A lot has been made of the million dollar home Osama bin Laden was found hiding in, a far cry from the cave many believed he had been exiled to in the decade since 9/11.
But a closer look inside the home bin Laden was captured and killed in reveals that although it was a mansion in a nice neighborhood in Abbottabad, the interior was far from luxurious. Reportedly, the walls were stained with mold, windows were hidden and more than 30 people—including 23 children—shared the home. To prevent electronic surveillance, the home had no Internet or phone connection, and trash was burned to negate the need for trash pick-up. Even the outside was marred by the high walls—some as tall as 18 feet--and barbed wire surrounding the home.
The compound raised eyebrows with neighbors, who didn’t know what to make of the home or its occupants, who were rarely seen leaving the house. Among neighbors, ideas about the owners ranged from the belief that they were deeply religious and conservative, to the fear that they were drug dealers.
In the aftermath of the raid, residents of Abbottabad have questioned how the house could have been overlooked for so many years. Construction on the home began seven years ago.
"That house was obviously a suspicious one," said Jahangir Khan, who was buying a newspaper in Abbottabad Tuesday. "Either it was a complete failure of our intelligence agencies or they were involved in this affair."