Did a Reddit user find treasure in his grandparents’ barn?


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At the end of 2021, online ads were posted on websites claiming: “He found treasure in his grandparents’ barn”. Our research led us to a Reddit user named EvilEnglish who posted in 2013 that he had really found what could be described as “treasure” that was left in his grandparents’ safe in Tennessee.

However, the truth of the story had been distorted over the years by commercials and slideshow articles.

Misleading photographs

First, the two photos in the ad had nothing to do with the Reddit user, his grandparents, or where the “treasure” was found in the safe. The picture of the supposed Redditer is that of Chris Seiter, a writer for expetite amierecovery.com, and the image of the old house also seemed unrelated.

We found several photographs in the 60-page slideshow item which resulted from clicking on the ad which also had nothing to do with what actually happened, despite being credited with it. In addition, the find was made on the farm of EvilEnglish’s grandparents, and not in a “barn”.

Although attributed to the Reddit user, these two images appeared to have nothing to do with the true story of the treasure found in EvilEnglish’s grandparents’ house or safe.

What really happened?

In the original story that was job in 2013, EvilEnglish, who did not provide his real name, said his father passed away in 2009. This led him to inherit his grandparents’ farm in mid-Tennessee, a property they owned between the late 1970s and 1997.

As he wrote on Reddit, it was under a damp, loose carpet in the closet under the stairs that he found and ultimately opened a “secret safe”:

My father passed away a few years ago and he inherited an old farmhouse in the middle of Tennessee from my grandparents.

The house was my grandparents’ home for 20 odd years.

They bought this house in the late 70s / early 80s to escape the oppressive summer heat of the South. My grandfather was a sports enthusiast and loved to collect various guns. My grandmother was a collector of coins and other antiques and curiosities.

My grandfather was diagnosed with lung cancer in 1998, but I think the last time they visited the Tennessee house was around 1997.

After my grandfather passed away, neither my grandmother nor my father came home.

My father passed away in 2009 and we worked on closing his estate and went to the farm to prepare it for sale.

Lots of work to do here as it is an old house. I was working in a cupboard under the stairs and saw that the carpet was pretty disgusting.

I started to pull up the carpet and noticed a concrete block. It was very out of place because all the ground on the first floor is hardwood.

I pushed the rug back further and saw a round cap with a circular indentation on it.

I removed the cap and… a secret safe!

I pulled on the handle, but it didn’t move. If you turn the handle, it will still turn.

I called several locksmiths in TN, but it is impossible to get someone up there on a Sunday.

I must also say that at the beginning of last year my brother-in-law and I were moving some of the furniture. He went to move one of the coffee tables and when he went to pick it up, the table top came off the base.

Under the top of the coffee table was a hidden, self-contained safe. It was quite heavy, but we were able to load it into the truck.

He took it to work and was able to open it. Inside were several pistols (0.22, a 357 and a few others), there were also about 300 dollar bills. We found out that these were “Barr Notes” and that they were supposed to be rare because this particular Treasury Secretary died for 29 days in office.

Regardless, most of the locksmiths in the area seem to only want to go out during the week. I’m trying to train for a day off next Friday to go back to Tennessee!

What was inside?

April 30, 2013, EvilEnglish job to Reddit that the safe had been unlocked, revealing a “treasure” from her grandparents’ past.

Inside he found “dozens of rare coins, pocket watches and wristwatches, jewelry and piles of soggy silver,” according to KSL.com.

The money may have gotten wet after a pipe leak that had occurred in the years before the safe was discovered.

Photographs

The original Imgur photo album, as well as several YouTube videos, are no longer available. Readers looking for photos of grandparents’ “secret vault” can find them in the same news article from KSL.com, or from this HuffPost article since May 1, 2013.

In the album, photos showed “Major Safe. Co.” logo in the ground being looked at by the professional who found a way to open it. All the “treasures” found in the safe were displayed on the kitchen counter.

In an old Reddit comment, EvilEnglish wrote, “It’s funny that as a boy, in that same house, my grandma read ‘Treasure Island’ to me, and I’ve always dreamed of it. to find something like this! “

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Sources:

EvilEnglish. “I found a secret safe under the stairs while cleaning my grandparents’ house!” (Verification included in the album). ” r / What’s in this thing, April 22, 2013, www.reddit.com/r/WhatsInThisThing/comments/1cua23/found_a_secret_safe_under_the_stairs_while/.

EvilEnglish. “Tennessee Safe UNLOCKED!” (X-Post from r / Whatsinthisthing). ” r / Photos, May 1, 2013, www.reddit.com/r/pics/comments/1dgo61/tennessee_safe_unlocked_xpost_from/.

“WATCH: The family finds incredible treasure in a secret safe. ” The HuffPost, May 1, 2013, https://www.huffpost.com/entry/tennessee-safe-unlocked-treasures-discovered_n_3195237.

Newlin, David Self. “Tennessee Grandmother’s Secret Treasure Found in Hidden Vault.” KSL.com, May 2, 2013, https://www.ksl.com/article/25021896/tennessee-grandmothers-secret-treasure-discovered-in-hidden-safe.

Seiter, Chris. “How To Make Your Ex Girlfriend Attracted To You Again – The Complete Guide.” Ex girlfriend recovering | Find your ex, September 14, 2015, https://exgirlfriendrecovery.com/how-to-make-your-ex-friend-attracted-to-you-again/.


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