The House Of Secrets – Bloor & Dufferin
It was a two-storey semi-detached home, built around 1898 in the Bloor and Dufferin area of the city. It was rumoured that a small-time bank robber had owned the home in the 1920’s and upon his arrest none of the money was ever recovered. People in the community speculated that the money was hidden somewhere in the house. Although there were several historical searches we could not substantiate this claim. However, starting in the mid thirties, right up to the mid 1960’s, there were constant break and enters at this house, nothing was ever taken. The break and enters have been confirmed as fact.
The owner was an elderly lady who had become ill. She was, at the time, living alone in the house and her nephew would drop by on a regular basis to help her and do her shopping for her. She was brought to stay with family until she was feeling better.
The house was old and becoming run down and it was decided that it was the perfect time to do some renovation work. All of her nephews (4) felt that they could do most of the work, however some of the more difficult jobs, such as plumbing and electrical would be left to the professionals, so contractors were hired for these jobs.
The contractors arrived and were met and let in by one of the boys. They quickly went to work on the upstairs bathroom. One of the jobs required them to run a new drainpipe from the upper floor to the basement. As they worked, alone in the house, they started to notice odd sounds, which put the workers on edge. When one had to go into the basement and the other had to remain on the upper floor it was the last straw for them, as their tools kept moving, doors kept closing, things started moving around and the sounds grew louder. The workers abandoned the job and fled the house.