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Stepmom Told Boy to Stay in Basement, He Says

But lots of questions remain about case of Detroit's Charlie Bothuell V

(Newser) - Thanks to a court document obtained by the Detroit Free Press , we now know a little bit more about why a "missing" 12-year-old boy was found hunkered down in his basement : Charlie Bothuell V told authorities that his stepmother put him there and instructed him "not to come... More »

Students Find Guy Secretly Living in Their Basement

They initially thought it was a ghost

(Newser) - What’s behind door number one? A person, apparently. A group of Ohio State students got a scare when they learned someone was living behind a secret door in their basement. Newsy reports: More »

Woman Held Captive in Philly Basement: Cops

Regina Bennett, 46, has been arrested

(Newser) - It's the kind of story where you don't want the word "again" to come into play. But Philadelphia is once again in the news with the revelation that a woman with special needs was being held captive in a basement there. The Philadelphia Daily News reports that... More »

Rich Turn to Pimping Basements

Media rooms, arcade games, full gyms making downstairs space not so musty

(Newser) - Basements are no longer the lowly underbelly of the high-end home. With the rise of home-theater technology, and widespread community opposition to mansion expansion, wealthy homeowners are increasingly turning basements into underground playgrounds, Portfolio reports, featuring everything from faux-'50s diners to recording studios to saunas. “Whether you have a... More »

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