Inside ‘haunted’ tunnels beneath Las Vegas where homeless man was ‘eaten by an alligator’

-Credit: (Image: Drew Binsky/YouTube)
-Credit: (Image: Drew Binsky/YouTube)


Las Vegas has a reputation for glitz and glamour among its mega-casinos and hotels, attracting the rich and famous with it. But underneath it all is, sadly, a different story.

A network of tunnels, running for hundreds of miles, snake their way beneath the neon-lit streets above and provide much needed shelter for more than 1,000 homeless people. Some of its inhabitants have even built elaborate 'rooms' from the rubbish they have scavenged from landfill over time.

Jay, one of the so-called 'Mole People', has been living on, and under, the streets of Sin City for more than a decade. The man, originally from New Hampshire and who lost an eye after being shot in the head, bemoaned life in the tunnels as simply “horrible.”

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He told adventurer Drew Binsky: “There's no plus side to it in any way. It can flood at any time, even though we have a drought, thievery is always a problem and the tunnels are seriously haunted.” He also creepily added that there are things living in the tunnels, "not from here".

Elsewhere, he admitted there was no sense of community in the dark, putrid-smelling tunnels but explained that, "it used to be a community but those days are gone I can't even tell you who lives here.” Jay's belongings have been stolen by other homeless people so many times that he no longer holds on to the concept of property.

Drew looked up through a grating in the grimy tunnel's ceiling, and saw the neon glow of the Caesar's Palace Hotel
Drew looked up through a grating in the grimy tunnel's ceiling, and saw the neon glow of the Caesar's Palace Hotel

“Material objects have zero value to me. I’ve had all my stuff stolen so many times, and bulldozed so many times that it's absolutely irrelevant. It has no value whatsoever," he added.

Disturbingly, in another section of the tunnels, one of the Mole People tells Drew how someone had brought in two alligators from Florida to Las Vegas before releasing them into the partially-flooded tunnels, with tragic consequences.

“One of them died instantly in here and the other one lived for three years got to be almost seven feet long. It f*****g got a guy about six months ago," he said.

Drew peering up through a tunnel grating and seeing the neon glow of the Caesar's Palace Hotel above -Credit:Drew Binsky/YouTube
Drew peering up through a tunnel grating and seeing the neon glow of the Caesar's Palace Hotel above -Credit:Drew Binsky/YouTube

Money is hard to come by and the majority of people living in the tunnels can only survive through begging on the street. One person proudly told of the time he made $680 (£531) in one day after making a sign that read: “My wife left me for a very ugly an with a much smaller penis than me.” He later sold the simple cardboard sign for a another $400 (£313).

In a desperate situation, most of the money made by people on the streets is spent on drugs, in particular methamphetamine as it keeps the user awake and alert and less likely to be robbed or beaten.

According to Drew, an estimated 1,000 to 1,500 people live in the tunnels and storm drains - but the exact number remains unknown. While local author Matt O’Brien, founder of Shine A Light Foundation, assists anyone living there to access basic amenities and educational opportunities to help turn their lives around and escape the tunnels and, most importantly, homelessness.