Halloween is almost here!
To get you in the spooky spirit, we are covering some of the most haunted homes in America.
Whether you believe in the paranormal or not, there is no doubt the stories you are about to read are wicked beyond belief.
The “Unsinkable Molly Brown” was one of the lucky ones who escaped the Titanic when it sank into the Atlantic Ocean back in 1912. Margaret "Maggie" Brown, a philanthropist and Denver socialite, became a national hero after she made headlines detailing her courageous actions on that fateful night: Brown risked her life staying behind as long she could to help evacuate the sinking ship. Once she was on lifeboat six herself, she implored the Quartermaster to return to the scene so that they could attempt to rescue survivors from the debris and even grabbed an oar to row the boat herself.
It is said that Brown, her estranged husband James “JJ”, and her mother still haunt their former Victorian home (which is now a museum!) There have been ghost sightings in different rooms of the house. Witnesses have also experienced icy, indoor breezes plus doors opening and closing on their own. It is said that a female apparition in Victorian garb rearranges chairs in the dining room and furnishings in a bedroom once occupied by Brown’s daughter, Helen.
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Although the story of Madame Delphine Lalaurie has become shrouded in lore over time, what we know to be true is frightening enough to inspire a chilling character played by Kathy Bates in American Horror Story: Coven. The socialite turned serial killer mercilessly tortured and murdered slaves from 1831 to 1834 in her Royal Street mansion. A frightening report details that one of her slaves had every bone in her body broken and then reset to resemble a crab. Another slave was hung from ceiling wrapped in her own intestines.
In 1834, Lalaurie’s cook (who was chained to the stove and starved) set fire to the mansion as a cry for help. Her plan worked. Neighbors rushed in to help put out the fire and soon discovered Lalaure’s chamber of horrors. Lalaurie fled New Orleans immediately with her driver and was never to be seen again.
There is no denying that Lalaurie is one of the most infamous female serial killers in history. It is said that her victims still haunt the residence to this day. Visitors describe ghostly faces in the upstairs windows. Mysterious shouting, moaning, and weeping continue to be reported to this day.
Around 3:30 am on a chilly November night in the early ‘70s, Rondald DeFeo Jr. murdered his parents and all 4 of his siblings in cold blood. A year later, another family acquired the home, but only stayed for 28 days. The family described their time in the house as a “horrific experience,” saying they witnessed green slime oozing from the walls and keyholes, an invisible spirit knocking a knife down in the kitchen, eerie noises, and strange visions.
The story of the Amityville Horror House has been made into a plethora of films and documentaries along with a book that claims to be based on the family’s experiences in the home. That said, the truthfulness of the book has been called into question and the family’s credibility has been disputed in a myriad of lawsuits.
Hoax or not, this is without a doubt the most famous house on our list. Have an opinion of your own? Let us know in the comments!
4. Winchester Myster House
Could you imagine building a home for 38 years straight? That’s just what Sarah Winchester, the wife of gun tycoon William Wirt Winchester (whose family created the Winchester rifle) did in an attempt to save her own life.
After losing her husband in 1881--shortly after her newborn daughter passed away at just six weeks old--the tragedy-stricken Winchester met with a medium who “consulted the dead” and was given a horrifying warning. The medium communicated with Winchester’s deceased husband, who cautioned that “vengeful ghosts would seek her out.” He advised that she should “build a home for herself and for the spirits who have fallen from this terrible weapon.” There was a major caveat to this though: The medium told her that if she ever stopped construction on the home, she would die.
This resulted in a home with trap doors, spider web windows, and staircases that lead to nowhere. In addition, there are doors that lead to nothing but a brick wall and another door that leads to a free fall into the yard. Yikes! Construction workers never stopped for 38 years, resulting in 950 doors, 10,000 windows, 40 stairways, 52 skylights, 47 fireplaces, 6 kitchens, a trio of elevators, and much more.
The home is said to be a hotbed for paranormal activity. Now a museum, tour guides and guests alike have reported hearing disembodied voices, seeing apparitions who used to inhabit the stately residence and feeling cold spots in random parts of the home.