11 Infamous Homes Everyone Should Know
You likely know these infamous houses, but do you remember why they’re infamous?
Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast: Fall River, Massachusetts
In 1892, Andrew and Abby Borden were killed by a psychopath with an ax. Andrew’s daughter, Lizzie, stood trial for the crimes but was ultimately acquitted. She is now said to haunt the home where her father and stepmother were infamously murdered. Her ghost is said to stop at the top of the stairs and let out a laugh. Today, the house is a museum and bed and breakfast. Every August, the museum stages their annual re-enactment of the gory crimes. How creepy! Here’s how to find out if someone died in your house.
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Villisca Ax House: Villisca, Iowa
Back in 1912, this home in the small Iowa town of Villisca suffered a heinous crime that left an entire family, including four children and their two young friends, murdered by an ax. No one was ever charged with the crime, but 100 years later, ghosts lurk in the house, crying out for justice. You can book a day tour, or even stay overnight, waiting for the screams of the victims. And, check out these 50 abandoned houses that would look great restored.
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Amityville Horror House: Amityville, New York
The famous haunted house of Amityville resides on New York’s Long Island. In 1974, Ronald DeFeo, Jr. inexplicably shot and killed his mother, father, two sisters and two brothers while they slept. He received life in prison, and the house was put up for sale. A couple with three young children bought the house, but soon began to hear strange noises, had swarms of flies invade the house, found cloven pig hooves in the snow, and the young daughter made a frightening imaginary friend. They subsequently moved out 28 days later. If you like horrifying things, check out this creepy cottage pumpkin!
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Franklin Castle: Cleveland, Ohio
This Ohio home has all kinds of terrible history attached to it. From the deaths of several infants to the executions of German Nazis taking up residence there, there is no short supply of mysteries and ghosts. It is one of the most haunted—and one of the most tragic—houses in America. By the way, have you ever wondered why ghosts always say “boo”?
The Winchester Mystery House: San Jose, California
With the word mystery in its name, the Winchester House has a good reason for its reputation. Sarah Winchester, heiress to the Winchester Rifle fortune, continued construction on this house after her husband and infant child had passed with the purpose of creating a mystery. A psychic had told her that her family died because the spirits of the people who died by Winchester rifles were angry; by continuing to add rooms and wings to her home, she could give these spirits a place to go. Sarah believed that the confusing passageways that turned on themselves and staircases that led nowhere would confuse and trap the evil spirits. Check out these chilling real ghost stories that will make you believe. Plus: You won’t believe the hidden rooms in these houses and how they’re filled.
In Cold Blood Home
The former home of the Herbert Clutter family from Truman Capote’s novel In Cold Blood is located in Holcomb, Kansas. Four family members were killed there in 1959, which led Capote to Kansas to write the acclaimed novel. Never read the novel? Pick it up or watch the film Capote.
The debauchery of eight cast members was all captured inside this house in Seaside Heights, New Jersey. The cast was thought to be Italian-American but not all had Italian roots. The six-bedroom, three-bath house is available to rent throughout the year. It has 1,896 square feet and, of course, the hot tub. If you’re looking for a little more of an exotic vacation on the sea, then check out these houseboats you can rent on Airbnb.
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Breaking Bad house
The pizza Walter White threw on the roof is long gone and so is Walter. But now there’s a 6-foot fence around the house because of the fan traffic the home generated. The owner has had to deal with fans telling her to close her garage door and get out of their shot. It all sounds pretty miserable and a case where people need to be more respectful.
Going back to New Jersey, you can find the house used for Tony Soprano’s home from the series. You can see where Tony walked out in his robe to grab his newspaper every morning. See why Tony should’ve kept some of those newspapers in the fridge.
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Glensheen Mansion, located in Duluth, Minnesota, is a 20,000-square-foot mansion built in 1905 for the Chester Adgate Congdon family, a prominent mining family. The home became infamous in 1977 when Congdon’s youngest daughter, Elisabeth and her nurse were murdered.
Jesse James Home
Jesse James’ final home is located in St. Joesph, Missouri. It’s the last home he lived before Robert Ford killed him. It’s a Greek Revival home and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.