For this episode, Carter Banks (BigBankz) explores an abandoned home in rural Long Valley, New Jersey:
Once again, we’re presented with a phony narrative. But that’s to be expected. How else do you sell walkthroughs of rotting, worthless debris left behind by deceased, elderly folks?
These explorers’ pattern shines again: An actor saw something in the house, concocted a phony narrative around the something, and dressed up a boring video with the phony narrative. In this case, the phony narrative concludes with a murder. The “something in the house” is a silly stain on an armchair.
Other parts of the phony narrative include a move to California–nope–and some super-successful equestrian career–nope. I have no idea where the California move came from, but pictures and other materials suggest the residents liked horses.
First, this property is not abandoned. The electricity is on! Aren’s rule of abandoned property: It’s not abandoned as long as someone is paying for electricity!
How I found the house:
One clue told me it’s in New Jersey. At 6:44, you see this photo:
That’s a First Hope Bank advertisement at an equestrian facility, so an equestrian facility near this bank is in play. That bank has three branches: Hope, NJ and two nearby cities.
While it helps us determine New Jersey, it is a red herring. At 15:20 is a better clue:
The top of that is hard to make out, but it is for a local yellow-pages publication covering Chester, NJ and I think Mendham, NJ.
Other hints include that the road is unstriped, which knocks out a ton of roads. Also, it’s in a somewhat forested area, so that provides an important clue.
Fortunately, Steve Ronin gave the crucial clue in his explore of the same place:
At 0:54 is a drone shot depicting a pastoral valley that may be nestled between two ridges:
Aha, a long valley!
Going back to Google Maps, the first place I see this is a bit west of Chester:
After a brief search, I saw the aerial fingerprint, in–you guessed it–Long Valley, NJ!
The property’s back story is plain. John Brahney and his wife, Dorothy, died in 2011. And that makes sense: the furnishings, knick-knacks, and leftovers are those you might expect of an elderly couple.
Their ashes are at Arlington Cemetery in Virgina:
These explorers shamelessly used the leftover debris of a veteran and his wife to concoct a phony narrative, that is salacious and violent, just to get views. But it’s what they do, and it’s their pattern.
You can find more info on the properties (both sides of the street) by going to https://mcweb1.co.morris.nj.us/MCTaxBoard/SearchTaxRecords.aspx and searching for these, using the Search by Block and Lot feature:
- The property across the street, where the explorers’ car was parked: Block 51, lot 11
- The proper that includes the explored house: Block 54, lot 50