With two hands, he hoisted the suitcase into the air and over the steps, struggling to keep his balance. “What on earth is in here?”, he asked his wife.
He grabbed his phone and called 911. He looked as pale as a ghost as he explained to the cops what he found hiding inside.
Tim Stevens was making his way to the airport to collect his wife, Emily. She had been on a work trip for the past few days.
With a 3-hour drive ahead of him, Tim guzzled some coffee and set out. It should have been an uneventful journey, but instead, Tim was nervously preoccupied with preparing his apology speech.
Tim was a devoted husband to his wife, Emily, and a loving father to their two kids. But despite his devotion, it didn’t stop the couple from having their fair share of arguments.
Before Emily left, they argued about her work trip. Tim didn’t want her to go. He found minding the kids without her stressful. Now, he realized he may have been a little selfish. But his apology was coming far too late.
Excited And Nervous
Tim arrived at the airport, both excited and nervous to see Emily. He had no idea how Emily was feeling but he could never have imagined she’d return with devastating secrets.
Tim gave Emily a warm welcome home and told her how much he missed her. Just as he was apologizing for fighting with her, he noticed something strange.
Tim saw a big suitcase that stood beside Emily. She left with just a backpack. “You did some shopping I see?”, he asked quizzingly. Emily just smiled. “Let’s go home”, she said.
“Sure”, Tim said. “Let me get that”. He reached his hand out to grab Emily’s suitcase. Suddenly, Emily grabbed it. “It’s fine. I got it”, she said, laughing nervously.
Tim tried to ignore her strange behavior. But when they reached the stairs to the car park, he couldn’t ignore it any longer.
Tim watched his wife ask another man besides her to help her carry the suitcase down the stairs. Confused, Tim immediately stepped in and took the suitcase. But when he lifted it, his breath stifled.
The suitcase was very heavy. With two hands, he hoisted the suitcase into the air and over the steps, struggling to keep his balance. “What on earth is in here?”, he asked his wife.
“Nothing!”, she replied. “Just clothes – everything was on sale!”. She laughed nervously. Clothes couldn’t have been this heavy. He needed to find out what she was hiding.
Now Or Never
Before they reached the car, Emily excused herself to go to the bathroom. It was now or never. Tim waited until she was out of sight and quickly unzipped the suitcase to have a peek inside.
He pulled the zip back carefully, eager to see what she was hiding. But his intrigue quickly turned to horror.
Tim pulled the heavy luggage over to him and bent down onto his haunches. Looking back to make sure his wife was gone, he slowly unzipped the suitcase.
The silver ridges soon gave way to darkness before revealing an odd texture. Tim continued to open it until a solid form began take shape. His eyes widened.
Calling For Help
Frightened, Tim jumped back. He stood frozen, staring at the contents that had spilled out of the suitcase opening. His heart pounded as he tried to make sense of what he saw.
He grabbed his phone and called 911. He looked as pale as a ghost as he explained what he discovered in his wife’s suitcase.
When his wife reappeared, Tim was shaking. “What on earth have you done?”, he cried. “What on earth are you hiding in there?”.
Tim watched as Emily’s eyes widened. She looked at him and followed his gaze to her suitcase. Suddenly, several police cars flooded in.
They yelled at both of them to stay back as they approached the suitcase. Tim watched Emily’s confused expression with intense scrutiny.
“What’s happening?”, Emily yelled. “That’s my suitcase!”. But before she could say anything else, a cop opened the zipper to reveal what was inside.
Inside Emily’s suitcase was a human dummy. Tim had mistaken it for a human body! “Why do you have that?”, Tim asked Emily. Emily looked at him in disbelief. “Hold on – was all of this your doing?”, she asked Tim.
Before she could explain herself, the cops intervened and apologized to Emily for interrupting her day.
Emily accepted their apology and quickly explained that she was at a first-aid training center for work. She was tasked with taking the dummy back for further staff training.
She also had a bunch of expensive first-aid equipment in her suitcase which added to the unusual weight. But why did she lie to Tim?
She didn’t want Tim to know that the work trip she took was a training course she volunteered for. She knew he didn’t approve of her going. If he found out that she went on a trip she didn’t need to in the first place, he’d be even more upset with her.
Thankfully, in this case, it was just a dummy in the suitcase. But a group of teenagers found something far, far more horrific…
The summer of 2020 was a time when bowling alleys, movie theaters, and restaurants were closed.
So, when three bored teens in Seattle stumbled upon a mysterious new app that promised to lead them on an unexpected adventure in their own neighborhood, they decided to try it out. Little did they know, the app would lead them to something so sinister that the authorities had to get involved.
Henry, Natalie, and Gabbi were a group of normal teens living in the digital age. They made TikTok videos, posted selfies on Instagram, and followed all the latest social media trends.
When videos of other teens using a strange app began cropping up, they decided that it was just the thing to bring more excitement into their lives. Of course, they never realized that they could be playing with forces that they didn’t understand.
The Infamous App
The app was quickly developing a frightening reputation. TikTok and YouTube users from all over the world had been uploading creepy footage of their strange experiences, many with the title “Please do not use this app.”
The app’s hashtag racked up over 200 million views on YouTube that summer — but Henry, Natalie, and Gabbi’s discovery was the most frightening of all.
The app, called Randonautica, sends its users on random adventures to explore their local surroundings after setting an “intention” — often, with eerie consequences and strange coincidences.
For instance, one TikToker shared a video of the app leading him to a pair of headstones that turned out to be the graves of his relatives, and many other users have reported being followed by strange cars after using the app. It wasn’t long before parents everywhere were up in arms.
The Three Rules
Randonautica has three golden rules — don’t use the app at night, don’t travel alone, and keep a positive mindset. But many users have been ignoring these rules, which, according to the app’s creator, can have dangerous consequences.
In fact, the app’s creator said he was “shocked and surprised” when he saw Henry’s video on the news.
Not Heeding The Warnings
It was a dreary day in June when the three friends headed out. Gabbi downloaded the app and was immediately struck by its forboding icon — a creepy owl’s head.
They set the location within a 6-mile radius. After they focused on their intention, the app spat out a random GPS coordinate. So, the teens set off, not knowing what was waiting for them on the other side.
The app had sent the friends to the shoreline of Akai Beach — a typical Pacific coast town on the west side of Seattle.
The teens wandered through the small shops that lined the sidewalk of Pike’s Place Market, just opposite the shore where the pointer on the map flashed. Henry began to record the adventure on his phone as they drew closer to the location.
On The Rocks
The teens began to explore the beach, searching for what the app was pointing them to. They were walking on the damp sand — laughing, chatting, and goofing off — when they all suddenly felt drawn to a pile of rocks close to the shore.
Henry kept the camera rolling as they got closer. Then, they spotted it.
The Chilling Video
Arguably the most chilling aspect of the footage is the fact that Henry, Natalie, and Gabbi had no idea what kind of situation they were walking into.
The authorities who showed up on the scene later said that the teens could be traumatized for the rest of their lives because of what they found. What had they stumbled upon?
Down a small embankment was an abandoned black suitcase, sitting on the rocks. Henry giggled with excitement. It was a large traveler’s suitcase with wheels.
“Maybe there’s money inside!?” he exclaimed excitedly. The friends couldn’t believe their luck. But, they quickly realized that the shore was a very strange place for someone to leave a suitcase…
The sudden change in weather wasn’t helping the atmosphere, either. The grey Seattle sky began to darken as the friends stood there in awe.
What had started out as a fun adventure was quickly becoming creepy. The teens suddenly couldn’t shake the feeling that something just wasn’t right. Natalie cautiously climbed down the rocks to take a closer look.
Gabbi mustered all her courage as she walked over to the suitcase. The other two stood back and egged her on. “Open it!” Henry yelled. Natalie searched the ground until she found a long stick to try and pry back the suitcase’s lid.
But, as soon as she did, she jumped back as a terrible stench filled the air.
A Plastic Bag
From what they could see, the suitcase contained a black garbage bag. That’s when the friends began to get nervous. The mood of the footage was somber as Gabbi took a prod for herself and pulled out her phone.
Natalie had a frightened look on her face, and Henry could be heard narrating in the background: “OK so she’s calling the police.”
They Didn’t Come
But the police didn’t come. Henry, Natalie, and Gabbi didn’t want to hang around, so they left the beach. More than two hours went by before the police showed up. Apparently, they thought it was all an elaborate prank.
Later, the three friends returned to the scene and filmed the police cars that swarmed the beach. What was inside the suitcase?
The teens’ curiosity had lead them to something they certainly wished they hadn’t found. What was in the mysterious suitcase? We may never know.
It was taken by the Seattle Police Department and an investigation has been launched. The ironic part about the story is that the friends had set their intention to “travel.”