Safe-Cracking Discovery

Episode WCT-1507H

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First, when Stephen Christopher and Gary Allen first moved into their 10,000-square-foot home in Clarksburg, W.Va., they uncovered papers that tell a sordid tale of a bitter divorce. Now, after four years of wondering, Stephen and Gary are employing the help of a local locksmith to crack open the basement safe and see if there is any treasure to go along with the previous homeowner's tragedy. Next, in New Haven, Conn., Colin Caplan discovers clues to his 1750s Colonial-style home's forgotten past when he finds a strange medallion and a hidden bookcase. Then, during the restoration of their 1908 California Craftsman in Bisbee, Ariz., Karen and David Berridge uncover an old cane with a secret compartment and wonder if it belonged to the same homeowner who installed the home's antique elevator. Finally, Emily and Scott Smith buy their 1812 home in Lynchburg, Va., for only a dollar and get way more than they bargained for. Throughout the five-year renovation, the couple has discovered marbles, buttons, carpenter tools, wedding rings, an 1800s bullet mold and what appear to be pentagrams engraved into the fireplace.

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