In a bizarre story out of the Netherlands, six people were freed from a farmhouse where they were apparently forced to live for the last several years waiting for the world to end. The truly strange case reportedly came to light this past weekend when a disheveled-looking young man visited a pub in the Dutch province of Drenthe. After a few drinks, he revealed to the bartender that he had "run away and needed help."
According to the mysterious stranger, he and his four adult siblings were being kept captive in a nearby farmhouse awaiting "the end of time" and that they desperately wanted out of the unsettling predicament. Police subsequently visited the residence and discovered that the family was, indeed, living in a secret series of subterranean rooms that could only be accessed by a staircase hidden behind a cupboard.
Although it is uncertain as to how long the group had been there, the man who escaped told the bartender that his visit to the pub was the first time he had been outside in nine years. Media reports out of the Netherlands indicated that the family managed to survive in near-total isolation by way of their own vegetable garden along with a goat and some geese, which, one imagines, made for rather nightmarish living conditions over such a prolonged period of time.
More on this jaw-dropping story at the Coast to Coast AM website.