Notorious True Crime Houses You Can Actually Live In
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.
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Phil Spector’s Castle: $3,998,000Photo: Zillow
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 $3.9 million.
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Gardette-LePrete Mansion: $4,900,000Photo: Frances Benjamin Johnston / Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain
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.
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The Los Feliz Murder House: $2.3 MillionPhoto: realtor.com
This notorious property is located at 2475 Glendower Place in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles, CA. In 1959, Dr. Harold N. Perelson killed his wife in this house. He then went after his teenage daughter - who managed to escape to the safety of a neighbor’s home - before taking his own life. By the time police arrived, Perelson was already gone.
A couple bought the expansive home for just under $2.3 million when it was put into probate in 2016. According to an advertisement for the building, the 5,000-square-foot house features a ballroom and a library.
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The JonBenet Ramsey Murder Home: $2 MillionPhoto: realtor.com
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.
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Amityville Horror House: $605,000Photo: Paul Hawthorne/Getty Images
You might not know its address - 108 Ocean Ave, Amityville, NY - but you know it as the site of the Amityville Horror. The property needs little introduction, as the home and its history has featured in many books, films, and TV shows over the last five decades. The building first became embroiled in controversy in 1974 when resident Ronald DeFeo Jr. slew several members of his family inside. Following the police investigation and subsequent trial, the house was sold to the Lutz family. The family left just 28 days after moving in, citing paranormal activity.
The house, which sold for $605,000 in 2017, contains 3,600 square feet of living space, five bedrooms, a boathouse, and a sprinkler system.
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O. J. And Nicole Brown Simpson's House: $1,720,000Photo: Google
In 1994, Nicole Brown Simpson lived at 879 S Bundy Drive in Los Angeles. It's also where she was slain, along with Ron Goldman, in one of the most notorious cases in American history. Police accused Brown Simpson's ex-husband, football star O. J. Simpson. The media covered the trial - and Simpson's eventual acquittal - closely. The home at the center of the case has since been owned by several different people, though its current owners are not publicly known.
The four-bedroom, four-bathroom house, which contains 3,400 square feet of living space, was last sold in 2006 for $1.72 million.