Secret rooms have a certain mysterious allure about them, don’t they? I imagine most everyone likes the thought of having a hidey hole he can escape to when the pressures of dealing with people get to be too much.
Perhaps that’s why kids build tree forts or hide under their beds with a flashlight and a stack of books. There’s something delicious in solitude.
But the desire to hide away from others doesn’t always come from happy motives. In fact, sometimes the desire for secrecy is downright spooky.
Just consider what a HVAC technician discovered while working on a house in in Plant City, Florida. Mashable reported that the man was supposed to work on the air conditioner.
What he found, though, was something altogether creepy — especially when he learned who the house had once belonged to. “One of the ducts was unattached in the attic,” he said in a self-filmed video, “and upon further inspection I found the weirdest thing I’ve ever seen.”
His first discovery was carpeting, an odd addition for an attic. Then he saw an oddly placed pipe that didn’t seem to vanish into a wall.
Following the carpeting, he crawled through a tiny space and happened upon a secret door that looked like part of the attic wall. However, it opened up onto a secret suite suitable for human habitation.
Electrical outlets. Cable-television hookups. A super-tiny toilet. Even air conditioning. A person could hole up in there for quite some time.
Of course, that begs a question: Why in the world would anyone want to?
Well, the answer became self-evident once you realized who had once lived in the house. It was none other than Dee Dee Moore, a woman who became known as the Lottery Killer.
According to the Daily Mail, Moore came to fame after she insinuated herself into the life of Abraham Shakespeare. Once a truck driver, Shakespeare won $30 million in the lottery in 2006.
Moore gained access to Shakespeare by saying she intended to write a book about how others were attempting to gain control of his wealth. The lotto winner would later be found dead under a concrete slab in 2009 with two gunshot wounds.
While trying Moore for murder, Assistant State Attorney Jay Pruner stated that Moore had taken over Shakespeare’s estate. “She got every bit of his money,” he said.
“He found out about it and threatened to kill her. She killed him first.”
It seems Moore knew the authorities were after her and had a hidey hole all ready. It obviously wasn’t intended as a prison since the lock was on the inside.
Fortunately, Moore never got to use it. She was caught by police and sentenced to life in prison without parole.
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