The Internet is an equally dark and entertaining place, where one can discover delights that you didn’t know existed alongside horrible things that you wish you could forget. It’s sort of like the Diagon Alley of the real world. For proof of this theory, you need only to look at the Google Maps secrets collected on this list. Things found out by Google Maps are not only salacious, but they’ll make you wonder what you’ve been caught doing while the watchful eye of Google is upon you (and it's always upon you).
To be safe, the next time you go out you should probably wear some kind of black shroud contraption, or just never go out again. That's the only true way to avoid ending up on this list of secrets revealed by Google Maps.
Some of these secrets and things found on Google Maps are kind of fun, but a lot of them are going make you worry about what kind of people you share the Internet (and the world) with. They might even inspire you to start using Google Street View in new and inventive ways. If you’ve ever wondered if there was anything in the bottom of that old lake by your house, now you can find out! At least as long as Google’s flown one of their street view drones over it.
Missing Michigan Car Visible On Google Maps
In 2015, a body and car that had both been missing since 2006 were found while employees at a Michigan mortuary home were decorating their building for Christmas. While looking in a nearby pond, they saw what looked like the roof of a car, promptly solving a nine-year-old missing person case. It turns out that the car had been visible on Google Street View this whole time.
Authorities did not suspect foul play, as it appears 72-year-old Davie Lee Niles may have driven into the body of water by accident.
Teen Finds Bike Nabbers On Holland Street View
After a teen in Groningen, Holland had his bike taken, he couldn't get the police to do anything about it. But six months later he found photo evidence using Google Street View. Cameras captured an image of the alleged culprits trailing behind the victim prior to taking the bike.
The 14-year-old used the image to help authorities apprehend two suspects.
Ax Prank In Edinburgh Caught On Google Street View
Playing around with the Google Street View car can be fun, but as these mechanics from Edinburgh discovered, sometimes having too much fun can have consequences. The two goofs forgot about the pranks until the photos were uploaded to Google months later and a concerned citizen called the police. The images depict a man assailing the other with an ax.
Luckily, one of the cops who "solved" the case had a friend who had his car serviced at the mechanic's shop where this took place. Dan Thompson, the shop's manager, told authorities: "It was in the spur of the moment [...] It seemed like the obvious thing to do so I threw myself on the ground and Gary grabbed a pick-axe handle from the garage."
Neighbor Suspects Google Earth Showed Perp The Wrong Wisconsin House
In 2010, someone began sending threats to the home of Steve Burgess in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Then, an unknown perp targeted the wealthy elderly couple next door to Burgess - Dennis and Merna Koula. Burgess told authorities he believed he was the target. At first, police considered the perp used Google Earth to plan an attack on Burgess, as his house is mislabeled as the Koula's on Google Earth.
Investigators suspected that a professional was behind the incident, but the evidence pointed to the Koula's son, Eric. The case went to trial, and Eric was found guilty. He received a life sentence without the possibility of parole.