The builders were simply ordered to demolish the house, and they decided to look into the basement. No one could have imagined that they would find such shocking things there!


In 2006, in the basement of one of the shelters in London, hundreds of boxes filled with amazing things were discovered.

It later turned out that all of this belonged to the naturalist Thomas Theodore Merlin — the son of a wealthy aristocrat and a renowned biologist of the 18th century.

All the objects found are part of Merlin’s cryptid collection.

Thomas Theodore Merlin dedicated his life to collecting and studying strange specimens.

His mother died in childbirth, and he was raised by his father. He was an introverted person who spent most of his life in solitude. He constantly traveled to collect peculiar specimens of species that had not yet been cataloged by zoologists and naturalists of that time.

Among the various anomalies attributed to Thomas Merlin was one that suggested he looked like a 40-year-old man at the age of 80. It was believed to be connected to his discovery of a secret of a tribe during one of his trips. This tribe practiced dark arts to extend life.

Some scientists condemned his collection, considering it fraudulent. In their view, all the exhibits were not found but made by Thomas.

The scientist mysteriously disappeared in the mid-19th century. In 1942, someone posing as Thomas Merlin handed over the building where the boxes were found to an orphanage. The only condition was not to sell the house and never to open the basement.

Shortly after that, the mysterious stranger disappeared, and no one saw him again. The orphanage staff kept their word and never opened the basement. However, in the 1960s, the shelter had to leave the building.

The house was demolished. The builders, who almost razed it to the ground, managed to find the legendary cryptid collection..


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