse than two layers of tea-kettle-laden wallpaper in your kitchen.