Mystery of the Atlanta's House of Blood

On 8 September 1987, Minnie Clyde Winston (77) found dark red splotches which later identified as human blood on her bathroom floors at first. Immediately, she woke up her husband William Winston (79). Further searching by the couple revealed more spots of dark red fluid on several rooms. The following morning the Winstons called the police, who found "copious amounts of blood" spattered on walls and floors in other five rooms (the kitchen, living room, bedroom, hallways, and basement). The house was declared a crime scene at that time to keep the press and public at bay.

The Winstons said, they had rented and lived in the six-room brick house, located on 1114 Fountain Drive, in southwest Atlanta, Georgia for twenty-two years. Nothing like this had ever happened in their rented house before. They had no pets and they claimed their house was free from vermins. William regularly underwent kidney dialysis at home, but he and his wife insisted the blood belonged to neither of them.

Winnie & William Winston
The Palm Beach Post (Sep 11,1987)
When Mrs. Winston discovered it in the bathroom, she said she woke up her husband and said, "Come look at all this red stuff coming out of the floors."

"I didn't get scared because I didn't know where it was coming from," she said. "It didn't look like blood and it didn't smell like blood."

Detective Steve Cartwright, who examined the house on Wednesday morning said, "Its an extremely strange situation, I've been on the force 10 years, and I've never seen anything like this." He said that "no crime has been committed" and "nothing was found" to indicate any wrongdoing. The State Crime Lab revealed the blood was human, type O; both Mr and Mrs Winston were type A. The police left and one presumes the case is still on file as "unsolved".

Few days later, several skeptics went to the Atlanta Police Department's Homicide Division to obtain more information. Dr. Joe Nickell, Larry Johnson, Rick Moen, and Rebecca Long discussed the case with Lt. H. Walker, who led the original investigation.

According to Lt. Walker, family problems apparently existed which gave either the Winstons or their children a possible motive for perpetrating such a hoax. The Winstons conceivably had access to human blood because Mr. Winston was a kidney dialysis patient, leading some people to suggest that one or both of the Winstons might have hoaxed the blood in order to get more attention from their children. However, Lt. Walker stated that the Winstons' daughter worked in a hospital and also had access to human blood. Therefore it has also been hypothesized that the Winstons' children could have hoaxed the blood in order to have their parents legally declared incompetent for financial reasons. Because there had been no homicide, and to spare the Winston family possible additional embarrassment, the Atlanta Police opted not to further pursue the investigation.

Sources:
http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/100-weird-years-1134528.html;
http://www.ghosttraveller.com/house_that_bled.html;
http://listverse.com/2013/02/05/10-strange-little-known-unsolved-mysteries/

Pic Source:
The Palm Beach Post (Sep 11, 1987): "Police have 'never seen anything' like human blood-splattered home"
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