The Odessa Catacombs, located just outside of Ukraine’s capital, is a network of over 1,500 miles of subterranean tunnels and caves. There are even rumors that the catacombs contain the corpses of Jews who were murdered in World War II. Some people believe this place is the depths of hell.
Can you imagine what it would be like to be all alone and lost in the world’s largest labyrinth, wandering around and scared shitless in total darkness? It sounds like the worst possible nightmare, doesn’t it?
That’s what supposedly happened to a girl named Masha, when she became separated from her friends who were partying in the Odessa Catacombs to ring in the New Year in 2005.
During the celebration, she drunkenly wandered off, took a few wrong turns, and couldn’t find her way back to the group. Every couple of years, people tend to get lost in the catacombs, but they somehow find their way out, either on their own or with the help of cave explorers. Masha wasn’t so lucky.
Little did she know that she’d be forever lost.
For the next three days, she frantically tried to navigate her way through the pitch black darkness. Unfortunately, she never made it out alive.
Masha eventually collapsed and died from dehydration, five miles from the entrance and nine stories beneath the city.
According to catacomb explorer Eugene Lata, he and his buddies made the gruesome discovery a few months after she disappeared. The photograph below allegedly shows three guys standing behind what appears to be a decomposing corpse. Of course, the body was completely unrecognizable.
However, when a medical examiner conducted a DNA test on the remains, they couldn’t determine whose body it was. And according to the official Odessa Catacombs website, the entire story is a total hoax, including the picture.
“Besides the original photographer,” a post explained, “there isn’t one person, civilian or law enforcement, that can confirm the story. We believe it is just a practical joke and the corpse is fake.”
What do you think? Is this just some silly urban legend, or was the body of poor Masha really discovered in the depths of hell?
Either way, the story is still absolutely haunting, and a reminder of the genuine dangers involved in exploring the Odessa Catacombs.