Creepiest things found in storage unitsFeature of the week
Many different people hire out storage units but while some use the extra space to hold household furniture or sentimental treasures, others lock away far creepier belongings. There really are some oddballs out there going by what they like to collect or hold on to, so let’s take a look at some of the freakiest items discovered.
Hands, hands and more hands
The guys on Storage Wars are pretty used to weird finds but even they were shocked to find a storage unit packed to the brim with hands. Along with a large hand sculpture the team unravelled everything from little doll’s hands to a clock with hands painted on it. There were also strange posters depicting hands and a fake human hand in fake formaldehyde. Sure, there were no real hands but honestly there has to be something suspicious about someone with this much hand-shaped stuff, right?
Human body parts
If you thought fake hands were as bad as it gets, think again. Former medical examiner, Dr. Michael Berkland, stepped things up a notch by storing a range of body parts from over 100 different people. Unfortunately this is not a joke. According to the Pensacola News Journal, human remains including lungs, hearts, tissue samples and ten brains were kept in covered plastic containers, bin bags and specimen cups all neatly stored inside his air-conditioned unit. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the medical man was fired from his job in 2003, not for holding onto organs (his secret was yet to be revealed) but for failing to complete autopsies in a timely manner and having a backlog of cases.
A headless baby doll
Back in 1996, Robert Dewey Hoskins was convicted of stalking and trying to murder Madonna. He served a ten year prison sentence and later escaped from a mental hospital, but if that doesn’t send shivers down your spine, the things he kept in his storage unit certainly will. When reporters, cops and one ‘lucky’ bidder peeked inside they found all kinds of weird things from a headless baby doll to multiple knives, a sad clown mask, a sumo wrestler baby doll, a Barbie backpack, a notebook filled with psychotic rants and a shirtless photo of Hoskins clearly depicting the Madonna tattoo on his stomach. Thank the Lord this dude was found and taken to the hospital once again.
If you’re ever tempted to buy the contents of a storage unit for fun, beware, you might just come across grandma’s remains – or at least that’s what happened when Unit B8 was opened at Clearwater’s U-Stor Self-Storage. Nestled among the banana boxes and old TVs was a painted blue coffin that contained the skeleton of Ann Bunch who was born on 1 January 1900 (what a cool birthday) and passed away in 1995. Despite being hidden away in a warm storage unit for 17 years, no smell was reported as the body had been prepared properly for burial. Nothing was suspicious about her death and all other items found inside the unit were normal.
Self-storage is a great option for many in need of extra space but it seems it’s also provides a tempting and convenient place for people to keep their freakiest products. There’s sure to be more undiscovered items lurking under boxes and in dark corners so watch this space!
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