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The Creepiest Things Ever Found in People's Basements

Updated September 23, 2021 23.9k votes 5.8k voters 717.6k views13 items

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Creepy basements - they're a staple of horror movies, particularly in titles like The Silence of the Lambs and The Conjuring. But of all the scary basements featured on the big screen, nothing can compare to the real life horrors discovered by everyday people beneath their homes and businesses. From mysterious wells, medical oddities, skeletal remains, animals, and even other people, this list of creepy things found in basements will surely raise the hair on the back of your neck.

For more creepy finds, be sure to also check out the creepiest things people have found in attics!

  • 9. A Hidden Chapel

    In September 2010, Pat and Diana Farla of Telford, Shropshire in England discovered a chapel hidden beneath their home that was believed to date back to the 1700s. The discovery came about after the couple, having imbibed a little Good Friday cheer, decided to finally find out where the metal grate near their front door led. It's possible the hidden chapel served as a place of worship for persecuted Catholics.
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  • 10. A 200-Pound Alligator

    A man in Lansing, MI apparently kept a 6-foot, 200-pound pet alligator in his basement for over 20 years. The gator was discovered in January 2016 by a repairman, who immediately notified animal control. Apparently, the man kept his pet a total secret, only occasionally taking the animal into his backyard. Sadly, the animal was confined to a cage for most of its life.
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  • 11. A Spooky Well

    It's difficult to find an exact city for this story, which leads one to believe it might be a viral hoax. Nonetheless, it was reported sometime in July 2015 that a man discovered a creepy old well underneath a mysterious metal door in his basement.  

    Comparisons to The Ring and The Silence of the Lambs were made, as were cryptic statements like, "The man had no idea where the well led!" despite the fact it was only purported to be 7 or 8 feet deep - meaning the mysterious homeowner in question could easily see the bottom of the structure with a flashlight.  

    There's plenty about this story that smacks of BS, but it's a fun little Internet mystery nonetheless.
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  • 12. 29 Rabbits

    This story could have had a far worse ending that it does, but it is no less unnerving. A home in Saukville, WI had 29 rabbits living in cages in its basement. The animals were discovered in January 2016, and while sadly one rabbit had perished, the others were rescued in the nick of time. The rabbits were said to be of adequate weight, though they had been left without food and suffered some hair loss due to their dark environment.  

    Investigators were looking into the matter at the time of the incident, though there was little hope of finding the person responsible for the animal abuse. The rabbits eventually became adoptable.
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