15 Terrifying 'Murder Homes' That No One Wants To Live In

Diply 23 Jun 2016

It's obvious why real estate agents might not want to have the total, complete history of a house in their listings; it's the same reason why home hunters do want to know the total, complete history of a house before signing any bottom lines. Not all murder houses are treated the same, of course. In California, for example, agents are required by law to disclose if a murder happened in a house they're listing — but only if it's within three years of the crime.

Other homes, where particularly awful things happened, are usually bulldozed. And sometimes, when buyers can't be found to bring new life into a house, the story takes over and they become museums.

Tragically, all these homes were once dreams come true; then, at the hands of a killer, they became crime scenes.

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1. Taliesin, Wisconsin

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If you ask somebody to name an architect, any architect, they'll probably name Frank Lloyd Wright. He didn't just design this mansion; he lived there with the woman he left his wife for and her kids. However, in 1914, while he was away on business, one of Wright's servants set fire to the house and murdered Wright's mistress, two of her kids, and four others. The fire didn't completely destroy Taliesin, but a second fire in 1925 pretty much did. Wright later rebuilt the mansion and lived there until his death. No one lives there today; it's now partly a museum and partly home to an architecture school.

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2. Fox Hollow Farm, Carmel, Indiana

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The infamous I-70 Killer, Herb Baumeister, hunted down and killed 11 gay men and buried their remains on his Indiana property, Fox Hollow Farm. Before he could be arrested, Baumeister fled to Canada, where he shot himself rather than allowing himself to be captured. The family who bought the house claims to have found even more bone fragments on the property and to have seen the ghosts of some of Baumeister's victims and recorded a disembodied voice repeating the phrase, "the married one."

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3. Kreischer Mansion, Staten Island, New York

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Staten Island's Kreischer Mansion (on Arthur Kill Road, of course) was built by successful brick manufacturer Balthasar Kreischer for his son. But after he passed, the brickworks burned down and Balthasar's son killed himself in his mansion. For decades, superstition and ghost stories built up around the mansion, but it didn't become a murder house until 2005, when mob hitman Joe Young, the mansion's caretaker, killed Robert McKelvey for $8,000, strangling, stabbing, and drowning him before dismembering the body and burning it in the mansion's furnace. The site was recently put up for sale after an unsuccessful attempt to sell it four years earlier.

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4. Rehmeyer's Hollow, Pennsylvania

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Back in 1928, Nelson Rehmeyer gained notoriety in his community as a "pow-wow doctor," who practiced a blend of faith healing and witchcraft. The key to his practice was a book of spells. One local became convinced that Rehmeyer had put a hex on him and got a couple of friends together to go and retrieve the book of spells so he could lift the curse. When Rehmeyer refused to give up the book, he was beaten to death and the gang set the house on fire to cover their tracks. When the house didn't burn down, it seemed to confirm Rehmeyer's powers. Today, Nelson's descendants have opened the house to the public as a museum.

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5. Conrad Aiken House, Savannah, Georgia

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Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Conrad Aiken was 11 years old and living in this house in Savannah, Georgia when one night his parents started to argue. As he sat in his bedroom, he heard his father count to three and two shots rang out. Conrad ran to the next room and found the bodies of his dead parents. For the next few years he lived with his aunt, then as an adult he moved back to Savannah and bought the house next door. It's still around today and currently on the market; for a five-bed, five-bath home, it has been on the market for a remarkable amount of time.

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6. Los Feliz Mansion, Los Angeles, California

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Although it's in a desirable location in LA, this mansion has been unoccupied since one night in 1959, when Dr. Harold Perelson snapped and beat his wife to death with a hammer, attacked his 18-year-old daughter (who survived), and then drank poison, killing himself. The house did sell shortly after the murder-suicide, but nobody ever moved in.

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7. Bundy Drive, Los Angeles, California

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It's the house seen the world over in 1994, when O.J. Simpson stood trial for the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman, whose bodies were found on the property. For two years after Nicole's death, the property sat empty. It has changed hands twice since then, but the site's history and a renewed interest in the murders has brought an increase of gawkers and ghouls stalking the neighborhood.

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8. John Sowden House, Los Angeles, California

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Long before the Simpson-Goldman murders, another seedy LA killing grabbed the nation's headlines: The Black Dahlia. Although the killer was never identified, the best suspect to date is Dr. George Hodel, who lived at the unique, Frank Lloyd Wright-designed John Sowden House. Hodel's own son, a former police detective, believes his father tortured, killed, and dismembered Elizabeth Short in the John Sowden House basement, as well as possibly many other women. It was purchased in 2001 and underwent heavy, heavy renovations.

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9. Glensheen, Duluth, Minnesota

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In 1977, somebody slipped into Duluth mansion Glensheen and clubbed the night nurse to death with a candlestick before smothering paralyzed heiress Elizabeth Congdon. Suspicion immediately fell on Congdon's adopted daughter, Marjorie, and her husband, Roger Caldwell, who stood to inherit Elizabeth's fortune. Roger was convicted but Marjorie somehow got off and went on to commit a string of crimes including arson and bigamy after she stopped visiting Roger in prison and re-marrying. She was later suspected of having a hand in her second husband's death after he was found with a belly full of prescription drugs. Glensheen has become the property of the University of Minnesota and is open for tours.

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10. The Villisca Axe Murder House, Iowa

NY Daily News | NY Daily News

Way back in 1912, this house was the scene of the grisly murders of Josiah and Sarah Moore, their four children, and two other kids spending the night. The murders were never solved and the house hasn't changed much since then, never even being outfitted with electricity or running water. It has since become the town's biggest tourist draw.

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11. 525 South 23rd Street, Saginaw, Michigan

Jeff Schrier | The Saginaw News

You won't know this from any highly publicized murder case, and its real estate listing wouldn't draw many eyes, but this house has a particularly nasty history: Three separate murders have happened here since 1990. The most recent occurred in 2009 and remains unsolved. The estate of the victims still owns the house; it hasn't been sold since.

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12. Amityville Horror House, Long Island, New York

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So many movies have been made about this famously haunted house, sometimes we forget what happened here in the first place. In 1974, the DeFeo family called this spacious Long Island manor home. After years of bullying and abuse, Ronald DeFeo Jr. snapped one night and went from room to room, shooting and killing his parents, two brothers, and two sisters as the slept. The house has had four owners since then and recently found itself with a real estate listing once again.

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13. The Menendez House, Los Angeles, California

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Sunny California sure has a bloody history, doesn't it? Spoiled rich kids Erik and Lyle Menendez shot their overbearing father and their mother as well in their Beverly Hills mansion in 1989. They then used their father's money to fuel a lavish lifestyle, spending more than $1 million in the seven months after the murder, before they were caught. The house has sold at least twice since the murders and underwent major interior renovations.

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14. Breeze Knoll, New Jersey

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This stately home called Breeze Knoll became better known to locals as the John List house after the accountant methodically murdered his mother, wife, and three children. Faced with impending financial hardships, he thought it best to save them all by shooting them and then fleeing to Colorado. He evaded capture for 18 years before a neighbor recognized him from an episode of America's Most Wanted. The List house burned down a few years after the murders, but a new house was later built on the site and somehow it's still known locally as the List house.

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15. 1041 Cypress Ave., San Diego

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Betty and Dan Broderick met as undergrads and seemed to have a perfect life in San Diego with their four kids until Dan, a lawyer, had an affair with Linda, his legal assistant. To call their break-up ugly is an insult to ugly break-ups everywhere. Infuriated, Betty ruthlessly stalked Dan and Linda in ways that make Fatal Attraction look like a fairy tale. Naturally, the divorce didn't go well for Betty thanks to her behavior, and soon after the divorce was finalized Dan re-married to Linda. Betty couldn't handle that, so she crept into their home in the middle of the night and shot them both. The last time the house went on the market, the listing made no mention of the killings.

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