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Family makes horrific discovery behind walls during renovations

Posted at 3:29 PM, Feb 13, 2015
and last updated 2015-02-13 17:09:57-05

AUBURN, Penn. — A family in Pennsylvania found some unexpected “insulation” already lurking behind the walls while they were putting in new insulation.

The Bretzius family was shocked and disgusted to find dozens of dead animal carcasses in the walls, half-used spices and other items, according to WNEP.  All of the dead animals were wrapped in newspapers from the 1930s and 40s.

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“We were shocked, horrified, and disgusted,” said Kajia Bretzuis.

The mother of four said they first found animals in the walls back in 2012 and have been removing the items ever since.

When the family bought the home back in 2011, a home inspector never found anything wrong with their dream home. But now the family is stuck with the repairs. Their insurance doesn’t cover anything, so the Bretzius family has spent about $20,000 trying to fix the problem.


After finding all the dead animals the family sent the artifacts to an expert to find out why someone would leave them in the walls of the home. The expert said the former homeowner was likely practicing Dutch magic and used this process to heal ailments; it's sometimes referred to as "pow-wowing."

The family still isn’t sure if all of the dead animals have been removed from the walls of their home.