Homes are some of the only places where true privacy exists. The four walls of a house block out the rest of the world, allowing the inhabitants to do whatever their hearts desire without the pressure of prying eyes. But without the judgmental gaze of the public to keep them in check, some people will do terrible - even genuinely despicable - things. Once the police have recovered the victims and cataloged all the evidence, all there is left to do is list these crime scene houses for sale. After all, these are still perfectly good dwellings - if you can get past the slayings.
Sales listings for famous crime scene homes where serial killers may have operated don't always appear that sordid from the outside. The nondescript buildings seem like another house in the neighborhood, rather than the location of terrible occurrences. They might even have changed drastically compared to how they used to look, leaving nothing behind but the memories of the ghastly crimes carried out within.
If you've ever fancied owning such a house, then take a look at these examples and how much they might set you back.
In a 2009 retrial, record producer Phil Spector was convicted of slaying actor Lana Clarkson. The incident occurred six years prior when Spector shot Clarkson at his Alhambra, CA, home. As part of a divorce settlement with his wife in 2016, Spector was forced to sell this property.
The house itself - often referred to as the Pyrenees Castle - is a mansion boasting 35 rooms in total and ample space. Its estimated value is $5.5 million.
According to New Orleans legend, the Gardette-LePrete Mansion was the site of a grim set of slayings in the late 19th century. The story states a relative of the Turkish sultan was slain, along with other members of his household. The home has since passed through many different hands, but it was put up for sale in 2016.
The property lives up to its mansion moniker, with the building sprawling across more than 13,000 square feet with 15 bedrooms and over a dozen bathrooms - the grounds even boast several courtyards. The price at the time of listing was $4.9 million.
The property located at 749 15th Street in Boulder, CO, may not look menacing, but it happens to be the site of one of the most infamous cases in US history. In 1996, 6-year-old JonBenet Ramsey was tragically slain in her family's home. The case has never officially been solved, despite confessions from possible culprits. Investigations mostly concentrated on both the family and a possible intruder.
The Ramseys moved out of the house following the passing of their daughter, after which it was bought by Carol Schuller Milner, who left after a brief period. The 11,000-square-foot home was put on the market for $2 million, but it garnered few bids.
The home at 1527 Benedict Canyon Drive in Beverly Hills, CA, is the site where writer and journalist Susan Berman was slain in 2000 by an unknown assailant; Berman was renting the home. Her case was featured in the HBO miniseries The Jinx, which detailed her friendship with suspect Bob Durst.
Although the Beverly Hills home has since been listed several times, few have come forward to meet the asking price. As of 2019, the house is off the market, though its cost is estimated at $1,050,000.