It’s that time of year again! Ghost and goblins, vampires and ghouls, Halloween is when we find ourselves shrieking and screaming with the utmost fear and delight! And while spooky witches, monsters and chainsaws may be the first thing that comes to mind, self-storage may actually have a place in your Halloween nightmares. Here’s a list of 5 scary items found in storage facilities across the country that will certainly make your head spin!
“But I love Halloween, and I love that feeling: the cold air, the spooky dangers lurking around the corner.” –Evan Peters
1.) You’ve heard about snakes on a plane…
…but how about snakes in a storage unit?
In the words of Nicholas Cage, “Every great story seems to begin with a snake.”
Over 42 pythons were found in self-storage in Arroyo Grande, CA! The scary part is, no one is sure how they got there! When officers arrived at the scene, “…the pythons were in plastic storage containers stacked in one of the facility’s storage units.” Officers say of the snakes recovered, “…22 were dead or in some stage of decomposition…” and the remaining snakes were “…taken into custody and transported to the Animal Services Shelter in San Luis Obispo…” for evaluation. Yikes!
2.) Parts for Sale!
In 2012, an Assistant Medical Examiner was charged with keeping more than 100 body parts within a storage facility in Pensacola, Florida. According to police, some of the containers were cracked and leaking! There were “Lungs, hearts, tissue samples and 10 brains…” with “body parts from more than 100 people… stored in formaldehyde in plastic containers, specimen cups, trash bags and one part even in a 32-ounce Styrofoam cup from a convenience store.”
“I love it when people send me body parts.” –Kesha
Though perhaps not much anymore, Kesha…
3.) A burial site…
According to Darrell Sheets of Storage Wars on A&E, he actually found a body years ago, “…in like 1988 down in San Diego, California… You know, I don’t really want to talk about it a whole lot, but it wasn’t a pleasant situation. But in this business it does happen. I’ve found ashes, coffins…”
Doesn’t exactly sound like an episode they would want to air on TV!
4.) Frozen… cats?
In 2016, a Long Island City man won access to a storage unit during auction for $150. The unit was originally owned by a 66 year old woman who paid month to month.
Upon opening, he was beyond shocked to discover 40 frozen dead cats inside, one of which was even skinned and placed inside an aluminum tray! Detectives said when “…they opened the freezers, it was the smell of death. They had to change their clothes it was so bad.”
When a Florida family fell behind on the payments for their storage unit, the company notified them that their unit would be auctioned off. The family protested, as most do, because there was something with great sentimental value being stored inside their storage unit. Turns out it was grandma’s coffin…complete with body!
The family had kept their grandmother’s coffin inside their storage unit from 1995 to 2012. By the time police got inside the storage unit, all that was left were her skeletal remains.
So this Halloween, as you dress up in costumes and watch the scariest of movies, you’ll remember that storage units can be scary, too! To a happy, spooky, fun Halloween!
“Many cultures believe that on a certain day – Halloween, the Irish Samhain Eve, Mexico’s ‘Dia de los Muertos’ – the veil between this world and the next is especially thin.” -Michael Dirda