People spend a ton of money on Halloween decorations and haunted houses every year, but there's nothing creepier than the real world in which we live. Join the bravest HVAC worker in the world on a tour that has freaked this writer the hell out. Spoiler alert: there's a secret room!!!
This video is just over four minutes, and as someone who usually doesn't like to watch anything longer than a GIF, I can say that it's totally worth the watch. Join me!
The video tour starts innocently enough, with the guy walking us through a clean garage and up what looks like a brand-new ladder to the attic. He was sent by his company to change out the a/c unit, which meant crawling into the attic space to investigate the current system. And that's when things got interesting....
0:23 I've climbed MUCH scarier ladders! So far, so good.
0:36 Now things take a turn: there's a carpeted walkway. Why would there be carpet in a garage attic? This can't be good.
0:47 Vocabulary alert! Plenum: "an air-filled space in a structure; especially "one that receives air from a blower for distribution (as in a ventilation system)" Thanks, Merriam-Webster!
1:10 NEVER follow the carpeted space around, especially in a vulnerable position like on your belly!
1:30 A disguised door! That's kind of fun. Maybe it will be like the Hon's Cupboard in Nancy Mitford's books...
1:50 The "freakin' room" has blood-red floors!
2:21 Could not be less surprised to see the men's room sign.
2:22 The secret room has its own secret room.
2:45 Holy s*** indeed, brave HVAC worker. The creepy dangly pipe is a TOILET.
3:15 Our hero just closed himself inside the secret room and I am horrified. It's not worth it, sir! Always keep an escape route clear!
3:24 It is plum adorable how excited HVAC hero is about the vent. He loves his work!
3:27 I was certain that the bench was going to be hinged to reveal storage, but the black rectangles were just outlets/cable jack/light switch. I still believe there's something nefarious hidden in that bench, but I don't want our intrepid tour guide investigating it on his own.
3:36 "Some kind of strange drawing there." Somebody please analyze these. While you're at it, run those license plates through the system, too, please.
4:13 The video ends before HVAC Hero actually exits the attic and I am CONCERNED.
Fortunately, Mashable has reassured me that he does indeed survive, and that, "it doesn't appear as if the room was used to keep someone against their will because the lock was on the inside of the door, not the outside." Unfortunately, Mashable goes on to share some not-at-all reassuring information:
After the man originally shared the video, he claims someone came forward and said the home used to be occupied by R.J. and his mother Dee Dee Moore, a.k.a. The Lottery Killer. Dee Dee was convicted of murdering Abraham Shakespeare, a Florida lottery winner, in 2012.
According to the worker, this was confirmed via the license plates hung on the wall, though Mashable was unable to verify that claim.
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