Ice cream shops are popular and whimsical locations. Who doesn’t treasure sneaking off to the nearest creamery and indulging in a scoop or two of their favorite flavor? Ice cream parlors are nostalgic places that can help even the most stressed-out adult take a deep breath and savor the simpler things in life.
But just because your local ice cream shop makes you feel like a kid doesn’t mean it’s as innocent as your childhood might have been. If you look beyond the freezers and the friendly attendants you might spot something dark lurking beneath the surface. When one ice cream shop in Austria needed a few pipes replaced, the secret they uncovered left them with a deeper chill than any of the icy treats on display could.
The day the pipes burst at Schleckeria, an ice cream shop in downtown Vienna, Austria, no one was surprised. When the shop opened 50 years earlier, it was run by a husband and wife who were happy to make their living selling sweets, but since then, the parlor had become a shadow of its former self.
Now the shop was owned by someone new, a 30-year-old woman named Estibaliz Carranza, and it was in need of some serious renovations. Strangely, while she had a degree in business and knew it was necessary, she didn’t seem that interested in making them. Before the pipes burst and she called repairmen, the shop had not seen any improvements for decades.
When the repairmen arrived, they headed to the basement and quickly began their work. However, it wasn’t long before they noticed something pretty odd: patches of uneven concrete on the basement floor…
The repairmen shrugged it off at first and kept digging, but their shovels hit something metallic. That’s when they knew things weren’t right. They unearthed their find: It was a freezer filled with the disembodied remains of two different human beings.
It didn’t take long for for the police to find the killer. When the repairmen announced their discovery and the police were called, Estibaliz fled the country for Italy. This was all the police needed to have their suspicions confirmed. She was their number one suspect, and was quickly extradited back to Austria.
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