America’s Most Infamous Murder Homes

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Los Feliz Murder Mansion
> Location: Los Angeles, CA

This five-bedroom, 3.5-bath home known as the “Los Feliz Murder Mansion” is where Dr. Harold Perelson killed his wife with a hammer in 1959. The grim history of the Los Angeles home led to rumors the home was haunted, and it was vacant for many years. The home was purchased for nearly $2.3 million in 2016, then sold for $2.35 million in late 2020.

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‘The Conjuring’ home
> Location: Burrillville, RI

What may seem like an unassuming farm home in Burrillville, Rhode Island, served as the inspiration for one of the most frightening horror films in recent years — 2013’s “The Conjuring.”

The film tells the true story of the Perron family, who called paranormal investigators to look into odd happenings at the house — including disembodied voices, stopping clocks, and the death of their dog. Supposedly, the home is haunted by Bathsheba, a witch who killed her own baby there.

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Chris Watts’ home
> Location: Frederick, CO

The vacant home where the Watts family used to live in Frederick, Colorado, became the setting of a Netflix true crime documentary, titled “American Murder: The Family Next Door.” Chris Watts reportedly admitted to police that he killed his pregnant wife Shannan and two daughters after revealing he was having an affair. He initially misled investigators and the public but confessed after he failed a polygraph test.

With the popularity of the docuseries, the home has become a magnet for true crime fans. The home is in limbo, with a $6 million lien from the wrongful death suit Shannan’s parents won against Chris Watts hanging over it.

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John Wayne Gacy’s House of Horror
> Location: Norwood Park Township, IL

John Wayne Gacy was one of the most terrifying and prolific serial killers in U.S. history. Gacy, who worked as a children’s birthday clown, killed more than 30 men and boys, burying most on his property in the Chicago suburb of Norwood Park Township.

Though the original home he used has been torn down, with a new one built in his place, buyers may be leery about living in such a ghastly location. Initially listed for $489,000 in 2019, the new home has steadily dropped in price and sold for $395,000 in April of 2021.

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The Farmhouse from “In Cold Blood”
> Location: Holcomb, KS

Truman Capote is considered one of the originators of the true crime genre, with his book “In Cold Blood.” The non-fiction novel covers the 1959 murder of the Clutter family in rural Kansas, as well as the investigation, the trial, and subsequent execution of the killers. Diсk Hickock and Perry Smith killed the Clutters after trying to rob them, mistakenly believing the home had a safe full of cash.

With the popularity of the book, the house itself became popular as well, with tourists from all over the world coming to Holcomb, Kansas — with many trespassing onto the property.

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