As they push open the door to the abandoned duplex, the two friends have no idea what might be lurking behind. Inside, a trash-strewn stairwell leads to a series of bleak, empty and spine-chillingly terrifying rooms. Wait till you see what’s inside them.
As they explore further there’s one room in particular that makes them shiver in fear. Just what is this sinister secret they have uncovered behind closed doors?
In June 2016 reddit user Asherbaby was visiting her best friend at home in West Virginia when the pair made an intriguing discovery. Behind the house was an old duplex apartment that had been condemned for a long time.
The building, whose door had been tightly sealed to keep out trespassers, was slowly slipping from its foundations. One morning, however, the pair noticed that the screws holding the door shut had been removed overnight.
Worried that local children might have ventured inside, the two friends decided to spend their lunch break taking a closer look. But what they found was way more than they had bargained for.
As they entered the duplex it became immediately obvious that something was amiss. The staircase leading to the top apartment was in a state of disrepair, its bare boards covered in rubble and discarded junk.
They then made their way into the first apartment. In the middle of the empty room was a dilapidated piano with the front torn off and its strings exposed.
As they explored further their discoveries became more and more sinister. In one corner they found dark-red stains that appeared to be dripping down the wall. But the creepiest part was still to come.
Moving from room to room, the pair began to notice a strange pattern scrawled in red crayon across the walls. Someone – or something – had been keeping a tally, and they’d racked up an impressive count.
The tallies were everywhere, even on the door and walls of a closet in the living room. There must have been thousands of the mysterious marks.
What the pair found next only added to the sinister vibe. Hidden in the corner of one of the rooms was a video camera, which was apparently keeping a watchful eye.
Then they discovered another layer to the mystery. Strewn across the floors in every room were countless scraps of paper, each covered in strange, emotional messages.
“I see them every day,” read one. “They scare me. They worry me. They have stolen my present. They will try to steal my future.”
Another read, “I’m always tiptoeing. I can’t look up. I can’t look up and mis-step. It could be FATAL.”
By then the intrepid pair had had enough. After leaving the place with a “bad vibe” they took to the internet to share their story – along with the photographs they had snapped inside.
People were understandably intrigued. Some suggested that the duplex could have been home to someone who had suffered schizophrenia; others were concerned that a captive may have been held hostage there.
It was thanks to some intrepid sleuthing by a reddit user stillbornthoughts that the mystery was finally solved. The duplex, apparently, had semi-recently been used as the location of a music video.
The user posted a link to a 2014 video by a female musician called Soraya. In it she plays the piano in an abandoned building; those familiar tally marks are seen on the wall behind.
The reddit thread revealed that Asherbaby’s friend contacted the owner of the building, who informed her that it was her daughter who used the duplex as a video set. Some people, however, haven’t been entirely convinced by this explanation.
Some have claimed that the reddit post was nothing more than a marketing stunt to promote Soraya’s music video – something that Asherbaby denies. Whatever the real story, these creepy photos are enough to make you think twice about wandering into places you’re not supposed to.