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5 Famous Hoarding Cases


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Alexander Kennedy Miller
Miller was a huge fan of aircraft and classic cars, like this Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost.
Miller was a huge fan of aircraft and classic cars, like this Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost.
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Our next hoarder of note is Alexander Kennedy Miller. Miller was frugal to the point of being miserly during his lifetime, so when it came to his collections, he drove a hard bargain. Upon his wife's death in 1996 (he predeceased her by three years), investigators for the estate found some expected items -- in much larger-than-anticipated quantities -- and some surprises as well.

Miller's fondness for cars and aircrafts was well known; what wasn't well known was just how many he had acquired over the course of his lifetime. He owned about 50 vehicles, many of them Stutzes (an early model luxury car), as well as countless engines, gaskets, shock absorbers, radiator caps and the like. Countless as in the thousands. But what really surprised those tasked with combing over the estate was the discovery of huge caches of money. Miller and his wife had squirreled away about $1 million worth of gold bullion, $60,000 in silver bullion, $700,000 in promissory notes and $200,000 in stocks and shares. This fortune was housed in all sorts of places, including safes and metal cabinets, in some cases buried in the earth.


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