I have never really thought about someone hiding in my house before this topic came up in one of my listserves. So I decided to Google articles on the topic.
There have been cases like the one in 2008 where a homeless women was reported to have lived in a man's closet for one year. The owner noticed that food was going missing and installed cameras. The camera images of what he thought was a burglar were transferred to his cell phone. Once police arrived they found that the doors, windows etc. were locked. Upon further investigation, they found a 58 year old women curled up on the top shelf of the man's bedroom closet. She had been living in his house undetected for 1 year. Oh my goodness. That is so creepy. Just the thought that someone who you don't know is watching you while you sleep.
To read more of this story click on the following link. http://www.nbcnews.com/id/24889337/ns/world_news-weird_news/t/homeless-woman-lived-mans-closet-year/#.VGKROmd0ypo
Here is another story reported by Fox News of a Man who spent the Christmas season in a family's attic. Here is the bizarre story from the website.
A family did not realize they had an unexpected Christmas guest until a man who had been in their attic for days emerged wearing their clothes, police said.
Stanley Carter surrendered Friday after police took a dog to search the home in Plains Township, a suburb of Wilkes-Barre about 100 miles north of Philadelphia. He was charged with several counts of burglary, theft, receiving stolen property and criminal trespass.
"When he came down from the attic, he was wearing my daughter's pants and my sweat shirt and sneakers," homeowner Stacy Ferrance said. "From what I gather, he was helping himself to my home, eating my food and stealing my clothes."
Police said the 21-year-old Carter had been staying with his friends, who are Ferrance's neighbors in a duplex. But when they told him to leave, he apparently accessed the shared attic through a trap door in a bedroom ceiling.
The friends said Carter went missing on Dec. 19 and they filed a missing person report a few days before Christmas.
Ferrance said she had heard noises but thought they were caused by her three children. She notified police on Christmas Day when cash, a laptop computer and an iPod disappeared, then called police again the next day when she found footprints in her bedroom closet, where the attic trap door is located.
Carter kept a list of everything he took, said Plains Township police Officer Michael Smith.
"When we were going through the inventory of what he did take, we found a note labeled 'Stanley's Christmas List' of all the items he had removed from the residence and donated to himself," Smith said.
Carter was in jail Sunday at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility with a preliminary hearing set for Jan. 5. It was not immediately clear if he had a lawyer.
There was also case about a 14 year old boy who ran away from home to live in a Texas Wal-Mart. He was successful for several days. His hunger was satisfied by eating stolen food. He even created makeshift forts to sleep in and hide from the employees. To find out more about this story check out this following link. http://www.inquisitr.com/1409137/teenager-caught-living-at-corsicana-walmart/
This all leads me to the question... Are there any books out there with this theme? According to my listsever... there are... Hummm... Do I really want to read them? Will they give me the chills?
Let's see and find out.
Here are some of the books at the Lincoln Public Library with the theme Not Safe in your Home!
Too Close to Home by Linwood Barclay