15 People Who Found Out Weird Things About Loved Ones After They Died

Jordan Claes
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How well can you ever truly know someone? It's a question that gets asked time and time again, and often reveals more than we would've hoped.

Sometimes, people only see what they want us to see, and with good reason. With that being said, check out these 15 people who found out weird things about their loved ones, after they'd died.

What if everything your mother ever told you was a lie?

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"My maternal grandmother was a con artist and lived life on the run since she was 21 years old. I have since uncovered 7 different marriage certificates around different states, marrying different men, and I suppose funding her lifestyle." - Reddit u/YUHMTX

The secret ingredient is that there is no secret ingredient.

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When Reddit user DeadMansPizzaParty they used to love eating the meatballs and gravy their grandmother would make during the holidays. After she passed, they came to realize that her "homemade meatballs" were really Heinz brand.

Mental health issues aren't to be taken lightly.

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When Reddit user deepbluesteve's father tragically took his own life, they were told that their father did so because he was suffering from an inoperable brain tumor. It turns out this was a complete lie, designed to ease the pain and suffering of the surviving family.

The last thing you want to discover.

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After Reddito user Cinemiketography's grandfather passed away, they made the trip to his house in order to clean out his remaining items. One of the things they found was a giant box of pornography — all on VHS.

A little change can change a lot.

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"My maternal grandmother we found after she had passed was using 10% of her income to sponsor unfortunate kids all over the world. She had been doing it for the last 40 years of her life nonstop." - Reddit u/sicurri

But why was it in her underwear drawer?

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Redditor xofeatherxo said that when the time came for their family to clean out their grandmother's belongings, they discovered a photo of Barack Obama nestled in her underwear drawer. As to why it was there, your guess is as good as anyones.

I'm not the "man" they think I am at all...

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After Reddit user Captain_Coco_Koala's grandmother passed away, they came to learn that she was a rocket scientist during World War II. She designed and built the rockets that were used by Australian troops.

Not all heroes wear masks.

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When Reddit user VictorBlimpmuscle's grandfather passed away, they came to learn that he used to be a bootlegger. During the prohibition years, he used to make his own bourbon from the corn the family would harvest.

This one just breaks my heart.

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Reddit user tiffanygray1990 said that her boyfriend died on April 5th, 2022. In his pocket, she found a piece of paper with a jewelry store phone number written on it. Apparently, he had just recently bought her an engagement ring.

"My grandmother was a mafia mistress and my dad was the product of an affair with a married man and not the man who raised him." - Reddit u/anonymousemployee20

Silvio Dante in 'The Sopranos'.

I feel as if this is a story that came right out of The Sopranos. It sounds almost too impossible to be true.

Judging people based on the integrity of their character.

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"My grandfather was a bank executive at a small bank in a farm town in Arkansas. After his death[sic] my mother found a ledger in his safety deposit box. He made loans to people the bank had denied due to background, type of employment and/or skin color." - Reddit u/username987654321a

Longing. Rusted. Seventeen. Daybreak...

Bucky Barnes in 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier'.

After her grandmother passed away, Reddit user almost_queen recently made the shocking discovery that her family matriarch was actually a Russian spy during the cold war. Apparently, nobody in the family had any idea what she was up to.

Don't judge a book by its cover.

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"My uncle had multiple masters[sic] degrees, bachelors[sic] degrees, and a law degree. But he lived with my grandma for a really long only working part time[sic] as a helper for older people so we always thought he was a loner who barely accomplished anything." - Reddit u/debtopramenschultz

Didn't they try the same thing in 'Goodfellas'?

Ray Liotta laughing in 'Goodfellas'.

While he was alive, Redditor panDora_Da_explorer's father was a car salesman. After he died, they came to the realization that he was actually using the cars to smuggle drugs all over the country.

I can't even imagine living with that kind of stress and responsibility.

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"My great grandmother was sent to Canada in the 1880s by her family in Eastern Europe and told to "find work and send money back so the family doesn't starve". She was 16 and knew no one on this side of the ocean." - Reddit u/Freds_Bread

h/t: Reddit