Construction workers are used to finding unusual things in the walls of older buildings, but in Valdosta, Georgia they were dumbfounded when a secret stash of hundreds of human teeth were found buried inside of a second-floor wall which was cracked during renovations.
The Converse Building located in downtown Valdosta was under renovation as a commercial space when construction crew members cracked open a wall, and stood back when what appeared as hundreds of human teeth spilled out of the hole.
A local historian said the building was constructed in 1900 and one of the first tenants was Dr. Clarence Whittington a dentist. In 1911, another dentist, Dr. Lester G. Youmans rented space there until at least 1930.
The first floor of the building was originally occupied by Vinson and Barnes Drug Store, and above it was the office occupied by Dr. Youmans. Proof of this was found from a 1928 receipt from his office found in an antique store stating his address as "over Vinson Drug Store".
What's even more unusual is that two other Georgia cities, Greensboro and Carrolton, have buildings were human teeth were found in the walls. Considering the size of a tooth, one would not think there would be not be any trouble in disposing of them even 100 years ago.
Even though the myth of the tooth fairy is well known in the United States this usually involves human "baby" teeth that a child leaves under their pillow in exchange for money.
Certain occult practices such as hoodoo use adult, human teeth in rituals, fetishes or mojo bags to symbolize biting or obtaining things by force. They are even used as lucky pieces or for divination.
The mystery still remains as to why anyone, especially a dentist, would decide to hoard hundreds of human teeth behind the wall of their office.
Stranger Than Fiction Stories by Marlene Pardo Pellicer