Police discovered a house of horrors while searching the home of a dead recluse suspected of murdering a young boy.
Mutilated dolls, boxes full of children’s identifications, teeth and even bones were just some of the creepy items found in the Massachusetts home of Peter Haskell, who died aged 85 last month.
Officers were first alerted to Haskell after a neighbor came forward in 2007 claiming they had been sexually abused by him.
Mutilated dolls, boxes full of children’s identifications, teeth and even bones were just some of the creepy items found in home of Peter Haskell (left, in a recent photograph, and right, in as a young man in the forces)
That same witness claimed they also saw Haskell murder a child, aged five or six, in the late sixties, early seventies. They believed that the suspect had then buried the body in his basement.
Georgetown Police had searched the home in 2012 with Haskell’s consent, but they returned after his death to follow up on the claims he had murdered the child.
Officers failed to find the body of the young child when they searched the home earlier this month.
Instead, they made some other eerie discoveries.
Police revealed haunting images of the creepy discoveries they made at Haskell’s home (pictured is a boy mannequin wearing Beverly Soccer uniform)
Police found boxes full of children’s identifications (pictured) in the Massachusetts home of Haskell
Police found a dozen Barbie-type dolls, at least one of which had their breasts cut off.
Haskell had also mutilated two mannequins arms which had their wrists wrapped in duct tape. One hand had been cut off altogether, while another had all the fingers cut off.
THE LIST OF CREEPY ITEMS FOUND IN HASKELL’S HOME
A dozen Barbie-type type dolls, 1 with breast cut off
A box containing multiple children’s identification cards
One child’s mitten
One tooth in container
One framed photograph containing photocopies of children’s identification cards
Two mannequin arms, wrists wrapped in duct tape, finger cut off on one hand. Hand cut off on other hand
Boy mannequin wearing Beverly Soccer uniform
Four pairs of women’s underwear
Multiple children’s video tapes
He also had a boy-sized mannequin propped up in his home, which was wearing a Beverly Soccer uniform.
Police took haunting pictures of the suspected child killer’s bleak home.
In one corner, was a huge pile of VHS tapes.
The videos included racks of children’s movies – which police noted was ‘odd’ as Haskell had no children or grandchildren.
The search also turned up a single child’s mitten, animal bones, a tooth in its own container, women’s underwear and a sex toy.
One worrying discovery was a box packed full of children’s ID cards from sports, and a framed photograph with copies of kids’ IDs.
Neighbors were stunned by the discoveries at Haskell’s house.
‘I never picked up anything weird about him,’ Ally Newbury, 21, told CBS News. ‘He always seemed really friendly, really nice. Kinda kept to himself.’
Newbury said she even spent time with him, watching recorded horse racing videos, when she was aged around ten because he seemed like a lonely old man.
‘We used to play in his back yard. They’re thinking that, if he did do that, it might be on his property somewhere, and that’s crazy, to think that we were back there.’
Police found piles of VHS tapes in Haskell’s home – many of which were children’s films
Neighbors to Haskell’s home (pictured) were disturbed by newly-revealed allegation
The FBI is still investigating the alleged murder of that young boy as well as accusations Haskell might have tried to abduct two 13-year-olds in 1999.
According to the newly unsealed court documents, the investigation into the alleged murder started back in 2007.
That killing allegedly took place at Baldpate Pond in Georgetown.
The witness, who was 5 or 6 at the time, told police Haskell had tied up the victim and hit him in the back of the head with a rock, saying ‘this is what happens to bad little boys.’
He said he thought Haskell buried the body in his basement but it was only this month police were able to dig it up.