1. Nicolas Cage and the LaLaurie Mansion
Said to be one of the most haunted structures in all of New Orleans, and made recently more famous by its inclusion in American Horror Story: Coven, the LaLaurie Mansion was at one time owned by actor Nicolas Cage, who sought it out to live in not despite its horrific reputation, but because of it. Unfortunately Cage lost the house in 2009 due to financial troubles, which some speculate were brought about by a curse from the house itself.
2. The White House and its Hosts
Probably the most well known haunted house is The White House. Built in 1800, burnt by the British in 1812, and then built again, generations of inhabitants have since reported seeing ghosts within the property. The most frequently reported “visitor” is Abraham Lincoln, who has been seen sitting on beds tying his shoes, and walking the halls.
3. The Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast and its Willing Guests
In 1893, Lizzie Borden was acquitted of taking an axe and killing her stepmother and father in their Fall River, MA home, despite the fact that many suspected her guilt. Now, 123 years later, the home has been made into a bed and breakfast where people visit from all over the world and pay to sleep in haunted rooms, including the room where Mrs. Borden’s dead body was discovered on the floor, right next to the bed.
4. The Pink Palace in Louisville, Kentucky
Throughout the years, the inhabitants of “The Pink Palace,” formerly a gentlemen’s club, have been visited by a ghost known as Avery, whose appearance has been found to act as a warning, precluding such things as fires, break-ins, or other household tragedies. Thought scary at first, those that live in the home have grown to see Avery as a friendly, helpful spirit.
5. The Dakota and its Famous (Dead) Guests
The Dakota is best known for being the site where John Lennon was gunned down in 1980, and for being very haunted with a variety of different spirits. That being said, well-to-do New Yorkers (Yoko Ono still keeps an apartment there) flock to the site to happily plunk down anywhere between $4-30 million dollars to own a haunted apartment of their own. You know what they say: location, location, location.
6. 10050 Cielo Drive and its Horrible History
A seemingly serene and beautiful home in Benedict Canyon, California, this is the home where the Manson family brutally murdered actress Sharon Tate in 1969. As is often the case following tragedies of this magnitude, the former house has been leveled and rebuilt, and the address has been changed to 10066 Cielo Drive. Still, the grounds are said to have held on to a very dark energy. Musician Trent Reznor paid a pretty penny to record music in the original Tate home in 1992, but left in 1993. and is quoted as saying “there was too much history in that house for me to handle.” He took the front door with him as a souvenir.
7. The Rosenheim Mansion and its American Horror Story
The Alfred F. Rosenheim Mansion was built in 1908 and was made famous a few years ago as the location for the “murder house” in the first season of American Horror Story. The six bedroom, five bathroom home has been on and off the market for years and finally sold for $3.2 million last year, much less than the original asking price of $17 million. Maybe the history of the house is less fictional than you’d think. Still, can you imagine paying that much money for a house known as the “murder house??”
[Ed: An earlier version of this story contained a photo of the LaBianca residence. It has since been corrected]
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