1950's Refigerator
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When close enough to the refrigerator, the door opens and the person is compelled to climb inside. Once in the door shuts on its own, and the person slowly suffocates.


See effects.


Getting close to the artifact.

Collected by

Warehouse 13 Agents


Dark Vault


Podium FS-5

Date of Collection



Origin[edit | edit source]

Refrigerator death refers to death by suffocation in a refrigerator or similar device such as a freezer. Such deaths were not uncommon for children in the United States before the passage of the Refrigerator Safety Act in 1956. Children would occasionally play in abandoned refrigerators and become trapped due to the fact that the doors were secured shut by latches that could only be opened by the handle on the outside. The first reactions to the deaths were to ask people not to abandon refrigerators and to detach the doors of unused refrigerators. In the mid to late 1950s troops of people would sometimes search out abandoned refrigerators, detaching the doors and smashing the locks. However, these efforts were not entirely effective, and children were still dying inside of refrigerators that had not been found and dismantled. The continued occurrence of refrigerator deaths led to a law that required a change in the way refrigerator doors stay shut. The act applied to all refrigerators manufactured in the United States after October 31, 1958, and is largely responsible for the adoption of the magnetic mechanism that is used today instead of a latch.

Today[edit | edit source]

This artifact was grabbed back in the early 50's before the act took place to change all refrigerator's over to their magnetic mechanism's, and before the uproar of the deaths caused by abandoned refrigerator's was in full swing. An agent heard of rumors of kids and even adults almost suffocating by the artifact or being compelled to go to the artifact. So the agent went to the site, and almost succumbed to the artifact, but was lucky as there were a group of children near by watching it wonder and fear. Knowing the artifact was dangerous, the Warehouse used a crane to gather it, and placed it in the Dark Vault with well placed signs to keep people back. The radius of the artifact's aura is up to six feet from it.

Agents have noted that when approached, the door cracks open a tiny amount, and slams closed when the person turns away.

Storage and Handling[edit | edit source]

Stored free-standing in a neutralizer field with a radius of six feet.

Neutralizer hazmat suit is mandatory. When moving the artifact, store in the Neutralizer Processing Facility in a special chamber until it is ready to be returned to the Dark Vault.

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