To be honest, I don't know if that's worse than ghosts. But it sure is messed up.
Recently, I've done quite a bit of research on the topic. That means I did a google search for "secretly lives in attic." In my studies, I have found three actual cases where this happened. I was so amazed, I had to share. So here they are, in order from: "That's messed up" to "dude, shut the eff up, there's no way that happened, and if it did, it must have happened in Japan."
The Story of Miguel Lua
(Miguel Lua's "Attic-Home")
Our first story is a classic, "crazy-stalker-creepy boyfriend goes nuts on his girlfriend" type of case. Apparently, Miguel Lua is the jealous type, so he decided the best way to keep tabs on his ex-girlfriend would be to hide out in her attic for a few days. The article I read refers to her as Lua's "girlfriend," but they also mention that she had obtained restraining orders against him. So, I'm going out on a limb and at least giving her credit for breaking up with him. Here's the creepy highlights from the article:
"One of our deputies actually crawled up into the attic and found him in there hiding under some insulation and evidence appears he had been there some time, there were several burnt candles that were fresh, a Pendleton jacket, and some shoes, appeared he been staying up there on and off for who knows how long."Source: TodaysTHV.com
The girlfriend first thought something was out of place when she noticed her cell phone was missing.
MacKenzie says, "The scary part is he came down sometime during the night to steal her cell phone while it was charging to go through it to see if she had been calling any guys or new boyfriends."
Lua faces a stalking charge, violation of the restraining order, and burglary charge.
The Story of Stanley Carter
Meet Stanley Carter. In December of 2008, he had himself a Merry Little Christmas in the attic of the Ferrance family in Philadelphia. Stanley spent about a week in their attic. Below are the article highlights, followed by a video newscast that covers the whole event pretty well.
Homeowner Stacy Ferrance said: "When he came down from the attic, he was wearing my daughter's pants and my sweat shirt and sneakers. "From what I gather, he was helping himself to my home, eating my food and stealing my clothes."
"When we were going through the inventory of what he did take, we found a note labelled 'Stanley's Christmas List' of all the items he had removed from the residence and donated to himself," said Plains Township police Officer Michael Smith.
His attorney, public defender Basil Russin, said Carter, "He was very peaceful up there and kept to himself."
Sources: Police Oracle
The Story of Tatsuko Horikawa
The most ridiculous story is unsurprisingly from Japan. What makes it amazing is that this 58-year old woman lived in another man's closet, unnoticed... FOR A YEAR! The homeowner got suspicious after food was disappearing from his kitchen. He then installed security cameras, and noticed images of someone going through his house while he was gone. Here are the highlights from the article:
“We searched the house ... checking everywhere someone could possibly hide,” Itakura said. “When we slid open the shelf closet, there she was, nervously curled up on her side."
The woman told police she had no place to live and first sneaked into the man’s house about a year ago when he left it unlocked.
Police suspect she might have been closet-hopping, moving from house to house.
She had moved a mattress into the small closet space and apparently even took showers, Itakura said, calling the woman "neat and clean."
Bonus Homeless Person Story!
I also came across this creepy video of a guy who claims to have caught a woman hiding in his closet. The only reason this isn't included in the above list is that some claim it is a hoax and I couldn't find any news articles verifying the story. Still an entertaining video:
Update: More Crazy People Living in Attics!
Just when you think there's no way this stuff still happens, it happens again. Not to be outdone by the homeless, another crazy boyfriend has found his way back up into an ex's attic. In Rock Hill, South Carolina, some crazy dude got out of jail and figured the best place to hole up for a few weeks would be his ex-girlfriend's attic. He slept in the heating unit. Here's the highlights:
And below is a videoclip from the local news.
She heard a thump coming from the ceiling after she put her children to bed Saturday night.
Officers did find several "Route 44" Sonic cups filled with feces and urine in the attic.
The man also appeared to have rigged the ceiling vents so he could see into the woman's bedroom.
The only entrance to the attic is inside the home, in the hall that connects her children's bedrooms.
"Then all the nails just popped out of the ceiling over my bed. Like 'bing, bing, bing,'" said the woman.