Historical hideouts listed here on TopYaps are best known for offering their evil inhabitants a feel of security. No doubt, there was a time when they ruled a country or their respective areas with immense power, but eventually they were brought down in backbreaking operations conducted by military or intelligence agencies. Here, we’re checking out 10 historical hideouts of evil people in the history of human race. These hideouts were right under the nose of a common man, but stayed anonymous till the day their occupants got the “final call”.
10. Apartment 213 (Jeffrey Dahmer):
Apartment 213, located at 924 North 25th Street, Milwaukee, Wisconsin was the hideout of Jeffrey Dahmer — a notorious cannibal cum American serial killer who was fond of necrophilism. In mid May of 1990, Dahmer moved to this place and fueled up his campaign of obnoxious murders. It was July 22, 1991, when Tracy Edwards — one of the victims of Dahmer, somehow managed to escape from his entanglement and approached two local cops enroute. When sheriffs arrived at the apartment, they discovered a chamber of horror. Apartment 213 was holding the remains of more than 11 men along with acid-filled tubs, fatal chemicals and electric saws. There were no signs of food in his apartment, but his freezer was stuffed with a liver, a kidney, a heart, lungs and intestines of his victims. These body parts were “food” for one of the most notorious serial killers in the history of America.
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9. The Dungeon of Josef Fritzl:
Sending a shockwave to the mainstream media across the world, in April 2008, Elisabeth Fritzl — a 42-year old Austrian, revealed that she had been detained for 24 years in the basement of home by her own father — Josef Fritzl. On August 29, 1984, Josef locked Elisabeth (18-year old) in the concealed cellar of his Amstetten home and constantly raped and physically assaulted her, fathering seven children from her womb. After the disappearance of Elisabeth, her mother (unaware of truth) filed a report in the local police station. Meanwhile, Josef, somehow convinced everyone that his daughter has joined a religious group in Braunau and is not interested in returning back home. It was April 19, 2008, when one of the Elisabeth’s daughter fell seriously ill and was admitted in hospital by Josef. Since he was unable to explain the identity of the ailing girl, he came on the radar of investigation agencies which later resulted in the discovery of Elisabeth. The hideout covered an area of approximately 590 sq ft with the ceilings no more than 5.6 ft high. There were two sleeping areas in the dungeon along with a cooking area, a bathroom and a narrow passageway. Elisabeth and her children were unable to endure the natural light and were treated for several months to line up with the “outer” world.
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8. Spahn Movie Ranch (Charles Manson):
An ideal spot for filming Western-themed movies, the Spahn Movie Ranch is also known for being the abode of Charles Manson — a notorious American killer, and his cult followers which led the foundation of “Mansion Family”. Inspired by the iconic song “Helter Skelter” of “The Beatles”, Manson and his followers initiated a long journey of killing innocents people which also claimed the lives of Sharone Tate — an actress and wife of famous director Roman Polanski, and Leno and Rosemary LaBianca — a couple from Los Angeles. After these barbarous murder cases, a massive hunt operation was propelled by the US National Park Rangers, California Highway Patrol and other county personnels. Eventually, they succeeded in tracing the hideout of Manson Family and arrested nearly two dozen people, including Manson, from the spot. This ranch was owned by George Spahn — a dairy farmer, who allowed the Mansion Family to stay without paying rent. In return, the Mansion Family handled the cleanup job of premises. Some women of this group were ordered by Manson to sleep with the nearly-blind old owner of the ranch as well as to care him in every possible way.
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7. Jonestown (Jim Jones):
Established in the northwestern Guyana, Jonestown was a “socialist paradise” of a religious organization — Peoples Temple, founded by a cult leader — Jim Jones. Jones founded the Peoples Temple in 1950, preaching its members “those who remained drugged with the opiate of religion had to be brought to enlightenment — socialism.” Spread over 3,000 acres of land, Jonestown was the home for over 1,000 fanatic followers of Jim Jones. Activities and prophesies of Jones stirred a great upheaval in administration and later after the pressure of media, Leo Ryan — a Congressman from the San Francisco, was ordered to investigate the Jonestown. Ryan arrived at Jones’ hideout on November 17, 1968 and inquired about the ongoing things in premises. However, the next day while he was leaving, some of the security guards of Temple intercepted him and opened fire on his team, killing Ryan, three journalists and one other person. On the evening of the very same day (18th Nov.), Jones ordered his brainwashed followers to drink a mixture of cyanide-laced soft drink while assuring them a freedom from the darkness of the outside world. Along with nearly 300 children, more than 900 people died in this incident, making it one of the largest cases of mass suicide in the history of world.
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6. Remote cabin outside Lincoln, Montana (Ted Kaczynski):
Ted Kaczynski (Unabomber) is known for his campaign of mail bombing which spanned for nearly 20 years, claiming the lives of three people and killed 23 others. After earning an undergraduate degree from the Harvard University, Ted enrolled in the University of Michigan in 1962 to pursue a PhD in Mathematics and after completing it he joined the University of California, Berkeley in 1967. An expert of geometric function theory, Ted is well known for being the youngest professor ever hired by the University. At the age of 26 (in 1969), Ted resigned from his job and went back to his parent’s place in Lombard, Illinois. It was 1971, when he moved to his new location — a remote cabin without electricity or water in Lincoln, and started learning survival skills while living reclusively. Irritated by the destruction of wilderness for development efforts, he decided to start a bombing campaign, and from 1978 to 1995, he sent 16 bombs to different locations in the United States. Eventually, on April 3, 1996, Ted was captured by the FBI agents from his chaotic hideout. From his cabin, agents discovered a huge amount of bomb components, approximately 40,000 handwritten journal pages that included the mechanisms of bomb-making along with the details of crime which he had conducted and one live bomb which was ready to be mailed. Finding out Ted from his hideout is considered to be one of the most costliest missions in the history of FBI.
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5. Murder Castle (H. H. Holmes):
H. H. Holmes was one of the first authenticated serial killers of America who established the “World’s Fair” hotel (Murder Castle) during the World’s Columbian Exposition, held in Chicago, in 1893. The ground floor of the three-story building comprised a drugstore of Holmes as well as various commercial shops whereas the rest of two floors consisted more than 100 rooms without windows. The internal construction of the hotel was extremely labyrinthine and the rooms were soundproof and fitted with gas lines to asphyxiate anyone at anytime. Generally, the victims of Holmes were his female employees, hotel guests and his girlfriends. After abusing physically, Holmes used to kill his victims in his hideout. The dead bodies were further stripped of flesh and dissected meticulously and were sold to medical schools in which Holmes had gained connections. In Holmes’ Murder Castle, there was a secret slideway to the basement which was used to send the bodies direct to the pits of acid. On November 17, 1894, Holmes was arrested by the Pinkerton National Detective Agency regarding a horse theft in Texas. Meanwhile, a steward of Holmes’ hotel informed the sheriffs that he was strictly ordered to not go to the upper floors to sanitize rooms and everything else. This information raised a sense of suspicion and finally the truth of Murder Castle was disclosed. However, the number of Holmes’ victims has been officially declared to be 27, but based upon the reports of missing persons (either employee or hotel guests), the toll touches the count of 200.
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4. Spider Hole (Saddam Hussein):
However, the term “Spider Hole” is a military parlance which depicts a shoulder-deep hole used by a soldier for observation as well as to fire a weapon, but here, the “Spider Hole” narrates the hideout of an evil man who was once the owner of more than 50 luxurious palaces. After a tiring and long search operation, Saddam Hussein was finally nabbed by the highly trained soldiers of Special Forces in Operation Red Dawn. On December 13, 2003, soldiers of 4th Infantry Division and Task Force 121 discovered him from a hole of a farmhouse in the town of ad-Dawr, 10 miles from Tikrit, Iraq. Initially, “Wolverine 1” and “Wolverine 2” were marked as the possible hideouts of Saddam, but later the exact location was identified where Hussein was hiding actually. Without any resistance, he was captured from a 6-8 feet deep hole, camouflaged with dirt on its square-cut entrance. During the raid, soldiers recovered two AK-47 rifles, a pistol and 750,000 USD in cash.
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3. Carrera 79B #45D-94, near Estadio Atanasio Girardot stadium, Medellin (Pablo Escobar):
Ranked by the Forbes magazine in 1989 as one of the most eminent billionaires of the world, Pablo Escobar was a Colombian drug lord as well as one of the founding fathers of Medellin Cartel — a network of drug suppliers. During the heydays of Pablo’s life, Medellin Cartel was controlling the 80% of international cocaine market while generating a gigantic revenue of $60 million per day. Apart from drug trafficking, he was also involved in the assassinations of a Colombian presidential candidate, a newspaper editor, a minister as well as masterminding the 1989 bombing of a Colombia flight which claimed the lives of nearly 110 people. Later, Pablo was arrested for fathering a series of criminal acts, but he somehow managed to escape from the prison and made a middle-class house in Medellin as his hideout. On December 2, 1993, Search bloc — a highly U.S. trained Colombian security force, finally traced his whereabouts and killed him on the roof of house in a direct shootout while he was trying to escape.
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2. Waziristan Haveli, Abbottabad (Osama Bin Laden):
On May 2, 2011, Osama Bin Laden — an international terror-figurehead, was wiped out by a team of ultra-trained and highly sophisticated Navy SEALs. Wanted for masterminding the 9/11 and other mass-casualty attacks across the world, Osama Bin Laden was hiding in a three-story building located at 1.3 km southwest of the Pakistan Military Academy. Built around 2005-2006, on a land covering an area of 3,500 square meter, this normal-looking house was 8 times larger than any nearby houses. Surrounded by 18 ft high concrete wall and having no Internet or telephone connection, Waziristan Haveli was the hideout of Laden from January 2006, and he operated his entire mission by using one of his most loyal couriers — Abu Ahmed al-Kuwaiti. The first floor of the house was used by two of the Laden’s aides whereas the second and third floor was used by Laden and his family. After tracking al-Kuwaiti and analyzing plethora of intelligence reports and satellite images, it was finally discovered that OBL was hiding there with his youngest wife, children and others. As per the plannings of “Operation Neptune Star”, on May 2, 2011, two dozen Navy SEALs equipped with advanced weaponries were fast-roped in the compound by two Black Hawk helicopters. In the shootout at Laden’s hideout, SEALs gunned down Laden, his son Khalid, al-Kuwaiti, al-Kuwaiti’s brother Abrar, and Abrar’s wife Bushra.
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1. Führerbunker (Adolf Hitler):
Führerbunker was the last hideout of an evil man who is best known for changing the course of modern world. Situated near the Reich Chancellery (office of the Chancellor of Germany) in Berlin, the Führerbunker was built 120 metres away and 8.5 metres beneath the building of Reich Chancellery. The upper level of this hideout was known as the Vorbunker. Along with security personnels, staffs and other close ones, Hitler moved into this bunker permanently on January 16, 1945, and from there he operated the entire Nazi regime until the day he committed suicide with his wife-for-a-day Eva Braun. The crowded bunker was equipped with furnitures, framed oil paintings and overplus of books of which Hitler was a great buff. On his 56th birthday (April 20, 1945), Hitler arrived to the surface for the last time and awarded Iron Crosses to the members of the “Hitler Youth”. Currently, the bunker area is surrounded by residential and commercial buildings, and till the date, authorities have tried their best to prevent the historical hideout from becoming a Neo-Nazi shrine.
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