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Who doesn’t love a good mystery? The Reddit What’sInThisThing page has a bevy of stories about safes being opened and weird stuff showing up where you least expect it. It’s rare that you find a safe in your home or on your property, but, when you do, it’s best to take step-by-step notes in order to showcase your sleuthing skills and build a mystery. That’s so that, when you inevitably find a cache of Confederate money or a series of items relating to the Women’s Suffrage Movement, you feel like you’ve provided a satisfactory story for everyone involved. Of course, not all mystery safes opened contain the spoils of a bygone era; some of them are just full of spiders. Keep reading to find out which safes are full of secrets and which ones are just kind of gross.

What would you do if you found a mysterious safe in your home? Would you immediately run out and rent a blowtorch to crack it open? Or would you grab the first heavy thing within reach and start smashing the handle? On this list of mysterious safes, you’ll see a variety of methods for opening lock boxes that contain everything from incredibly illegal material to neat-o relics from history. If these stories of people finding cool things in safes inspire you, start boning up on your lock-picking skills and start hunting for safes; maybe you’ll even become Reddit famous

 

What Would You Guess Was In A Women’s Suffrage Time Capsule?

To celebrate the 125th anniversary of the International Council of Women (ICW) in 2013, the folks who worked at the New York City headquarters of the ICW decided to open a safe that had been sitting in the corner of their offices for longer than anyone could remember. Prior to the opening of the safe, there was mass speculation online as to what could be contained within, with guesses that included everything from historical documents to old booze.

When the safe was opened, the ICW found items that ranged from the 1930s to the 1950s; these included a change purse that held currencies from Mexico and France, letters pertaining to ICW business from back in the day, and miniatures of murals commissioned for the 1933 World’s Fair in Chicago.

The coolest thing that they found was a replica of Susan B. Anthony’s gavel, used when she presided over the ICW.

 

A Man Found A Perfectly Preserved WWII Case In His Back Yard

While digging out a septic tank area for an outdoor toilet at his cottage in Besh-Küngöy, Kyrgyzstan, Lukichev Dmitry stumbled upon an Army field locker of the Third Reich buried in his backyard. After cleaning off the locker, he discovered that the box was a baggage parcel from 1944 or ’45, and a rubber seal around the edges had kept the contents moisture free and perfectly preserved.

Inside, he found the effects of a Wehrmacht officer, including a jacket, gloves, a sweater, removable collars, braces, socks with foot bindings, dust masks, and a clothes brush.

 

How Much Would You Pay For A Live Grenade?

If you were purchasing a safe off of Craigslist from a guy who said that his ex-tenants were taken to prison, and all that was left was a safe, would you want to pay more or less for the safe? When this happened to a Redditor going by the name “cakegirl8,” she got more than she bargained for the moment she opened a used safe in 2015 and found a live grenade and a hard drive full of child pornography.

She contacted the local authorities; they picked up the contents; and she likely soaked her new safe in hand sanitizer.

 

Confederate Money Was Found In An Old Northern Safe

In the heart of the Massachusetts State House, sits an ornately decorated safe the size of a small car, and, until 2013, no one knew what was inside. When the safe was finally opened, the contents proved to be eclectic and contained Confederate money from 1864, WWI savings bonds, and metal stamps with the engraved signatures of former treasurers, including Foster Furcolo, who became the state’s 60th Governor in 1957.

Along with those items, were vintage photographs, stock certificates, and magnetic tape from 1971 that contained antique computer files. No one was sure how so many varied items ended up in one place.

 

Newsroom Safe Reveals A New Twist On History

A safe that had been sitting in the newsroom of the Glenwood Springs Post Independent newspaper office in Glenwood, Colorado, was finally opened in April 2017, and what was found inside shed new light on a horrific moment in American history. Inside, were photos of Ted Bundy, America’s most handsome serial killer, taken while he was awaiting trial in 1977 on a murder charge in Colorado (while also being suspected of murder in Utah, Washington, and Florida).

The photos were taken directly after he had been caught after escaping from one Colorado prison, and they were labeled “Bundy Capture.” No one knows who took the pictures or why they were in the safe, but the mystery adds a new layer to the terrifying story of Ted Bundy.

 

Ebay User Buys A Safe And Gets Much More Than He Paid For

In 2012, a man who bought an old cylinder safe off of Ebay for $122.93 claimed that, when he had it cut open by a welder, he discovered $26,000 in cold hard cash. The safe’s seller, James Labrecque, claims that the whole thing is a hoax, but that didn’t stop him from exchanging a series of terse emails with the purchaser, claiming that he deserved a cut of the money.

The buyer allegedly told Labrecque in one of his emails: “What you see is what you get, no returns, and no money back.” Which is kind of a sick burn in the world of online buying.

 

Mysterious Safe Contains More Mysteries

In a bit of a Russian nesting doll of a mystery, in early 2017, the Irondale, Alabama, police cracked open a safe that was pulled out of a ditch and discovered 51 cents in pennies and an IBM cash register key. Det. Sgt. Michael Mangina told local reporters: “The contents appeared to have been old and weathered,” and, despite reaching out to local businesses, no one has claimed the safe and its under-whelming contents.

 

Whose Heroin Is It Anyway?

In 2015, the owners of a locked safe in Fayette County, Pennsylvania, claimed that they had no knowledge of the 100 bricks of heroin stowed away in the safe, which was in their truck, during a routine traffic stop. Crystal Lynn Hall, 35, had eight bricks of heroin in her possession, according to police, and, despite having the key to the safe in his pocket, Dustin Delmont Spohn said that he had no idea what he was transporting.

All in all, police seized about $51,000 worth of heroin from the duo.

 

What Could Be In The Biggest, Most Locked Safe In New Zealand?

Back in 2013, when a group of New Zealanders moved into a house whose previous occupants had allegedly been a “drug gang,” they found a giant locked safe in the basement. The safe’s steel door was locked with a dial that didn’t seem to have a code, and, after trying multiple safe-cracking techniques, the renters gave up and moved out. But then another guy moved in who had been keeping track of the case on the internet and decided to give the safe a go.

He and some friends managed to open the safe’s door with a crowbar, drill, and a saw; unfortunately, the only thing they found inside was a bunch of spiders. However, the guy made the most of his situation and turned the safe in a secret downstairs bar.

 

Cracked Safe Leads To A Second Mystery

A series of mysteries were solved in West Plains, Missouri, in 2016 when a locksmith opened a safe that had been sitting unopened for at least 40 years. Before being opened, the safe had to be pulled through a second story window of the Wiles Abstract and Title Office by a CAT claw machine thing, you know the type. Inside was a manila envelope that included the message: “This iron safe will no doubt last 100 years – If this envelope remains with it, you will have a list of the articles buried in the capsule on Court House lawn which is scheduled to be opened July 4, 2000-76. Our best wishes to you – and the future.”

No one knows who actually owned the safe, and now the people of West Plains are investigating that mystery.

 

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