America's 10 Most Notorious & Creepy Murder Houses
Whether or not you believe in the supernatural, a house where an infamous crime took place is enough to chill even the most hardened skeptic. Check out these ten dwellings connected to some of America's most notorious murder cases and ask yourself — Would you be scared to visit one of these properties?
Photo By: Lizzie Borden House [Wikimedia Commons]
Photo By: Amityville Horror House [Seulatr/Wikimedia Commons]
Photo By: Curiosity seekers peer through a window into the house of Ed Gein, Plainfield, Wisconsin, November 1957. [Frank Scherschel/The LIFE Picture Collection via Getty Images]
Photo By: The residence at 749 15th Street, Boulder, Colorado, where JonBenét Ramsey was murdered in December 1996 [Doug Pensinger/Getty Images]
Photo By: Villisca Ax Murder House [Jason McClaren/Wikimedia Commons]
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Photo By: Franklin Castle [Christopher Busta-Peck/Wikimedia Commons]
Photo By: Versace Mansion [Visitor 7/Wikimedia Commons]
Photo By: Aerial photo of Phil Spector's house on Grand View Drive in Alhambra [Richard Hartog/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images]
Photo By: Taliesin [Stephen Matthew Milligan/Wikimedia Commons]
Lizzie Borden's House, Fall River, Massachusetts
This is the infamous home where Lizzie Borden is rumored to have taken an ax and murdered her father and stepmother in 1892. Borden was tried and acquitted of the murders, but American mythology still links her to the crime.
Amityville Horror House, Amityville, NY
Ronald DeFeo Jr. reportedly took the lives of six family members in this house in 1974. He confessed to murdering his parents and siblings with a .35 caliber rifle. The house is considered one of the most haunted houses in America.
Ed Gein's House, Plainfield, Wisconsin
This was the home of American murderer and ghoul Ed Gein. Gein was the inspiration for Buffalo Bill in “Silence of the Lambs” as well as other horror villians. Also known as “The Butcher of Plainfield,” he exhumed corpses from graveyards and kept “trophies” of their skin and bones in his basement. Some of his keepsakes included bowls made of human skulls, and a lampshade and waste bin made from human skin.
For more on Ed Gein, watch the "The Grieving Process" episode of Investigation Discovery's "True Nightmares" on ID GO now!
JonBenét Ramsey's House, Boulder, Colorado
The body of a 6-year-old beauty pageant queen was found in this house in 1996. She was discovered in the basement by her father hours after she was reported missing, along with a handwritten ransom note. This case has still not been solved.
For more on this case, watch Investigation Discovery's "JonBenét: An American Murder Mystery" on ID GO now!
Villisca Ax Murder House, Villisca, Iowa
This house was the home of Josiah B. Moore and his family in 1912. Early one morning, someone massacred Moore’s family and two houseguests with an ax. No one has ever been charged with those slayings.
Photo: Jason McClaren [Wikimedia Commons]
LaLaurie Mansion, New Orleans, Louisiana
In a house on this property, "Mad" Madame Delphine LaLaurie allegedly tortured and killed her slaves during the 1800s. The house is said to be haunted by the ghosts of those slaves.
Photo: MandaLynne62 [Wikimedia Commons]
Franklin Castle, Cleveland, Ohio
Within the walls of this home, there are rumors of mysterious deaths, Nazi-run assassinations, and illegitimate medical experiments. The castle houses many hidden rooms and secret passages. Many visitors and residents have reported ghost sightings.
Photo: Christopher Busta-Peck [Wikimedia Commons]
Versace House, South Beach, Miami, Florida
Fashion designer Gianni Versace was reportedly shot to death here on his front steps in 1997 by Andrew Cunanan. At the time, Cunanan was allegedly already wanted for four other murders.
For more on this case, watch the "Murder of Gianni Versace" episode of Investigation Discovery's "People Magazine Investigates: Crimes of Fashion" on ID GO now!
Photo: Visitor 7 [Wikimedia Commons]
Phil Spector's House, Los Angeles, California
This is the house where record producer Phil Spector allegedly killed actress Lana Clarkson in 2003. Spector claims her death was an accidental and self-inflicted, but a jury found him guilty of second-degree murder in 2009.
For more on Phil Spector, watch the "Legend With A Bullet: Phil Spector" episode of Investigation Discovery's "Vanity Fair Confidential" on ID GO now!
Taliesin, Spring Green, Wisconsin
This is the famous estate of architect Frank Lloyd Wright. In 1914, the estate’s cook reportedly swung a hatchet through the head of Wright’s mistress and her children, and then locked all the exits and set the house on fire. Allegedly, he stood outside the residence with an ax, ready to attack anyone who tried to escape alive.
Photo: Stephen Matthew Milligan [Wikimedia Commons]