Graveyard Shift

Creepy People Who Secretly Lived in Strangers' Homes 

Christopher Shultz
Updated September 17, 2019 15.8k votes 4.1k voters 245.1k views 13 items

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Your home is your sanctuary, right? Your fortress of solitude, impenetrable to unwelcome guests, your island of personal space and safety.  Think again. Instances of illegal squatters occupying homes without the resident's knowledge occur more often than you'd think. These accounts are largely horrifying, though a few are also kinda...funny? Like the career criminal's epic stay in a Toys 'R' Us. 

Whether creepy or knee-slapping (or both; looking at you, Game of Thrones fans), enjoy these outlandish reports of people who secretly lived in someone's house.
Woman Finds Her Ex-Boyfriend Living In Her Attic

A South Carolina woman known only as Tracy discovered her ex, fresh out of jail, living in her attic in 2012. Tracy broke up with the guy 12 years before he showed up in her house, and just before he went to prison. While in prison, he wrote to her constantly.

In Tracy's attic, the jailbird filled Route 44 Sonic cups with urine and positioned himself near a vent in the ceiling of the master bedroom, so he could watch her sleep. 

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Japanese Man Finds Woman Living In His Cupboard
An unnamed Fukuoka, Japan resident began to suspect he was being repeatedly robbed in May 2008 ,when his food began disappearing from his home. He set up security cameras and was shocked to discover that a strange woman living in his cupboard and stealing his food. It was later revealed the woman had been living undetected in the man's apartment for over a year.
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A Stranger Claims To Have Permission To Live In Man's Attic

Davis Wahlman had no idea what he'd find when he began investigating the series of strange noises upstairs in his Green Lake, WA home in July 2016. When he finally found the source of the noise in his upstairs office, he tried to open the door. The room was completely locked, so Wahlman had to knock on a door in his own house. Finally a strange woman with dark hair answered.


The startled homeowner didn't know what to do. He asked the woman how she got into the Green Lake property, and she claimed that a man named Jimmy gave her permission to move into the dwelling. Wahlman called local police to handle the situation, but the strange house guest escaped before authorities could question her.

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A University Of North Carolina Student Found A Man Living In Her Closet - And Wearing Her Clothes

When Maddie, a junior at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, realized that pieces of her wardrobe mysteriously vanished, she and her roommates blamed it on a ghost. She found handprints left on the bathroom wall, and on February 2, 2019, she discovered a man living in her closet and wearing her clothes. 

"I just hear rattling in my closet. It sounded like a raccoon in my closet," the student told Fox 8. "I'm like who's there? And somebody answers me. He's like, 'oh, my name is Drew.' I open the door and he's in there, wearing all of my clothes. My socks. My shoes. ANd he has a book bag full of my clothes."

Police identified the man as 30-year-old Andrew Swofford. Maddie talked to Swofford as she waited for her boyfriend and authorities to arrive. He continued to try on her clothes and commented on how she was "really pretty."

Swofford was arrested and put under a $26,000 bond. He faces 14 felony charges, including larceny and identity theft. 

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