Osama bin Laden: Abbottabad, Pakistan
Until he was pronounced dead Sunday night, no one reportedly knew of Osama bin Laden's precise whereabouts since September 11. In 2007, American intelligence stumbled upon crucial information about one of his couriers, and by August 2010, they found the courier's home in Abbottabad, a wealthy suburb and
in Pakistan less than 40 miles from the Islamabad,
where bin Laden was living as well
This was no ordinary house, but a gargantuan mansion roughly eight times larger than any other home in the area. Built in 2005 and worth roughly $1 million, it is surrounded by 12 foot by 18 foot walls and closed off by two security gates, with no telephone or internet access, and no windows facing the road. U.S. officials said it was "custom built to hide someone of significance."