Perhaps most people wouldn't pay too much attention to an abandoned house hidden among the trees. But what one YouTuber discovered behind the walls of its seemingly normal exterior was nothing he ever expected…
A Storm Is Brewing
At first sight, the deserted property didn't look like anything out of the ordinary for an urban explorer. In fact, the abandoned house looked very similar to others that RnK had explored in the past.
But upon entering the home, which was hidden within a seemingly tranquil forest, YouTuber RnK realized that it was different from any place he had explored before. The site was anything but empty: mysterious artifacts filled the property, and there was one particular relic that stood out from the others.
RnK was an expert at what he did - there wasn't a site that phased him throughout his years of urban exploring. But this was indeed a house like no other - very different from the ones RnK had spent his time searching in the past. This became especially true after he found one object that was particularly shocking.
Suddenly, it was unclear if the YouTuber would have the courage to continue the mission he had started. But thanks to a video he uploaded to the platform documenting his journey, we were able to find out. His adventure in the house going from one room to another turned out to be truly extraordinary.
The Latest Mystery
Ever since he joined the video-sharing platform, RnK has spread lots of excitement. His dangerous and mystery-filled journeys over the years called for lots of urban exploring. One example was when he explored an abandoned funeral home and found mysterious ashes hidden inside.
On another adventure, the infamous YouTuber even found himself behind bars for trespassing during his time documenting a deserted farmhouse in the United States. That tells us all we need to know - RnK came to this mysterious site (above) prepared with lots of prior experience.
Approaching the House
And so the adventure began: the first thing viewers saw in the video was RnK standing in the kitchen of the abandoned home, along with his friends who joined him for the adventure. But this kitchen was the opposite of ordinary - the group found themselves surrounded by what they could only describe as junk.
Just by glancing at the kitchen behind the group, we wouldn't blame anyone for thinking someone was still living in the house. Although if that were true, one thing we'd know for sure was that the inhabitant had a messy way of living, leaving food and trash on every surface.
A Hoarder House?
But not long after they began their journey, the explorers were certain that this wasn't a family home. RnK could be heard telling his viewers, "We're back inside another hoarder house. This one is packed." And soon enough, they would find out exactly what it was packed with...
The YouTuber and his companions then carried on traveling throughout the rest of the abandoned house. As they did so, they - and the thousands of viewers along for the ride - began to discover just how many objects and belongings the previous owners had left behind. And at first, it wasn't clear why.
Heading back over to the kitchen, the camera revealed more of how chaotic it really was. This time, viewers were able to see the ragged curtains, discarded appliances, and trash left behind on every surface. The tiles on the floor were cracked and covered with even more mess...
Tin cans spilled out of the open kitchen cupboards and made their way onto the floor. Not only that, but dirty dishes and cookware were left on the kitchen counter and piled up in the sink, still waiting to be washed. RnK could only guess how long they'd been sitting there…
A Chaotic Scene
No one was there to show any indication of having a connection to the property. By the looks of it, the group even guessed that the house's previous inhabitant had gotten up one day and just decided to leave it as is, without looking back. It was enough to already convince them that something strange had happened here...
It appeared that the house had been revisited at least a few times since it was abandoned. The group guessed that visitors had stopped by to check it out on their way through the woods and ended up going through what was left in it, making a mess as they did so. It seemed like they were all looking for one particular object...
An Eerie Feeling
The chaos that RnK and his friends found in the kitchen echoed loudly throughout the many rooms of the house. One room had a bed without a mattress, covered with books and papers, next to a wall lined with bookshelves. Little did they know, their experience was about to get even more strange...
The living room of the house matched the disarray found throughout the rest of the house. Although it looked like it could have once been a cozy place to spend free time in, it now had an eerie sense to it: the floors were covered with fallen plaster and empty boxes, as well as a piano that hadn't been played in ages.
The Mysterious Owners
Soon after they began the adventure throughout the house, the group was determined to find out more about who had previously lived in it. What was the story behind the chaos in the house? Was the previous owner forced to suddenly leave it without looking back?
As they looked around, they wondered what could have possibly caused the chaos that plagued the house. Was it previously inhabited by hoarding owners? Or did the consistent mess result from frequent visitors who rummaged through the belongings that had been left behind?
Dusty Old Books
As they continued to inspect the house, they began to find clues that could tell them more about the house's owner. Books - a lot of them - filled the unorganized space. From what they saw, the group could tell that whoever the owners were, they were avid readers.
Countless books were found in almost every room of the house. Some were stacked neatly either on tables or shelves, while others were scattered chaotically on the floors, tables, or other surfaces. Several of them even displayed bent spines and torn pages. The explorers continued to pick up more clues as they ventured on...
Newspapers and Magazines
Soon enough, it became clear to the group that whoever lived here in the past didn't only consume written content from books. Piles of newspapers throughout the house made it seem as though whoever read them had been collecting them for ages. But there was something strange about them...
The issues came from all over the world. One corner had stacks of copies of The Baltic Times that circulated in Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. Mixed into the same pile were issues of The Chicago Tribune, and one National Geographic magazine was dated September 2001. Still lacking an explanation, they searched for more clues.
They explored more rooms in the house, finding relics that showed that it wasn't just the magazines and newspapers that seemed to have a long history. As more of the house was revealed, the group could see that a lot of the technology was rather old-fashioned and reminded them of a very different era in their lives.
They found a collection of old radios that couldn't possibly have been purchased in recent years. RnK spotted the line of radios, pointed to one of them, and said, "I remember these from back in the day too. Everybody had one of these." Little did he know, items down the road would look less familiar.
RnK and his friends found even more objects with clues about the life of the house's previous owner. Around the house, there were several items that indicated a life of wealth and luxury, such as an old coat made of fur that was left hanging over a kitchen chair.
Other items found in the house gave them clues that the owner may have lived a religious life. Across the cover of one book were the words "Franciscan Mission Associates." RnK and his friends found it lying on the table, resting over an old, cordless phone. But their discoveries would soon take a dark turn...
In fact, there were more artifacts to be found throughout the house that had religious significance. For example, on top of the refrigerator was a statuette of the Virgin Mary with her hands put together as though she was praying. But there was more...
In another room that the group visited, there was a postcard that showed a monk holding a child in its arms. Beside it, they found a toy that seemed like it was thrown away and a brooch made of gold and pearl. But despite the religious and seemingly wholesome artifacts, something still didn't sit right...
A World Traveler
Several photos found throughout the house presented RnK with even more clues about the former inhabitants of the house. Pictures of various places, seeming almost like postcards, told RnK and his friends that the people who took them loved to travel.
As he looked through the photos, RnK could tell that it wasn't always clear where the destinations in the photos were. But they certainly did reveal how much the person who left them behind loved to travel. They couldn't help but wonder: did this person simply set out to explore a foreign country without ever returning?
An Art Studio?
But perhaps what gave RnK the biggest clue of all were the several works of art that were discovered in the abandoned house. Standing in what looked like it probably used to be a studio, the YouTuber was certain that whoever lived here had a passion for art.
"The person that lived here must have been an artist," he explained to his viewers. "They have a lot of artwork around; they have a bunch of paintbrushes, a lot of finished paintings, a lot of unfinished paintings. So this was like an art hoarder house." But it was the type of art that sent chills down his spine...
One piece they stumbled upon was eerie-looking, with an image of a white silhouette against an earthy brown landscape. Behind the ghost-like shape, there appeared to be a scene that looked like a few cows grazing in a field. And a strange aura surrounded the human-shaped figure...
Could this be a religious painting, indicating interests similar to the other items the group had previously found in the house? Or was there a more sinister air to the painting? The group couldn't help but wonder: did this work of art depict a ghost? But it got more confusing...
It Was Surreal
Another work of art showed an even darker and more sinister image than the one with the white silhouette. This one featured still life painted in black and white, looking a lot like the work of surrealist artists. Other creations showed a similar style...
They later found an additional painting that depicted figures with bizarre, animal-like heads. It didn't take long for RnK and his companions to realize that whoever spent their days working in this studio liked to take a dark and sinister approach to art - and RnK felt particularly drawn to it.
"Cool, Creepy Stuff"
The YouTuber didn't shy away from sharing with his viewers how much he liked the style of art exhibited in the paintings. "There's a ton of stuff around here from the artist," RnK explained in the video. "Really nice work too. Cool, kinda creepy stuff." If only he knew...
"That's the kind of artwork I like. That's right up my alley. So that's an interesting find right there. We found a little something to the history behind the person that lived here and what they might have done for a living and/or hobby," he continued. But his next finding revealed just how creepy this art could get.
The "Demonic" Discovery
The group had now been looking through the paintings for a while, but there was one that shocked them more than the rest. They discovered the most sinister composition of all in a room on the first floor of the house, where RnK stumbled upon this piece of art.
A large canvas lay against a wood-paneled wall, featuring a grey image they couldn't quite make out at first. But after taking a closer look, they realized the image - which RnK called "demonic," featured a suspicious-looking doorway with something standing beneath it...
A Hidden Meaning
The doorway was entirely grey, just like the rest of the painting, but had a pattern of Xs in the middle. It looked too eerie to not have some kind of meaning behind it. RnK noticed a couple of red streaks across the otherwise grey painting - could it possibly signify blood?
Looking at the painting, RnK had to find out what was depicted standing in the doorway behind the pattern. Looking even more closely at it, he noticed a female figure drawn very subtly into the pattern of Xs. But we wish we could say that was the eeriest part of the work of art...
The Disturbing Poem
This part of the painting left the group truly shocked. Across the painting in dark letters was a mysterious poem that they couldn't crack the meaning of. RnK read it to the viewers, who - like him - were waiting anxiously for any possible clue about what it could mean.
"Through cold dark walls and melted wax of long-extinguished candles, I beheld as you tried to approach," the YouTuber read to the viewers, with the camera aimed at him. There were so many questions surrounding this eerie creation. Who wrote the poem? Was it the same person who drew the painting?
Photos of A Family
RnK and his friends were able to get an idea of who may have occupied the house. After a few more minutes of roaming through the house, they stumbled upon several pictures that were neither paintings nor photos from a book. And they may have held clues about the house's owners.
On shelves, dressers, and other places in the house were photos of people who all looked like they could be part of the same family. Probably once very valuable frames that held treasured memories for these individuals, these photographs hinted a possible unfortunate ending to their story.
Memories Left Behind
Some of the pictures the group found were wedding photos of a bride in a white dress with her new husband in a matching white suit. In one of the photos, the newlyweds stood beneath a wooden archway, with the bride holding a red-and-white bouquet of roses in her hand.
The faces of the bride and groom echoed throughout the room, leading RnK and his friends to believe that the house they now stood in probably belonged to this married couple. But if that were true, why did they abandon it, leaving all their precious memories behind?
Soon after coming to this conclusion, the group discovered another wedding photo resting against an old sewing machine. The machine seemed to have been paused in the middle of the job, with a piece of fabric still caught between the needle and the pad beneath it.
As the group looked at the photo, they realized that it showed a different bride and groom, a conclusion that was supported by the fact that the suit and dress they wore were different as well. However, the group was certain that these were members of the same family. So what on earth happened?
One possible explanation they later thought of was that the marriage ended in divorce, forcing the couple to move out and abandoned their home and all of their precious possessions. But it still left some questions unanswered, like: why did they leave everything behind, and in this state?
However, people in the comments agreed it could have been divorce. One wrote, "I get the impression a painful divorce is the culprit behind that place ending up like that." And another added, "Like one spouse up and left after 20 years of marriage, and the other just kept all the stuff and didn't care."
The Tragic Ending
But despite the possibly tragic ending to this couple's love story, RnK decided to take a look at the positive side of it. He mentioned the couple's interests that he learned about through the possessions they left in the house. "Always do what you love for work," he noted.
As the group looked around, they realized they might never know what happened to the inhabitants of the house. But the photos and artwork did seem to keep their memories alive. “Hopefully that’s a good thing that came out of their life, and then the unfortunate stuff might have happened later on.”
As their adventure came to an end, the group began to process what they had just witnessed. “We saw a lot of their artwork; we saw a lot of their books; we saw a lot of their personal belongings, albeit it was wrecked. This house was ransacked. I mean it was completely ransacked,” RnK said in the video.
But despite the total chaos at the house, the group decided to leave everything exactly as they found it. RnK thought that, out of respect for the people who had created their memories there, he shouldn't add to the already existing mess, even if previous visitors clearly didn't think the same way.
Reaching a Conclusion
Through the mess of objects in the house, RnK was able to come to some conclusions about the property's owners. "They loved reading," RnK told his viewers. "It seems that the two people… from what I can tell it's two people that lived here, a man and a woman."
"There might have been another couple of people living here, maybe one or two, but from what it seems, the man and the woman that lived here, they loved to read," the YouTuber continued to explain. "They loved art, and they loved reading. A lot. They read a lot."
Gone Without a Trace…
But the mystery of the demonic painting remained: what could it possibly be about? Was it created by one of the house's former owners? Was it painted before or after the unfortunate turn that their marriage seemingly took? So many questions were left unanswered - including the outdated Chevy that sat abandoned in the grass outside.
Like everything else in the house, the painting remained untouched by RnK and his friends, despite their interest in that particular artifact. So the painting was left behind - among the rest of the home's possessions - to send chills down the spines of the next team brave enough to explore the site...