As Halloween approaching, some people are thinking a perfect costume and house decoration while others are not satisfied with faked horrors. For those who are seeking for a once-in-a-lifetime scary experience, here are the 5 most hunted houses in America.
1. Winchester Mystery House
The Winchester Mystery House is a mansion in San Jose, California, which was once the personal residence of Sarah Winchester, the widow of gun magnate William Wirt Winchester.Since its construction in 1884, the house was claimed by many, including the owner, that resides ghosts. The Victorian style, bazaar architectural design and story-like secret passageway made some people believe that this house is built for ghosts.
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2. The Lalaurie House
The spooky Lalaurie House probably has the most well-known ghost tale in New Orleans and has a long haunted history for more than 150 years. The house is originally belong to a wealthy family, Dr. Louis Lalaurie and his wife, Delphine. Despite the well-attended house and fancy social affairs, Madame Lalaurie has an dark side that's unknown to many others. She was brutally cruel to the slaves that keep the house. Torturing and mutilating are a regular in the house. As the slaves and the masters passed away, the screams, cries and tortured spirits are still roaming in the house.
(Photo credit to: Tom Bastin)
3. The Lemp Mansion
The Lemp Mansion is originally owned by the William Lemp family, who had a family streak of suicide. Three family members had committed suicide in the mansion, while their ghosts never left. The mansion is currently a restaurant and inn that guests can experience paranormal tours of the home.
(Photo credit to: Paul Sableman)
4. Villisca Ax Murder House
This house was a murder scene. "On June 12, 1912, all six members of the Moore family and two young houseguests were found bludgeoned to death by an ax in their home." The murder was never caught, but the ghosts never left. There are children's crying and doors mysteriously closes and opens. Now there are daytime tours and sleepover nights available for tourists.
(Photo credit to: Tim Vrtiska)
5. The Stanley Hotel, Estes Park, Colorado
On night in this hotel inspired Stephen King’s best-selling novel turned horror film, The Shining. This hotel is opened by Massachusetts couple F.O. and Flora Stanley in 1909, and they never left. Guests today can still hear Mr Stanley and the children laughing. And Mrs Stanley sometimes shows up on guests' photos.
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