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Notorious American Murder Homes

# 5. LaLaurie Mansion, Louisiana, 1834.

Madame Delphine LaLaurie was known for her torture and starvation of her slaves. The house where the horrific abuse took place still stands today and is considered one of Americas haunted houses.

# 4. South Wallace Street, Chicago, 1894.

H.H. Holmes, one of America’s first serial murderers, constructed a 3 storey house of horrors where some say he killed up to 200 people. The house was demolished in 1938.

# 3. Plainfield Farmhouse, Wisconsin, 1957.

Ed Gein, notorious killer and grave robber inspired movie characters such Norman Bates and Jame Gumb. Gein experimented with human taxidermy and created furniture out of his victims skin and bone. The farmhouse has since been destroyed.

# 2. 112 Ocean Avenue, Amityville, New York, 1974.

The infamous Ronald DeFeo Jr murdered his parents and 4 siblings during the night. The house has become a popular tourist attraction and the focus of many books and movies. Subsequent inhabitants of the property have made reports of hauntings.

# 1. 10050 Cielo Drive, California, 1969.

Pregnant actress Sharon Tate and her 4 guests were brutally murdered by members of the Manson Family. Following the murder, the word ‘pig’ could be seen written across the door in Sharon’s blood until it was torn down

Serial killer Ed Gein was not the inspiration for Norman Bates in Psycho for nothing. Like Norman, Gein was a loner who became somewhat obsessed over his domineering mother after she died. Among the countless number of women’s graves that he desecrated, was his own mother’s. It is not known for certain whether he engaged in sexual acts with her corpse, or cannibalisied it, but when police raided his home they found a box of female genitalia. One of the vulvae was labelled “Mother”, and had been given it’s own special compartment.